May 10, 2021

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25 of London’s most exclusive private members’ clubs, ranked by price Part 2

By Rosie Fitzmaurice From Business Insider

Behind a 20-tonne, two-metre wide vault door lies The Ned Club’s Vault bar & lounge, an all-hours cocktail bar lined with thousands of original safety deposit boxes, ideal for a nightcap.The Ned
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.

Home House, Marylebone — £1,940, plus £295 joining fee.
Home House
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
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.

Information on membership can be found online here.

67 Pall Mall, St. James’s — £1,500, plus £1,500 joining fee.
67 Pall Mall
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.”

Candidates require a proposer and seconder from within the club’s existing membership.

Ten Trinity Square, the City of London — £3,000.
Ten Trinity Square
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.

You can make membership enquiries online here.

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.

Find out more here.

The Ned, Bank — £3,150, plus £1,000 joining fee.
The Ned
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
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.

Details on membership can be found online here.

Devonshire Club, The City — £2,400, plus £2,400 joining fee.
Devonshire Club
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
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.
Flickr/Herry Lawford
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.


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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.

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