Founded in 1963, Annabel’s is arguably one of the most elegant private clubs in London. Its guests have included royalty, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor and Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s notoriously difficult to get membership with new members requiring a proposer, a seconder and an election by Committee – you’re not just walking in. It’s this exclusivity and mystery that has kept Annabel’s reputation as one of the most sought after clubs for the last fifty years, but now things are changing.
This year they are going to be moving and reopening its doors to its much-anticipated new home. Admittedly it’s just two doors down from the original club at 46 Berkeley Square, but this 18th century, Grade I listed Georgian townhouse is, at 26,000 square feet, considerably larger and will feature: restaurants, bars, private dining rooms, a garden, cigar salon and a health and wellbeing spa. Housed in the basement, the nightclub will pay homage to the decadency of the original Annabel’s.
Designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (The Ivy, Sexy Fish, 34 Mayfair), Annabel’s at 46 Berkeley Square will retain the period features of the listed building, with many features being restored, including a grand cantilevered stone staircase, elaborate plaster ceilings and majestic Rococo style fireplaces.
Never one to do anything by halves, the new Annabel’s will also have two soup terrines worth £20,000 each, 6,000 Champagne flutes, a cocktail lab, London’s most luxurious ladies’ powder room (where you’ll find a seamstress on hand), a hydraulic dance floor, bespoke Annabel’s sliders for when you need to take your heels off, a dog walker, late night espresso martini trolley, and by far our favourite: someone who’s sole job is to take three different weather reports to analyse the conditions on the terrace each day. Of course. Annabel’s, you are an iconic London institution – never change. Well, after your move that is.
Annabel’s: Reopens late 2017, 46 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 5AT, www.annabels.co.uk