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New Private Members Clubs open this year in London
Private members clubs in London continue to proliferate and for good reason, their popularity is exploding. Whether it’s for business or pleasure these hidden enclaves are both valuable respites from the stress of the office or the busy London street. Hedgies from the capital and from across the world are using these luxurious home-from-homes for work and play alike. Here are our top picks for 2015.
Launched in late 2014, this classic French restaurant has built on it’s near-century of success hosting London’s glitterati, now offering a full private members package. Originally founded in 1926 and the go-to venue for fine Gallic fare in Soho for generations, L’escargot has expanded from it’s ground floor origins into Upstairs at L’escargot. Three further floors comprised of six eclectic and eccentrically dressed rooms are on offer and there is a distinct shabby-chique grandeur to each. Crowned by the Gatsby-esque Lauren Perrier Grand Siècle room at the top of the building- the place to soiree in Soho – the club is as exciting as it is inviting and we’re sure will be the scene of many a late night for those looking for a little more spice from their private club.
Membership is limited to just 2000 people over the first two years, so you’re far from guaranteed a spot, but at just £365 for the first 100 people.
A new Members Business Club is coming to Mayfair aiming to offer members a new class of office and social space with a high-end office environment and a traditional, luxurious, private social club. An area to conduct business, network and dine. The club will comprise of (fully-serviced) offices, business lounges, 12 meeting rooms, a restaurant headed by (Michelin-starred) Shaun Rankin (of Ormer restaurant in Jersey), a cocktail bar, (deli-style) dining in the basement bar and al-fresco dining on the terrace. Rankin will be replicating his style from Ormer, focusing on serving Jersey’s world-class produce whilst fusing traditional and contemporary cuisine.
Membership will be available in two forms; there will be club membership (from £150 per month), which focuses on the social aspect, and resident membership (from £1,100 per desk per month – min. 6-desk room) providing access to the business side of the enterprise.
Opening in South Kensington and located in a historic Georgian Music Hall (formerly Ronnie Wood’s notorious Harrington Club) is the eagerly awaited South Kensington Club. In addition the Clubs’ bathhouse extends into Queensberry Mews, the first London home and studio of the artist Francis Bacon. This exclusive new fitness and lifestyle club sets out to provide unparalleled fitness and well-being facilities. It will include Russian Banyas and Turkish Hammams, London’s only salt-water Watsu Pool (a uniquely therapeutic experience combining warm water and Shiatsu massage), well-being retreats, a state-of-the-art gym, private training studios (including Yoga and Pilates) and treatment rooms.
Membership also includes special access to the Royal Parks, where activities such as rowing, tennis and swimming are available. There will also be a cultural events programme for members from educational workshops, lectures to art events (drawing upon local influences and residents) and an on-site restaurant and café focused on providing healthy Mediterranean diet (also incorporated into personalised training programmes).
In the heart of historic St James’s, Sir Edwin Lutyens’ magnificent building is being transformed into a luxurious, convivial and welcoming clubhouse – for London’s wine connoisseurs. Members will enjoy access to some of the finest and rarest wines in the world, direct from the Club’s extensive cellars, and a wealth of facilities across the club’s three floors – for the storage and enjoyment of the world’s finest and rarest wines.
The ground floor of 67 Pall Mall will feature a sensitively restored Members’ Lounge and a private dining facility – the ‘Lutyens Room’ and a Wine Library – which will displays thousands of bottles of the Club’s collection. Members will be suitably encouraged to peruse the Wine Library and select bottles to discover and enjoy.
At lower ground level, there will a tasting and events space – the ‘St James’s Room’, which will be used for wine tastings and private functions, including Chateau dinners and Masterclasses.
The basement floor is dedicated to a wine storage facility, including a series of individual cellars, including space, which can be rented by members for the storage of private wine collections. The former bank’s original vault will be retained and re-used for storage of the highest value and rarest wines.
New York’s private members’ club NeueHouse announces a London location. Self-styled as a private work collective, the New York private members’ club NeueHouse has announced that it will open (in late 2015) in London’s historic (Art Deco) Adelphi Building (in Covent Garden) following the launch (next Spring) of a Los Angeles location (at the landmark 1938 CBS Radio Building).
NeueHouse debuted in 2013 in New York’s Madison Square district and like the original; the London venture (their first location outside the US) will be designed in collaboration between NeueHouse Design Studio and internationally recognised architect David Rockwell. The club, which provides a “workspace for creative people and entrepreneurs as well as events”, requires the membership to be split evenly between men and women and does not advertise, instead attracting members (from “film, fashion, design, publishing and the arts”) by word of mouth. Facilities in the two-storey will include private studios, a screening room, broadcast facilities, event spaces and private dining rooms.
Interestingly the Adelphi Building will be home to another US import – the first overseas restaurant of the iconic American steakhouse Smith & Wollensky.
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