London is positively brimming with private members’ clubs; from The Century Club discreetly tucked away behind Shaftesbury Avenue and Quo Vadis house in a former brothel, to Annabel’s – the ultimate pin-up girl when it comes to a place to escape to, membership in hand. Yet it appears the turn of the year has brought with it a female empowered trough of women-only offerings slowly scattering their influence across the city.
From a delve into what’s on offer, the over-arching theme seems to be impeccably designed spaces, the bulk of which, with their pastel additions, velvet seats and foliage, appear akin to an Oliver Bonas show home – not that we’re complaining! The spaces make for idyllic spots to workout, hangout, network, eat, drink and be oh, so merry, injecting some much-needed girl time into the popular pastime that is the private members’ club.
One noteworthy offerings to tick off your membership list includes a clubhouse from the people behind the pioneering Allbright professional network sitting snug inside a five-storey Georgian Townhouse and a newly opened club on Maddox Street in the heart of Mayfair. The clubs are created by women for women and seek to provide a like minded community where new opportunities are created every day, from serendipitous meetings to programmed events.
Food and drink comes from the hand of Executive Chef, Sabrina Gidda, whose accolades include featuring on the BBC’s Great British Menu. You’ll feast on refined twists on classics alongside bespoke cocktails and an alluring wine list. What’s more, the new Maddox Street venue boasts the first and only wellness and beauty destination exclusively for women in Mayfair. It’s awash with a state-of-the-art fitness studio and holistic wellness rooms, as well as a hair and beauty salon. In other words, you can rustle yourself up Legally Blonde style before heading out for lunch.
Founding members include Mary Katrantzou, Naomie Harris, and Martha Lane Fox, and we think you should grab yourself a space too!
Where: Various locations
London, prepare to wing it at at this incredible new co-working space cropping up in the city this summer. The Wing is a network of work and community spaces designed for women and us lucky Londoners are going to have a wing of our own come September. The women’s only space that boasts a rich and intriguing history and some seriously sexy interiors!
The co-working space is the first UK-outpost with others all over the place, and is set snug inside a five-story townhouse positively brimming with amenities including a fitness room, tea room, sun terrace to catch those rays, cafe and plenty of pace to make magic happen. Co-working as never been more glam! The space is awash with calming pastel interiors, foliage, flowers, vibrant blasts of colour, Rubelli floral fabrics and Caitlin McGauley wallpaper.
Communal tables create serendipitous connections, with discussions being followed up by grabbing lunch at The Perch cafe or trading tips in the beauty room. The Wing is a space for friendships to be formed and stories shared, so if you love a good ol’ natter over a cuppa – and let’s face it, who doesn’t – then you should totally sign up.
Whilst Marguerite isn’t a clubbhouse per say, it is a successful network for women who work in the visual arts. The venture began in 2015 and is named after Marguerite “Peggy” Guggenheim; a renowned patron of the arts. The club has seen various noteworthy and exciting events hosted such as talks by fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes and Director of Tate, Maria Balshaw and Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Nicholas Cullinan; the full listicle of up-coming events can be found here.
Through a series of talks, parties and events, Marguerite helps to empower women; allowing for their voices to be heard equally, regardless of their gender, race, or sexual preference.
Where: Various locations
Found in 1888, The University Women’s Club resides as the stalwart “girls only” offering in London. The club coins itself a retreat from the stresses of London and, as we all know, stresses there are many! It’s a professional space for women of all ages and backgrounds who can huddle in cosy rooms in the heart of Mayfair.
From coffee with friends to Anna Wintour-esque business meetings, University Women’s Club offers up something for all with 22 bedrooms, and two beautiful rooms – Library and Drawing Room – which members can hire for business meetings, weddings and private parties.
It’s classic, it’s charming and it’s where it all began for women’s only clubs!
Where: 2 Audley Square, Mayfair, W1K 1DB
Find a wholesome, utterly marvellous list of our favourite members’ clubs in London here