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Private London Clubs

1 Adam Street - My Favourite !

Adam Street is a private members' club made for work by day and play by night. It is designed to help the budding entrepreneur or frantic freelancer (or self-employed, jack-of-all-trades, genius or whatever) in their day-to-day working and social life. It comprises a bar, restaurant, library, meeting rooms and a dance floor. Basically if you are independent and intelligent, with enough initiative and character to go it on your own, or with a small team, and especially if you find it hard to separate your personal and work life, then you probably need a bit of Adam Street in your life. Adam Street is a private members’ club set in beautiful 18th century vaults beneath the Strand. This relaxed & enormously comfortable hideaway opens to non-members for events & at lunch, when its highly acclaimed restaurant serves modern British club food, matched with excellent wines from an exciting & diverse list. The Gallery, Rehearsal Room & The Snug provide stages for all kinds of parties, launches, exhibitions, meetings, presentations, breakfasts, lunches & dinners, with dancing into the early hours. Almost any event can be catered for – these guys haven’t said no to anything yet.
Drinks: No prices but they do make the best Martini in town
9 Adam Street London WC2N 6AA. Phone: 020 7379 8000 www.adamstreet.co.uk

2. Soho House
When Soho House opened 13 years ago, it redefined members’ clubs. Everyone, from celebrities to bankers, wanted to be a member of Nick Jones’s club, which boats a restaurant, several bar areas, screening rooms and accommodation for out-of-town members. There are now outposts in Chiswick, Somerset and New York, a new club in Hoxton and Miami will open this year.
It’s still difficult to get membership – you have to be nominated by a member and vetted by a panel. Membership costs £600 a year, plus £150 joining fee.
Drinks: Lager £3.25, V&T £3.50.
Soho House, 21 Old Compton Street, W1 (020 7734 5188, www.sohohouse.com

3. Kensington Roof Gardens
The Roof Gardens is Sir Richard Branson's urban oasis in the heart of London; a piece of genuine fantasia with one and a half acres of themed gardens and unparalleled views of London's spectacular skyline.
If you were told you could sip cocktails in a Spanish Garden and dine under the stars surrounded by exotic wildlife 100 feet above Kensington High Street would you believe it? Imagine The Roof Gardens as a stunning backdrop for an exclusive event for up to 500 guests, an amazing dining experience in Babylon Restaurant or a stylish night out at The Roof Gardens private members club. Membership £250
Drinks: £4 for a bottled beer
99 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5ED 020 7368 3999 www.roofgardens.com

4. Milk and Honey Bar
Milk & Honey opened in Soho, London, in April 2002 and remains dedicated to bringing unrivalled drinks quality and service to a discerning crowd of grown-ups. Access to non-members is by reservation only until 11pm (and in practice restricted to the early part of the week). For members and their guests the bar is open until 3am six nights a week. No reservation is required for members, but we advise that you always call ahead. There is a waiting list for membership. Membership £300.
Drinks: Bottled larger £3.25
61 Poland Street, Soho, London, W1F 7NU 07000 655 469 www.mlkhny.com/london

5. Opium
Opium, the world famous members Restaurant-Club in Soho is know for its different style of music, amazing interior design and sheer high end appeal. Opium is the definition of a high class club, plush surroundings and decadent atmosphere. Opium is designed for the style set who like that little bit more from a venue.
1 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3RB 020 7287 9608

6. The Play Room
The Play Room has arrived, slap bang in the middle of the West End. An all new supper club and cabaret, it bridges the gap between dinner date and gig, live show and dance club, for London’s cognoscenti. The Play Room combines the best of everything, from bands, cabaret, comedy and dancing to impeccable food and drinks and an interior with real wow factor. Located on the site of the former 10 Rooms, following the installation of zebra-print armchairs, a screen showing Breakfast at Tiffany’s on a loop and a catwalk-size stage the club is now pinker than Graham Norton in drag. A tribe of show boys and girls (although it’s difficult to differentiate) dazzle the crowds in their stilt-size platforms, sequined headdresses and flamenco dresses, and provide the finishing touches to the decor.
Drinks: Does not reveal prices
10 Air Street, Soho, LONDON, W1R 5AB 0207 734 9990 www.theplay-room.com

7. The Groucho Club
The Groucho is shorthand for “somewhere to get drunk and behave badly in front of London’s most influential people”. The original and arguably still the best private members’ club in London, it was opened in 1985 by a group of publishers who were sick of the city’s “gentlemen’s clubs” which refused to accept women as members. If you’d like to be a member, you’ve got to get one of them to propose you to the committee. Membership costs £600.
Drinks: Will not reveal prices ...
45 Dean Street, W1 (020 7439 4685, www.thegrouchoclub.com

8. Cafe de Paris
The Café de Paris is without any doubt the most famous club in London, designed as an indoor-Coliseum meets theatre meets nightclub. The Café De Paris, in London's Piccadilly is one of the most famous and durable venues in the world. With a glittering history, spanning nine decades, the Café has consistently played host to a wide variety of powerful and absorbing performers and guests, members of the aristocracy, eminent political figures, dazzling pop stars, captains of industry, superstars from the silver screen…even royalty.
Membership prices on application
Drinks: Does not reveal prices…
4 Coventry Street, W1D 6BL. www.cafedeparis.com

9. Camouflage
The owners of Camouflage, a nightclub on Wardour Street in Soho that has been part of London's prime entertainment strip since the '30s, made sure that their spot stood out a mile from its rivals when it swung open its double doors to an eager throng of revellers.

The space was drawn up by Sean Clarke (who also designed Soho's Pop and Bar 101) and formerly housed the K-Bar, Sweet Suite and Clique. It is a comfortably sized underground cavern of light and stark minimalism, with a raised VIP section and two separate bars. The vibe is evocative of Duvet, in Manhattan. A unique lighting system has been designed to bathe the white room in a spectrum of alternate colours. The discreet doorway entrance at street level leads guests through a monochrome take on an army tunnel before ending with a flight of steps that leads to the throng of 450 revellers on the dance floor
Guest list only
Drinks: Camouflage has a bottle policy only. For a table of ten you must order at least two bottles of Champagne/vodka (you're free to order additional alternative drinks too).
84-86 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0TQ 020 7287 3834 www.vpmg.net/camouflage

10. Electric House
Private members’ club for the famous and wannabe famous living and working in the local Notting Hill area. Owned by the people behind Soho House, Electric House is a small, intimate club of 3000 ft based over two floors adjacent to the Electric Cinema in Portobello Road. The Electric House is open daily from 8am until 1am Monday to Thursday, 8am until 2am on Friday and Saturday and 10am until midnight on Sundays. Drinks and food are served throughout the day including breakfast, light snacks and more substantial meals. The Study, equipped with presentation facilities including plasma screens, OHPs and flipcharts, is available for private hire for private dinners and meetings up to 10 people, and drinks parties up to 20. Membership £350.
Drinks: £8 for a cocktail


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