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A seriAl club member recently described the enduring appeal of private members’ clubs as the ‘Downton effect’. Not, presumably, because members’ actions are scripted entirely by Julian Fellowes and all the women wear enormous hats, but because the clubs offer the same kind of escapism that has made the ITV show such a runaway success with viewers. Clubs, especially those at the traditional end of the spectrum, offer a safe and pleasant environment away from the frequently grim reality of the world outside. They also offer – as nightclub entrepreneur Guy Pelly points out in our exclusive interview on page 16 – a home from home, so it stands to reason that the variety of private members’ clubs in London today reflects the diverse tastes and requirements of those who belong to them. Our homes are all vastly different and you would expect our clubs to be, too. That’s why our comprehensive guide to the capital’s private members’ clubs contains everything from clubs with traditions and ceremonies going back centuries (some of which you’ll find in Richard Mackney’s hilarious guide to club etiquette on page 24) to those with nightclubs, bars and gyms, and everything in between. The sheer breadth of choice means there’s almost certainly a club that’s perfectly suited to you – all you have to do once you’ve found it is convince them to let you join. And if you don’t there’s only one appropriate response, borrowed from Groucho Marx’s resignation letter to the Friars Club of Beverly Hills, California: “I don’t want to belong to a club that will accept people like me as a member.” That, at least, has always been my excuse.

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10 . u pper cl a s s The Glenmorangie-inspired private dining room with a view from the top of the City


12 . s t y l e a n d s u b s ta n ce Six striking items to wear and own that will make you the envy of your club’s lounge

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20 . r ea l me n dr i n k port Legendary authority on wine, Ben Howkins, on what it means to be a port drinker today 24 . cl u b s : w hat n ot t o do Not sure how to conduct oneself in one’s new club? Let Richard Mackney be your guide...


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16 . p r ofi l e : gu y pel ly The club entrepreneur explains why members’ clubs still matter to the younger generation

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living the dram Searcy’s Club scales the heights of excellence in all areas – the finest dining and the City’s best view savoured over a superb, rare malt

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 You could try arguing that the best view in London doesn’t need to be augmented by the addition of a lavish private dining room inspired by fine whisky, but you’d be wasting your time. The Glenmorangie Signet private dining room at Searcy’s Club offers spectacular vistas from the top of The Gherkin and equally spectacular whisky. Diners can complement their meal with the Glenmorangie Signet Experience; a whisky introduction and flight from Searcy’s in-house whisky expert and a grandstand finish in the form of a dram of Signet, Glenmorangie’s innovative and flavour-packed masterpiece. A top dram at the top of the City. ■

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Gents’ accessories


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It’s no good just joining a members’ club – you must look the part if you want to fit in, says Matt Huckle




hermès temps suspendu, £11,320: It’s a sad fact of life that time flies when you’re having fun. Fortunately, the temps suspendu has a button which lets you ‘freeze’ time, allowing you to enjoy the finer things in life without the constant reminders that your children are waiting in the cold to be picked up from school.

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porsche desIgn cIgar case, £106: no one will be impressed with your expensive cigars if you’re not carrying them with you in something equally stylish. this porsche design case is made from calfskin leather and will carry three of your finest corona-sized cigars while maintaining the natural moisture of the tobacco.


ettInger mayFaIr brIeFcase, £584: It might be that you don’t have a butler to haul your things around. not yet, anyway. In the meantime, let ettinger help ease the burden of your personal effects. made from english bridle hide – and housing a scarcely believable number of compartments – the mayfair is stylish and practical.

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Swish event at the club? You’re going to want to look the part. Luckily, Matt Huckle can help out...




Pierre corthay Patent arcas, £845: it may be a well-worn cliché, but you really can tell a lot about a man from the shoes on his feet. and anyone wearing a pair of Pierre corthay’s distinctly dandyish patent arcas is a champion in our book. needless to say, they’re best suited to the club’s more formal events than a night on the tiles.



drake’s batwing bow tie, £75: you can admit it – your missus has to do up your bow tie for you. and once you’ve got it on you’re loathe to take it off in case anyone realises you can’t tie it back up. it’s awfully handy then that drake’s silk twill tie is designed to be removed, if needed, without having to loosen the bow.


kilgour fred astaire tails, £Poa: this bespoke fred astaire-inspired white tie suit is based on the tails kilgour created for ginger rogers’s partner in the 1935 film Top Hat. astaire’s requirements were exacting, and they’ve been utilised in this hommage: the coat particularly has been cut to enable you to show off your best moves.

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king of clubs Mahiki, Whisky Mist, Public – all Guy Pelly’s work. Jon Hawkins meets London nightlife’s young buck if tHe tHougHt of London’s youthful elite partying with reckless, alcohol-fuelled abandon scares the living daylights out of the private members’ club old guard, then perhaps they’ll have to get used to it. Because Guy Pelly, who sold his stake in Mayfair hangouts Mahiki, Whisky Mist and the Punch Bowl to open Chelsea nightclub Public, has his eye on one day opening a private members’ club in the traditional British mould. The good news is that Pelly, whose growing clubland influence and royal connections saw him named as one of the 1,000 most influential people in the capital by the London Evening Standard as well as one of Britain’s 50 most powerful posh people under 30 by the Daily Mail, knows the world of members’ clubs well enough to understand there’s no sense in trying to reinvent the wheel. “Half the appeal of being a member of somewhere is that you feel at home, and you bump into friends,” he says, “so I would give a club a very warm, homely feel.” What do you think the enduring appeal of traditional private members’ clubs says about the British psyche? I think in certain ways they epitomise Britishness. If you haven’t got good connections I think we can be hard to penetrate as a nation. The

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Americans, for example, are much more open to meeting new people whereas we can be quite wary and in a way I think private members’ clubs epitomise that; they’re very much a closed door unless you know someone who can put you on the list so you can eventually become a member. A lot of people think of members’ clubs as stuffy, elitist institutions. Have they got a point? In certain ways, yes, they have got a point and it would be hard to argue that they’re not elitist. That’s part of the problem; if you go to some of these clubs the only way you can get in is by knowing two people who are members already and can put you forward to be a member, so you can’t deny that’s elitist. It’s not as though you can just ring up and say, “Hi, can I be a member?” and they reply, “Yes, that’s fine.” What are your favourite London members’ clubs? If you go really old school, there are places like White’s; you cannot go more old school. I’m not a member myself. It’s one of those places where you’ll get put down on a list and it’ll take you 10 years to become a member, and a minimum of something like 20 people need to agree to it. I don’t go there that often, nor do I think my generation would, but when I do it is great fun. It’s like going back in time. It still has a lot of standards that many other places don’t have, and a traditional English feel that is great to go back to and fun to be a part of. Of the newer clubs, I think the Arts Club on Dover Street is

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a place they’ve generally done a great job with – if ever I were going to do my own private members’ club I would do it in the same style. To my mind they’ve nailed it because they’ve got everything there, and that’s half the reason you become a member: it covers all your bases. You can go there to have a dance late at night, you can go there for lunch, and you can go there and have a breakfast meeting. Can you imagine opening a private members’ club in the future? Definitely, it’s something I’d love to do. It’s certainly on my agenda, it just needs to be at the right age. I’m just about to be 30 and it’s the kind of thing that more of my generation, as they get older, as they get married, would want to be part of, so once I’m into my 30s it’s something I’d definitely like to think about. When you’re older will you and your generation transition into traditional members’ clubs, or is today’s younger generation used to a certain kind of club? It’s funny, the other day I had a meeting with a very well-known character who wanted to set up a club. He said, “Guy, will you set up a club for my generation?” This guy is over 60, and he was explaining his generation still wants to go out and have fun now and again. He wanted to call the club ▶

●● if ever i were going to do my own private members’ club i’d do it like the arts Club on Dover st

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▶ Gerry’s, as in geriatrics. I think if I were opening a private members’ club there would have to be an element of dancing – all through my life I hope I’ll still want to do that, even when I’m 70. It’s good to have the option, but that’s why I think you’d want to belong to a members’ club where you could go and have dinner and if you want to go downstairs for a dance you can. You wouldn’t exactly be tripping off to some nightclub when you’re 50, necessarily. Which members’ clubs do you currently belong to? Weirdly, the only two clubs I’m still a member of are Annabel’s and the Arts Club. Everybody’s waiting to see Robin Birley’s new place, opening in Shepherds Market in Mayfair. From what I’ve heard he’s going very old school with it – it will be very traditional in certain elements, with a homely feel. I don’t know for certain, but I think he’ll be tapping into a traditionally English market. You’re a big fan of Nick Jones [owner of the Soho House group of members’ clubs]. What in particular do you admire about his clubs? I like places where after half an hour you’re still discovering new things, even if you’ve not moved from the room; you see a lamp that’s lovely, or the wallpaper’s got something about it that you notice. The attention to detail is just amazing – every place he does is unique, the lighting is always beautiful and he doesn’t cut corners. His places are always going to be unique, special and intimate; each place, it’s as if he’s creating something for his own house. Is knowing what goes into making a great club innate, or have you had to do a lot of learning? When I first realised I wanted my

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●● i walk into places and tell them to turn the lighting down – i should probably be told to shut up… own pub, one of the reasons I thought I could do it was because I’d walk into a space and be interested in it. I’d walk in and go, “this is lovely, look how they’ve done the lighting”. Or the opposite. I walk into places now and ask them to turn the lighting down. I should probably be told to shut up, but it’s because I instinctively know, for example, that if they turned the lighting down just a little bit and just changed a couple of things the place would be great. And I love being a host, so even if someone’s having a dinner party I’ll probably be quite annoying and walk in and instinctively think I know – and hopefully sometimes I’m right – that this is how you can create a good atmosphere to have fun. Is it essential that you have to be a naturally good networker to succeed in your business? I don’t go out purposefully to network, and I’m not one of those people who never goes out without a business card. I love going out and having fun, and I love laughing a lot and I sometimes think that can draw people to you, because if someone wants to have fun, and likes having fun, I suppose other people want to be around that. I have quite a lot of energy as well: I’ll be at a dinner party and I’ll say, “right, let’s all go out” – and everyone then says they’re too tired. Well, I don’t really get that, but I’m about to turn 30 so maybe I should chill out. ■

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It fortified great British heroes and leaders, men of fine character, which is why today you still know where you stand with a port drinker, says ben howkins

The noTorious 18Th century Shropshire squire John ‘Mad Jack’ Mytton reputedly broached his first bottle of port of the day while shaving. The bottles may have been considerably smaller in his day, but even so he purportedly got through four to six bottles a day. William Pitt the Younger “liked a glass of port very well and a bottle better.” Aged 14, he was prescribed a bottle of port a day by his doctor. He went on to become Prime Minister aged 24, a position he was to hold on to for an impressive 23 years. Admiral Lord Nelson, Horatio to his friends, dipped a finger in his glass of port to draw a map of his basic tactics for the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. How better to fortify oneself than with a fortified wine? The Duke of Wellington also steeled himself with a glass of port prior to his famous victory at Waterloo. The exceptional

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●● Admiral Lord nelson dipped a finger in his port to draw a map of his basic tactics at Trafalgar in 1805…


1815 vintage port has been known as ‘Waterloo 1815’ ever since. These port people were all characters and all winners. History is layered, if not littered, with such colourful personae. There is something rather British, rather raffish and rather heroic about such stalwarts. They demonstrate our ability to laugh at ourselves, our love of continuity despite our yearning for change, and embody our qualities such as stoicism, mellowness and eccentricity. A port person looks you straight in the eye: none of this glancing-over-theshoulder business, trying to catch more important eyes. Few have this gift of making you feel that you are the only person that matters. Monsignor Gilbey, the renowned Catholic chaplain at Cambridge University for 33 years, was one such port person. So they are not social climbers. They feel comfortable in their own skins. Port people have a code of honour, a mischievous sense of duty and an engaging sense of humour. Courage, tenacity and trust are their hallmarks. Shifty and mean they are not. Adventurers and heroes were the original port people. Their daily intake both kept them warm and gave them warmth of personality. Port instilled a beguiling virility that few other wines could match. Today’s port people are their natural successors. Port is a splendidly evocative four-letter word. The Portuguese call their port wine vinho generoso. Port’s consumers are, by nature, generous in spirit. The enjoyment of port conveys an understanding of human nature second to none. I love champagne, especially old champagne, but it

●● A port person looks you in the eye: making you feel that you are the only person that matters… is too lissom, too bubbly. It sets you up, but a follow-through is needed, even if a sublime Pol Roger or Laurent Perrier is being served. I love burgundy, especially old burgundy, but it is too feminine, too seductive. It leaves you wanting more, even though it may be a fine Beaune Greves Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus. I love claret, especially old claret, but as we know, thanks to Dr Johnson, it is ‘for boys’. However, on more than one occasion I’ve been very happy to have been considered a boy: think Lafite and Leovilles, Loudenne and Meaume. There are other wonderfully seductive drinks which almost seem mandatory on certain occasions. Tokaji with foie gras any time, a Bloody Mary on Sunday mornings or a mid-morning manzanilla in the summer months. But port is for men. And, of course, being politically correct – or incorrect – for some women. Port needs foreplay, which any of the above can more than adequately provide, but port satisfies the inner soul. Champagne, burgundy or bordeaux all gladden the heart, but port fulfils it. The renowned 19th century scholar and esteemed wine authority George Saintsbury, author of Notes on a CellarBook, put it slightly differently, but equally firmly. “Port is incomparable when good. It is not a wine-of-allwork like sherry. It has not the almost feminine grace and charm of claret; the transcendental qualities of burgundy

and madeira; the immediate inspiration of Champagne… but it strengthens while it gladdens as no other wine can do: and there is something about it which must have been created in pre-established harmony with the best English character.” Noted wine writer Alec Waugh claimed: “The year of vintage has no significance for madeira or sherry. It is for port that this particular distinction is reserved; and no wine fills a prouder and more honoured position at the English table. No wine is so truly English. The Englishman and his port; what a world of Galsworthian tradition those five words evoke; of London clubs, and college common rooms and stately homes.” An enthusiasm for port reflected the aspirations of bulldog Englishmen during the reigns of several Georges and a Victoria. This species now seems to be out of favour with mainstream ▶

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the DOS AND DON’tS Of PORt by beN hOWKINS DO lay down vintage port with the label or white paint dash facing upwards. this allows sediment or ‘gunge’ to settle equally to the opposite side. Move infrequently, if at all, until you drink it. DO keep a constant temperature 8-12°C and humidity at 70%. higher humidity may cause the labels to disintegrate but the vintage and shipper’s name will be found on the cork. DO stand up your vintage port for 24 hours prior to opening, to enable the sediment to slide and congregate in the punt in the bottom of the bottle. DO pour into a decanter straightaway, or double decant into a jug, then dry the empty bottle and tip it back in. Vintage ports will always have sediment because they are bottled unfiltered. the sediment does no harm. It just looks murky. DON’t worry about the infernal wax seal. Just get it off. DON’t stress about the cork crumbling. Just jam it down, carefully. but if you are looking for the vintage and/or the shipper, enjoy the jigsaw puzzle. DON’t worry about candles or muslin for the sediment. hold the bottle steady until you see things you shouldn’t; most of the remaining wine will be cradled in the shoulder. Practice makes perfect. DON’t fret about ‘bottle stink’. Old wine which has been locked up for 20, 30 or many more years needs space to stretch, to evolve. this odour will disappear after a few minutes. too many fine old bottles of delicious wine have been jettisoned by impatient owners who do not wait for this natural occurrence. DON’t ever ask guests if they would like vintage port – just serve it. then your Croft 1970, Gould Campbell 1977 or taylor’s 1985 becomes a normal quality red wine rather than some special untouchable danger zone. A quality, wellmatured port of 20% alcohol will have much less effect the morning after than an immature red wine of 15%, and will have given you so much more pleasure. you want more rather than less.

▶ Britishness and so does port. This is disheartening for those who, like the adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, have shown leadership at its most humble, yet are so admired across the globe. We cannot all achieve in such a gallant way, but it is never too late to try. Port may not have been the first wine to have encroached upon the Englishman’s soul, but, by golly, history has shown that a port person has the right attitude to life. Port people of today have so much to offer. A glass is always more attractive if it is half full, rather than half empty. A port person will aspire to ensuring that his or her glass is always more than half full. Hosts beware – but

then hosts are themselves are usually port people. ■ ‘Real Men Drink Port (and Ladies do too): A Contemporary Guide’ by Ben Howkins (and illustrated by Oliver Preston) is published by Quiller, priced at £16.95.

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Sign in to WHERE tHE Big MEMBERS HAng oUt Traditional, refined and, of course, exclusive – gentlemen’s clubs are haunts of the wealthy, powerful and well-connected. So how did richard mackney sidle past the doormen to uncover what really goes on behind their imposing doors?

with some reluctance.

shaking your hand might be French.

The members’ handshake

The dress code

It is still common practice in longestablished private clubs for members to greet each other with the club handshake, often unique to the establishment and passed down by generations of illustrious alumni. It is, of course, considered bad form to request an explicit demonstration as you will be expected to acquire the technique by the frequency of your visits. It might be the prolonged twohanded clasp. Or the right-handed,

Some gentlemen’s clubs have strict dress codes. In many clubs, jackets and

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ties are required for men in the dining area, but there is never any mention of trousers. This detail can prove very useful in a court of law. Good manners

ring-finger wrestle. The light onehander with the surreptitious middlefinger palm tickle? Look out. The man

Good manners in clubs are the same as good manners elsewhere, only a little more so. A club is for the pleasure and convenience of many and there is no place where a person has greater need of restraint and consideration of others than in a club. Often there is a readingroom or library where you will find a

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To be eligible for membership of a club a man must be sponsored or ‘put up’ by an existing member and ‘seconded’ by another. Since a gentleman is scarcely likely to want to join a club in which the members are not his friends, you tell an intimate friend that you would like to join. “Do you mind putting me up?” you ask, “I will ask Dick to second me.” “I’d be delighted to,” says the friend but Dick stays obstinately quiet. Stare expectantly at Dick and gently remind him of that photo you have of his wife seminaked. “I’d also be delighted to,” Dick eventually says, admittedly

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gentleman’s cocktail and gloves. Invite a smaller member of staff, and one even smaller, to crouch beneath your existing human table. And there you have it – your very own living nest of tables. You’re a member: say it loud

Achieving membership of a club is a well-earned notch in the bedpost of life and as such it is vital that everyone around you knows about it. Mention your club’s name in a loud voice several times in every sentence. Use it as the location for all your amusing anecdotes and experiences. If necessary, tattoo the name of your club on your chest wide variety of reading materials from poetry and the classics, from reference books to jazz mags. It is one of the unbreakable rules of a club not to speak to anybody who is reading or writing. And never, ever attempt to speak to a gentleman who is vigorously exercising ‘Richard and the twins’. Staff who know their place

You will pay a substantial fee to be a member of your club and you are among the top one per cent of the country. Club staff will be aware of this and more than amenable to your requests. It is expected of more agile staff to crouch on all fours next to a member’s armchair, their straight back the perfect mobile surface for a

and be ready to tear open your shirt where proof requires it. Should your club membership not be renewed your tattoo can easily be explained away, perhaps when questioned about it at your local swimming baths or when embarking on coitus. “The Savile Club? Why, it’s an elite collection of wealthy executives who loved the late Sir Jimmy”. “Carlton? Oh that, well I was a major shareholder of the TV company before it merged with Granada.” “RAC? Oh, I think their breakdown recovery rates are impressively priced.” A better class of lady

The soft furnishings, the low lighting, the tingling of your extremity as you

pop down your second Cialis of the day, a private members’ club is the perfect atmosphere for seduction. You will become aware of a far better class of woman than the ones you’re used to on the internet. Before a first approach visualise a moving crosshair and focus it on your quarry. When you are sure of your selection, stalk silently for the first few paces and, with the back of your hands pressed against your forehead and index fingers pointed upwards to make little antlers, charge towards her. You plough through her small circle of friends and take her to ground. Bellow a territorial roar and lick her cheeks, the first taste of your prize. Look at the confused terror on her face and think seriously whether you should see a doctor about your ‘little problem’. ■ For more of Mackney’s madness log on to and click the ‘Speakeasy’ tab.

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dom perignon 2003

The grape escape Dom Perignon’s 2003 vintage was nearly lost… but thankfully we can now celebrate what was almost the last of the summer wine By rights, there shouldn’t even have been a Dom Perignon vintage produced in 2003; any grapes not devastated by the winter frost that year were then subjected to a freakishly searing summer (the hottest for 53 years). That the 2003 vintage exists at all is testament to the speedy reactions of the Dom Perignon workers, and cellar master Richard Geoffroy in particular, who hurried back from his family holiday in St Tropez to begin harvesting far earlier than usual, and well before most of the competition. Geoffroy’s family’s loss was, evidently, the champagne connoisseur’s gain – the Dom Perignon 2003 is a magnificent wine that Geoffroy chose to launch alongside an innovative and testing menu (including spiced egg, an intense and astringent hibiscus jelly, and duck with a chocolate mole sauce) that showcased its complexity and versatility. The 2003 vintage is a wine borne of one man’s passion, opportunism and appetite for risk. The only risk involved in buying a bottle is that you’ll immediately want to order another. ■ For more info, go to

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Premiered in late 2011, the Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept showcases Bentley’s ability to craft an interior that’s as much about technology as it is luxury. As a place to do business or relax while on the move, its only competitor is the first-class cabin of a long-haul flight (or your private jet). The hand-crafted trim features a yacht-inspired wood veneer in contrasting tones.


The veneered picnic tables unfold (electrically, of course) to reveal iPad stations, while there’s a dropdown LED screen for watching movies or presentations on the go. Wifi connectivity throughout guarantees you won’t lose signal at a crucial point.


Stowed beneath the armrest is a specially commissioned Tibaldi fountain pen inspired by the Mulsanne’s metal switchgear.


Behind the frosted glass door in the centre console is a cooler big enough to store a bottle of champagne. Handy for whipping out when you’re celebrating closing a big deal – or in a tailback on the M25. ■

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I’m on my mobIle… Bentley’s lavish Mulsanne concept is the next best thing to a members’ club on wheels

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For almost 250 years, the house oF hINe have produced FINe cogNacs: theIr maxIm beINg ‘produce lIttle, but make It perFect’.

eric Forget, hINe’s cellar master, in an outfit kindly provided by ARNYS

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charles and bernard hINe in outfits kindly provided by ARNYS

Drink responsibly

HINE makes little, but the best

SPiritS whiSky


Pure gold Wherever men of wealth and taste gather, you’ll find quality whiskies. Here’s our pick of six of the best…





suntory yamazaki 18yo, £105: the yamazaki distillery is Japan’s oldest and its 12 pot stills produce the most popular single malt in the country. the 18-year-old – a double gold winner at the 2011 international Wine and spirit Competition – is dark, rich and has a complexity and lengthy finish not unlike that of a fine cognac.

2 Johnnie Walker blue label, £129:

blue label is a commemoration of John Walker & sons’ ‘old highland Whisky’ from 1867. uncommonly, the house of Walker has managed to retain all its blending notes right from its origins in the early 19th century and blue label is still blended today from the notes taken in its creation.


glenfarClas single malt 40yo, £295: glenfarclas remains one of the few scottish distilleries still owned and managed by the same family – the grants – who acquired it almost 150 years ago for a touch over £511. the spectacular 40-year-old expression is bursting with rich burnt sugar, chocolate and orange flavours.

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5 4 ardbeg alligator, £65:

taking its name from the patterning of the heavily charred casks in which it’s aged, ardbeg’s alligator is not for the faint-hearted, or, for that matter, those who prefer to steer clear of heavily-peated whiskies. frankly, they can leave the rest of us to it – alligator’s well worth getting bitten by.

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the glenrothes editors’ Cask #3828, £600: Creating the editors’ Cask was a truly democratic process, drawing on the knowledge of whisky editors from the usa, germany, france and taiwan, guided by gordon motion, the glenrothes’ malt master. two casks were bottled: #9973 dates from 1996 with #3828 from 1979.


glenmorangie 1981 pride, £2,450: the whisky that would eventually become pride was destined to be bottled as an 18-year-old until glenmorangie secured a number of sauternes barriques from Chateau d’yquem. ten further years of extra-maturation and pride was complete and the result is a truly remarkable single malt.



AGE HAS ITS REWARDS When it comes to incredibly rare vintage cognac, we say, the older the better…



hine antique xo premier cru, £120: this is a special blend of over 40 cognacs averaging 20 years old (the oldest, though, dates from 1944) and exclusively from the region’s finest cru. once made, the blend is returned to cask for a further year to ‘marry’, resulting in a cognac with an aromatic, rich and mouth-filling flavour.

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2 courvoisier connoisseur 21, £175:

an age statement cognac from one of the major houses is a rare beast indeed, and courvoisier has released two, aged 12 and 21 years. the latter is made entirely with grapes from the Grande champagne region and has notes of dried fruits, nuts and spice with a long, smooth finish.



rémy martin louis xiii, £1,550: the louis xiii name was registered by paulémile rémy martin in 1874. the highest grade cognac available, it’s a blend of over 1,200 Grande champagne eaux-de-vies, aged for up to a century for ultimate depth and intensity. the distinctive crystal decanter is handmade and finished with 24-carat gold.

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BelvedeRe unfIlteRed

SPIRIt’S new level Forget G&Ts or scotch, buy the chaps at your club a mellow, pure and intense Belvedere Unfiltered vodka. Doubles, of course

Not so loNg ago, the holy grail of the vodka connoisseur was a spirit that was as pure and flavourless as it could possibly be. Essentially, no matter what the vodka’s been distilled from – be it potato, wheat, rye or grapes – you shouldn’t be able to taste it. But these days, those priorities are changing, and the demand from those both behind and in front of the bar for vodkas with character has led to the development of distinctive, flavoursome spirits like Belvedere Unfiltered. Distilled from single-estate Dankowskie Diamond rye – a patented baker’s grade grain from Poland – and no longer subject to filtration, Unfiltered has a full-bodied, creamy flavour and intense aromas of sea air, baked bread and toasted nuts. It’s a characterful and distinctive spirit, but smooth, too – not unlike the fellows belonging to Britain’s most exclusive members’ clubs. It tastes a damn sight better, though… ■ For more information, see

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For luxurious ambience matched with fine vintage champagne, nothing can beat relaxing at the Savoy hotel with Louis Roederer’s Blanc de Blancs 2005

True exclusiviTy can be hard to find in a city whose inhabitants demand a bewildering array of the best products and services, but search in the right places and it can be discovered. A case in point: Champagne Louis Roederer and the Savoy Hotel have teamed up to bring London an exclusive champagne available nowhere else in the capital. Roederer’s Blanc de

Blancs 2005 – a 100% chardonnay – will be available exclusively by the glass and by the bottle at the Savoy’s bars. This unique and rare style of champagne is made in tiny quantities, and only in exceptional years, producing a delicate, heavenly glass of bubbles. It will be served in the Beaufort Bar, the American Bar and the Restaurant, priced at £26 per glass or

£140 per bottle. So, head to the Savoy and reward yourself with a rare and desirable champagne in the luxurious surrounds of this most iconic of London hotels. Once there, you can sit and relax, safe in the knowledge that the drink in your hand cannot be found anywhere else in London. Now that is true exclusivity. ■;

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the gherkin london’s most exclusive venue Experience breakfast, fining dining or drinks reception events in the rarefied atmosphere of The Gherkin. 180m above the City with 360 degree views. Deliver your guests an event that they will never forget. 020 7071 5009 | |



three is the MagiC nuMber AlessAndro PAlAzzi, bar manager at Mayfair’s Dukes Hotel, says there are three steps to martini heaven: vermouth, a twist of lemon and No.3 Gin…

Dukes ClassiC Dry Martini 1 tsp extra dry vermouth 85ml no.3 london dry gin 1 amalfi lemon Pour the extra dry vermouth into a frozen martini glass (either 7oz or 5.5oz glass) and coat in a circular motion. top up the glass with ice-cold no.3 london dry gin. Pare the rind of an amalfi lemon, and give it a twist to extract the oils into the glass.

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The exTraordinary arT of Japanese whisky With a string of international awards to their credit, Japanese whiskies have come of age. Suntory’s distillers are the toast of them all

The meTiculous aTTenTion to detail and blending of art with nature is a defining characteristic of Japanese culture. Over more than 80 years, Japanese whisky distillers have evolved an approach defined as the Art of Japanese Whisky. It can be discerned through such distinctive whiskies as the Yamazaki and Hakushu 12-year-old single malts or the Hibiki 17-year-old blended whisky.

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For this reason the Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki ranges have become the most honoured whiskies in the world, with over 60 trophies and medals for excellence from internationallyrecognised competitions such as the International Wine and Spirit Competition and the International Spirit Challenge. The sudden world awakening to the qualities of Japanese whisky began in 2003, when Suntory’s Yamazaki 12-year-old won

●● In 2010 Suntory, Japan’s leading distiller of premium whiskies, was awarded the prestigious title of Best Distiller in the World


Right (top): hakushu in wooded alpine scenery Right (Bottom): Yamazaki at the confluence of three rivers

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a gold medal at the International Spirits Challenge in London. Remarkably, in 2010 Suntory, Japan’s leading distiller of premium whiskies, was awarded the title of Best Distiller in the World, the first time such a title had been bestowed on a Japanese company. Last year, Hibiki 21-year-old was named World’s Best Blended Whisky for the second year in succession. In fact, the ▶

The art of suntory whiskies begins in 1923 with the pioneering shinjiro Torii, creator of the first Japanese distillery. he sought a subtle, humid climate with a good source of clear water. his choice fell on the vale of yamazaki, south west of kyoto above the meeting place of three rivers. The distillery houses 12 pot stills, six of them in varying shapes to produce spirit of different weights and flavours expressed in flowery, fruity aromas with sweet finishes. yamazaki 12-year-old, bottled at an abV of 43%, contrasts a nose of cedar wood, honey, cloves and candied orange peel with a palate of spiced wood, cranberries, orange marmalade and honey. yamazaki 18-year-old, also at 43% abV, is aged in sherry casks imparting aromas of raisins, maraschino cherries and coffee cream chocolate, dark chocolate, rum and raisin toffee and coffee. The tastes linger. yamazaki also produces a 25-year-old single malt and a range of limited editions. fifty years later, suntory opened a second distillery called hakushu, southwest of Tokyo in the southern alps. sited at 700 metres among pine forests on the slopes of mount kaikomagatake, hakushu has one of the highest locations for a distillery. in this beautiful environment rain and snow-melt are filtered through rock to deliver pure spring water to the stills. The hakushu single malts are sold in expressions of 12, 18 and 25 years. The hakushu 12-year-old assails the nose with pears, crushed bracken, citrus and a hint of smoked oak. The flavours speak of vanilla, oak and sweet, poached pears. The nature of the wood in which the whiskies are matured is vital. in addition to

american white oak casks in varying sizes as well as sherry butts, suntory whiskies are unique in using a native Japanese oak called mizunara. The wood conveys aromas which dave broom describes as the scent of incense. The result of the different still shapes and wood is a vast store of unblended whiskies. from thirty of these whiskies the harmonious hibiki 17-year-old is created. The Japanese word hibiki means harmony, and like the marriage of art and craftsmanship or nature and the seasons, is key. moreover, the whisky is presented in a striking decanter bevelled with 24 facets to echo the 24 traditional seasons. The names of the seaons have a delightful charm, such as rikka (the first week in may - the beginning of summer) or shousho (July - the small heat, leading to Taisho, the great heat). hibiki 17-year-old blended whisky, at 43% abV, reflects all of these influences. The nose of ripe banana, vanilla cream and citrus freshness leads to a discovery of toffee bananas, butter cream and vanilla on the palate. The hibiki range spans three other blends. hibiki 12-, 21and 30-year--olds.

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Hakushu and Hibiki 17 for their rounded and complex aromas and flavours.

Zoran Peric, mixologist, luxury bar manager and Brand Ambassador for Suntory whiskies says: “Japanese whiskies taste like no others. They were inspired by Scotch whisky and transformed by Japanese culture; and then there is the water. Water is key to the quality of whisky. In Japan it is regarded as a precious element and a source of spiritual inspiration.” Fifty years later, when building a second distillery, the same quest for perfection led to the site at Hakushu, perched 700 metres high in the wooded southern alps where the water filters through granite, making it very soft and pure. Zoran says, “People who have never tried whisky find Japanese whisky so smooth, flavourful, and with a variety of taste sensations, that they quickly become whisky lovers. Experienced managers at many of our leading bars have noted customers’ reactions and always keep a bottle of Suntory whisky on the back bar. But don’t just take my word, read what these bar managers have to say.”

minT leaf lounge, angel courT Lara Zonzarin adores the crisp, buttery, peppery sensations and a delightful fruity flavour of Yamazaki 12. It is also nutty and delicate on the nose, says Lara. Her whiskydrinking customers like Yamazaki neat or over ice. Lara says women customers invariably go on to a whisky cocktail, so she has created the delicate Lara’s Choice. + 50ml Yamazaki 12 + 12.5ml Antica vermouth + 10ml Caramel syrup + Stir over ice with a twist of orange

eighT club, moorgaTe Przemek Zaneap, bar manager at this exclusive members’ club, stocks Hakushu 12-year-old, Yamazaki 12- and 18-year-old single malt whiskies and Hibiki 12- and 17-year-old blended whiskies. Hakushu has been the great discovery for many members, who like to drink the peaty, smokey whisky with a cigar on the terrace. Przemek’s personal favourites are

top: Zoran peric with Lara Zonzarin and Lara’s Choice, a delicate cocktail MIDDLE:. Luca Cordiglieri, “Yamazaki 12 is good sipping whisky” BOTTOM: Pedro Solorzano, “A preference for Hibiki 17-year-old”

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yamazaki 18-year-old aT china Tang aT The dorchesTer Bar manager Luca Cordiglieri finds Yamazaki well-rounded and with great complexity. “Yamazaki is a good sipping whisky, but it is also a great base for a cocktail. Customers who try it neat, with water or over ice love it. Interestingly, women like to drink Yamazaki as a highball or a cocktail.” The sunTory range aT hush bar Pedro Solorzano, Manager at Hush Bar, stocks three Suntory whiskies but has a preference for the Hibiki 17-year-old, which he describes as the perfect blend. While he also sells Yamazaki and Hakushu 12-year-olds, Hibiki has the edge because of his personal recommendation. Nearly all customers drink their Japanese whisky neat because they find it the best way to enjoy the aromas and taste.

●● The Yamazaki 1984 is all-conquering. A fine example of the high quality of Japanese whisky

If that were not enough, Yamazaki 1984 was named World’s Best Single Malt Whisky at the same event: the World Whiskies Awards organised by Whisky magazine. Dave Broom, author of numerous books and articles about whisky, and a noted connoisseur, said: “This whisky is all-conquering. A fine example of the high quality of Japanese whisky”. ■;

▶ Hibiki brand, whether for the 30-year-old or the 21-year-old, has held this muchenvied title for the last four years.

Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki can be found at Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges. The whiskies are distributed in the UK by Cellar Trends. For sales enquiries call 012 8321 7703 or visit




Proud Cabaret City, No.1 Mark Lane, London, EC3R 7AH | 020 7283 1940 | Email; |

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London’s private members’ cLubs Centuries of tradition mean London boasts a diversity of private members’ clubs unrivalled anywhere else in the world. Although, only Searcy’s Club is 180m above the capital


◆ One Alfred PlAce 1 Alfred PlAce, Wc1e 7eB

W ☎ 020 7000 1999 @ ♣ £1,475pa, joining fee £150 ★ Yes • No s Yes; boardrooms and event space can be hired by non-members

◆ AdAm Street 9 AdAm Street, Wc2N 6AA

W ☎ 020 7379 8000 @ reception@adamstreet. ♣ £600pa; joining fee £195 • No s Yes

♣ £510pa (over-40 if serving, over-35 otherwise), £283 (widow of former member), £268 (nonserving, under-35), £175 (all applicants under 29), £667 (includes spouses or civil partners and their children aged 18-21), £263-£407 (sliding scale for serving offers aged 29 to 40); joining fee £250 (or one-year’s subscription for non-military applicants) ★ No (capped for nonmilitary members) • No s Yes

W Website ☎ Telephone no @ Email address ♣ Membership fee ★ Membership cap • Waiting list Venue Hire s

◆ the ArtS club 40 dover Street, W1S 4NP


☎ 020 7499 8581


Yes, members only

★ No

107 PAll mAll, SW1y 5er

• Yes, six-months

W ☎ 020 7930 4843

chelSeA cloiSterS, SW3 3dW

9 hAlkiN Street, SW1X 7dr

W ☎ 020 7581 3355 @ s Yes

W ☎ 020 7235 5162 @ admin@caledonianclub. com ♣ Up to £1,150; for 18-25s one-off fee of £750 worth up to 6 years depending on age; joining fee £750 over-35s, no joining fee for under-35s. • No


36-39 PAll mAll, SW3 5uZ

• Yes, six-months

W ☎ 020 7352 2828 @ ♣ £450pa ★ 1,000 • No s Yes


◆ beefSteAk club

W ☎ 020 7613 0755 @ membership@alpine-club. ♣ Under-30s £30, 30-64 and associates £50, over65s £42, long-standing members (on application to the administrator) £25 ★ No • No s No

9 irviNg Street, Wc2h 7At

☎ 020 7930 5722

◆ blAckS 67 deAN Street, W1d 4Qh

☎ 020 7287 3381 @

◆ bOOdle’S

◆ AnnAbel’S 44 Berkeley SQuAre W1J 5QB

W ☎ 020 7629 1096 @ membership@annabels. ♣ £1,000pa; joining fee £1,000 ★ No • 2 years s Yes

◆ Army And nAvy club (the rAg)

36-39 PAll mAll , SW1y 5JN

W ☎ 020 7930 9721 @ membership@therag.

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Annabel’s A genuine institution in a part of london hardly short of them, Annabel’s was founded by mark Birley in 1963, and behind an understated entrance you’ll find drinking, dining and dancing in opulent surroundings. A decadent mayfair haven for bankers, celebrities, euros and royals (even the Queen’s been), last year lady gaga chose the club for the launch of her new album, Born This Way, in partnership with Belvedere vodka. guests including kate moss,, Stephen fry and florence Welsh looked on as the star performed. 020 7629 1096;


◆ cAledOniAn club

★ Yes

55 chArlotte roAd, ec2A


◆ bArtS

◆ beAufOrt hOuSe

◆ AlPine club

£500pa; couples £1,000

◆ Athenæum club

♣ £1,500pa; joining fee


♣ Men, £750pa; ladies,

◆ cAvAlry And guArdS club 127 PiccAdilly, W1J 7PX


☎ 020 7499 1261 @ frances.watt@cavgdsclub. ★ No • No s Only members or bodies associated with the club or associates of members

◆ city gOlf club 40 colemAN Street, ec2r 5eh

28 St. JAmeS’S Street,


SW1A 1hJ

☎ 020 7796 5963

W ☎ 020 7930 7166 @

♣ £68-£168 per month ★ No

◆ britiSh luxury



• No s


70 NeW BoNd Street,

◆ city livery club

W1S 1de

Bell WhArf lANe, uPPer

W ☎ 020 7235 4155 @ info@british-luxury-club.

thAmeS Street, ec4r 3tB

◆ brOmPtOn club 92B old BromPtoN rd, South keNSiNgtoN SW7 5lr

W ☎ 020 7268 5906 @ info@thebrompton-club. com

W ☎ 020 7248 0620 @ ♣ Full members, associate members, IOD members £225, overseas members and under-40s £145, over75s and widows/widowers of members £100 ★ No • No s Members only

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★ No • No s

Members only

◆ cOmmOnWeAlth club 25 NorthumBerlANd AveNue, Wc2N 5AP

W ☎ 020 7766 9200 @

◆ crAzy beAr cOvent gArden

The Arts Club the Arts club reopened its doors in September to reveal a dramatic redesign, though the club has been in existence since 1863, when it was founded to provide a haven for those affiliated with the arts. Past members have included writers charles dickens, Wilkie collins and thomas hughes, musicians Paolo tosti, charles halle and artists Walter Sickert, Auguste rodin and James mcNeill Whistler. the refreshed space includes a sophisticated members’ library and a brasserie and oyster bar, with art deco-inspired shagreen tiles and a dramatic black, white and grey italian marble floor. At the heart of the space is the grand staircase, made of creamy-white marble with a bronzed balustrade, which pulls together the past and present of the club. the music is just as important as the design, perhaps why mark ronson has been enlisted as director of music. 020 7499 8581;

17 mercer Street, Wc2h 9QJ

W ☎ 020 7520 5450 @ ♣ £500pa; £50 joining fee ★ Shortly s Will accept non-members depending on event

◆ the cuckOO club SWAlloW Street, W1B 4eZ

W ☎ 020 7287 4300 @ ♣ £700pa ★ No • Yes - 3 months s Yes, Sunday to Thursday

◆ dAnger Of deAth 202 Brick lANe, e1 6SA

◆ city Of lOndOn club 19 old BroAd St, ec2N 1dS

W ☎ 020 7588 8558 @ secretary@ ♣ Undisclosed ★ No • No s Yes, by members and non-members

◆ city univerSity


50 corNhill, ec3v 3Pd


☎ 020 7626 8571 @ secretary@ ♣ £215-£915pa ★ No • No s Yes – must be sponsored by member

◆ civil Service club

13-15 greAt ScotlANd yArd, SW1A 2hJ

W ☎ 020 7930 4881 @ office@civilserviceclub. ♣ £53pa basic and £60 for

W ☎ 020 7065 6806 @ membership@ ♣ £150pa; £30 registration fee ★ No • No s Yes (Monday and Tuesday 50 people can book the whole venue, other nights minimum spend applies)

◆ eASt indiA club 16 St. JAmeS’S SQuAre, SW1y 4lh

W ☎ 020 7930 1000

GOOD LIBATIONS: (Top) the champagne bar at the Arts Club; (cluster of three, above) Inside Jonathan Downey's Danger of Death on Brick Lane – the drinks are to die for

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to both Eight Moorgate and Eight Bank); joining fee £75 ★ No • No s Yes (higher fee for nonmembers)

◆ fArmerS club 3 WhitehAll court, SW1A 2el


☎ 020 7930 3557. Membership number

☎ 020.7925.7102 @ membership@ ♣ £82-£378pa ★ No • No s Members only

◆ flyfiSherS’ club


69 Brook St, W1k 4er

the first thing you’ll notice once you’re inside Barts is the bric-a-brac feel to the decor. the story is that everything has been bought from a car boot sale and it gives a charmingly kitsch feel to proceedings. if cheeky pop-culture references and drinking cocktails out of a teacup is your thing you’ll feel right at home at Barts. that is, of course, if you actually make it inside. to get in guests must ring a doorbell and can only enter if the place isn’t full... and they like the look of you. 020 7581 3355;

W ☎ 020 7629 5958 @ secretary@flyfishersclub. ♣ “Town member, £526; country member, £382; overseas member, £342; joining fee: under-30 nil, 30 to 35 years £191, over-35 £382” ★ No • Yes s Members only

◆ fOx club 46 clArgeS Street, W1J 7er

@ secretary@eastindiaclub. ♣ 18-25 £180, 25 £270, 26 £320, 27 £360, 28 £470, 29 £590, over-30 £940; joining fee £350 minimum ★ Yes • No s Members only

◆ eight club bAnk

Yes (higher fee for nonmembers) s

◆ eight club mOOrgAte 1 dySArt Street ec2A 2BX

W @ ♣ £800 (includes full access

W ☎ 020 7495 3656 @ bethan@foxclublondon. com ♣ £350-£1,800pa; joining fee £150-£500 ★ No • No s Yes

◆ grOuchO club

chANge Alley, ec3v 3Nd

45 deAN Street,

W ☎ 020 7621 0808 @ ♣ £800 (includes full access to both Eight Moorgate and Eight Bank); joining fee £75 ★ No • No

W1d 4QB

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W Website ☎ Telephone no @ Email address ♣ Membership fee ★ Membership cap • Waiting list Venue Hire s


☎ 020 7439 4685 @ membership@ ♣ London, £695pa; country/overseas, £495pa; under-30s, £350 under

MAGIC EIGHT BALL: Eight Moorgate is a great place for hosting private events – whether you fancy the spacious restaurant to the large terrace, ideal for al fresco dining

30s; under-35s, £575; life membership £7,500; joining fee same as price, except under-30s (£100), n/a for life membership ★ No • Sometimes s Yes, non-members become temporary members during the event

◆ high rOAd

hOuSe high roAd houSe, 162-170 chiSWick high roAd, W4 1Pr

W ☎ 020 8742 1717 @ veronique@ ♣ £1,200pa every house membership; lower rates for individual houses ★ No • Yes

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HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS: (left) Home House's grand atrium is so impressive you could be forgiven for thinking you had entered an art gallery – and the sculptured bar, created by Zaha Hadid, is its most impressive exhibit; (right) inside the Hurlingham Club, a previous venue for the square mile Masked Ball



◆ hOme hOuSe 20 PortmAN SQuAre,

◆ hurlinghAm club

rANelAgh gArdeNS, SW6 3Pr

W1h 6lW


W ☎ 020 7670 2000 ♣ £970-£1,840pa; joining fee £970-£1,840 ★ Yes • Yes s Yes

☎ 020 7610 7400

◆ the hOSPitAl


24 eNdell Street, Wc2h 9hQ

W 020 7170 9137 @ ♣ London-based, £650pa plus £250 joining fee; under-30, £300 no joining fee; international, £450; out of town, £500; Corporate membership available for five or more people joining from same company £550, no joining fee; ten-year membership £5,000, no joining fee s Yes

@ membership@ ♣ Contact club for info • Years, at which time off peak membership is offered allowing access to the Club for all but the weekends in May to July. s Yes

◆ the inner temPle croWN office roW, ec4y 7hl

W ☎ 020 7797 8230 @ catering@innertemple.

◆ inStitute Of directOrS 116 PAll mAll, SW1y 5ed

W ☎ 020 7766 8866

£340pa; joining fee £215 (£110 if joining for two years, no fee if joining for three or more years); Reduced rates for those outside the EU ★ No • No s Yes

◆ the ivy club 9 WeSt Street, Wc2h 9Ne


☎ 020 7836 4751 @

♣ Undisclosed ★ Undisclosed • Yes s Yes, subject to club’s approval

◆ lAnSdOWne


9 fitZmAurice PlAce, W1J 5Jd

W ☎ 020 7629 7200 @ secretary@ ♣ From £245-£735 (agedependent); joining fee £180-£545.

Beaufort house Beaufort house’s four floors afford it a versatility and convivial atmosphere all of its own. you’ll be just at home having a coffee or brunch at the brasserie as you will escaping from the kings rd hubbub with a glass of bubbly in the champagne penthouse. members can enjoy monthly events such as wine tastings and cocktail classes. on the subject of cocktails, Beaufort house’s are certainly worth a look, and our favourite is the ‘Zombie’. We’ll let you discover where it’s name came from. 020 7352 2828;

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◆ lOndOn Sketch club

◆ mArylebOne cricket club (mcc)

◆ milk & hOney

7 dilke Street, SW3 3Je

lordS cricket grouNd,

W1f 7Nu

W ☎ 020 7352 8209 s Yes


W ☎ 020 7065 6840 @ ♣ £250pa; joining fee £50; includes membership to The Player; Generation Y membership (people born after 1980) £150pa + £30

◆ lOW 91 JermyN Street, SW1y 6JB

W ☎ 020 7471 5565 ♣ £500pa (including complimentary magnum of vodka) or £1,000 life (including complementary inscribed bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label) ★ Yes • Yes s Yes

W ☎ 020 7616 8500 @ ♣ £400pa; registration £215 ★ 18,000 full membership • 20-years s Yes

61 PolANd Street,

◆ mAddOx

eight Moorgate the london skyline certainly offers some amazing views, and eight club moorgate makes the most of these with its expansive rooftop terraces. Set over two floors and located minutes from finsbury Square, the club is conveniently positioned just far enough away from the liverpool St hordes. A glass elevator whisks you up to the club’s reception, so you always arrive in style. Whether you’re relaxing in the lounge listening to live jazz, eating in the restaurant or enjoying a cigar on the terrace, eight gets a ten out of ten from us (groan). 0871 962 0547;

3-5 mill Street, W1S 2Au


☎ 020 7629 8877 @ for membership enquires ♣ £450pa ★ No • Yes s Yes; negotiable for nonmembers sunday-tuesday; wednesday-friday semiprivate hire.

◆ mAggie’S 329 fulhAm roAd, SW10 9Ql


★ No

ec4N 7BW

• No

W ☎ 020 7717 0088 @ sales@londoncapitalclub. com ♣ £1,066pa; joining fee £500 ★ Yes • No s Members only



◆ leS


5 hAmiltoN PlAce, W1J 7ed

W ☎ 020 7495 5555 @ ♣ £1,000 for life. Nil, at management’s discretion ★ No • No s No

◆ lOndOn cAPitAl club

15 ABchurch lANe,

52 Squaremile

☎ 020 7352 8512 @

♣ £300pa; joining fee £50 ★ Yes • Occasionally s


◆ mArk’S club 46 chArleS Street, W1J 5eJ


☎ 020 7499 2936 W Website ☎ Telephone no @ Email address ♣ Membership fee ★ Membership cap • Waiting list Venue Hire s

@ membership@marksclub. ♣ £750pa; joining fee £250 ★ No • Yes 1-2 months s Members can hire a private room

SUMMER TIME & THE CLUBBIN’ IS EASY: (top) The jewel in Maddox’s crown is its courtyard and terrace, perfect for partying long into the night; the MCC club offers a slightly different club experience – but there’s still just as much potential to get inebriated here too, thank God.

Members Lounge


Cocktail Bar


Club Room

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Beaufort House Chelsea 354 Kings Road LONDON SW3 5UZ 020 7352 2828


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THE TASTE OF SUCCESS: (left) The dining room at the Naval Club, where members can enjoy five-star fare at prices far below the neighbouring Mayfair restaurants; (right) Milk & Honey, hidden behind a non-descript Soho facade on Poland Street, is the Rushmore Group’s most famous cathedral to cocktails

registration fee; Five-year membership from £1,500 ★ No • No s Yes

◆ mOrtOn’S club 28 Berkeley SQuAre, W1J 6eN

home house located on the corner of Portman Square, home house is one of the few members’ clubs in london to offer genuine appeal across different generations, professions and backgrounds. it effortlessly blends the old, such as a breathtaking staircase spiralling from the ground floor to a glass dome at the top of the house, with the new, including a space-age Zaha hadid-designed bar and a boutique gym. the club’s latest edition is a basement club inspired by the glory days of New york disco. 020 7670 2000;

@ membership@mosimann. com ♣ £650pa; joining fee £250 ★ No • Yes, on average 3 months s Yes

W ☎ 020 7499 0363 @ membership@ ♣ Under-30s, £450pa; full, £1000; international, £700; joining fee £250 (£100 for under-30s, nil for international members) ★ No • No s Yes; Members only in principle; non-members can hire only on the understanding that they intend to join

◆ nAtiOnAl

◆ mOSimAnn’S club

4 St JAmeS’S SQuAre,

11B WeSt hAlkiN Street, SW1X 8Jl

54 Squaremile


☎ 020 7235 9625

liberAl club WhitehAll PlAce, SW1A 2hd

W ☎ 020 7930 9871 @ ♣ £596pa (price on a sliding scale for under-30s); joining fee £298 ★ No • No s Yes

◆ nAvAl &

militAry club (the in & Out) SW1y 4Ju

W ☎ 020 7827 5730

@ members@

◆ nAvAl club 38 hill Street, W1J 5NS

W ☎ 020 7493 7672 @ membership@navalclub. ♣ From £135-£800; joining fee nil or £125-£150 dependent on membership ★ No • No s Yes

◆ neW cAvendiSh club

44 greAt cumBerlANd PlAce, W1h 7BS

W ☎ 20 7723 0391 @ info@newcavendishclub. ♣ From £385pa; joining fee £175 ★ No • No s Yes

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W Website ☎ Telephone no @ Email address ♣ Membership fee ★ Membership cap • Waiting list Venue Hire s

◆ nO. 11 11 cAdogAN gArdeNS, SW3 2rJ


☎ 020 7730 7000 @ reception@no11london. com ♣ £700pa ★ No • No s Yes; 15% discount if a member.

◆ the One club


1 keNSiNgtoN high St, W8 5NP

W ☎ 020 3393 1111 @ info@

◆ OxfOrd And cAmbridge club 71 PAll mAll, SW1y 5hd

W ☎ 020 7930 5151 @

◆ the PlAyer 8 BroAdWick Street, W1f 8hN


☎ 020 7065 6841 @

♣ £250pa; joining fee of £50; includes membership to Milk & Honey ★ No • No s Yes, capacity for 130 people; half-hire also possible

◆ POrtlAnd club 69 Brook Street, W1k 4er

☎ 20 7499 1523 TAKE YOUR CUE: (top) the billiards room in Quo Vadis’ club, a great place to retire after enjoying the restaurant below; Raffles, established in 1967, is a Chelsea stalwart

◆ PrAtt’S club 14 PArk PlAce,

soho Whisky the Soho Whisky club began life as offices and storage space for the vintage house before being transformed into a dedicated club for whisky lovers. it’s like being invited to view (and drink from) someone’s personal drinks collection, and what a collection; there are over 300 malts on offer including a fair few that aren’t available commercially anymore. if you’re a whisky fan then the sheer variety on offer, if nothing else, makes the Soho Whisky club a winner, while the 40-person capacity creates an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. regular tutored tastings of whisky (and, whisper it, other inferior spirits) are a great place to start when it comes to navigating the club’s extensive selection, whether your knowledge is nascent or encyclopaedic. cigar aficionados should head for the club’s smoking terrace, armed with a cigar hand-picked to complement the flavour of their chosen whisky. 020 7437 2592;

SW1A 1lP

• Yes

☎ 20 7493 0397

s Yes; President’s room available

◆ Queen’S club PAlliSer roAd, W14 9eQ

◆ QuO vAdiS club

W ☎ 020 7386 3429 @ anne.barnes@queensclub. ♣ £1,700pa, £100 nonrefundable registration fee ★ Yes

26-29 deAN Street, W1d 3ll

W ☎ 020 7437 9585 @ emma.murphy@ ♣ £500pa full membership;

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The Fox Club, Mayfair’s best kept Secret 46 Clarges Street, London W1J 7ER tel 020 7495 3656 fax 020 7495 3626

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DOWN THE GARDEN PATH: The Roof Gardens includes one and a half acres of themed gardens, including fully grown oaks and fruit trees, growing in just 1.5m of soil, and a flowing stream stocked with fish and wildlife. It’s situated on the sixth-floor, some one hundred feet above Kensington High Street. country & abroad £300pa; under 30 £300pa; husband and wife £650pa; life membership £5,000; joining fee £150 ★ No • No s No

◆ the ritz club

☎ 020 7368 3992

150 PiccAdilly, W1J 9BS

@ com

W ♣ Form on website; £1,000 for life

◆ rOyAl Air fOrce club

◆ rAffleS

roehAmPtoN lN, SW15 5PJ

287 kiNgS roAd, SW3 5eW

W ☎ 020 7351 4964 @ ♣ £500pa (under-30s £300) ★ Yes, 1,000 • Yes s Yes

◆ refOrm club 104-105 PAll mAll, SW1y 5eW

W ☎ 20 7930 9374 @ generaloffice@ ♣ 18-22, £336pa; 23-30, £672pa; 31+, £1,344pa; joining fee £1,750 for UK members over 35 ★ No • 4 months


◆ rOehAmPtOn club

W ☎ 020 8480 4205 @ admin@roehamptonclub. ♣ Full membership: Over30s, £2,180pa, £150 annual club card levy, joining fee £2,750; spouse, £1,965pa £150 annual club card levy (closed to new members); 26-29, £650pa, £150 annual club card levy, joining fee £600; 18-25, £585pa, joining fee £300 ★ 5000 • 1 year s Yes

◆ rOOf gArdenS 99 keN high St, W8 5SA


128 PiccAdilly, W1J 7Py

W ☎ 020 7399 1000 @ ♣ £134 including VAT. Entrance fee £134 s Yes

◆ rOyAl AnglObelgiAn club 8 NorthumBerlANd Ave, Wc2N 5By


☎ 020 7127 5139 @

♣ Over 30 £330 joining fee of £100. Under 30 no joining fee £249.

◆ rOyAl AutOmObile club 89-91 PAll mAll, SW1y 5hS

W ☎ 020 7930 2345

The Ritz Club While some members’ clubs may be defined by intimate, cosy spaces, the ritz club is situated in the former ball room of the ritz hotel and immediately makes a statement with its grand, decadent surroundings. the club has a finedining restaurant and opulent bar, but it’s in the legendary casino where you’ll find the big rollers. With three-card poker and baccarat to roulette, there is no finer or more glamorous setting for making, or indeed losing, your fortune. 020 7499 1818;

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W Website ☎ Telephone no @ Email address ♣ Membership fee ★ Membership cap • Waiting list Venue Hire s

@ members@ ♣ Over-30, £2,900 Entrance fee, £1,265pa; 28-30 £2,030 EF, £885pa; 24-27 £1450 EF, £635pa; 18-23 £870 EF, £300pa • Approximately six months. Sons, daughters, spouses and civil partners of members receive priority on the waiting list. s Yes

◆ rOyAl OverSeAS leAgue

W ☎ 020 7408 0214 @ ♣ £288pa; £288 joining fee ★ No • No s Members only

◆ rOyAl thAmeS yAcht club

60 kNightSBridge, SW1X 7lf

W ☎ 020 7235 2121 @

over-SeAS houSe, PArk

◆ SAvAge club

PlAce, St JAmeS’S Street,

1 WhitehAll PlAce,

SW1A 1lr

SW1A 2hd


☎ 020 7930 8118 @

◆ SAvile club 69 Brook Street, W1k 4er


☎ 020 7629 5462 @

♣ London members, £989pa; Country members, £492; Overseas members, £359; joining fee £250

◆ SeArcy’S club At the gherkin

the gherkiN, 30 St mAry AXe, ec3A 8eP

Tramp Behind the famously inconspicuous entrance at 40 Jermyn Street are two elegantly decorated rooms – a bar and restaurant in one and a dance floor in the other. With its 17th century wood panelling, chandeliers, frescoed ceilings and dinner-jacketed staff, tramp resembles an old-fashioned drawing room, or the bar and ballroom of an impossibly grand townhouse. the name – given by founders oscar lerman and Johnny gold – was inspired by the charlie chaplin character the little tramp. earlier this year, tramp opened a sumptuous lounge bar and smoking terrace – already a square mile favourite. 020 7734 0565;

60 Squaremile

W ☎ 020 7071 7215 @ ♣ £750pa; £250 joining fee ★ Yes • No s Yes

◆ ShOreditch hOuSe

eBor Street, e1 6AW


☎ 020 7739 5040 @ Every house membership ♣ £1,200pa; under-27 Every House membership £700pa; Local House membership £700pa; under-27 Local House membership £500pa; Child membership £150pa s Yes, certain areas reserved for members only

THANK YOUR LUCKY STARLAND: Dinky new, late-night, members-only club on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill

◆ Sketch

◆ SlOAne club

9 coNduit Street, W1S 2Xg

52 loWer SloANe Street,

W ☎ 020 7659 4500 @


W ☎ 020 7730 9131

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including guests, at any one time), £1,200 ★ Circa 350 • No

◆ the StArlAnd

SOciAl club

78 WeStBourNe grove, W2 5rt

W ☎ 020 7065 6805 @ ♣ £150-£1500pa; joining fee £30-£50 ★ No • No s Yes

◆ St StePhen’S


The Wellington Artist and club patron damien hirst’s imprint is all over the interior of the Wellington – there’s a glittering skull disco ball, the artist’s smiling skull wallpaper, and a graffitied shark on the bar – and the result is a quirky club that certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously. from pinball machines on the dance floor to the inevitability of ending up in the photo booth, everything is designed with a tongue-in-cheek sense of fun. Some may detect a hint of Nathan Barley, too, especially when the website offers “grown up drinks at the fuck Bar”. 020 7823 8211;

34 QueeN ANNeS gAte, SW1h 9AB

W ☎ 020 7222 1382 @ info@ststephensclub.

WOmen’S club 2 Audley SQuAre, W1k 1dB

W ☎ 020 7499 2268 @ ♣ Students £105; £206£576 varies depending on type of membership; joining fee £150 s Yes

◆ victOry

ServiceS club 63-79 Seymour Street, W2 2hf

W ☎ 020 7616 8355/8302 @ ♣ Free for serving members of the Armed Forces; £20pa for retired members ★ No • No s Yes, eight banqueting

rooms that can hold from 2 to 300 guests

◆ WAlbrOOk club 37A WAlBrook, ec4N 8BS

W ☎ 020 7623 6100 @ office@walbrook-club.

◆ the WellingtOn club 116A kNightSBridge, SW1X 7Pl

W ☎ 020 7823 8211 @ ♣ £400pa ★ No • No s Yes

◆ White’S 32 lemAN Street, e1 8eW

☎ 020 7488 4000 ■

◆ SuPPer club 12 AcklAm roAd, loNdoN, W10 5QZ

W ☎ 020 8964 6600 @ ★ No • No s Yes

◆ trAmP 40 JermyN Street, SW1y 6dN

@ reservations@sloaneclub. ♣ Family £575pa (Husband, wife and children up to 25 yrs); Individual £495pa (up to age 60); Retired £365pa (aged 60+) Chelsea £295 pa; joining fee £900, or £400 for Chelsea membership ★ No • Yes s Members only

◆ SOhO hOuSe

£600; Every House Membership £1,200; under-27 Local House Membership £250; under-27 Every House Membership £700; Registration Fee £200; Registration Fee U27 £100 s Yes

◆ SOhO WhiSky club

42 old comPtoN Street, W1d 4lr


W ☎ 020 7734 0565 @ membership@tramp. ♣ £750pa; no joining fee ★ Yes • Yes s Members only

◆ the trAvellerS club 106 PAll mAll, SW1y 5eP

W ☎ 020 7930 8688

21 old comPtoN Street,

☎ 020 7437 2592

◆ turf club

W1d 5JJ

@ sohowhiskyclub@ ♣ £200pa; Corporate membership (which allows a maximum of eight persons,

5 cArltoN houSe terrAce,

W ☎ 020 7734 5188 @ ♣ Local House Membership

SW1y 5AQ

☎ 020 7930 8555

◆ univerSity

BOOTS’N’ALL: The Wellington Club is the trendiest club in in Knightsbridge. If you can’t find it, just look for the paps hanging outside the entrance in the alley to Hyde Park

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CiGar etiquette


GoinG up in smoke Get your money’s worth out of a fine cigar by following these tips from Neil MilliNgtoN, a man with an excellent sense of humidor So, your boSS has invited you to his club and just offered you an afterdinner cigar. Before you reach for the biggest one you can see, there are a few things you need to know to ensure you’ll receive a second invitation. There are many unwritten ‘rules’ about smoking fine, hand-rolled cigars and being aware of just some of them can prevent embarrassment. The first and probably the single most important thing to remember about a handmade cigar is that it isn’t a cigarette. It sounds obvious, but when you take that first deep lung-full of Cuba’s finest blue smoke and turn every shade of green imaginable before leaving your lungs on the table, you’ll understand exactly what I mean by saying “don’t inhale”. Cigars are to be savoured in the mouth only as it’s all about taste. You smoke a cigar because it tastes good and not for any nicotine addiction; the best advice is to smoke a cigar like you would drink a fine cognac – slowly and in short sips. Many virgin cigar-smokers will head straight for the biggest smoke in the humidor. Well, don’t! First, you might not actually like the taste of cigars and, if you don’t, you will have wasted the best part of £40 of your boss’s hardearned. Second, you need to choose a cigar that reflects your body size and shape. Trust me, you’ll look daft if you’re a bit lacking in the height department and choose a whackinggreat double corona or Churchill; people might assume you’re also lacking something somewhere else… So, when you have chosen the right sized smoke for you – and if it’s your 64 Squaremile

first I would suggest a petit corona – you need to make sure it’s in the right condition to smoke. You’ve all seen in movies where someone takes a cigar and rolls it next to their ear. Well, you won’t impress anyone and you’ll hear sniggers from around the room if you do. It’s known as ‘listening to the band’ and tells you absolutely nothing about

●● the best advice is to smoke a cigar like you would drink a fine cognac – slowly and in sips

the cigar. Moreover, it damages the cigar and can make it unsmokable. Instead, gently squeeze the cigar between forefinger and thumb; it should be firm and slightly springy if it’s been stored in the correct environment. Dry and crispy or damp and soggy? Reject it immediately as it won’t smoke properly. Now it’s time to light up, so just how do you light a cigar properly? Most importantly, don’t whip out your Zippo; only a long wooden match or odourless gas lighter should be used to light a handmade cigar, otherwise you’ll draw the taste of the flame into the cigar and ruin the flavour. A good cigar is the tobacco equivalent of a Grand Cru wine so it’s important to get these things right. Get the waiter to light your cigar for you, then you can’t go wrong. Don’t keep flicking the ash from the end of the cigar as you would with a cigarette; let the ash build up to a decent length and let it drop naturally, preferably into an ashtray. Some hardened cigar smokers insist tobacco ash is positively good for carpets and helps to keep the dirt out, but I doubt the boss’s wife is one of them. Finally, you need to know what to do with the cigar when you’ve finished smoking it. Whatever you do, don’t stub it out as you would a cigarette; this is not only very bad form but the burnt oils will reignite and it will smell foul. Instead, simply rest it on the edge of an ashtray and it will naturally go out. Let your smoke die with dignity. ■ Neil Millington is the bar manager of Equus Bar at The Royal Horseguards hotel and the author of several books on cigar smoking.

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Square Mile Guides - Private Members' Clubs - 2012  

Square Mile Magazine, The Voice of the City, Private Members' Clubs - 2012 (Issue 66)

Square Mile Guides - Private Members' Clubs - 2012  

Square Mile Magazine, The Voice of the City, Private Members' Clubs - 2012 (Issue 66)