Want to join an exclusive private members club or an elite gentlemen's club in the UK capital and original clubland? From Annabel's to Soho House, we look at the best members clubs in London for yachties to network, socialise or get some R&R, and give you the low-down on how to join them now.
And if you're looking for something more global, take a look at our roundup of the world's most exclusive member clubs.
Annabel’s has been an iconic London institution since the Swinging Sixties, but after moving to its new location in the 21st century has garnered increasing popularity as one of the most aesthetically pleasing clubs in London. From the seasonal exterior displays to the extravagant “loos in the mews” which have become an Instagramable hotspot, Annabel’s is the perfect backdrop for your night on the town. Interiors are spread over multiple floors, with each room uniquely styled to a different whimsical theme by Martin Brudnizki. From mosaic artwork to crystalline chandeliers and bold botanical wallpaper, the club’s interiors are a (pleasing) assault on the senses. Diners at Annabel’s can choose from six different eateries, ranging in cuisine from Italian, Mexican or Japanese, before heading downstairs for a dance in the exotically decorated nightclub. Members also have access to a quaint patio garden, an outstanding wine cellar and a cosy humidor room – not to mention an opportunity to rub shoulders with fellow socialites, singers or the occasional sovereign.
Annabel's is just one of the London establishments that members of the Birley collection can enjoy access to, the most recently launched being the Birley Wine Club. Membership perks include fine wine tastings, access to expert advice from connoisseurs and opportunities to embark on vineyard and distillery tours across Europe and the US.
How to join: For membership enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3879 9146.
Ten Trinity Square
Located in the heart of London city, Ten Trinity Square seamlessly combines 2,000 years of English heritage with the modern ideals of the metropolis. The grounds were once the office of 17th century diarist Samuel Pepys, and later the headquarters of the Port of London Authority. Today however, the club aims to bring together current “leaders and key-thinkers from diverse industries” to foster new networking relationships in this historic space. Sprawled across a number of walnut-panelled rooms, members can retreat to the cigar or billiards lounges, dining on Michelin-starred meals served up by chef Anne-Sophie Pic. Equally impressive is the extensive wine store, which is home to the UK’s largest collection of wines from the Château Latour estate. Additionally, members are granted room discounts as well as complete access to the luxuriant spa and wellness amenities of the Four Seasons hotel, which is hosted within the same building.
How to join: Annual Membership for Ten Trinity Square is £3,000, plus new members are required to pay a £5,000 joining fee. New applicants must have an endorsement from a founding member of the club.
British bookmaker Fitzdares – which has been taking the world’s largest sporting bets since 1882 - has just opened the doors to its very own club, set up on the historic site where the firm was first founded. Designed in the style of a Mayfair townhouse by Rosanna Bossom, the club offers sporting enthusiasts a comfortable and elegant environment, decked out with the highest-quality audio-visual tech, for enjoying everything from horse racing at Royal Ascot to Wimbledon tennis matches. Members will also enjoy exclusive offers on bets placed, open access to the Fitzdares Wine Club and an annual invite to a major sporting event. You’ll even receive special discounts to London's top restaurants, hatmakers and Savile Row tailors too – so you’ll be able to get your wardrobe essentials sorted for the next big sporting meet. Additionally, the dog-friendly club features quiet rooms for working and private meetings and a restaurant for dining on gourmet meals and locally-brewed Fitzdares Ale.
How to join: Membership fees cost just £600 and an application can be sent in via the website. Applying members do not need to be proposed by an existing member to be considered.
Encompassing almost 30,000 square metres, the expansive site of The Ned has so much on offer that applicants can actually chose to be members of multiple different areas within the same building. Specifically, the hotel has as many as nine restaurants (some of the best in London) and 252 bedrooms, with four different membership options. Historically the Midland Bank, the imposing edifice is nestled halfway between St Paul’s cathedral and The Gherkin, drawing inner city financiers and other young working professionals to its doorstep. Inside, Soho House founder Nick Jones has redesigned the interiors in a glamorous art deco style inspired by the décor of 1920’s and 30’s ocean liners, sleeper trains and grand resorts. Remnants of the building’s former use remain in the form of the pillared banking hall and the underground vault door, which leads to Ned’s Club downstairs. As well as being able to socialise, drink and dine in their preferred areas, members enjoy access to the impressive spa and gym facilities.
How to join: Membership prices vary depending on your selected type, including a reduced rate for under 30s. Applicants must be proposed by existing members of The Ned to be considered.
Dedicated to attracting a different demographic of club members, Soho House caters to artistic types; actors, writers, musicians, talent agents and artists of varying disciplines make up the Soho House society. The club is in fact so anti-corporate, that some of the houses infamously implemented a “no suits” dress code. But a diverse network for creative professionals is not the only thing that the club has to offer. Access to swish working spaces, private screening rooms, first-rate gyms and discounted room rates are just some of the perks alongside the exclusive social events that are hosted by the club for members to network, connect and create together. It’s also one of the most cosmopolitan clubs to be associated with, boasting 28 houses located across Europe, the US and Asia that act as bases for international members.
The original Soho House, however, is located in London on 40 Greek Street. The Grade II-listed townhouse is outfitted with cosy drawing rooms and dining spaces, as well as a collection of works by up-and-coming artists.
How to join: Soho House offers two types of membership: "local house" assigns you to a specific base for £1,060, with a joining fee of £500, whereas "every house" members pay £1,750 for access to all clubs throughout the year. Applicants will need two recommendations from existing members, and there’s an attractive discount for those under 27.
67 Pall Mall
Located in the heart of Mayfair, 67 Pall Mall is a club for wine lovers. Offering over 6,000 different bottles from 50 countries, the club is home to an unparalleled collection designed to excite members and expand their tastes. Drinks are enjoyed alongside European, seasonal dishes by chef Marcus Verberne, created from locally sourced produce and expert pairing recommendations. Members range from wine merchants and bankers to actors and artists.
Spread across three floors in an old renaissance style building, the club is split into various rooms to cater to the needs of its wine enthusiasts – whether you’re looking for a private event space, a cosy tasting environment or a place to connect with other members. A membership here also grants you access to the club's events where you'll have the opportunity to taste some of the world's most prestigious wines. For wine lovers located in Asia, 67 Pall Mall is set to shortly open a new clubhouse on Singapore’s Orchard Road.
How to join: New members require two current members to propose and second their applications. Annual fees are £1,750, plus a joining fee of £1500. Discounts are offered to members under 35 or those with a residence more than 50 miles from the club house.