By State of Digital Publishing on 16th November 2016
The history of gentlemen's clubs in London is as old as the history of socialising in London itself. From their origins as exclusive men’s-only clubs to their present state as dynamic, inclusive, and modern social hubs open to all irrespective of gender, these clubs have played an important role in shaping the culture of clubbing in London.
The first modern men's private clubs in London began cropping up in the late 18th century as a way for men to socialise with like-minded individuals. Over time, private clubs became more popular and diversified, and by the mid-19th century, there were over 400 private clubs in London.
If you're looking for a private members club in the city that not just offers entertainment, relaxation, and good vibes, but also helps expand your professional network, you're in the right place.
Sit tight as we explore the 15 best private member clubs in London. Each entry on this list has its unique charm and character, so that no matter what your tastes and preferences are, you can be sure that there’s an exclusive club in London that’s just right for you.
Best Private Members Clubs in London
London is home to some of the world's most exclusive and prestigious private members clubs offering unparalleled luxury, comfort, and style. There’s a reason it’s known as the Swinging City.
Whether you’re looking to have a great conversation with friends in a private dining room, listen to a talk by an influential figure, or simply want to spend time in a relaxed atmosphere with a glass of bourbon in hand, London's private members clubs have it all.
That said, here's our pick for the 15 best private members clubs in London.
Founded in 2016 by entrepreneur and restaurateur Carlo Carello, Albert's at Beaufort House has quickly become one of London's most popular and exclusive private members clubs in a short period. Located in a beautiful Grade II listed building, this South Kensington club was once the headquarters of the Royal Thames Yacht Club.
Named after Prince Albert, Albert's features sleek and classic decor throughout with eccentric British twists such as the Balmoral staircase and vibrant Colefax and Fowler wallpaper. Providing a more modern alternative to its older Mayfair rivals, this west London club aims to be “more party than Soho House and more relaxed than Annabel’s”.
The club features two bars, a fine-dining restaurant, and a penthouse nightclub with great views of the bustling King’s Road.
On most days, Albert’s starts as a whisky and martini bar in the early evening, then turns into a restaurant before being transformed into a dance venue from 11.30 PM. Expect live performances from internationally renowned artists and world-famous DJs to get you in the party mood with club music.
Membership:Membership to the club is by invitation only and rates are not publicly disclosed.
Address: 354 Kings Road, Chelsea
2. The Conduit Club
The Conduit Club is known for its unique events and experiences, such as art exhibitions, workshops, and talks by leading thinkers.
A relatively new entrant among London private members clubs, The Conduit was founded in 2018 by a group of people who shared a passion for social change and innovation. Located in the heart of Mayfair, it offers a range of luxury facilities to its members that include a roof terrace, a restaurant, a bar, a library, and event spaces. The club's community is made up of entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and change-makers who share a commitment to social impact.
Membership: Regularmembership to the The Conduit Club starts at a £2,000 annual fee with an additional £700 joining fee. Existing members do not have to pay the joining fee. There are additional membership plans for students, for those under 33 years of age, along with group, spouse, and workspace membership plans. The complete list of all plans can be viewed here.
Address: 6, Langley St, London
Annabel's is a name that has long been associated with high-flying, jet-setting, A-list celebrities in London. Founded in 1963 by Mark Birley, it was one of the first night clubs in a London that was slowly emerging out of its post-war stupor, and looking for a place to hang out. Today, Annabel’s is one of the most exclusive private members clubs the city offers.
The club's decor, conceptualised by the Swedish architect Martin Bruniski, mixes minimalism with just the right blend of opulence. Spread over some 26,000 square feet of an 18th century townhouse, Annable’s offers its patrons access to four restaurants and seven bars. There’s even a cigar room for patrons who love discussing the affairs of the world over their Gorditos and Petit Coronas.
And of course, there’s the nightlife. Back in the swinging ‘60s, Annabel’s was one of the first London clubs to retire their live band and swap it for a discotheque. Today, the nightclub has a jungle bar that features palm trees made of glass and brass, and a legacy bar with paintings by Modigliani and Picasso.
Membership: The club prefers not to disclose its membership fees publicly.
Address: 46 Berkeley Square London
4. 5 Hertford Street
5 Hertford Street was founded in Mayfair in 2012 by Robin Birley, the son of Annabel's founder, Mark Birley. It's another private members club from the eastern edge of Hyde Park known for its live entertainment and exclusive events. The club's members are a mix of business leaders, celebrities, and high net worth individuals.
The club offers an exclusive and intimate atmosphere, with a focus on discretion and privacy It is known for its strict membership policy and dress code. Members can enjoy a range of benefits, including access to exclusive events and promotions. Members can also stay in one of the club's eight bedrooms and suites, besides having access to a range of amenities including private dining rooms, a rooftop garden, and a cigar salon.
The club’s nightlife is strictly for members, as non-members are not allowed past sundown.
5 Hertford Street is known for its luxurious and stylish interiors, designed by renowned interior designer Rifat Ozbek. The club features a mix of vintage and contemporary furniture, with a nod to the building's heritage and history.Heavily inspired by the 1920s, the decor of this private members club exudes a glamorous and sophisticated vibe.
The club counts among its members, past and present, prominent names such as David Cameron, Liz Truss, Nigel Farrage, and Priti Patel.
Membership: This club's joining fee is also not publicly disclosed.
Address: 2-5 Hertford Street, Mayfair, London
5. The Arts Club
The Arts Club, known for its warm and elegant atmosphere, is a hub for high-end creative professionals. It hosts a variety of events, including art exhibitions, film screenings, and live music performances. The private members club was established in 1863 in Mayfair and has a long history of attracting prominent figures from the arts, fashion, and media community. Who knows, you might end up having a long, creative talk session with some of the prominent figures from the entertainment industry at the club.
What sets The Arts Club apart is its rich history and cultural significance and a focus on the arts and creativity. The club has a long tradition of supporting emerging and established artists, writers, and musicians, with various programs and initiatives. Members can also get involved in the club's various events and exhibitions, from art shows to live performances.
The Arts Club is also known for its luxurious and stylish interiors, designed by renowned interior designer Martin Brudnizki.
Membership: The exclusive private members club offers four types of membership: under-30 membership for £1,250 per year, full membership for £2,500 per year, spouse membership for £1,250 per year, and overseas membership for £1,200 per year. An additional joining fee may be applicable in some cases. The complete list of membership plans can be viewed here.
Address: 40, Dover Street, London
6. The Groucho Club
Remember Groucho Marx’s famous words about not wanting to join any club that would have him as its member? That’s how the Groucho Club got its name. Needless to say, this is a club that does not take itself too seriously, and prefers as its members professionals from the creative pursuits, especially those known to possess a ready wit and a wry sense of humour. Famous members include Stephen Fry, Noel Gallagher, and Rachel Weisz.
In keeping with its philosophy of recognizing the mavericks, the oddballs, and the square pegs in round holes, the club organises the annual Groucho Club Maverick Award that it describes in its own words as “the antidote to other awards”. Notable winners include the filmmaker Danny Boyle and the pop group Pussy Riot.
Well known for its eclectic and bohemian design, The Groucho Club has been one of the preferred places for professionals from media and creative industries for its lively and artistic atmosphere since the mid-’80s.
The club has been hosting a variety of events, including book launches, film screenings, and live music performances since its inception in 1985. Expect to enjoy a range of facilities, including a restaurant, a late-night bar, a screening room, a library, and event spaces with prominent entertainment and media personalities at the club. Who knows you might end up getting inspiration for your first book at The Groucho Club.
Membership: To become members, prospective applicants must be working within the creative industries. All applications must be proposed and seconded by two existing members of the club. The club does not disclose its membership fees publicly.
Address: 45, Dean Street, London
7. Home House
Home House is a great place to experience posh parties, wine-tasting events, art exhibitions, and live performances in Marylebone. Founded in 1998, the club is a great place for members to rub shoulders with prominent figures from different backgrounds. Whether you're a business leader, an artiste, or a socialite, you'll instantly feel comfortable in the elegant atmosphere of the club.
Home House is also known for its impressive art collection, which includes works by renowned artists such as Damien Hirst and Banksy. The club hosts regular exhibitions and events, from art shows to live music performances. Members can also enjoy a range of benefits, including access to exclusive events and promotions.
Membership:Home House offers six different types of memberships with rates starting at £1,100 per year. Additional joining fees may also be applicable in certain cases. The complete details of all membership plans can be found here.
Address: 20, Portman Square, London
8. Soho House
Soho House needs little introduction when it comes to private member clubs. As one of the most famous and beloved private member clubs in central London, Soho house draws its membership primarily from the world of arts, media, and fashion. The club was founded in 1995 by Nick Jones, a well-known restaurateur, and entrepreneur. Since its establishment, Soho House has become an iconic part of the city's cultural and social scene, offering its members an exclusive and refined atmosphere unparalleled in the city.
Soho House offers its members a wide range of services and amenities, including top-notch dining and drinks, a world-class boutique gym, luxurious spa treatments, and access to exclusive events and networking opportunities. The club is also known for its exceptional attention to detail and personalised service.
Located in the heart of Soho, Soho House is established for people looking to explore the city's vibrant cultural and social scene. The club has a variety of locations throughout London and around the world, with each location offering its unique twist on the Soho House experience.
Membership: Soho House membership pricing varies depending on the location, with some locations offering different tiers of membership based on the level of access and services desired.
Address: 40, Greek Street, London
9. The Royal Automobile Club (RAC)
If you're a motoring enthusiast, there's no better place to connect with like-minded people than The RAC. It's also one of a few clubs on our list that was founded in late Victorian Britain. Established in 1897 and located at 67 Pall Mall, the club has been intimately intertwined with the history of motoring in Britain.
The RAC is the governing body of motorsports in Britain, and was responsible for organising the first ever British Grand Prix in 1926. The club is home to some of the oldest and most valuable automobiles in Britain, including a 1901 Mors HP owned by the club itself.
Given the club’s history and influence in the world of automobiles, its presidents have always been members of the British aristocracy. At present, Prince Michael of Kent holds the presidency, while previous presidents include Lord Mountbatten of Burma, and Prince George, Duke of Kent.
The RAC is also known for its elegant and classic design along with its impressive events calendar that features motoring exhibitions, talk sessions, and charity events. The club offers its members access to 108 bedrooms, seven banquet halls, a swimming pool with Turkish baths, along with squash and tennis courts.
Address: 89, Pall Mall, London
Membership: The club offers a range of membership plans starting at £630 per year. The complete list of all plans can be viewed here.
10. The House of St Barnabas
The House of St Barnabas runs on a social enterprise model with a commitment to making a positive impact on society. It’s a cultural space built for people motivated by positive social change. The club offers training programs and work placements for people, specifically in hospitality and events management. It also involves its members in its various initiatives, from supporting local communities to investing in sustainable businesses.
The House of St Barnabas was established in 2006 by Father Simon Grigg in Soho with a mission to provide training and employment opportunities in the hospitality sector for people who have experienced homelessness. Members can plan to make a social impact while enjoying the private amenities the club offers including a restaurant, a bar, a chapel, a garden, and a library.
Located in a grade I listed Georgian townhouse in the heart of Soho, the club organises talks, workshops, poetry and theatre events along with musical nights and DJ parties for its members.
Membership: Membership plans at The House of St Barnabas start at £375 per year and go up from there. Members may also be required to make a small donation in addition to the membership fees. The complete list of all membership plans can be viewed here.
Address: 1, Greek Street, Soho
11. Ned's Club
Ned's club was founded in the City of London in 2017 by Nick Jones, the founder of Soho House, and Andrew Zobler, the CEO of Sydell Group. Unlike most other entries on our list, Ned’s Club is a decentralised space, with clubhouses spread out across various locations in London, and even across the globe.
Each location within the Ned’s Club network is handpicked to be a special place. There’s a Ned’s Club housed in a grand grade I listed building of former Midland Bank headquarters and there’s a Ned’s Club with a rooftop bar overlooking St. Paul's cathedral,
Ned's club offers an impressive scale of facilities that cater to a diverse range of members and guests. Members get access to restaurants, health spas, gymnasiums, pools, a club lounge, and a co-working space.
The club is open 24/7 and offers a range of membership options, from full membership to day passes and hotel stays. The exclusive private members club is also known for its stunning design and heritage features, including an opulent banking hall and vaults, which have been converted into bars and restaurants. The club hosts regular events and exhibitions including live music performances and art shows.
Membership: Membership to the Ned’s Club varies by location and the level of service required. Prospective members should get in touch with the club for the latest rates.
Address: 27, Poultry, London
12. The Ivy Club
Founded in 2008 by the team behind The Ivy restaurant, the Ivy Club quickly gained a reputation for its stylish and sophisticated atmosphere. The private members club offers its members a screening room, a private members lounge, and a roof terrace.
offers a menu of classic British dishes, with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and seasonal produce and a bar that serves a range of cocktails, wine, and spirits, with a team of expert mixologists on hand to create bespoke drinks.
Club members can also enjoy film screenings and live broadcasts of sporting events in the screening room.
Its focus on art, music, and culture sets The Ivy Club apart from the regular members clubs in London. The club hosts a range of events and exhibitions, from live music performances to art shows, as well as talks and interviews with leading figures in the arts and entertainment industry. As a member, you’ll also have access to exclusive events and promotions, discounts at The Ivy restaurant, and priority booking for The Ivy's famous theatre tickets.
The Ivy Club is also known for its luxurious and stylish interiors, designed by Martin Brudnizki The decor blends the vintage with the classic, mixing rich colours, patterned fabrics, and striking artwork to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Membership:Membership is strictly by invitation only and rates are not disclosed publicly.
Address: 9, West St. London
13. Blacks Club
Blacks Club, located in the heart of Soho, is one of the oldest private members clubs in London. It was founded in 1764 by Samuel Johnson, David Garrick, and other prominent figures of the time. Legend has it that the club was born as an antithesis to the White’s Club, London’s oldest private men’s club by several members who had been blackballed from there, or labelled “black sheep” at the White Club.
Hence the name, Blacks Club.
The club has maintained a reputation as a hub of intellectual and creative activity since its establishment.
The club’s regular events and exhibitions include poetry readings, book launches, as well as talks and debates on current affairs. Backs Club members are provided with access to exclusive events and promotions, discounts at the Blacks Club restaurant, and a subscription to The Blacks Club Journal.
Blacks Club has a restaurant dedicated to classic British dishes with a private dining room, an exclusive bar that serves a range of cocktails, wine, and spirits, a private members lounge with a quiet and comfortable space to work, relax, or socialise, and a cigar terrace for a tranquil outdoor space to enjoy a smoke for its members.
Blacks Club is also known for its stylish and intimate interiors, featuring antique furniture, dark wood panelling, and a collection of artwork and curiosities. The club still retains much of its original charm and character, without compromising on modern amenities and services.
Membership:Blacks Club requires that all prospective members be “extraordinarily interesting and interested” to be admitted as members. Membership rates are not publicly disclosed, and prospective members should contact the club for the latest rates.
Address: 67, Dean Street, Soho
14. The City University Club
The City University Club is a prestigious private members club located in the heart of the City of London, founded in 1895. When it first opened, the club only admitted students of the Oxford and Cambridge universities as its members, along with bankers who worked on Cornhill Street, where the club had its first building.
In 2018, the club moved to its present location at 42, Crutched Friars. Although no longer confined to the Oxbridge elite, the club still shows a preference for bankers, lawyers, and brokers when admitting new members. Members are often nominated by existing members.
The club is housed in a beautiful Victorian building and offers amenities, including a restaurant, a bar, a library, a billiards room, and a rooftop terrace. The City University Club is also known for its elegant and traditional interiors, featuring classic furniture, oil paintings, and antique clocks.
The City University Club focuses on intellectual and professional development, and its facilities and services are designed to support its members' intellectual and creative interests. In keeping with its members’ interests and professional backgrounds, the club conducts events such as talks, lectures, and seminars on topics ranging from business and finance to law and politics, along with networking events and social gatherings.
Members can also take advantage of the club's business centre which provides access to meeting rooms, office facilities, and support services.
Membership:Membership is by invitation only and prospective members need to be proposed and seconded by an existing member.
Address: 42, Crutched Friars, London
15. The Sloane Club
Founded in 1922, the Sloane Club is a luxurious private members club located in the heart of Chelsea. The club is housed in a beautiful Georgian townhouse and features a variety of amenities, including a restaurant, a bar, a terrace, a gym, and a spa.
The club offers a variety of exclusive events, such as wine tastings, masterclasses, and private dinners, as well as access to VIP experiences, such as theatre tickets, sports events, and travel packages. Members can also take advantage of the club's concierge service that supports everything from restaurant reservations to travel arrangements.
The Sloane Club is also known for its sophisticated interiors that feature a mix of classic and contemporary furniture and a refined aesthetic. The decor combines a mix of neutral tones, soft lighting, and luxurious fabrics to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Members get access to its elegantly designed rooms, suites, and apartments, besides being able to enjoy the party scene at its sister property located next door — The Sloane Hotel.
Membership: Membership fees at The Sloane Club start at £1,015 per year. The complete list of plans can be viewed here.
Address: 52, Lower Sloane Street, London
London is home to some of the world's most exclusive and prestigious private members clubs. From historic clubs that catered only to the Oxbridge elite, to clubs that kicked off motorsports in Britain and everything in between — making a list of the best men’s private member clubs London has to offer is like going through the history of Britain itself.
Of course, exclusive clubs are no longer the preserve of the London male alone. Which is why we’ve also curated a list of the best women private member clubs in London.
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