LONDON LIFE • August 2021
We know you love a club. And if you’re looking for a top one to join in London, we can help – whether you’re after a space in which to work, play or change the world…
Best for… changing the world
Are you passionate about positive change? Whether it’s sustainability, economics or racial equality that fires you up, The Conduit – relaunching at the end of August in Covent Garden – will connect you to likeminded folk making a tangible difference. Exclusive talks with trailblazing activists and rip-up-the-rulebook CEOs (think James Thornton of environmental charity ClientEarth) join skills-boosting courses and, of course, networking nights fuelled by cocktails from mixologist extraordinaire Walter Pintus.
£1,800 per year
Best for… social networking
Come 6pm in this atmospheric Soho club, laptops are shut – and the co-working vibe transforms into a convivial scene where glasses clink and cool Londoners mingle. The unofficial membership criterion is that you should be ‘someone interesting to chat to at the bar’ – or perhaps share a meal with, given that food is a focus. As he does in the popular public restaurant below, chef Jeremy Lee turns out seasonal British dishes in the first-floor members’ space, and co-hosts pop-up dinners with culinary stars such as Angela Hartnett. Stick around for the nightly 9pm Negroni Gong, signalling half-price drinks – the perfect opportunity to treat any new friends.
£600 per year
Best for… home comforts
Set in a townhouse on the banks of the Thames in Richmond, Bingham Riverhouse’s club – an offshoot of the hotel – strikes a just-right balance between cosy intimacy and grandiose glamour. The light-flooded club space overlooks greenery and bobbing boats, providing a serene place to ‘WFH’ alongside well-heeled west Londoners. Come evening, it transitions seamlessly into an elegant bar, where you’ll down knee-wobbling martinis before feasting on MasterChef winner Steven Edwards’ crafted dishes. Don’t fancy leaving? Exercise your 20 per cent discount on hotel stays – followed by free yoga sessions the next morning at sister spa Bhuti.
£850 per year
Enjoy a complimentary night’s stay with breakfast when you join Bingham Riverhouse Members Club. To redeem, email email@example.com and quote offer code BINGHAMBAHIGHLIFE. Valid until 23:59 GMT on 31 December 2021.
Best for… work plus play
It’s set in one of London’s hottest new hotel openings – Shoreditch’s The Mondrian, home to balconied rooms, stylish tapas restaurant and one stunner of a rooftop pool. But there’s more than top-quality hotel facilities to entice you to join The Curtain. Curated events – from panel discussions to club nights – let you follow up days of keyboard pounding in the co-working space with a heady dose of fun. Unlike many London clubs, you don’t need to know an existing member to join, which makes it refreshingly accessible, too.
£1000 per year + £350 joining fee
Best for… after-dark indulgence
With a décor that’s pure decadence – the more-is-more aesthetic includes flower-shaped chandeliers and soaring brass palm trees – Annabel’s is one of the city’s most outrageous and exclusive clubs. If you can get in (membership is hard to come by) you’re here to party, often with an A-lister crowd, which in the past has included everyone from Frank Sinatra to Kate Moss. Expect indulgences of every kind – rich Italian dinners at Matteo’s, fine wines in The Elephant Room, zingy Margaritas in The Mexican, louche entertainment in The Nightclub. A hedonist’s dream.
£3,250 per year + £1,750 joining fee
If your idea of a good time is a day at the spa, look no further than the South Kensington Club. The point here isn’t to sink bottles of bubbly until late – though you could – but rather to access first-rate, on-tap pampering. There are multiple swanky gym spaces, with boxing and Reformer Pilates classes included, as well as avocado-toast brekkies. But, really, you’re here to sweat it all out in the Russian-style banya bathhouse: a steamy, muscle-toning space that banishes London stresses to another planet. Book in for the parenia treatment, a rub down of fragrant eucalyptus oil with circulation-boosting strokes courtesy of a venik bundle of leafy branches.
From £3,300 per year