At its riverside museum sites near Pimlico and London Bridge, the Tate sets aside three spaces exclusively for its members. Within the classical-looking Tate Britain, the Members Room is a handsome refuge in what used to be the museum director’s office. Over at the old power station that is Tate Modern, the Members Room is way up on the eighth floor of 2016’s Blavatnik Building extension. In clear skies, the views are remarkable. The wi-fi’s good too, if you’ve got to work. In the Modern’s original Natalie Bell Building, there’s a sixth-floor Members Bar with similarly appealing vistas.
From £78 a year.
Millbank, Westminster, SW1P 4RG; Bankside, SE1 9TG
Join the cluster of arty venues that comprise the Southbank Centre and you don’t only get priority booking to big shows at the Royal Festival Hall. Entry to Hayward Gallery exhibitions becomes free, plus you and a guest can hang out in the Members Café-Bar. On the sixth floor of the Festival Hall, this is another one with views to write home about. Low slung and modernist, it’s an easy place to pass time pre-show, post-show or just because. Two-hour happy hours help encourage feelings of creativity and community.
From £69 a year.
Belvedere Road, Waterloo, SE1 8XX