New year new you, right? Welcome to the South Kensington Club opening in January in a former Georgian Music Hall which was more recently home to Ronnie Wood’s notorious Harrington Club. Extending into Queensberry Mews, the building was also the first London home and studio of the artist Francis Bacon. Founded by Luca del Bono, there’s to be a restaurant, adjacent café, programme of lectures and ‘experiences’ (more of that later) plus a fitness centre with a gym, pilates, yoga and private training studios alongside Russian Banyas and Turkish Hammams, London’s only salt-water Watsu Pool.
The restaurant, open to members and guests from breakfast through to dinner, features a menu founded on the culinary principles of a healthy Mediterranean diet while the adjacent café and juice bar serves fresh juices, seasonal soups, salads and snacks. Locally sourced, seasonal menus provide gluten-free or vegetarian options designed to complement body work and personalised training programmes whilst focusing on individual nutrition requirements and tastes.
So, onto that fitness offering. Expect to find London’s leading bodywork experts offering results driven personalised training programmes for every member plus nutritional advice accessed through the restaurants. The gym is flooded with natural light via a skylight but trainers will also take outdoors types to nearby Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. You’ll certainly enjoy your R&R at the bathhouse. Also designed to stimulate the mind, an events programme features everything from educational workshops and lectures to live music and art events.
Oh yes, and about those experiences, members also have access to the Voyager Club which promises unforgettable journeys to far removed places such as Antarctica, the North Pole and Mongolia. Sign us up!!