London’s Top Members’ Clubs Head Stateside

SLIDESHOW: America’s Next Top Clubs.

London’s most esteemed and exclusive members’ establishments are heading across the pond to open exciting new US outposts.

The Arts Club Los Angeles
The landmark Hustler Hollywood store on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles is to be bulldozed to make way for an upscale new nightclub and lounge backed by Hollywood actress and lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow. Together with London-based property developer Gary Landesberg, the plan is to build a West Coast outpost of Mayfair’s Arts Club. The 132,000-square-foot nine-storey building (designed by architectural firm Gensler) will host a creative office space and a gallery on its first four floors, with the remaining upper floors devoted to the club. The fifth floor will contain a dining terrace, screening room and a gym; the sixth floor will house 15 guest rooms for members; the seventh floor will host an eatery, another terrace, and a lounge for members. On the eighth floor, there will be a ‘Japanese/Latino’ restaurant. The club will also feature a glamorous rooftop, with a pool and another terrace for events and even a private helipad. It will also offer an underground parking garage with room for 220 cars, which can be accessed from Hilldale Avenue. Expected to open in 2020.

The Groucho Club New York
Soho’s best-known members-only establishment and watering hole, famed for its celebrity hedonism, is to open its second outpost in New York in Lower Manhattan. The Groucho Club New York will have a similar offering to the London establishment, with versatile event spaces, club bedrooms, bars and restaurants, and a large outdoor terrace for dining and drinking. It is expected to open in the second half of next year. The renowned arts and media club was founded in 1985 on Dean Street and is named after Groucho Marx, who famously said: “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.” Opening is slated for Spring 2019.

The Hospital Club Los Angeles
The Hospital Club is expanding overseas with the opening of a second site in Los Angeles in 2018. Located on the iconic corner of Hollywood and Vine, h.Club LA (taking over the Redbury Hotel) encompasses five floors of spaces designed to host and showcase creativity — inspired by the Modern Grand Tour of Europe. Three different areas for dining will feature sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. An elegant rooftop restaurant will have views across Hollywood and lead onto a desert garden inspired by the English gardens of the late film maker Derek Jarman. Additional amenities include an outdoor pool deck; relaxing tea room; stylish bars; gym and wellness facilities; creative co-working spaces; music studio; screening room and live performance spaces; and 36 bedrooms. The Hospital Club was founded in 2004 by philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G Allen in London, in what was once a derelict hospital. It is now a popular hub for the creative industries. Opening in Spring 2018.

5 Hertford Street New York
London’s most-sought-after private members’ club, a place to see and be seen, is expanding to New York to take over a space near Union Square, Manhattan. Apparently the club will be along the lines of 5 Hertford Street but with some bedrooms for members. Details are still sketchy so check back for additional information. Behind an unmarked maroon door of an 18th century townhouse, in the midst of London’s Shepherd Market (formerly notorious brothel Tiddy Dols), lies a haven of exclusivity. Five Hertford Street boasts two beautiful restaurants, three great bars, a cinema room and the glamorous and notorious nightclub Loulou’s (which has become a coveted nightspot frequented by royals, business tycoons and A-list celebrities). The décor is the work of 1980s fashion designer Rifat Ozbek (think swirly black walls, shards of mirror glass, velvety fabrics). Expected to open in 2020.

DUMBO by Soho House Group New York
Soho House Group is opening its third house in New York and its first in Brooklyn this April. It will occupy the top two floors of DUMBO’s historic Empire Stores (which opened Cecconi’s on the ground floor last year). The house includes a club bar and restaurant, as well as an outside terrace and rooftop pool with a panoramic view of the East River, downtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Soho House currently has two other outposts in New York: in the Meatpacking District and on the Lower East Side.

Hugo Campbell-Davys is the founder of Urbanologie, described as “the must-have VIP lifestyle app”: designed to keep members in the know with up-to-the-minute insider news and exclusive content of all the new hip hangouts, pop-ups, recommended events and the most-anticipated restaurant, bar, club and hotel openings. www.urbanologie.com

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