London is a cosmopolitan city that carries tradition and carefully blends it in with the contemporary, and as such it hosts a plethora of members clubs scattered across the central area. In this article we will explore the best clubs, but also figure out the ones that might most suit your personality and interests. You should remember - a members club isn’t made up of the facilities or perks it offers but rather by the people who visit it.
We cannot help but start with the best, most exclusive members’ club on our list - Annabel’s
Annabel’s holds legendary status in London's club scene. While it may not claim the title of the oldest, grandest, or most exclusive, it stands out as one of the city's most renowned clubs, currently excelling at the pinnacle of its performance. A substantial £65 million investment prompted a move from its traditional basement location a few doors down to occupy an entire townhouse in Berkeley Square, resulting in remarkable transformations.
Guided by the design prowess of Martin Brudnizki, an omnipresent figure in crafting the aesthetics of some of London's most elite establishments, Annabel’s has become a playground tailored for the affluent and famous. Boasting multiple restaurants, bars, and its notorious nightclub, Annabel’s re-entered the bustling members' club market with an offering that impresses on multiple fronts.
WHERE: 46 BERKELEY SQUARE, MAYFAIR, W1J 5AT
Home House, spanning three Georgian townhouses in Marylebone (19, 20, and 21 Portman Square), seamlessly blends 18th-century opulence with 21st-century design and a quintessentially British flair. Featuring exceptional amenities, including two restaurants, five bars, opulent party rooms, and intimate gardens, this private members' club provides its members with an unparalleled social calendar brimming with a variety of events and societies.
In recent times, Madonna resided here during the renovations of her townhouse nearby, and the venue has served as a wedding location for Annie Lennox and hosted Pamela Anderson's birthday. Famed for its legendary parties and a 'no rules' approach, members are said to go through approximately 20,000 bottles of Champagne each year.
WHERE: 20 PORTMAN SQUARE, LONDON W1H 6LW
This prestigious members' club, located in the heart of Mayfair is dedicated to women and is here to support and nourish their career development regardless of their life stage. It includes a restaurant and bar, two secluded rooftop terraces, salon and fantastic interiors. The reason why we've ranked it so high in our list is because unlike many members' clubs, this one has a real purpose and charm, its meant to assist in career growth, business ventures, or be used as a mingling spot.
WHERE: 24-26 MADDOX STREET, MAYFAIR, W1S 1PP
The Ned launched in 2018, and it is like something out of a movie - the enormous 8 floor membership club has the capacity to potentially fit all the other members' clubs listed here in one place, it sports 10 restaurants (yes, you read that right - TEN!). Ned's club is a prime estate located in the heart of the financial centre, and features 2 swimming pools, exclusive to its members - one subterranean, the other - rooftop.
Ned's Club is located inside an old 1920's bank, the rooftop features a heated pool and a restaurant, and the basement offers a club with live music. It is kitted with a spa and a gym, and since it's under the umbrella of the hotel under the same name, as a member you receive preferential rates for room bookings, and access to a roaster of exclusive members only events.
WHERE: 27 POULTRY, EC2R 8AJ
The self proclaimed ‘’World’s Most Exclusive Club’’ Apollo’s Muse, positioned in the middle of Mayfair and at the back of the now world-famous Bacchanalia restaurant (more for its grandeur rivalling museums than its food), this members’ club promises to only grant membership to 500 lucky members.
Members of the club have access to a private concierge who can help with any requests, activities or transport in the city, plus the club offers an impressive line-up of events - some recent ones featuring a collaboration with Balmain and Gucci's Cosmoss.
Crafted by Mayfair's billionaire club mogul, Richard Caring, the remarkable Greco-Italian space takes inspiration from the impressive influences of Martin Brudnizki and Damien Hirst evident in Bacchanalia. Going toe-to-toe with some of the world's premier museums and galleries, visitors can bask in the splendour of a collection of priceless antiquities, including a Roman marble Venus (circa 1st/2nd century AD), a Greek funerary Lekythos (circa 4th century AD), and, naturally, the club's eponymous centrepiece: Apollo’s Muse (2nd century AD). The room's opulent grandeur is further accentuated by mirrored tables, velvet-clad bar stools, custom Murano wine glasses, and napkin rings inspired by gold leaf.
WHERE: 1 MOUNT STREET, MAYFAIR
The Ivy Members' Club opened in 2008, exactly 89 years after the famous restaurant below carrying the same name was found. The most recent variation of the club’s design was created by the designer Martin Brudnizki to complement its stained-glass windows and polished interior. Nestled in the heart of the West End, The Ivy Club stands as a meticulously curated private members club, an epitome of celebrity and style. Positioned above The Ivy restaurant, which has retained its artistic legacy since the nineties, the club is a favored retreat for iconic actors like Alec Guinness and Alan Rickman. The artistic heritage is vividly displayed on the club's walls, adorned with masterpieces by Andy Warhol, Marc Quinn, and Maggi Hambling, creating an exclusive Art Deco haven for its members.
While The Club exudes a theatrical essence, influenced by its prime location, its membership spans across diverse realms such as film, music, art, media, and advertising. Noteworthy events, including the judging of the Booker Prize and hosting NME Awards after-parties, have added to its illustrious history. The allure of The Ivy Club lies in its unmatched class and style, a standard many aspire to achieve but few manage to equal.
WHERE: 9 WEST STREET, COVENT GARDEN, WC2H 9NE