For anyone who needs a quiet place to finish a project in, or is looking for some easy socialising with fellow entrepreneurs, London’s private member clubs have provided a work oasis for decades. They have a reputation of being for the privileged and the successful, places where the Capital’s high society of business mingle over an overpriced glass of Scotch.
That’s a stereotype, of course – the truth is that if you are playing with the thought of joining a member club, you’ll find that they are more affordable than you think.
We picked out London’s top four member clubs for you.
1. Adam Street
Adam Street was founded in 2001 by entrepreneur James Minter. It flaunts a range of facilities: a restaurant, cocktail bar, designated working/relaxing areas, three meeting rooms and presentation facilities. The club regularly hosts events, one of which includes the Courvoisier Future 500. Its clientele specifically revolve around both entrepreneurs and freelancers. Adam Street has no dress code. If you’re looking for a mix of business and fun, this is the place for you.
£50 a month, with a registration fee of £195.
2. One Alfred Place
Having opened in 2008, this reasonably new club has workstations, boardrooms, a restaurant and bar, PA support, print and presentation facilities, club laptops and Skype phones. One Alfred Place is intended solely for entrepreneurs to meet one another and do business. The club allows you to put on workshops and throw events. However, visits by members are limited to 100 a year to make sure the club doesn’t get too busy, so pick your dates wisely. For all intensive purposes, the club is a turbo-charged, temporary office.
£150 registration fee with, depending on how far you live from the club, £1,275 for a year if you live 100 miles and ?850 per year if you live further.
3. The Reform Club
The Reform Club opened in 1836 by MP Edward Ellice. The Victorian building has an extensive library, wince cellar, a gallery, study, sleeping chambers, club rooms for private meeting. It also hosts numerous services and events including fine dining, dinners and parties. The club itself is divided into numerous societies based on personal or special interests. The Reform Club currently hosts around 2,700 members, 500 of which live overseas. Members range from aristocracy to the leaders of big businesses, and politicians.
Members must first be proposed, and then seconded.
4. The Supper Club
The Supper Club was established in 2003 by Duncan Cheatle. It consists of a network of successful entrepreneurs who regularly meet over supper and social events, to share ideas. The concept is to help and inspire one another. You are only allowed access to the club if you are a founder or CEO of a £1m plus turnover business.
£495 to join with a social membership fee of £195 per month. Dinner fees range from ?85-150.