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5 Quirky Members-Only Hotels in London
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5 Quirky Members-Only Hotels in London

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Updated: 9 February 2017
If you’re a person who appreciates the finer things in life, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy private members’ clubs, where you’ll be treated to the best after a hard day’s work at the office. If you are considering a membership but are unsure of which club will suit you best, keep reading for Culture Trip’s guide to London’s most exclusive private clubs.

The Hospital Club

With a 60,000sq ft space on Endell Street in Covent Garden, The Hospital Club is a private members’ club perfect for those in the creative industries. The seven-story club was founded in 2004 by Paul Allen and the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, who set out to create a club in which members could “Create. Connect. Collaborate.” The members-only hotel has two stylish, modern floors for members with a couple of cocktail bars, a cinema and screening room and restaurant and private dining rooms, and it also offers several entertaining spaces, including a TV studio, a music studio and an art gallery. The 15 bedrooms were added this year, and one of the great attractions of staying here is breaching the red brick walls without paying the £800-a-year membership fee (a trend that is taking hold in other members’ clubs). Few London hotels are able to compete for entertainment and social opportunities.

The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street, London WC2H 9HQ, United Kingdom +44 20 7170 9100

Shoreditch House

Soho House was founded in London in 1995 as a home away from home for people working in creative fields. It has since expanded to include 14 Houses around the world: the UK, Berlin, New York, West Hollywood, Miami, Chicago, Toronto and Istanbul. Shoreditch House, one of Soho’s London locations, is perhaps London’s coolest private members’ club, occupying the top floors of a renovated warehouse in Shoreditch. There are numerous areas to eat and drink, including the relaunched top floor restaurant, designed with hanging foliage. Shoreditch House also has a rooftop pool, bowling alley, a Cowshed spa and 26 bedrooms.

Shoreditch House, 1 Ebor Street, London E1 6AW, United Kingdom +44 20 7739 5040

The Fox Club

The Fox Club is a small boutique hotel, members club, bar and restaurant located along a quiet side-street in Mayfair, London; for those who want the luxury, charm and perks of a London club without the stuffiness of some of London’s private establishments, the Fox Club is a treat. Relaxation and fun are the order of the day, with an inviting mix of traditional style and contemporary design that fits perfectly in this 18th-century town house. The Fox Club Restaurant serves a mouth-watering menu of classic dishes with a modern twist. Try shepherd’s pie with sauté peas or grilled lamb cutlets and smoked bacon with parmesan & rocket mash potato for lunch.

The Fox Club, 46 Clarges Street, London W1J 7ER, United Kingdom +44 20 7495 3656

The Pelham

The owners of the Pelham acquired it from Firmdale Hotels in 2014, inheriting Kit Kemp’s invigoratingly warm, elegant, vintage-contemporary interior design and color schemes. The 52-room hotel is a great base for a short break in London, and there are few cosier spots than by the fire in the wood-paneled drawing-room, which has an honesty bar. While this room is guest-only, the Library, which also has an open fireplace, is open to all and is great for afternoon tea. The hotel has a concierge service, the Whispering Society, and also hosts a series of themed pop-up boutiques throughout the year, including Tara Munro’s brilliant ‘Ooh La La Vintage.’

The Pelham, 15 Cromwell Place, London SW7 2LA, United Kingdom +44 20 7589 8288

The House of St Barnabas

The House of St Barnabas launched its club in late 2013, in partnership with Benugo, just off Soho Square. If you’d like to belong to a club that also gives back, then The House is the one for you, as the club supports London’s homeless by running an employment academy that offers work experience within the club. This not-for-profit members’ club features a European brasserie, al fresco dining, a secluded courtyard and chapel and bar and lounge spaces. The club also showcases a permanent art collection and revolving exhibitions from prominent artists such as Tracy Emin and Damien Hirst.

The House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, London W1D 4NQ, United Kingdom +44 20 7437 1894