Although initial rumours have only just started circulating, we can only speculate (that due to licensing conditions and property availability), an ideal potential location (also with an infamous backstory) would be 36 Albemarle Street, occupying a building which initially housed the historic Albemarle club.
The Albemarle was established as a 'progressive' private members gentleman's club originally founded in 1874. In 1895 the club become notorious for being the location of the incident that led to the first libel action trial (and subsequent prosecution) of Oscar Wilde, a member of the Albermarle. Since then, the actual club (moved to nearby) Ely House and the building feel into gradual disrepute, being described as a club with "traditional hues and modern pleasures". Further speculation is that the club may look to offer members a focus around wine with dedicated storage space for private collections and be named Ozwald's - after Robin Birley's grandfather - an English portrait painter and royal portraitist.
The nearby Arts Club is also expanding with planning permission being sought to open a five-storey private members’ club in Canary Wharf, on a pontoon overlooking Bank Street, in early 2018. The building will be made from aluminium and house a bar, restaurant, private dining area, members’ lounges and accommodation, a gym, treatment studio and open terraces.
Also rumoured is that Home House is attempting to buy the New Cavendish Club on Portman Square, with a view to creating a seperate work space for its members. One of the original Mayfair clubs (there are now more than 50 private members' clubs in Mayfair alone), is the infamous boite Annabel's club, which in its new home is to feature dedicated work space and private meeting rooms.
This renowned London nightclub (founded in 1963, by Robin's father Mark and now owned by businessman Richard Caring) is to be given a new lease of life with plans to incorporate a range of leisure and wellness facilities as part of it relocation (two doors drown from the current site) with the provision of a "high quality private members' day and evening club". The new Annabel’s includes a modern private members’ health club, comprising a gym, medical and spa treatment rooms, private fitness studios, a sauna, steamroom and a club bar with healthy food offerings. This would sit alongside a revamped nightclub, plus a new daytime lounge and several dining areas (inlcuding a terrace dining space - pictured).
In addition Mayfair is to be home to yet another new members' club - with the taking over of Washington House by the founder of New York-based, ethical fashion brand Maiyet. The eight-storey building at 41-42 Conduit Street, next to the Westbury Hotel, was formerly home to Brasserie Chavot and a basement nightclub as well as providing event space and conference facilities. Expect the new club to feature dedicated work and social space as well as several open terraces. Ennismore (behind The Hoxton hotels) is looking to also looking to open a private member’s club inspired by their Gleneagles luxury resort in Scotland, in Mayfair.
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