London’s private members’ circuit has come a long way since the days of the stuffy gentleman’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 to over £5,000 – or the cost of a new car – 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.
Disrepute, Soho — £150.
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.
Quo Vadis, Soho — £500, plus £150 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 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. 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.
L’escargot, Soho — £450, plus £250 joining fee.
Set in a Georgian townhouse in the heart of Soho above London’s oldest French restaurant L’escargot, the chic Upstairs Club is accessed via a psychedelic carpeted spiral staircase.
It’s a secretive hideout away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. There is an air of eccentricity to the club which offers its members access to a series of private rooms, including the salon noir, salon bleu, and salon rouge, which regularly host performances and general debauchery.
Under 28s can obtain a reduced membership of £250. If you don’t have a proposer, you may be asked to visit the club and meet with one of the membership team for a drink and a brief introduction.
Blacks Club, Soho — £525, plus £250 joining fee.
Nestled in the heart of Soho, Blacks Club is famed for the supper clubs that it now hosts at least once a month, with a focus on either wine, fashion, or art. Its website states: “The theme is always celebrated in style with special menus and plenty of wine! Always a popular night with members.”
There is a one-off joining fee of £250 and an annual membership costs £525, while a dual or couple membership costs £750. Meanwhile, under 30s benefit from a discounted rate of £300, and those overseas can pay £350 annually.
The full membership costs can be found online here.
The Chelsea Arts Club, Chelsea — £598, plus £295 joining fee.
The Chelsea Arts Club has a rustic and bohemian charm. The club centres around the billiard room, the dining room, and a secluded garden. There are also 12 bedrooms which members may book.
The club counts painters, sculptors, architects, poets, photographers, filmmakers, writers, actors, and musicians among its members, and their works are exhibited at the club year-round. Its parties are said to be “legendary.”
In addition to offering a discounted rate of £218 for under 30s, the club distinguishes between “town” and “country” memberships, with the latter benefitting from a reduced rate of £435.
The Chelsea Arts Club says it has a waiting list for new applicants, who have to be sponsored by two existing members whom they have known for at least two years.
Albert’s Club, Kensington — £650, plus £250 joining fee.
A relative newcomer to London’s private members’ scene, Albert’s Club opened its doors to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in 2016. Albert’s says it provides local residents with an alternative to its Mayfair rivals.
Inside, the décor is “quintessentially classic peppered with eccentric British twists,” the walls are lined with Colefax & Fowler wallpaper, and there are two mahogany wood-panelled bars, a lively nightclub, and a restaurant run by ex-Cecconi’s chef Alessio Piras.
Lifetime membership can be obtained for a one-off payment of £2,500, or annual membership is £650 with a £250 joining fee. All members are required to be proposed by a current member, or to come in for a quick tour with the membership director.
The Groucho Club, Soho — £950, plus £250 joining fee.
Founded in 1985, The Groucho Club is the original arts and media members’ club in the heart of Soho. The club is home to London’s creative elite, with a number of celebrity members, and is renowned for its contemporary art collection.
The walls of The Groucho Club are adorned with art from over 140 acclaimed artists, including Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and David Shrigley. The club also has 20 furnished bedrooms as well as a selection of private event spaces available for both members and guests.
There is a reduced membership price of £575 for under 35s and £350 for under 30s. Members based in the country over 100 miles from London can pay £750, and overseas £650. A lifetime membership is priced at £15,000. Apply here. For under 30s, country members and those overseas the joining fee is reduced to £100.
The AllBright Club, Bloomsbury — £750, plus £250 joining fee.
The Allbright club opened in March 2018, it is the first female-only members’ club in the UK. It describes itself as “a space for working women to convene, collaborate and network in order to help change the current economic landscape for women.”
The club boasts a cocktail bar, library and lounge, exhibition space, and bookable meeting rooms. The bar stocks wines from all-female vineyards and a there is a unique cocktail list that pays homage to pioneering women from history. Members can visit a beauty bar in the basement’s powder room and attend exercise classes in the wellness area, run by Elissa El Hadj, founder of London’s Form Studios.
The AllBright Mayfair, a second female-only club, will open its doors in early 2019.
Century Club, Soho — £750, plus £250 joining fee.
Launched in 2001, The Century Club sits behind a discrete front door on Shaftesbury Avenue. It boasts four floors of members’ club fun, including Soho’s largest roof terrace.
Given its proximity to the theatres of London’s West End, it is frequented by people in the arts, media, and entertainment industries.
The club also offers an out-of-town reduced annual membership at £550, and an under 30s membership costs £400.
To apply for membership, prospective members need to complete an application and attend an informal meeting with the head of membership.
The Hospital Club, Covent Garden — £865, plus £250 joining fee.
The Hospital Club is a unique private members’ club targeted at the world of creatives located in the heart of Covent Garden.
The seven-story building has an award-winning TV and music studio, a gallery, restaurant and bars, a screening room, 15 hotel rooms (open to non-members) and a live performance space, The Oak Room.
The club has a reputation for showcasing emerging and established creative talent via its gallery and member spaces.
Under 27s benefit from a discounted annual membership of £475, and a joining fee of £100.
Morton’s Club, Mayfair — £1,000 a year, plus £500 joining fee.
Morton’s private members’ club has been at the forefront of Mayfair’s elite social scene for the past 40 years. The Grade II-listed building overlooks the length of London’s exclusive Berkeley Square.
The first floor restaurant, with its lofty ceilings and panoramic balcony for summer al fresco dining, is the focal point of the house. Morton’s head chef, Dario Avenca, has devised a Mediterranean-inspired menu and the club claims to boast the largest wine list above any of its competitors.
Potential new members must be referred by two existing members.Applications are to be made to membership secretary Stephen Howard.
Shoreditch House, Shoreditch — from £1,300, plus £400 registration fee.
Shoreditch House is situated on the top three floors of the old Dickensian Tea Building in East London. It draws London’s “it” crowd and members can enjoy stunning views of the City from the club’s rooftop pool.
The club boasts plenty of other areas for members to chill out in – or freelance from – including the sitting room, the Square bar, the Snug, Cowshed Spa, the House Kitchen, which boasts a wood-fired oven, in addition to a gym, sauna, and steam room.
The Soho House group offers two kinds of yearly memberships – “local” and “every house.” The first costs £1,300, and gives you access to the facilities at one house in particular, while an every house membership grants you access to all of the clubs, and costs £1,650.
These rates are reduced to £700 and £925 respectively for under 27s, for whom the registration fee is also lower at £200.
White City House, White City — from £1,300, plus £400 registration fee.
White City House, one of the newest additions to the Soho House group, opened in April 2018. It is located in the former BBC London headquarters in West London. It boasts two floors of member spaces, a 17-metre rooftop pool and bar, steam room, sauna, hammam, cinema, screening room, huge gym, and 45 bedrooms.
There’s a large open kitchen, with an “East meets West” menu, dim sum, peking duck, and bao buns served, as well as healthy plant-based dishes. HouseGym, the largest Soho House gym, has four class studios, as well as TRX equipment, and Olympic lifting platforms.
The membership application process is the same for all Soho Houses – you apply online here with some information about yourself and two current members as proposers.
Soho House, Soho — from £1,300, plus £400 registration fee.
Soho House at 76 Dean Street is a Grade II-listed mid-Georgian townhouse spread over four floors. It’s popular with the neighbourhood’s media crowd. Among its many features is the screening room, a fully air-conditioned 43-seat cinema (pictured above) offering a varied programme of advance screenings and new releases.
Soho dwellers now have a choice of Soho House establishments to hang out in as earlier this year the original house 40 Greek Street also reopened its doors following a major renovation.
Local membership to Soho House Dean Street and Greek Street gives you access to the spaces and facilities at both houses: bars and restaurants, the screening room, and outdoor spaces.
Home House, Marylebone — £1,940, plus £295 joining fee.
Home House is an exclusive private members’ club in London’s Marylebone, which “fuses 18th century splendour with 21st century style.”
The club’s facilities include a boutique health spa, a garden for al fresco dining and drinking, two restaurants, numerous bars, The Vaults decadent party rooms, elegant bedrooms and suites, as well as a full calendar of social events throughout the year.
According to the club, “the best bit is that there are no stuffy rules, in fact there really aren’t any rules at all. Well, just one: ‘Nudity is discouraged.’ Naughtiness, on the other hand, is de rigueur.”
The club offers a number of different membership packages, including an under 35 annual rate of £1,275. The application process involves submitting your membership enquiry online here, before meeting with one of the team for a tour of the house.
12 Hay Hill, Mayfair — from £1,600, plus £750 joining fee.
12 Hay Hill describes itself as a business-focused members’ club “where business can be conducted without restrictions.” It says it also provides “atmospheric rooms in which to relax and to leave the world of business behind.”
The club boasts private meeting and dining rooms and 23 luxury serviced offices, in addition to the main restaurant and brasserie.
Club membership begins at £1,600 (for 20 visits per year), while business membership costs £3,200 (for 60 visits per year), and premier membership (unlimited visits per year) is £3,800. Alongside annual costs, there’s a £750 joining fee.
67 Pall Mall, St. James’s — £1,500, plus £1,500 joining fee.
67 Pall Mall says it is London’s first private members’ club for wine lovers, born from “a passion for fine wine and a frustration at the egregious mark-ups on the capital’s wine lists.” It says that the club’s mission is to make the world’s finest wines accessible to its members at sensible prices.
The club offers over 500 wines by the glass using Coravin’s revolutionary wine access system, as well as an extensive list by the bottle from all corners of the world. The club’s wine list is curated by 67 Pall Mall’s master sommelier, Ronan Sayburn MS.
The club also offers a reserve facility, which allows members to store up to two cases of their personal wine collection in the club’s cellars to enjoy by the bottle in the members lounge as and when they please. Membership discounts apply for under 35s, under 30s, and “wine professionals.”
Ten Trinity Square, the City of London — £3,000.
Ten Trinity Square opened its doors in London in September 2017. It is a collaboration between French wine estate Château Latour and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
Designed by Bruno Moinard and set within the former headquarters of the Port of London Authority in Tower Hill, it boasts a cigar sampling lounge, library and billiards room, and a members’ bar and dining room, where you can enjoy an extensive wine list.
Perhaps the biggest members’ perk has to be the access to the spa at Four Seasons, where guests can enjoy an indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, sauna, hammam, steam room, and gym.
The Arts Club, Mayfair — £2,000, plus £2,000 joining fee.
As its name would suggest, The Arts Club attracts people connected to or passionate about art, architecture, fashion, film, literature, music, performance, photography, science, theatre, and TV/media.
The 18th century townhouse at 40 Dover Street in Mayfair counts Charles Dickens among its former members. The club’s art collection remains at its very core, highlighting international trends, as well as maintaining a focus on British-based artists.
Under 30s benefit from a reduced annual subscription of £1,000, plus a joining fee of £1,000. New members are accepted on January 1 each year.
The Ned, Bank — £3,150, plus £1,000 joining fee.
Soho House and New York’s Sydell Group joined forces to create The Ned which opened in London in May 2017.
Set in the former Midland Bank building, it boasts 252 bedrooms channeling 1920s and 1930s design, nine restaurants, a range of grooming services, as well as “Ned’s Club,” a social and fitness club where members have access to a rooftop pool, gym, spa, hammam, and late-night lounge bar.
Ned’s Club Upstairs has a heated pool overlooking the London skyline and two converted domes with outdoor terraces for eating and drinking. The Roof Bar features a retractable roof and heaters, and offers views of the City and St Paul’s Cathedral, with an international menu prepared on the rotisserie grill and wood oven.
Behind a 20-tonne, two-metre wide vault door is The Vault bar & lounge, an all-hours cocktail bar lined with thousands of original safety deposit boxes, ideal for a nightcap.
Process for membership is to simply apply online here. Applicants can have up to two referrals, but it’s not compulsory.
South Kensington Club, South Kensington — £3,500, plus £1,000 joining fee.
South Kensington Club is a health and fitness sanctuary inspired by the spirit of adventure.
It offers a unique “Voyager Programme” headed up by polar explorer Christina Franco. The programme comprises three elements: a monthly lecture series, the opportunity to join tailor-made expeditions inspired by the lectures, and preparation and training for these adventures carried out by specialist fitness instructors at the club.
Other membership privileges include a sky-lit gym, fitness classes and training programmes, a bathhouse (with a hammam, banya, and Watsu pool), spa and beauty treatments, a Mediterranean restaurant, club sitting rooms, and a concierge service.
Membership starts at £365 per month, plus a £1,000 joining fee, while an under 30s rate begins at £228 per month, with a £500 joining fee. However, the club offers a rate of £3,500 plus a £1,000 joining fee to members paying upfront.
Devonshire Club, The City — £2,400, plus £2,400 joining fee.
The Devonshire Club, located in the heart of the City, opened its doors in 2016.
Housed on over 60,000 sq ft in a 19th century Regency warehouse, it boasts 68 bedrooms, a 110-seat brasserie, three bars, four private event rooms, a members gym, glazed garden room, outdoor terrace, and a private courtyard garden.
The club offers members an opulent space to relax and conduct business. It attracts the likes of financiers and city professionals, as well as creative execs based in Shoreditch and Hoxton.
Many of its members come through referrals, and every potential applicant is put forward to the membership committee.
5 Hertford Street, Mayfair — price on request.
5 Hertford Street considers itself so exclusive that it wouldn’t reveal its membership price to Business Insider. We did, however, manage to get the above glimpse of its insides.
Described by Vogue as the “loveliest club in London,” it is frequented by Hollywood A-listers and home to the impossibly cool Loulou’s nightclub for after dinner dancing.
Membership can be obtained only through application, but the word is some billionaires have been unable to score entry, so it’s best not to get your hopes up.
White’s, St. James — undisclosed.
White’s is considered one of London’s oldest and most exclusive gentleman’s clubs – it doesn’t even have a website. Based in St James, it is one of a handful in the city that do not allow women to enter at all, according to The Guardian.
Prince William, Charles, and the Duke of Wellington, as well as David Cameron have all reportedly been members at some point.
When Business Insider contacted White’s to enquire about membership costs, the club declined to comment on membership at all. However, The Telegraph suggested in 2013 that membership cost about £850 a year, so it is likely to be more than that now.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail suggests that new members must be vouched for by some 35 signatories.
Hurlingham Club, Fulham — waiting list closed.
Money can’t buy you a membership at the prestigious Hurlingham Club in Fulham – at the moment at least – according to its website which states “the waiting list for new members is now closed, subject to annual review.”
It’s not hard to see the draw of joining the Hurlingham Club to those who have the money and connections. As it’s outside of central London, it’s surrounded by luscious green manicured lawns, offering the perfect spot for an afternoon game of petanque, bowls, or croquet.
The Hurlingham’s huge grounds feature outdoor and indoor pools, squash and tennis courts, a gym, bar, and conservatory, in addition to countless rooms and terraces. It resembles a country estate.
Expect to rub shoulders with London’s elite and even royalty,Princess Charlotte was reported to have been taking tennis lessons there.
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.