Just when you thought the clubland scene in the capital had reached saturation point, up crops a host of new members clubs in London that we can’t wait to join. From a new cultural hub in east London to decadent spots in Mayfair, these are the new members clubs to have on your radar.
New Members Clubs in London
When Nikita opened last year, it swiftly established itself as one of the most discrete members clubs in London and remains something of enigma to anyone not on its hallowed members list. The space has been designed to resemble a Haussmann-style flat in Paris, with moulded red walls and moodily dim lighting. This is a place to come once dusk descends – quite literally, as the club’s main operating hours are between 8.30pm and 1.30am.
Inside you’ll find velvet-upholstered booths and designer furniture and art by Harif Guzman, as well as a secret passageway connecting the club to its sister restaurant, Mr Nice. There’s a newly-launched wine club, where membership will set you back £5,000 a year, and the club hosts regular wine tastings and DJ sets in the main lounge. The food offering comes courtesy of Comptoir Robuchon, with caviar a key feature of the menu.
Annual membership costs £1,000 or £1,500 for joint membership, plus a joining free of £150 and £200 respectively; 22 Davies Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3DE
The team behind Fitzrovia’s Mortimer House has opened up 1 Warwick in Soho, creating a new must-visit spot to drink, dine and be seen in London’s nightlife hub. Set over six floors within a renovated Neo-Baroque house, boutique interior architecture firm Fettle have included plenty of nods to the area’s colourful history in the 50s and 60s, with mid-century vintage furniture and bespoke lighting creating a relaxed, welcoming ambience.
The year-round rooftop restaurant, Yasmin, is one of the club’s most popular spots, with its wraparound terrace offering fantastic views over central London. On the ground floor, meanwhile, you’ll find Nessa, a buzzy bistro and bar made for long lazy lunches or power-hour meetings. Like Mortimer House, there are plenty of workspaces to be found, both private and shared, as well as a studio and gym for PT sessions.
Membership starts from £100 per month; 1 Warwick Street, Soho, London W1B 5LR
Shoreditch Arts Club
Top of the list when it comes to the best new members clubs in London is Shoreditch Arts Club. Creatives have been flocking here since it opened its doors in March, with the club designed to feel like a cool art collector’s home. Thought-provoking paintings, sculptures and installations are dotted around the space, which is housed in the iconic Tea Building on Redchurch Street.
There’s a destination restaurant led by in-house chef Mattia Luminelli, with a largely vegetarian and vegan menu focusing on seasonal and local dishes, as well as a bar overseen by award-winning mixologist Walter Pintus. Members also get access to a 24-seat cinema, with a programme organised by pioneering platform Girls in Film, and regular events and workshops, ranging from talks with artists displayed in the club to immersive dining experiences and LGBTQ+ discussions.
Annual membership costs £750, plus a joining fee of £150; 6 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DD
There was feverish excitement when Bacchanalia flung open its doors at the end of last year, but now there’s an even more exclusive Mayfair hot spot: the restaurant’s very own private members club, Apollo’s Muse. Expect to be dazzled by the gloriously opulent interiors, which include 2,000-year-old Greek and Roman artworks and floor-to-ceiling marble sculptures.
Members are granted access to their own private concierge and there’s a stellar programme of events, including weekly live music and quarterly headline acts. While we can’t name any names, the fact that Florence and The Machine played at the restaurant’s opening party gives you some indication of the sorts of gigs members can expect. The club’s wine list is one of the finest in London, featuring unique and rare vintages from the world’s best wineries. With a menu that includes dishes like caviar jacket potato, lobster brioche bun and a wagyu burger, this is the most decadent spot in the capital right now.
Annual membership costs £5,000, plus a joining fee of £1,750; 1-3 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3NA
Further cementing Mount Street as the most sought-after stretch in London is the recently revamped George club, which has been given a sparkling new overhaul by hospitality mogul Richard Caring and his wife, Patricia. The 18-month renovation has kept the club’s old school charm but has increased its footprint, adding to it by a third through a link to an adjoining building. As part of that it’s now home to Mayfair’s largest terrace, as well as three dining rooms (one private, with room for 16 people) and a glamorous Art Deco bar.
Works by David Hockney line the walls – keep an eye out for his iconic Afternoon Swimming print by the entrance – while an enormous sculptural mural of a hound’s face created by artist Jill Berelowitz sits at the bottom of the club’s gilded spiral staircase. The kitchen is headed up by chef Marcus Eaves, formerly of Oblix at the Shard, and most of the Mediterranean-inspired dishes are cooked over a charcoal grill and paired with biodynamic wines. Keep an eye out for resident dachshund, George – a nod to the club’s namesake, the dog owned by London nightlife maverick Mark Birley.
Prices available on request; 88-89 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2SU