Founded in 1863, The Arts Club is not without history, but, fret not, this is an old club with a young soul, as should be expected of a truly creative locale. Founded “by men of vision in order to provide a haven for those people who had professional or amateur relationships with the Arts, Literature or Sciences”—among them Charles Dickens, Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet and James Whistler—the club has evolved and reinvented itself over the course of its history with current members hailing from the fields of art, architecture, fashion, film, literature, music, performance, photography, science, theatre and media.
Nowadays it’s a hot spot for fine dining (whether Japanese at Kyubi or Italian at Leo’s), the chicest of medical and health facilities courtesy of Lanserhof, a venue for a fascinating talk programme and, of course, the home of spectacular art (would you expect anything less?). Rotating exhibitions furnish the club with Laurie Simmons, Guy Bourdin, Rebecca Warren, Tomas Saraceno, Jeremy Kost and Luis Gispert featuring prominently in the collection. Members are also welcome to stay in the club’s hotel, which was a new offering in 2015, allowing its renowned A+ hospitality to be available night and day.
The club’s joining fee costs $2000 and it’s annual fee £2000 with the option to add a spouse or partner for an additional £1250. Young members (under 30) enjoy rates of £1000 joining fee and £1000 annual fee.