Private members’ clubs are quickly becoming the solution to the isolation founders sometimes feel when growing a startup. These clubs provide community, inspiration and the opportunity to develop yourself, all in one grand location.
There are many private member clubs ranging from the glitzy Home House to Southwark’s music-loving The Ministry. However, in this blog, we’ll be sharing the best London clubs for founders to call home.
Location: 24-26 Maddox St, London W1S 1PP.
Who is it for: A space for career women and entrepreneurs (men are welcome as guests).
Price: £1,500 (standard), £1,200 (under 27s) – including a £350 joining fee.
Who they are and what they do: AllBright was founded by two extraordinary women in business – Debbie Wosskow, a serial entrepreneur who sold her last business (Love Home Swap) for $53m, and the notable Anna Jones, ex-CEO of Hearst Magazines UK. The mission of AllBright is to connect like-minded women and drive change for women in business, all in the heart of Mayfair. From monthly pitch days, where they connect female founders to investors, to regular events and a hair salon, they have it all. Founding members include actress Olivia Wilde. You can learn more about the club here.
Location: 8 London locations including Shoreditch and White City House.
Who is it for: Soho House is home to founders and thought leaders in creative industries.
Price: For access to every house (including international locations) – £1,150 (under 27s), £2,500 (standard) plus a £300 joining fee.
Who they are and what they do: The first Soho House opened in 1995 on Greek Street, Soho London. Nick Jones placed it on top of his restaurant and invited local artists and actors to join. It’s named Soho House as it’s a Georgian townhouse located in Soho! Members can enjoy an array of restaurants, gyms, spas and daily events. Soho Works includes additional career focussed features such as meeting rooms, podcast equipment, investment pitching events and private event spaces. Members include the likes of screenwriter Leon Mayne, and Brad Gudger founder of Alike. You can learn more about how to become a Soho House member here.
The Arts Club Mayfair
Location: 40 Dover St, London W1S 4NP
Who is it for: The Arts Club is a private members institute for creatives, entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers. Most members are involved in the arts, architecture, fashion, literature, music, science and more.
Price: £1,250 plus £1,000 joining fee (under 30s), £2,500 plus £2,000 joining fee (over 30s)
Who they are and what they do: The club was founded in 1863 as a space for those with a ‘professional or amateur relationship with the arts, literature or sciences’. Members can enjoy exclusive intimate conversations with the likes of award-winning designer Roksanda Ilinčić, or bond at their members only games night. It is certainly a club that embraces art, culture and conversation. Well known members include actress Gwenyth Paltrow and Sex & the City’s Kim Cattrall. Visit their website here.
Location: 45 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT
Who is it for: The Curtain describes the members of their exclusive club as ‘forward-thinking and driven individuals’ – perfect for founders of innovative businesses.
Price: £1,000 for the year or £100 per month, plus a £300 joining fee.
Who they are and what they do: Located in the heart of East London, The Curtain is the perfect playground for work and play. A membership here includes 24/7 access to a state of the art gym, delicious cuisine and access to curated events from wellness workshops, to panel talks and comedy shows. In the warmer months, dip a toe in their rooftop pool. When you’re ready to work, take advantage of their aesthetically pleasing working spaces. Want to learn more about The Curtain? Visit their site here and apply to be a member here.
Location: 61-63 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6LQ
Who is it for: The Century Club was created for creatives from all walks of life. Their members share a united passion for connectivity and relationship building.
Price: £400 per annum (under 30s), £800 per annum (over 30s)
Who they are and what they do: Located discreetly on the bustling street of Shaftesbury Avenue, lies Soho’s best kept secret. Spread across five floors, Century Club boasts of lively bars, restaurants, stylish workspaces and the best views you can ever find in London. Turn thoughts into action within The Park Room, or host events for your business in their 150 guest Green Room. Visit their website here to learn more.
London is certainly not short of exciting venues to host budding entrepreneurs, but the good thing is that there is something for everyone. Relationships are what will take your business far. So why not cultivate them in a private members’ space filled with like minded individuals!
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