- London is home to some of the most exclusive private members’ clubs in the world.
- We’ve rounded them up and ranked them by the price of a standard annual membership.
- They range from £150 ($195) to over £6,000 ($7,816) a year.
London’s private members’ circuit has come a long way since the days of the stuffy gentlemen’s club.
The capital now boasts one of the most diverse selections of clubs in the world.
While areas such as Mayfair and Pall Mall are still synonymous with the members’ club scene, an explosion of more accessible, affordable, and trendier clubs have shaken things up.
Whether you are looking for a wellbeing sanctuary, to indulge in the world of fine wine, art, and live performance, or just somewhere with cool rooms where cool-looking people hang out, each club has its very own niche, making it even trickier to pick the right one.
We’ve rounded up a selection of London’s most exclusive private members’ clubs, which cost between £150 ($195) to over £6,000 ($7,816) for an annual membership.
Scroll down for a sneak peek inside some of London’s best clubs, ranked in ascending order by the price of a standard annual membership and joining fee.
This is an updated version of an earlier story by Rosie Fitzmaurice.
Disrepute, Soho — £150 ($195) per year.
Disrepute, a "hidden gem" nestled within an opulent Soho basement, offers a carefully curated cocktail menu and an atmospheric space perfect for secret late-night sessions. It is one of the most reasonably priced members’ bars in London.
Membership privileges include priority reservations, the ability to book in parties of up to 12 people, and free access to special events, talks, and masterclasses.
The club says it is a members’ bar not in the conventional sense, and that applications are welcome from people of all backgrounds and persuasions. Non-members are also welcome to book a table, subject to availability.
The Court, Soho — £600 ($782) per year.
Soho newcomer The Court, situated on Kingly Street, is set to open in spring 2019 with a 24-hour license, making it one of the latest nights in the neighbourhood.
Founder Harry Mead says of the members’ club: "We have a wide range of characters on the members’ panel so that we can curate an interesting and diverse membership. We want it to be the place where you can have dinner with an artist and a tech entrepreneur while listening to great live music and sipping an incredible cocktail. It’s a bar and a restaurant and a place to listen to live music and see stunning art — it’s the whole experience that makes it what it is. There are great venues across the city that tick one or two of these boxes, but very few that bring all of these."
The club promises members can expect a restaurant with a menu developed by Michelin starred chef Tom Sellers, "show-stopping décor," and "an ultra-sleek Gatsby-esque basement bar with cocktails created by award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA Mr Lyan)."
Quo Vadis, Soho — £500 ($651) per year, plus £150 ($195) joining fee.
Quo Vadis, easily recognisable by its iconic neon street sign, is another of Soho’s members’ haunts. The club consists of a first-floor bar and lounge, and a dedicated members’ restaurant, which serves quintessentially British cuisine. The second floor is home to the "Blue Room," an intimate, atmospheric lounge with an open plan bar and first-rate sound system.
It is popular among Soho’s creatives, foodies, and more generally seekers of relaxed business and serious pleasures.
Under 30s benefit from a discounted yearly rate of £300 ($391). The club doesn’t have a blanket policy for membership and says it instead looks at case by case applications, accepting people without airs and graces who are interesting and happy to be themselves.
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