London’s Best Private Members’ Clubs
Historically, private members’ clubs were reserved for wealthy, high-society men. Gentlemen’s clubs began around the 17th century, with London being the main hub – particularly around the area of St James and Pall Mall, which became known as Clubland. Different clubs were designed for different clientele – politicians would congregate at the Reform Club, for instance, while diplomats would meet at the St James Club.
Thankfully, things have changed a great deal over the years. Most importantly, the majority of clubs now allow women to join too (bar a few, such as the Garrick Club in Covent Garden, which has been at the centre of a sexism row for some years). And while many of the old-school clubs still exist, competition is rife nowadays. New private’ members clubs are popping up left right and centre, each with their own USP – whether that’s a focus on wellness, families, music or art. Most boast beautiful interiors, workspaces, great restaurants and cool cocktail bars, offering members’ access to a targeted programme of events. Keen to get involved? Here, we’ll help you find your perfect match.
The C&TH Guide to London’s Best Private Members’ Clubs 2022
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