Private Members' Clubs

Posted on 20 November 2018

Private Members' Clubs

The West End and City of London are both real hotspots for private members' clubs. Within this group of venues, there are multitude of styles ranging from hip, arty and designer locations where the creative industries hang out, to the more traditional, heritage venues of the City and the West End. There's also a new breed of boutique, home-away-from-home private members' clubs that are cropping up, offering groups the chance to have dinner, a party or a private meeting in a homely, house-like environment.

What you may be surprised by is that booking an event in the private members' clubs on offer on this page of squaremeal.co.uk is open to non-members, so whether you're booking a private dinner in one of the clubs' restaurants, or just a quiet, cool space to hold an business or board meeting, you'll gain exclusive access to some of London's coolest venues.

If you're looking to something similar, but without that exclusive element, then there's a host of nightclub venues dotted across the capital that cater for both corporate or leisure group bookings. Don't forget that a number of the venues in the list have penthouse roof terraces, gardens and other outdoor spaces available for private hire, so in the summer months you can take your party outside.


St. James's Hotel & Club

St. James's Hotel & Club

Those looking for a venue with an air of well-heeled Britishness might look to this hotel and members club in SW1. Behind its handsome Victorian façade lie a handful of well-appointed spaces, all with modern decorative touches. Intimate private dinners in its penthouse suite are popular, particularly as guests can make use of its sizeable terrace both before and after dining. The headline Mayfair Suite is the spot for small conferences or standing receptions.

St. James's Hotel & Club

Searcys at The Gherkin

Searcys at The Gherkin

Sitting under its glass apex, 180m up in the air, this impressive venue’s Bar & Restaurant enjoys 360° views of the capital – sunset is a particularly good time to visit. The result is a memorable space for important banquets, drinks receptions and conferences. The names of the venue’s PDRs are inspired by its sky-high location; Alto, Cirrus, Stratus, Cumulus and Nimbus are different types of clouds. Ideal for dining and celebratory gatherings, they offer great vistas from the 38th floor. Designed with flexibility in mind, small or large parties are welcome. All events are lavishly catered for with bespoke menus created by Searcys at The Gherkin’s head chef, Daniel Loftin.Venue review of Searcys Club at The Gherkin Private dining at Searcys at The Gherkin Further information on Searcys venues

Searcys at The Gherkin

Home House

Home House

Created as a ‘palace of entertainment’ in 1776, members club Home House has rather opulent event spaces. The Front Parlour & Eating Room is a natural choice for multistage events; the two rooms can also be separated for smaller events during the day. The Asylum Room is our pick for intimate private dinners, while in the spacious courtyard garden you’ll find the characterful Winter Marquee, with chandeliers and a hardwood floor.

Home House

Devonshire Club

Devonshire Club

The Devonshire Club is a Mayfair-style members club in EC2. Spread across a Georgian townhouse and 18th-century warehouse, it comprises a boutique hotel, a modern British restaurant and a Garden Room that opens onto a rare outdoor space in the City. For entertaining, there’s also a glamorous Cocktail Bar and the weekend-only Library Bar, which focuses in on cognac and whisky. For the serious stuff, there’s a trio of smart boardrooms.

Devonshire Club

Eight Club Bank

Eight Club Bank

This stylish, business-like members club near Bank station welcomes non-members to host events in its elegant function spaces. Light-wood decor and low lighting lend a Mad Men-style atmosphere to events from private dinners to cocktail parties. We love the cinema, with its plush armchair seats and hi-spec projection – great for presentations and screenings. The best receptions are held in the Lounge, while pool tables beckon during breakout sessions.Venue review of Eight Club Moorgate

Eight Club Bank

Army and Navy Club

Army and Navy Club

Affectionately known as The Rag, this private members club in St James’s has been a hub for officers in the British Armed Forces since 1837. It makes the most of its heritage: military artefacts are displayed throughout, and event spaces are enhanced by period details, chandeliers and fireplaces. Conferences are best held in the bright Pall Mall Room, while the elegant Drawing Room makes an atmospheric spot for private dinners.

Army and Navy Club

Under the Bridge

Under the Bridge

Chelsea FC’s multimillion-pound live music venue is well suited to events. While primarily designed for gigs, it makes a great spot for parties, gala dinners and awards ceremonies. Decorated with black-and-white photos of British music icons, the industrial-feel space has a number of comfy booths and the option of a roped-off VIP area. The AV kit is cutting edge and its green room will satisfy even the most demanding of entertainers. Venue review of Chelsea Football Club 'Challenge Annica Let us entertain you' - feature on Under the Bridge, spring 2014

Under the Bridge

The Lansdowne Club

The Lansdowne Club

In a neoclassical Mayfair townhouse, the Lansdowne Club matches a storied history to modern event facilities. A vaulted gold-leaf ceiling makes the Ballroom a remarkable space for gala events. The Shelburne Room is augmented by a private anteroom and bar area for catered events. For smaller meetings and private dinners, there’s the elegant Findlay Room. The club has a rich fencing tradition and the sport can be incorporated into teambuilding days.

The Lansdowne Club

The Lansdowne Club

The Lansdowne Club

In a neoclassical Mayfair townhouse, the Lansdowne Club matches a storied history to modern event facilities. A vaulted gold-leaf ceiling makes the Ballroom a remarkable space for gala events. The Shelburne Room is augmented by a private anteroom and bar area for catered events. For smaller meetings and private dinners, there’s the elegant Findlay Room. The club has a rich fencing tradition and the sport can be incorporated into teambuilding days.

The Lansdowne Club

27 Restaurant & Bar

27 Restaurant & Bar

Late in 2017, gaming club Crown London Aspinalls moved its restaurant to the ground floor and opened it to non-members. On Curzon Street, just a few minutes from Green Park tube, 27 Restaurant & Bar employs a large team of specialised chefs who use British produce to deliver modern European, Middle Eastern, Indian, Chinese and Japanese cuisine late into the night. A smart, contemporary private dining room offers complete seclusion, with no hire fee.

27 Restaurant & Bar

The Fox Club

The Fox Club

A welcoming private members club and bijou hotel set in a handsome Mayfair townhouse, The Fox Club is a laidback alternative to the area’s more traditional establishments. The bar serves coffee by day and cocktails by night. Hire it with the restaurant and you’ll have a relaxed setting for a dinner party or reception. Elsewhere, a pair of elegant private rooms each offer an intimate one-table dining option. Nine bedrooms complete the package.

The Fox Club

The Groucho Club

The Groucho Club

Good news: the fabulously unstuffy Soho hangout of the arts and media set now offers seven spaces for non-members to book for events. Among our favourites are the Gennaro Room, an elegant showcase for the club’s modern-art collection, and the Snooker Room, which is good for discreet dinners. The latter has a staircase that leads to the Mary Lou Room, with its bar and open fireplace. The easy-going Club Room is the spot for intimate cocktail receptions.

The Groucho Club

One Aldwych

One Aldwych

This Grade II-listed property was once home to The Morning Post. Today, it’s a five-star hotel, with modern event spaces decorated with contemporary art. The bright Adelphi & Novello Rooms can be used together as one large space for meetings and à la carte dining, while the glamorous Screening Room is popular for presentations and private film screenings. The hotel’s modern Basque restaurant, Eneko, can be booked exclusively for larger events.Venue review of Eneko - Basque Kitchen & Bar

One Aldwych