The world's most exclusive private members clubs.
1. Soho House Mumbai
You can’t talk about private member club hotels and not mention Soho House, the leader in the category. Rather than resting on their (very on-trend) laurels, Soho House is constantly expanding. A recent outpost has popped up in Mumbai, which is the brand first foray into Asia. You don’t have to be a club member to book a night at one of Soho House Mumbai's 38 rooms—though if you are a member you do get a 20-percent discount.
2.Annabel's, Berkeley Square, Mayfair.
Annabel's is truly iconic. After more than 50 years in Soho, the club reopened last year two doors down in a Grade I listed Georgian mansion house. The eccentric English "Alice in Wonderland" style decor alone makes it worth a visit to its restaurant, bars, garden terrace, private dining rooms, spa, and cigar room — think bespoke chandeliers, pink ceilings, and a seriously Instagram-worthy bathroom.
The club's 26,000 square feet are open all day and night. Stick around for long enough and you're sure to spot a celebrity.
it encourages "individuality and fabulous party dressing," and claims its members are made up of "a hand-picked alchemy of like-minded people who share a passion for the best things in life. There is, however, a rule book for members.
3. The Arts Club, Mayfair
As its name would suggest, The Arts Club attracts people connected to or passionate about art, architecture, fashion, film, literature, music, performance, photography, science, theatre, and TV/media.
The 18th-century townhouse at 40 Dover Street in Mayfair counts Charles Dickens among its former members. The club's art collection remains at its very core, highlighting international trends, as well as maintaining a focus on British-based artists.
Under 30s benefit from a reduced annual subscription of £1,000 ($1,303), plus a joining fee of £1,000. New members are accepted on January 1 each year.
4.The Core Club, New York and Milan
Located in the heart of mid-town Manhattan, Core Club breaks away from stuffy old-school notion of a gentlemen’s only social club and taps into a more modern concept with emphasis on progress and innovation. The club provides an oasis from the hectic New York lifestyle and it’s all about taking time to appreciate culture. Members can engage with the latest art exhibitions, watch concerts and hear stimulating talks from leading innovators from a wide range of industries. The club also has its own private theater where members can performances and stars including Anne Hathaway and George Clooney have all hosted screenings here.
Alongside these enriching experiences, members also have access to exclusive services offered by Core’s lifestyle partners, including Wheels Up, Barton & Gray Mariners Club and a number of reciprocal clubs such as The Arts Club, The Quorom, 1880 and Home House. On-site, Core offers a concierge, event spaces, meeting rooms, a fine dining restaurant, a well-stocked library, plus a gym, salon and spa. The club has a property in Milan as well.
5.The Battery, San Fransisco
Very much in keeping with San Francisco’s laid-back attitude, technology and business talk should be left at the door of The Battery. Located in the financial district, just moments from the Embarcadero piers, this members club is the perfect meeting place for indulging in a little city buzz away from your super yacht. The Musto Bar is the highlight of the club; an intimate spot that resembles a cosy library with dark wood paneled walls and low lighting. There is also a garden bar where you can while away balmy nights with a drink on the monochrome tiled patio while members are also privy to a host of fringe benefits including priority access to Broadway theater tickets, art exhibitions and special events.
Non-members can stay in the boutique hotel that sits above the club and a night here is a must if you charter a luxury yacht around the Bay. If you are part of a larger group the Penthouse is perfect for entertaining and has stunning views over the Bay Bridge.