Thanks to an increased focus on wellbeing, members clubs in the capital are changing. Gone are the days of male-dominated dens; the latest wave of members clubs offer rejuvenating spaces, nutritious menus and state-of-the-art fitness facilities to boost mind and body.
Located in Knightsbridge, this women-only private members club is the definition of an urban escape. The club takes a 360-degree approach to health and wellbeing – from an in-house GP to on-site dieticians, a spa, and even gynaecologists. The all-day eatery offers nutritionist-approved dishes that can also be delivered to your doorstep, while blow-dries and manicures can be ordered on-demand in the changing rooms.
Founded by herbalist, naturopath and former fund manager Jenya Emets, Cloud Twelve is a family-focused sanctuary. Boasting a holistic spa, state-of-the-art treatment clinic, plant-based brasserie and interactive play space for children, there’s something for everyone. A stellar wellness team includes nutritionist Eve Kalinik and Ross Barr, an acupuncturist rumoured to treat the Royals.
Raising the bar in the capital’s fitness scene is E by Equinox. A members’ club like no other, the space is unbeatable for its plethora of fitness tech. As well as 100 high-octane group classes every week, there’s a cryotherapy chamber; customised treadmills that emit oxygenated air to boost endurance; a complimentary laundry service; and eucalyptus-infused towels on tap. Post-workout, you’ll find macro-focused meals from Munch Fit and discreet booths for making business calls.
An innovative members club inspired by health, a sense of adventure and multicultural perspective, SKC aims to broaden mind and body. Membership privileges include access to a sky-lit gym, an ancient-inspired bath house complete with hammam, banya (a Russian-style sauna) and water therapy pools; as well as stunning relaxation areas. The club’s unique ‘Voyager Programme’ also organises tailor-made expeditions (think trekking in the North Pole and heli-skiing in the Russian mountains) with training carried out by in-house fitness instructors.
Housed in a six-storey, Art Deco development in Fitzrovia, Mortimer House bills itself as the ultimate work and wellbeing destination. There’s a specially curated cultural programme with weekly talks on professional growth, work wellbeing and creativity as well as a meditation room, high-tech gym, yoga studio and TRX classes. Be sure to check out Mortimer House Kitchen downstairs, also open to non-members, which serves up everything from matcha lattes and energy shots to pistachio pesto courgetti. Take advantage of the private offices with room service or head to the loft which boasts sweeping skyline views.
The recently opened Lanesborough Club & Spa, an 18,000sq ft complex, offers a holistic experience. As well as a hyper-modern gym, expect a line-up of serious wellness names, including Anastasia Achilleos, one of the world’s most impressive facialists, and founder of Bodyism James Duigan, whose team of fitness experts will whip you into shape.
KX (pronounced ‘kicks’) has been a mainstay on London’s wellness scene since 2002. Olympic Triathlete Emma Davis heads up the personal training and with a full range of business needs catered for, including on-site couriers, you can pound the treadmill and watch your share index too. Industry-renowned nutritionists, holistic therapists and physios are also on call in KX’s impressive spa.
The newest addition to the Soho House portfolio, White City House also boasts the group’s largest and most impressive gym to date. From suspension training rigs to Olympic lifting platforms, there are also four studio spaces, a 17-metre lap pool and a steam room, sauna and hammam. Breakfast at House Canteen, the club’s all-day spot, is a particular highlight – think made-to-order smoothies, goat’s cheese omelettes and almond butter porridge bowls.
A design-led workplace concept in the heart of the City, this 12-floor development boasts one of the largest rooftop gardens in central London. Working spaces range from hot desks to luxe penthouse suites and members have unlimited access to an in-house Gymbox, offering everything from HIIT to mind-clearing yoga. Keen cyclists will appreciate the on-site cycle repair shop while foodies will be content with Drake & Morgan’s The Listing, an all-day eatery serving up healthy brunches and post-work cocktails.