Harry’s Bar, Mayfair
The original Harry’s Bar in Venice made its name inventing the bellini. Its London counterpart remains one of the most sophisticated and elegant clubs in London, if not the world. Unlike many of the entries on this list, it does not have a nightclub, a heated swimming pool, a vault load of wine, nor an MRI machine. What it does have is unquestionable class and staff that understand members like they are family – from knowing their favourite tables to their favourite food and which drinks to have chilled in anticipation of their arrival. The dress code is strictly suits and strictly adhered to, which is why the clientele love it. Far from being an old-school or stuffy establishment, it attracts many members are in their 30s and 40s who appreciate the elegance and formality.
The staff, but also the beautiful heated terrace – ideal for people watching in Mayfair over limoncello.
Annual membership is rumoured to be £1,500 (joining fee £750)
Why It’s Worth It
A Mayfair institution, and it’s easy to see why. Harry’s Bar membership also gains you access to its brother clubs George and Mark’s Club
5 Hertford Street, Mayfair
One of London’s best kept secrets, what happens in 5 Hertford Street stays in 5 Hertford Street. Often seen as Annabel’s younger, cooler cousin, the club was opened 7 years ago by Robin Birley, son of Lady Annabel Goldsmith and the late Mark Birley the renowned members club chieftain who had a hefty club portfolio including old Annabel’s. Robin has taken his classy, charismatic and dazzling upbringing and used his connections to create a sanctuary for cool club-goers. The décor feels luxurious but lived in, with endless mementos, photos of family members and fireplaces in most rooms. The club is a rabbit warren of rooms in four adjoining townhouses within which are highly themed restaurants, private dining rooms where dogs are welcomed, a cigar room, three bars, a library, a drawing room, alcoves for bookworms and the famous late night watering hole LouLous, which is great for some Friday night fun. Be under no illusions, the crowd here is just as Sloaney as any members club you might find in Mayfair but remains a club where your grandparents will feel as comfortable spending their Sunday as you did spending the early hours of Saturday morning.
The level of privacy also sets this club aside. There is absolutely no email communication between members and the club with all bookings taking place over the phone or in person. A rarity in today’s digital landscape.
£2,500 per annum.
Why It’s Worth It
It’s the place to be for royals, billionaires, A-list celebrities and socialites so expect service to be second to none with a price tag that is more reasonable than you would expect. The night club LouLous is the cherry on the cake.
The Ned, the City
Housed in the iconic former Midland Bank building at 27 Poultry in the City, The Ned is the perfect place for breakfast meetings, drinks with friends or city stopovers. As you would expect from the Soho House group the décor of this 250 room, five-star hotel features shabby-chic interiors with a polished Manhattanite twist. Throughout the building many of the original features from the heritage site have stayed, the members only basement lounge bar is found inside the bank's original vault, with it's 20-tonne door and 3,000 stainless steel security boxes. The property includes nine restaurants (including a Cecconi's) many of which you are able to use without a membership. For those with membership facilities include private rooftop restaurants, alfresco terraces and cocktail bars, a heated rooftop swimming pool with uninterrupted views over St. Pauls Cathedral, a gentlemen’s barbershop, a state of the art gym, a boxing ring, a second swimming pool in the basement, a steam room; a sauna; a marble-clad and a traditional Moroccan hammam. If this sounds like your idea of a members club you will have to sign up separately (or additionally) to the Soho House members scheme as it sits outside of the Every House bracket.
Two swimming pools, one on the rooftop and one in the basement sets this club aside from many other London member’s clubs.
£3,500 a year
Why It’s Worth It
Membership gets you access to one of the best rooftops in the city. There is also the legendary Vault bar housed in the original Midland Bank strongroom which stays open until you decide to leave.