When it comes to the most exclusive place in London, there’s no question that it’s Mayfair, in fact, Mayfair is one of the most expensive places to live in the world. So, if you’re heading for an evening out in the area, you’ll want to indulge in the height of luxury – it’s only natural. You could be after Michelin quality dinner and drinks; a casino experience, where sadly you won’t be able to find the kind of bonuses you’d find online; or the opportunity to rub shoulders with the art world’s elite. However you want to spend your evening, Mayfair’s members clubs can make your wishes come true. With this in mind, heading to a members club might be the best way of guaranteeing that you have a truly special experience, one that some people can only dream of. We visited some of the most lavish members clubs in the Mayfair area to see if they really stack up to our sky-high expectations.
The Colony Club
Hertford Street is the home of the Colony Club, perfectly located just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park and right around the corner from Nobu, so you can pop in and rub shoulders with a selection of gourmet A-listers on your way. Of course, don’t fill up too much as the Colony Club also has a renowned restaurant. They’re open from 7 pm until 2 am in order to cater to the discerning guests of the casino, but don’t be expecting your typical casino fare of burgers and fries. Everything on the menu is seasonal and prepared with the utmost care. Not only that, but if you’re into the theatre of food then they have a Teppanyaki bar where you can watch all kinds of top quality meat and fish being cooked to perfection right before your eyes. As well as having an incredible fine dining restaurant, The Colony Club is also home to a Members Only casino, where you’ll be able to play on stunning hardwood games tables whilst soaking in absolute opulence in one of the most exclusive games rooms in Mayfair. If you want to become a member then you’ll need to either enquire at Reception or contact them by post with your application.
The Arts Club
It doesn’t get much more high brow than joining the renowned Arts Club on Dover Street. This members-only club has been running for many many years, since the 1800s in fact, and has hosted members such as Charles Dickens and Auguste Rodin in the past, and Grayson Perry and Gwyneth Paltrow in the modern-day. The club focuses heavily on the arts – that is, music and art predominantly, though they also accept applications from those who are prominent in the fields of film, fashion, photography and theatre. As such, you’ll find exquisite pieces on their walls, as well as regular lectures and talks from some of the greatest names in those fields. Membership will grant you access to their 24 rooms, set over five floors, each with its own butler and a pared-back style, perfect for relaxing in. You can also make use of the gym, or visit the cosmetic surgery clinic just next door. You’ll need deep pockets if you want to join though; there’s a one-off fee of £2000 to become a member, plus an additional £2500 for each year you stay.
The Savile Club
The Savile Club is another well-established club, having been in existence since 1868. It is one of the most exclusive in Mayfair and boasts a whole host of incredible perks. Their courtyard and terrace are perfect for long summer evenings and make the ideal place to rub shoulders with influential fellow members; you can also hire them out for private events if you’ve got a large enough guest list to require such a huge space. As well as this, the ballroom, a feature that almost no other clubs can boast, is a stunning area to relax in and is well documented in many films owing to its incredible beauty. As well as offering space to unwind, the dining options at The Savile Club are second to none. They have their own Michelin starred chef who creates seasonal menus each paired with a divine wine list. Once you’ve enjoyed dinner, you can retire to one of the 25 five-star bedrooms and soak in all of the opulence the Savile Club has to offer overnight.