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Are You On The List? By The Luxury Channel

Members-only clubs give celebrities a respite from prying lenses. We bring you Soho House’s latest venture in West Hollywood and explore the top ten members clubs world-wide….

Are You on the List?

Soho House has often held an Oscars party to be remembered – it is the place for any aspiring starlet to be and be seen. Soho House West Hollywood is sure to set the scene all year round. Go for its beautiful interiors (a good mix of Shoreditch-style glamour and art-deco chandeliers) and an impressive sweeping marble staircase (perfect for floating red-carpet dresses and those planning an dazzling entrance). You can always rely on the Soho House Group to provide a haven for an evening. From Babington to Berlin, you can bet your bottom dollar that the food and views will always be spectacular and that your guests will be impressed and delighted for an invite. Meanwhile, staff and supporting services (Cowshed spa treatments and fluffy beds in the design-led hotel rooms) will never fail to please.

Home House

Located in a Georgian town house that has recently extended to add 21st Century modernity to its traditional sumptuous 18th Century interior, and with a Zaha Hadid bar no less, Home House offers its members fine dining, exciting parties (Woodstock and fairytale themes were recent spectacles) and a champagne garden. Fitness darlings will love the private gym. The personal trainers in residence are miracle workers. Membership by recommendation only.

20 Portman Square

Tel: + 4420 7670 2000

Milk And Honey

Members are able to access both the London and New York clubs, where they will experience scrumptious food and unrivalled drinks that are served in specially frozen glasses, mixed with juices squeezed on-site and by hand. House rules require that a gentleman should never approach a lady, making Milk And Honey the height of luxury and sophistication.

134 Eldridge Street
New York

Annabel’s Club

The unassuming entrance sequesters the club’s exquisite interior and glamorous clientele from the outside world. Inside, members are served drinks and gastronomic delights including the club’s infamous bitter chocolate ice cream until 3am under the star-lit glamour of the dance floor. This is a place only the truly wealthy can afford to frequent. A key highlight is the time Angelina Jolie and Colin Farrell danced here after filming Alexander.

44 Berkeley Square

Tel: 020 74914157

The Jonathan Club

The Jonathan Club provides its members with two luxury venues, so they can visit both a sophisticated town club and an indulgent beach haven. The Town Club boasts a large indoor pool, gym with personal trainers, meeting rooms, a large library, a relaxed sports bar style tavern and a Tuscan Terrace that regularly features live jazz.

The Jonathan Club
545 Figueroa Street
Los Angeles

Tel: + 1 213 624 0881

Società del Whist – Accademia Filarmonica

Located in the extravagant surroundings of The Palace of the Accademia Filarmonica, even the most discerning member cannot fault the beautiful interior of this Baroque masterpiece. With a gallery displaying paintings representing mythological subjects and a neo-classical concert hall, members experience the finest of Italian architecture alongside luxury dining.

Tel: +39 0 11 53 18 02

The California Club

Billed as “one of the finest clubs in the world,” its initiation fee is high at $10,000. Recognised for its gourmet dining experience and its membership of powerful and successful men and women, the California Club also earned architect Robert Farquar the Distinguished Honor Award for its Renaissance design.

538 South Flower Street
Los Angeles

Tel: + 1 213 622 1391

Le Cercle Munster

To join this riverside club, members must be backed by two sponsors and their application approved by the admissions committee. Once inside its exclusive walls, members enjoy temporary exhibitions of paintings and sculptures and have access to a varied “Programme Culturel.”

5-7 Rue Munster
L-2160 Luxembourg
Grand-Duche de Luxembourg

Tel: + 35 2 47 06 43-1

Cercle Royal Gaulois Artistique Et Littéraire

Aiming to constitute an intellectual, artistic and literary meeting place, this Club offers a reading and bridge room amongst its beautifully decorated interior to entertain its eminent membership of Ambasssadors, Members of Parliament and Magistrates. Also an attractive Club for ladies, Cercle Royal Gaulois arranges visits to museums, archeological lectures and ladies-only dining nights.

Rue de la Loi, 5
1000 Bruxelles

Tel: + 32 02 500 10 80

Cape Town Club

Cape Town Club provides a peaceful escape from the town’s busy city and Mediterranean climate with its sheltered garden and pool. Its elegant interior displays portraits of many of South Africa’s most famous figures. Noted for fine dining, the club’s bistro and restaurant have been awarded four and five stars respectively.

Leinster Hall
Weltevreden Street
Cape Town 8001
South Africa

Tel: +27 21 424 5586

Stateside Buzz For Berlin Artists By Sophia Celeste

New York’s 12th Armory Show pays homage to German Contemporary Art – Sophia Celeste investigates for The Luxury Channel….

The Armory Show 2010

The Armory Show, International Fair of New Art, was started by four New York art dealers at The Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair in 1994. It takes its name from the 1913 Armory Show, which served to introduce European masters, such as Matisse and Seurat, to America.

The annual Armory Show, the largest contemporary art exhibition in the United States, is a chance for up-and-coming artists to make a name for themselves.

This year, the fair is dedicating 22 galleries to Berlin artists, such as painter Wolfgang Betke. For this artist, the Amory Show represents an opportunity for him to make contacts on an international scale. “I’m grateful I can be here. Now I feel that the cards will definitely be shuffled,” said Wolfgang.

Throngs of international collectors and art lovers milled through the busy fairgrounds, eyeing his work as well as eclectic pieces from nearly 300 galleries and 31 countries worldwide.

“Our goal is to cross-pollinate art communities,” says the Armory Show’s Executive Director Katelijne De Backer, noting that Berlin’s artists have the ability to take risks. “We want our Berlin dealers to benefit from the vitality of Armory Arts Week and for New York City to benefit from Berlin’s creativity.”

New exhibitors this year include artists from New York’s Lower East Side like Lisa Cooley Fine Art, Eleven Rivington, James Fuentes, Laurel Gitlen, Simon Preston Gallery, Rental and Rachel Uffner Gallery.

Major galleries are also returning, such as 303 Gallery, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Hauser & Wirth, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Yvon Lambert, Lisson Gallery, Marlborough Gallery, Victoria Miro, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Galerie Daniel Templon, Galerie Thomas, White Cube, Zeno X Gallery and David Zwirner.

Despite the international presence – with galleries represented from Tel Aviv to Helsinki – the New York artists set the scene at Pier 92 and 94 on the Midwest shore of Manhattan.