London’s Best Private Members’ Clubs

By Ellie Smith

1 month ago

Find your perfect match in our round-up of the best members' clubs in town

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. Keen to get involved? Here we’ll help you find your perfect match.

From the (many) Soho Houses to clubs following the footsteps of their traditional forefathers, 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.

Best Private Members’ Clubs To Join in 2024

The Arts Club

How Do You Choose The Right Members’ Club For You?

When choosing a London members’ club, along with the membership fees, you should think about your social interests, dining preferences, and the type of person you like to socialise with. Of course, you’ll have to actually be accepted into the club, too. The members’ clubs in our edit all have distinct selection criteria and provide different atmospheres for their members. For instance, Albert’s in South Kensington requires a proposal or secondment by a current member to ensure a close-knit community. On the other hand, The Arts Club in Mayfair looks for individuals with a demonstrable interest in the arts and requires knowing two existing members. Home House in Marylebone mandates an invitation for membership and a personal tour of the club during the application process. The Groucho Club in Soho focuses on individuals who ‘would be enjoyable company at the bar’. 

Upstairs at Langans


Struggling to pick just one members’ club to join? With ONDA, you won’t have to. The network gives you access to an impressive 250 private clubs in 75 cities around the world – from New York to Paris, Barcelona to Milan. In London, membership includes a ticket to exclusive spots like Upstairs at Langan’s, The Sloane Club and Laylow – plus the ‘Explorer Membership’ gives you complimentary access to Soho Friends, meaning you can book stays at Soho House hotels. You can use each facility for up to six times per year, and bring three guests. Not only that, but members have the opportunity to sign up for an array of events and experiences, from wellness activities to exhibitions and DJ sets. All this, from just £76 a month; we’re sold.

Membership from £76 per month,