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The Best Members Clubs in London

January 26, 2017 Capital A List – Celebrity club news

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The city’s nightlife has to be one of the most eclectic in the world from the high-end nightclubs of Chelsea and Mayfair to the best members clubs in London. These exclusive member clubs have popped up across London offering fantastic services and benefits to only their members. Many venues can be hard to get into however the best member clubs in London take it one step further with a no membership no admittance policy. Even gaining membership is a grueling task with many of the best members clubs in London requiring a current member to request the membership form for you and a committee having to approve your application. Below are only some of the best members clubs in London and you will find gaining access to these members clubs is well worth the trouble.

Ten Trinity Square

Ten Trinity Square

Ten Trinity Square is one of the best members clubs in London. This exclusive members club was formed by a partnership with Chateau Latour and Reignwood. Within the club you will find private dining rooms, two restaurants, a cigar lounge, meeting rooms, a bar and billiards room. Keeping intact the hand carved walnut panelling and high ornate ceilings of the executive offices and boardrooms of the original building the interior reflects the luxury associated with the members club. Many international business leaders use the venue as a location to share ideas and hold important meetings.

Coya Members Lounge

Coya Members Lounge

Arjun Waney the owner of Suma, Le Petite Maison and The Arts Club now brings you Coya Members Lounge which is one of the best members clubs in London. Embodying Peruvian spirit this venue brings a taste of South American culture and food to Mayfair. Coya stays true to its Peruvian theme from the interior design to the pisco bar that specializes in different versions of the Peruvian cocktail. Head Chef Sanjay Dwivedi runs three open kitchens in the members club. Many of the amenities are reserved for the private members such as separate dining area, an outdoor terrace and a whole other bar.

Tramp

Tramp

Famous as one of the best members clubs in London, Tramp has served many celebrities in its fifty years of existence. Originally founded by Johnny Gold in 1969 this exclusive nightclub has been host to many stories involving its star studded clientele as detailed in Tramp’s Gold, a book written by the owner about the club. Peter Sellers, Joan Collins, Liza Minelli and Ringo Starr have all had wedding receptions at this members club. The rich history of this London venue immortalizes it as one of the best members club in London.

Annabel's

Annabel’s

As one of England’s first member only nightclubs Annabel’s is considered one of the best members clubs in London. Once heading through the understated door in Berkeley Square, its members can unwind and enjoy one of their delicious cocktails while enjoying the artwork in the bar. Having opened in 1963 by Mark Birley, Annabel’s has hosted celebrities like Frank Sinatra, HM the Queen, Richard Nixon, Ella Fitzgerald, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson and The Rolling Stones.

5 Hertford Street

5 Hertford Street

Behind an inconspicuous maroon door in Shepherds Market lies one of the best members clubs in London. 5 Hertford Street is an 18th century town house that includes two restaurants, three bars, a cinema room and the exclusive nightclub LouLou’s. Having A-list celebrities, royals and business tycoons as their clientele this members club has garnered a lot of attention for the short two years they have been opened.

Albert's

Albert’s

This is a members club inspired by Prince Albert’s life with his love letters to Queen Victoria on display as well as whisky as old as him served at the bar. The interior design at Albert’s is made up of a variety of British features which add up to a classic feel with a modern twist. The walls are clad with Colefax and Fowler wallpaper and the bar is made of beautiful mahogany. Alessio Piras has created the traditional and indulgent menu served in Albert’s private dining rooms. On a visit you’re sure to rub shoulders with the who’s who of London’ social scene at one of the best members clubs in London.

Shoreditch House

Shoreditch House

Located in the heart of East London this venue has served as an ideal spot for a night out for the local creative industries. This four level club features a restaurant, variety of bars, a gym, flywheel studio, barber and parlour, ping pong, rooftop pool and gardens. At this venue you can do anything from spending the evening in one of Shoreditch House’s 26 rooms or pamper yourself with an organic and natural treatment from the neighbouring Cowshed Relax Spa. With an ‘Every House’ membership you can enjoy Shoreditch House as well as other best members clubs in London.

The Arts Club

The Arts Club

Founded in 1863 this venue’s members has included Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Charles Halle, Auguste Rodin, and Frederic Leighton as well as other prominent figures in the world of art, literature and science. The Arts Club reopened in 2011 after a complete renovation and is now a space for those in the creative world to wine and dine whilst exchanging ideas. The Arts Club offers its guests lounge areas, restaurants, bars, private dining rooms and more. With its sleek and elegant interior design and the clubs art Collection displayed on its walls; The Arts Club is truly one of the best members clubs in London.

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All-Inclusive Nightclubs in London

November 15, 2016 Capital A List – Celebrity club news

 

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With a growing number of exclusive establishments opening all-inclusive nightclubs in London it’s taking the night scene by storm and people’s needs are finally being answered. Just Imagine this all too common scenario: You’re out with your friends on a Friday night, you’ve just finished dinner and your enjoying the atmosphere but you have to leave. You get to the club and you all queue up. Then after 30 minutes you get in, pay entry, and sort out the cloakroom before getting your drinks and going to the dance floor. But wouldn’t it be so much easier if there was a place that had everything under one roof?

The reason these all-inclusive night clubs have been so successful is because it has gotten rid of all the hassles you would have normally had to deal with just to get into a club. Having to leave the nice cosy restaurant and organise travel arrangements can be a thing of the past as booking a table for dinner also guarantees entry, so no need to fear rejection at the door. No more waiting outside in the cold anymore, and you can say goodbye to paying those entry fees too.

People want places that cater for everything you would want for a great night out. They don’t want to disrupt the fun and have to shuffle to other locations all night. It’s time consuming and annoying, and you don’t want to have to hop from restaurant to bar to club as most have to do. According to the founder of Bunga Bunga, Charlie Gilkes, “London’s developed a real bar scene, and people have started to wonder why they’re going to a club, and paying to get in when actually they’d rather carry on sitting and talking.”

It’s also partly thanks to the 2003 Licensing Act that’s it’s been made possible. It’s notoriously difficult for clubs to get a license for alcohol let alone extending the closing times. But according to Gilkes “it’s easier to get a licence for places that serve food as well as booze.” So some clubs have been getting around the loophole by classifying themselves as a restaurant, bar and club combo. Meaning they can serve food and alcohol with ease whilst having longer opening hours.

And the emergence of more all-inclusive night clubs opening is vital as it contributes to the already soon to be booming 24hr economy. A study by London First found that the capital’s night-time businesses contributed up to “£26.3bn to the UK economy in 2014”, and is forecasted to rise by “£2bn by 2029”. And its not just down to residents and city workers. Of all the “31.5 million who visited in 2015 ,18.6 million were from overseas – spending £15 billion”. As well as customers contributing, the night-time industry also “responsible for 1.26 million jobs”. With the night tube also being rolled out this will help all-inclusive clubs and London night life with providing easy transport home for all the early morning party-goers.

These all-inclusive night clubs such as MNKY HSE, Coya & Sumosan Twiga are being enjoyed by celebrities and the social elites alike. With some of them being open to all or being Members-Only Clubs with a pricey annual fee.
But that’s not all, there are some all-inclusive night clubs such as Cirque Le Soir that are also offering live entertainment and performers to keep the party going all night. It’s all been done extremely tastefully. Putting a restaurant and nightclub may seem like a bit of a mess to organize but it becomes a perfect blend and the transitions are hardly noticeable at all. Some clubs either have separate areas for dining and dancing and a lounge area where it’s quieter so you can sit and talk all night long if you wish. Some also seamlessly alter the mood by moving the tables away and transforming the main room into a dance area.

And these all-inclusive night clubs seem to be trying their best by providing the best such as bringing in world class DJ’s and Michelin starred Chefs, so competition is high. Other clubs focus their establishment on a theme, which is also very popular. Walk into Kensington Roof Gardens and you’re transported to a tropical garden scenery and Bodo’s Schloss will make you feel like you are ready to relax at the ski lodge after a long day on the Swiss Alps. They all have very specific and unique characters that continue to be a favourite with Londoners that are looking for something different. It’s also a great form of escapism when you’ve had a stressful day at work. So who wouldn’t want to go somewhere that would help forget your troubles for a night?

And we can also vouch for its popularity as we have previously hosted our exclusive Members Parties at Bodo’s Schloss with dinners, drinks and karaoke and even sushi dinners at DSTRKT in Piccadilly.

These all-inclusive night clubs will certainly be making nights out more enjoyable and an unforgettable experience for anyone who wants the best they can get. And there’s no doubt that there will be more all-inclusive night clubs appearing that will provide even more different types of entertainment from theatre to interactive art, as Gilkes predicts. “People always want more. They want something they can share on social media that’s different to the cookie-cutter, copycat norm.”

This is a trend that is here to last and we look forward to seeing more fun and exciting all-inclusive night clubs opening up in the future.

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London VIP Clubs Bottle Sizes

November 1, 2016 Capital A List – Celebrity club news

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There’s more to bottle sizes than meets the eyes. While having a good time in one of London VIP clubs it doesn’t require you to be a bottle connoisseur but it does tell something about your character. If you’re a frequent guest at some of the best London VIP clubs and enjoy bottle service at your table, you’d probably be interested in knowing a little bit more about bottle sizes.

I bet you didn’t know that each bottle size has its name? Interestingly enough, most of the wine and champagne bottle size names were inspired by Biblical characters, like Methuselah, which means literally the “Oldest Man”, or Nebuchadnezzar who was “King of Babylon”.

Wine and champagne bottles come in different shapes and sizes, from the light and small ones, to the ones that can hold up to 40 regular bottles with fortified glass this is all seen at exclusive London VIP clubs.

Whether you’re an outgoing person who just wants to impress a group of friends , or a wanna-be bartender, knowing a little something about bottle sizes can come in handy especially when your at one of the top London VIP clubs. Here you will find out about all different bottle sizes and shapes, their names and other important details that you would find in one of London VIP clubs. Let’s take a look at some the bottle sizes and their name equivalents:

If we’re talking champagne bottle sizes, the smallest bottle is traditionally called Quart and it holds no more than 0.1875 or 0.2 litres — which is not enough to get you boozy, you’ll agree.

Then we move on to half a bottle, more specifically 0.375 litres, called Demie. After Demie comes Standard, which we all know well, and which holds 0.750l.

A Magnum holds 1.5 litres, and twice the size of Magnum is his rival called Jéroboam which holds 3 litres. Jéroboam is followed by his brother Réhoboam, which holds 4.5 litres of champagne. If you think that the story ends with Réhoboam you couldn’t be more wrong.

Methusaleh holds even 6 litres of your favorite liquid, or 8 regular 0.750 bottles. Every now and then, there is that special occasion when booking a VIP club table in London that calls for your favourite champagne, wine or spirits to come in a larger bottle like Methusaleh.

Then we move on to the magnificent Salmanazar or “Assyrian King”, which contains up to 9 litres, or 12 regular bottles, and his cousin Balthazar which contains 12 litres or 16 bottles.

A bottle containing 15 litres is called Nebuchadnezzar, who was actually “King of Babylon”. The name Solomon, or “the King Solomon, the wisest of all men” righteously so belongs to the bottle containing as much as 15 litres or 20 regular bottles.

Three more names are left, and these are the biggest bottle sizes you can imagine at luxurious London VIP clubs.

Namely, Sovereign holds up to 26.25 litres, which equals to 35 regular bottles. Sovereign is followed by Primat, which contains just a little bit more — 27 litres.

Last but definitely not the least, his majesty Melchizedek which holds an amazing 30 litres or 40 regular bottles. With all these great options it’s easy to see why you will have an exclusive and spectacular night out any London VIP clubs.

So now you know the score with the sizes of bottles, if you’re looking to celebrate a night at one of our London VIP clubs with a Magnum or maybe a Nebuchadnezzar then visit VIP Table Bookings to book a table with us.

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The Types Of People In Clubs Found In London

October 11, 2016 Capital A List – Celebrity club news

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As someone who has dealt with all sorts of types of people at clubs I have found that no matter what night and where you are there will always be certain people you encounter on your evening. Whether you’re a party animal or just someone who enjoys a casual drink, one of the common factors everyone experiences, for better or worse, are their interactions with others enjoying the night scene. We are never sure where they come from or how they go from these night alter egos to functioning adults during the day time. All we know is that they truly enrich our clubbing experience.

Before even getting into the club you are forced to engage with one of the many types of people at clubs, the bouncer. Now you never know for sure how they will be, at times they are your best friends at others your worst enemy. I have found that being courteous, polite and most importantly not drunk helps with dealing with them. However sometimes it feels like you just have a target on your back and can’t seem to win. To make it in the nightclub you have to submit yourself to a thorough inspection of your ID, an invasive pat down and search and sometimes even an interrogation session. Then at  last you’ve made it through security and are ready to have fun with your friends. That is what you thought until it turns out your friend forgot her ID again. You are then introduced to the next type of person at a club or rather not at the club since she is never let in. She will always tag along with your group when heading out but never seem to remember that her baby face and youthful demeanour will set off alarms at security. Unfortunately there is always that awkward moment where as a group you have to decide who will accompany her back to her house which is inexplicably far away. Only to grab her ID and go back to the club and then be told that there is no more entry.

After having narrowly avoided ending the night in martyrdom buying a drink is the next priority. Here we can see two types of people in clubs that being the two gentlemen who are always by the bar. The one who seems to have a limitless flow of cash coming from his bank account and in the opposite end of the spectrum the guy who never seems to have any money. Even though they both thrive at hanging next to the bar they do so in very different ways. The first loves to buy drinks for everyone in eyesight, I mean why not he’s having a good time and so is everyone else. The sensible thing to do is to contribute to that with free drinks. Especially since he seems to have a bank account with more digits than an international phone number. The latter is more of a taker than a giver, he has perfected the art of happening to be at the bar when his friends are there. ‘I forgot my bank card at home’ , ‘It’s pay day tomorrow so I’ll pay you back then’ and ‘I’ll get the next round’ appear to be his catchphrases. He always seems to promise you he will pay you back at a later date yet he never seems to actually follow through with it. I mean, it is understandable we are living in a recession however sometimes we do wish he would just be honest and direct about wanting a drink bought for him. He’s nice to have around on a night out and that is definitely worth buying him a drink every now and then, right?

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One of the many types of people in clubs are actually found outside. Have you ever gone out to the smoking area for the second or third time just to find the same exact person outside in the same position chain smoking cigarettes. The purpose for this type of person at a club to go out is unknown. They don’t seem to be out with friends since they are always alone, yet they seem to begrudge the atmosphere inside the club as they are never found in there. Avoiding loud music and crowded dance floors, they seem to prefer quieter more social areas. This is where they can converse and get better acquainted with the other guests at the club – who are just trying to sneak a quick cigarette before their favourite song comes on.

Speaking of the dance floor: that’s where the mass population of the club is found as well as the next type of person at a club. This girl is the first on the dance floor and the last one out. Without any formal dancing experience this girl’s moves on the dance floor are no joke. It seems that no one wants to be the one dancing next to her as she raises the bar on what is considered acceptable nightclub dancing. Even though some might think she is just there to show off her dancing skills ( much like any other Londoner) she is really there for much needed weekend dance therapy and is one of the exciting types of people in clubs.

Even though the dance floor is buzzing, you have to remember the more desolate region known as the ‘edge of the dance floor’. That is where all the older men who want to flirt with the dancing girls, but actually hate to dance, stand. They on look the masses watching to see if they can catch anyone’s eye. Of course if you are a pretty girl they are a source of free drinks however it can be hard to shake them off afterwards. Which is why the girls bathroom is always full since it is a sanctuary from the guys trying to chat them up. This is where you find the final type of person at a club, the girl who is always giving you compliments. If you ever need a self esteem boost – the best place to go is the girls bathroom. It exists in complete contrast to the men’s room, where silence is key and you only communicate through awkward head nods. The female bathrooms foster a sense of community and comradery. You see this girl isn’t just one person but rather just whoever happens to be in the toilet at that given time and compliments you on your appearance. She is the girl we should all aspire to be more like and is is much needed when it comes to the many types of people in clubs.

Nights out can be unpredictable however I find that we can always count on encountering these types of people at a club during our night out. Some of them are our friends, some complete strangers and sometimes they might even be ourselves. But the types of people at a club you encounter are what pushes your evening from fun to a great story to tell your friends the next morning.

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How dating apps compare to meeting people in clubs

September 2, 2016 Capital A List – Celebrity club news

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In the 21st Century our dating culture has drastically changed. As the “Digital Generation” we’ve now become more immersed into the online world more than ever before, and it’s affecting all areas of our lives: work, friends and especially love. Dating apps has transformed how we date and there seems to be a growing number of people who rely on using apps rather than sticking to the traditional method of going out to bars and clubs to meet new people. But is this shift a good thing? And which method works best? Lets see how dating apps compare to meeting people in clubs.

In the beginning dating apps were seen as something you would hide from your friends, known for being used for casual meet ups and flings but it’s now been accepted more by the wider society as one of the most popular ways to find partners, with even celebrities such as Ed Sheeran and Katie Perry trying them out.

There has been an explosion of dating apps in recent years, all offering particular services for particular people, with Tinder being the most popular. Since releasing in September 2012 it has amassed over 50 million users and continues to dominate the dating app scene. It is interesting to see how dating apps compare to meeting people in clubs with this particular app. In a study by dating and relationship expert Jessica Carbino, there have been some interesting statistics about the people who use Tinder. It was discovered that Men are 3 times more likely to swipe “like” (46% of cases) than women (14%) and in terms of gender, men outnumber women by 60:40.

In relation to what men and women are drawn to when evaluating a possible match, the assumption was that the most attractive people get the most likes and matches but this is not always the case. Carbino states that: “People are trying to access compatibility on not just a physical level but a social level”. By analysing a number of details within a profile picture in a matter of seconds they are able to take subconscious notes about their social circles, level of confidence and interests before they swipe. So it gives people who are not seen as “physically attractive” or are looking for personality rather than looks a better chance of finding a match for them. This is interesting to see the difference of how dating Apps compare to meeting people in clubs. So what are the pros and cons of using dating apps such as Tinder as opposed to meeting in clubs?

There are so many advantages with using Tinder. With 10 million users daily and 26 million matches, it’s much easier & quicker to search a large amount of people which is perfect for busy people on the go and therefore gives you a higher chance of finding a match. One of the pressures of meeting new people is being rejected, which is one of the nice things you don’t have to deal with when using dating apps and big factor when it comes to how dating apps compare to meeting people in clubs.

The great thing about online dating is you can question your ‘match’ as much as you want to find out more about their personality and what your common interests are before deciding to meet them in person. Online dating is great for people who are shy, unsociable or uncomfortable at approaching strangers in a public places. Therefore you can take it at any pace you like until you feel ready to meet.

You can easily filter your searches for people such as location or age which gives you more time to focus on only the criteria of people you’re looking for. This is interesting to discover when it comes to how dating apps compare to meeting people in clubs.

There are some disadvantages of Tinder as you may be able to filter your searches but it’s not always easy to see if someone is looking for a serious relationship or a fling, so it can be a hit or miss initially. That being said, people can be dishonest, so there’s also a chance of being stood up by a failed meeting

Seeing someone only by their profile picture and given name means you still don’t know if they are who they really say they are, so fake profiles are abundant. It also means it’s difficult to assess them as a person, e.g. their height, sound of their voice and their behaviour in real life. Not knowing much about their physical attributes might mean it takes longer to develop a real connection with a person, unlike a “spark” you might get upon meeting them face to face. Therefore there is a big difference on how dating apps compare to meeting people in clubs. Although it may be an advantage to have so many matches with people, it means you will need more time to talk to all of them and therefore it might take longer for you to meet up with them, delaying the whole process.

Too much of a good thing can end up having consequences, such as addiction. Ellen Carpenter, a neuroscience professor at UCLA, explains that dating apps give you the same effects as playing a mobile game. “It does this by hijacking the brain’s pleasure centre, located in the prefontal cortex”. So every time you get a match, it gives you a hit of dopamine – the happy hormone that makes you feel euphoric. “You then associate that pleasurable feeling with a ping on you phone.” Therefore you will want to keep repeating the same action to get the same feeling again. Also because your phone is constantly with you, it’s easily accessible anytime which can lead to you swiping left and right during inappropriate times.

There may be an increase of people using dating apps in comparison to meeting in clubs, bars and clubs. These are still places that offer a bit of everything under one roof: Fun with friends, drinks, great music and opportunities to interact with the opposite gender. Some people still prefer to rely on finding a match at parties and events but why is this the case?

Lets compare meeting people in clubs versus dating apps. The advantages are that unlike dating apps, you can see what they really look like right away (something they cannot lie about) and sense immediately if you feel a physical connection to them. This is already a big difference when it comes to how dating apps compare to meeting people in clubs as you don’t know how they are in person. The great thing about clubbing is having your closest friends with you. They can be your best asset, to give advise and help see who is most suitable for you.
Suddenly bumping into someone or being approached unguarded can be exciting and unexpected. Especially if you feel a physical attraction/connection to them, you will know straight away if you like them, and see how they behave/interact with other people. Being out there in a social environment gets you out of your comfort zone and socializing with new people you probably would never have tried to talk to whilst having a fun night in a great venue.

There are some disadvantages as well as most of the time, girls or guys won’t be going to clubs alone. So if you want to look for a date without a large group of your friends getting in the way then clubs can be quite tricky. Whereas dating apps are the complete opposite so it is interesting to see the difference of how dating apps compare to meeting people in clubs. Also the dreaded fear of rejection is another factor. It’s embarrassing, painful and is one of the main reasons people don’t approach each other in a public places especially when it’s in front of each other’s friends. Its also equally embarrassing if you’re the one being approached and you’re not interested.

There’s always the chance of people drinking too much, behaving inappropriately when dancing and changing from polite and charming to not yourself in a matter of a few minutes. It can easily turn a great night out into a bad one.
Just like dating apps, it’s still just as difficult to know if someone is looking for a relationship or a fling and all intentions can change especially when alcohol is involved.

Clubs are often a little too loud so it can be hard to sit and talk properly with a potential date. So if you want to have a long deep conversation, a quiet bar would be best. Dating apps have given people another way to find love. It may have started out not being favoured but now it’s embraced by all types of people and is now a more acceptable method for dating. Apps like Tinder will continue to help pave the way to connect with people with those they would never have met under normal circumstances.

I don’t think this sudden shift will ruin the club culture. Many people will still go to bars and clubs to have a good time, just maybe not necessarily for dating. But life is all about taking chances and trying new things so there’s no doubt that there will still be brave suitors out there trying their best to approach people. Whether you’re looking for a fling or a meaningful relationship, it seems that dating apps and meeting in clubs can work out pretty well, some even using both methods or more than one dating app to increase chances. So its good to see how dating apps compare to meeting people in clubs.

Trying to find your true love in this day and age can be a challenge but with new options constantly being discovered, people now have more choices than ever before. This will hopefully leave them one step closer to finding their true match.

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