12 Apr London’s top private members’ clubs for hire
London’s private members’ clubs are world famous for their sheer number, their popularity, and their exclusivity. Nowhere does private members’ clubs like Britain, where the class system left off, clubs stepped in. If there’s one thing more frustrating than bastions of elitism and that’s not being a part of it, well now you can!
Many of London’s private members’ clubs are available to hire for private events but navigating the myriad of London clubs is opaque and tricky, so we’ve put all the best ones in one place. All you need to do now is start buttering up your proposer and seconder.
Annabel’s is legendary on the London Club scene, it may not be the oldest or the grandest or the most exclusive but it’s the best known and loved club in London. Annabel’s really is at the very top of its game now. The club reopened last year after a £65m refurb that saw them leave the basement a few doors down and occupy a substantial Berkeley Square townhouse and the results are impressive. Martin Brudnizki, the respected interior designer, created a playground perfect for the rich and famous. The club that’s played host to the likes of Nixon, Sinatra, Onassis, Tina Turner is once again ready to host the great and the good. With multiple restaurants, bars, and an infamous night club Annabel’s is more than ready for the challenge.
The Century Club
Somehow tucked discreetly away behind Shaftesbury Avenue, one hundred steps take you up to the aptly named Century Club. Spread across four floors of members’ areas with its vogueish decor, airy spaces big enough to make you feel miles from the scrum of Soho, The Century Club is a real sanctuary. Playing host to talks and live music they even have their own grooming room so you can mix and mingle while looking your best. The Century Club’s best-kept secret is, without doubt, their rooftop terrace – the largest in Soho, where you can gaze across the lights of the West End, a G&T sundowner in hand.
Ten years after its launch as London’s edgiest new club, Shoreditch House has retained its cool credentials but gained a little maturity and a lot of members. Housed in (where else?) a converted East London warehouse, Shoreditch House offers members use of a bowling alley, Cowshed Spa and an impressive gym. But where Shoreditch House reaches dizzying heights is the top-floor restaurant and the rooftop pool with iconic views across London. The recently added ‘Shoreditch Rooms’ means you can now live amongst the hipsters with an overnight stay at one of the sister clubs; members have the option to make the most of facilities of Soho Houses in Istanbul, Toronto, New York, Berlin and Barcelona.
Morton’s location is as impressive as its members’ list. Set in a grade II listed building dominating the North side of Mayfair’s Berkeley Square, the club has a distinctly relaxed atmosphere despite the imposing setting. With a bar, basement nightclub and private dining room the first-floor restaurant has gorgeous high ceilings and art-adorned walls which, along with the view across Berkeley Square, makes it one of the best places to eat in London. If you don’t fancy venturing outside, the 2&8 club means you can extend your evening into the early hours, dancing the night away in a cool art deco space decorated with the work of photographer Norman Parkinson.
The Hospital Club
A hotspot for creatives and media-types alike, The Hospital Club in Covent Garden offers a great location for both leisure and the occasional networking opportunity. Spread across seven chic stories of modern decor, the club features a cinema and screening room, restaurant, private dining room, and multiple cocktail bars, much to our delight. Perfect for the creatives it aims to attract the club has its own TV and recording studios, an art gallery and performance space. The Hospital has also recently announced the opening of their sister club in Los Angeles. Meantime enjoy their decadent ‘bottomless brunch’, with resident DJs every Saturday.
Eight Member’s Club Bank
Eight Club is basically the perfect kids’ den if those kids were in their 30’s and bunking off from their corporate city job. Set in what can only be described as a bunker, you descend several flights to even reach this dark cavern of fun and to prove it they’ve got pool tables. Eight doesn’t give you a smorgasbord of choices, like The Ned, but instead, it takes a try and test formula and applies it perfectly.