16th June 2010
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….
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Cape Town 8001
Tel: +27 21 424 5586