London’s Most Prestigious Private Members’ Clubs
London loves its private-members clubs, which have been around since the late 17th century. While the old clubs have carried on including Boodle’s and White’s, there is a new guard of member’s clubs on the scene including 5 Hertford Street and Loulou’s. The most exclusive members’ clubs in London attract many high profile individuals from where Kate Moss gets up to sing to where the Downton Abbey creator hangs out.
Becoming a member of a private members’ club…
Firstly, by joining a private member’s club, you always know there is somewhere you can go whatever the weather, where you’re guaranteed to get a table. Whether you’re meeting an important client or just catching up with a friend in the evening, this fringe benefit shouldn’t be underestimated. In addition, most members’ clubs have special events exclusively expose to a selected group of well-connected and high profile members that you wouldn’t be able to access any other way. It is all about belonging to a selected community, which facilitate networking with other members at the club as well.
Gaining membership of London’s most prestigious members’ clubs is no easy matter. Entry is not all about a case of finances, but the selection criteria are far more intensive than that. It is all about the lifestyle experiences that you have access to in a unique community, Sigillus assist our members throughout their application process to London’s leading private members’ clubs through our bespoke connections. For those who are in search of a venue that cate exclusively to the sophisticated and illustrious, Sigillus has a few suggestions of London’s top private members’ clubs.
5 Hertford Street
The 18th Century townhouse that is 5 Hertford Street boasts two restaurants, three bars, a cinema room and the glamorous nightclub LouLou’s. 5 Hertford Street was founded by Robin Birley, who inherited his father’s elegant club Annabel’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. If you are looking for glamour or sophistication, 5 Hertford Street will not disappoint you. The spiral staircase entrance is hugged by walls peppered with mirrors, breathing an elegance that reflects what is inside. There is a labyrinth of rooms, dance floors, courtyards and restaurants. The cocktails and food are excellent, the service is unparalleled and the tables are set up in booths, offering privacy uncommon in central London. The real party starts after midnight when the young and beautiful flock to the dance floor in the nightclub, Lou-Lou’s.
The Arts Club
The Arts Club was founded in 1863 by men of vision in order to provide a haven for those people who had professional or amateur relationships with the Arts, Literature or Sciences and it has provided this hospitality and friendship ever since. In the course of its existence the Club has included amongst its members many outstanding figures in the history of art, literature and science: writers such as Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Thomas Hughes; musicians such as Paolo Tosti, Charles Halle and Franz Liszt; artists such as Frederic Leighton, Walter Sickert, John Everett Millais, Auguste Rodin and James McNeill Whistler, as well as an array of pre-eminent surgeons, solicitors and professionals. The club was refurbished in 2012, and now the walls are made of stunning cashmere. Famous members and guests have included Dickens, Monet, Rodin, and Whistler. Current members include Gwyneth Paltrow and HRH The Prince Philip, while everyone from Prince Harry to David Beckham have stopped by here recently to party.
Arguably the grande dame of London’s private members’ club scene, Annabel’s was founded in 1963 by legendary entrepreneur Mark Birley, and named after his wife, and has been building its globally renowned reputation for five decades. Oozing elegance and sophistication, Annabel’s was one of England’s first members-only nightclubs. Annabel’s offers fine dining in the restaurant, a cocktail bar, a courtyard garden, nightclub and private dining rooms. 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.
For more than 35 years Morton’s Club has stood proudly in Mayfair, overlooking Berkeley Square, in a Grade II building that dates all the way back to 1823. From its enviable position overlooking the world famous Berkeley Square, Morton’s stands vigil as a beacon of exclusivity which draws A-listers and London’s social elite to its unobtrusive façade. The stunning bar area has seating running the length of the room with large glass windows looking out onto buzzing Mayfair. Live music is available during the week and a resident DJ plays from 9pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the 2&8 nightclub located in the basement of Morton’s.
Soho House was founded in London in 1995 as a private members’ club for people in the creative industries, Soho House & Co has since opened clubs across Europe and North America, as well as restaurants, cinemas, workspaces, spas and bedrooms. Soho Houses are in diverse locations around the world, but its mission has always been the same: to create a comfortable home away from home for our members. Each restaurant has its own personality and atmosphere. From classic Italian to modern British, Soho House is committed to producing simple dishes using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients in all our kitchens.