Top 5 Exclusive Clubs in London
Whether you’re staying at a quaint bed and breakfast in Gower Street or in one of those ultra modern hotels near Soho London, you will have access to all the fancy fine dining restaurants and glamorous pubs and bars in the locale. These areas are ideal for people who want to end the day with a drink and some great music. For those looking for a more exclusive scene, visit some of these well-known clubs for both travellers and locals alike.
The Groucho Club
If you want to blend in with the in-crowd of the London party scene, go to The Groucho Club, located on Dean Street in London’s Soho. Founded in 1985 by a group of writers and publishers, the club began as a simple place for celebrities and members of the media to eat, drink, and relax. Since its reestablishment in the ’90s, the club has been reinvented for a more modern and wilder party-going crowd.
The Groucho Club has three bars, two restaurants, and 20 bedrooms. It also houses a collection of contemporary artworks by artists like Gary Hume, Alison Watt, and Sir Peter Blake.
Known for its strict dress code and excellent entertainment, Annabel’s is probably the glitziest and most exclusive of all the members-only nightclubs in London. Its clientele includes the Prince of Wales, Princess Anne, Aristotle Onassis, and Frank Sinatra, just to name a few. The club was founded in 1963 by Mark Birley who named the place after his then wife, Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart.
Founded in 1693, White’s is the oldest and the most exclusive gentleman’s club in London. In the 18th century, the club gained reputation for its exclusivity and the rakishness of its members. Today’s notable members are Tom Stacey, Prince William, and Prince Charles.
The Arts Club
The Arts Club was founded in 1863 by Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope and Lord Leighton. The club’s members and guests is made up of some of the biggest name in writing and the arts; Monet, Rodin, Turgenev, Millais, Whistler, and Kipling are among those who frequented this establishment. It served as a center of activity for writers and artists; up to this day, it continues to be so as it provides a meeting place for creative men and women alike.
However, not all members are artists by profession. Some of them are gallery owners, art dealers and agents for artists. If you are an aspiring artist, the Arts Club would be a great place to visit for inspiration.
The Reform Club
If you are fascinated by classic Italian architecture, you’ll find yourself awestruck by the majestic beauty of this building, the home of the Reform Club, an exclusive social club.
The structure is Italian Renaissance-inspired. As you enter its great hall, you’ll be surrounded by a gallery of romantic colonnades. The club is two storeys tall and houses an extensive library, fine dining place, and an excellent wine cellar. There are also rooms available for members who wish to stay at the Reform Club overnight. The Reform Club has plenty of spaces for reading, reflection, and relaxation.
The Reform Club was originally founded to serve a political goal and established in the tradition of a gentlemen’s club. But since 1981, the club has been accepting women as members of their organization. Today, the Reform Club no longer associate themselves with any political party.