Take your socialising to the next level at one of London’s swankiest private members clubs…
Words Helen Brown
Founded in 1963, Annabel’s is old school at its best. If walls could talk, the ones at Annabel’s would have an awful lot to say. It’s the only nightclub that the Queen has ever been to and is world-famous for its elegance and service.
When the rest of London shuts down, this den of debauchery kicks off. There’s no membership but a pretty rigorous door policy. It’s the ultimate bar for late night dancing and famed for its tequila collection. Fun fact: it was once owned by the inventor of the Espresso Martini, Dick Bradsell.
The Groucho Club
The Groucho Club was dreamt up as an alternative to stuffy gentleman’s clubs. The publishes who started it wanted somewhere to meet and relax, in a discreet, luxury setting. It’s sits in London’s bohemian Soho and is open to members of the creative industries. With multiple bars, restaurants and bedrooms it sets the benchmark for a new generation of private members clubs.
The Devonshire Club
The Devonshire Club holds the reputation as one of London’s grandest PMC’s. It’s also one of the newest having opened its doors last year. Set over two floors, the venue combines comfort with complete luxury. With champagne bar and intimate terrace it’s the perfect setting for a romantic date.
This subterranean cocktail bar is one of London’s greatest secrets. Access is granted to those with the keyring and the keypad code. The interiors are 60’s led – plush and comfortable – and typically full of King’s Cross coolest crowds.
The Arts Club
Charles Dickens was among the founding members of this illustrious establishment in Mayfair. Originally it was set up for artists and patrons of the arts, literature and science. As a result, the club offers an extensive programme of events such as poetry readings and cabaret.
In signature je ne sais quoi style, the Experimental Group have created their first members club. Chess Club boasts a menu from Jackson Boxer, packed with delicious British ingredients. Complimenting the food is an impressive drinks offering. It focuses on smaller independent growers and introduces wines from around the world. Alongside is a creative cocktail menu curated with craft spirits.