London's Top Private Members' Clubs
Photography by Thomas Lagrange
For those in search of venues that cater exclusively to the sophisticated and illustrious, Quintessentially Insider propose a few of London's most impressive Members-only clubs…
Prince Albert's legacy provides the key inspiration here with his original love letters to Queen Victoria on display and a whisky from both the year of Albert's birth and death (1819-1861) available at the bar. Albert's interior is littered with eccentric British hallmarks which offer a contemporary yet classic design, from the mahogany clad whisky and martini bar to the Balmoral tartan staircase and vibrant wallpapers by Colefax and Fowler. Albert's has a traditional and indulgent menu created by renowned fine-dining chef Alessio Piras which perfectly complements the surroundings and can be enjoyed in Albert's elegant private dining room. With an established committee (including Quintessentially Founder Ben Elliot), uniting the worlds of fashion, film and food , visitors can expect to rub shoulders with the who's who of London's social scene.
92b Old Brompton Rd
5 Hertford Street
Behind an unmarked maroon door, in the midst of Shepherd Market, lies a haven of exclusive luxury. The 18th Century townhouse that is 5 Hertford Street boasts two restaurants, three bars, a cinema room and the glamorous nightclub LouLou's. In the two short years since its opening the club has become a coveted nightspot and has been frequented by royals, business tycoons and A-list celebrities. Founded by Robin Birley, who inherited his father's elegant club Annabel's, it is no surprise 5 Hertford Street has quickly become the place to be in London.
5 Hertford Street
Sitting in the heart of East London is Shoreditch House, a hub for the local creative industries and the ideal spot for a night out. Opening in the summer of 2007, the four level club features all the glamour of several bars, a restaurant, a gymnasium, flywheel studio, barber and parlour, ping pong, rooftop pool and gardens. Be pampered with an organic and natural treatment at the neighbouring Cowshed Relax Spa or spend the evening at one of the 26 rooms. Memberships offers access to Shoreditch House and its facilities, while the 'Every House' Membership offers access to numerous sister houses across London including Soho House and Electric House.
Coya Members Lounge
Exuding the essence of Peru, Coya brings the best of South American culture and food to Mayfair. Brought to you by the man behind London establishments, Zuma, La Petite Maison and The Arts Club - Arjun Waney - Coya is authentically Peruvian from the furniture through to the pisco bar which specialises in pisco infusions with an extensive tequila and rum list. With three open kitchens, a signature of Head Chef Sanjay Dwivedi, it is one of London's most exclusive clubs. Many of the concoctions are reserved just for members, as are a separate dining area, outdoor terrace, and whole other bar which draw a ritzy crowd of food lovers.
118 Piccadilly, Mayfair
Oozing elegance and sophistication, Annabel's was one of England's first members-only nightclubs. Founded in 1963 by legendary entrepreneur Mark Birley, and named after his wife, it has hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Richard Nixon, Ella Fitzgerald, Jack Nicholson, The Rolling Stones and Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Stepping through the understated entrance on Berkeley Square in Mayfair, members can relax with an expertly created cocktail surrounded by magnificent artwork in the bar, before moving through to enjoy dinner in the beautiful dining room, with its Moorish ceiling and unique starlit dance floor.
44 Berkeley Square
For the past forty years Morton's has been at the centre of Mayfair's social life. Built in 1823, the Grade II listed building was once the private residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer and where the Bentley brothers spent most of the 1920s. With an unrivalled 1700 bottle wine bin, a stunning fine-dining restaurant and cocktail bar, as well as the lively 2&8 nightclub, Morton's offers a truly unique experience. Morton's private dining room can accommodate up 48 seated guests and up to 80 people for canapes and drinks.
28 Berkeley Square
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