There are a few things in life that men of style and taste aspire to – buying a luxury timepiece and smoking the right cigars are two examples but joining a private members’ club is a real landmark moment in a man’s life.
Whether you join or a simply a guest at one, they are fantastic places to impress a date, have a private and alternative business meeting or to go for a quiet drink after an especially crappie day. London is renowned for having some of the best private members clubs in the world and getting in at one will help you achieve that net stop in your path to world domination. Here’s our guide to the best of the bunch …
The Arts Club
Anywhere that was founded by Charles Dickens has got to be good. Located on the achingly cool Dover Street it was set up to be a home to gents in the art, science and literature worlds and currently offers poetry readings, cabaret and tours of art institutions.
The In & Out
Possibly the grandest of the fine institutions on our list, The In & Out was founded 152 years ago by naval and army officers although thankfully you don’t need to be either of those to join now. Stricter than many, you’ll need a tie to enter and it operates a no mobile phone policy. As well as the beautiful dining room it also has a swimming pool, gym, sauna, massage room and squash court.
The Groucho Club
Everyone has heard of The Groucho Club. Mostly because it is a second home for London’s famous and misbehaved. The club was founded in 1985 as a response to the now shocking times when pubs used to be closed in the afternoon. Located on Dean Street in Soho, it is a luxurious space to enjoy riotous drinks of an evening.
The Devonshire Club
A beautiful and modern space over two floors that combines a luxurious bar with real comfortable lounge vibes. It’s the perfect business meetings turns into drinks spot and is superbly located for City workers.
South Kensington Club
Many private members clubs focus on a traditional drinks model. It’s not the case here, where the modern approach extends to health and relaxation which includes an amazing Russian steam bath.