Having evolved from the secretive gentlemen clubs of the past, the term members’ club has become more varied, with different clubs seeking different members, hosting different services and boasting different (yet equally luxurious) interiors. Of course, the fees remain high and the selection remains relatively strict, but now we see more and more clubs approaching tradition with a twist. We’ve selected three of these clubs that embody the range of what London has to offer, not only to its members, but also to the community surrounding them.
We begin with what is perhaps the most well-known of all of London’s member’s clubs. Over 50 years old, Annabel’s is most famous for accommodating celebrities and royals in a discreet underground setting. Soon to be relocating to a new building, Annabel’s is ready for a fresh start and to continue its legendary legacy of being the city’s most exclusive party venue.
The first not-for-profit members’ club to install itself in London, the House of St Barnabas completely redefines expectations of its like. Whilst maintaining the concept of pleasure and refuge, the House is renowned for its employment programme in displaced individuals, working with the homeless to reinvent themselves and to push them in a lighter direction.
Maggie & Rose is peculiar in the way that it avoids the hedonistic notion of what a members’ club is. With a family-orientated ethos, this club brings families together in order for parents to bond with their children and each other. Classes are held to stimulate the younger generation’s interests and passions, ranging from cooking, gardening, dance and art. Also philanthropic in its endeavours, Maggie & Rose is a perfect setting to develop a child’s learning and personality.