The first of London’s Private Member Clubs opened their doors in the 1800s, with many not permitting female members until almost a century after opening. In 2017, London is now rumoured to be home to over one hundred private members clubs with many still based in Mayfair, Pall Mall and the West End.
Among the almost one hundred diverse Private Member clubs that the UK’s capital has to offer, the Century Club in Soho, is London’s best kept secret when it comes to ‘members only’ establishments.
Tucked away behind one singular door on Shaftesbury Avenue, Century offers a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of London life. Opening its doors in 2001, after sixteen years of experience, the Century Club describe itself as the ‘perfect place to work, rest and play in the heart of Soho’.
The type of private member you would expect to find in Century Club
A variety of the Private Member clubs in London pride themselves on relaxing spa areas and quiet rooms, or may only accept members connected to arts, theatre and architecture. The Century appears to be one of the Private Member Clubs that a man or woman about town would be able to hit after work, to indulge in a few of their fine cocktails. With new decadent cocktails, such as the ‘fast car’ that comes with a sugar and chilli coated rim, being created every season, the Century really know their stuff.
The Century Club also boasts Soho’s largest roof terrace where they will often host member exclusives, and also guest parties where you can dance under the stars as you indulge in one of London’s skyline views. These views include Soho & St Anne’s Church Courtyard, right down Shaftesbury Avenue as well as the City in the background. Not to mention the fully retractable glass roof, prepared for London’s sudden weather improvements or deteriorations in the winter months. All of this added together makes the Century club quite an exciting place to find yourself on a weekend night.
Day ’til night
Due to the nature of Century, the man to entering it’s doors may be the type to come over straight from the office and not to leave until the early hours of the morning. Time is of the essence, so what better way to save time than to start off at a club where you can relax, socialise and dine at that then becomes a nightclub.
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Arts and theatre
The location of the Century Club being on Shaftesbury Avenue means that they are positioned on the doorstep of all the theatrical splendour that London’s West End has to offer. However, the theme of arts and theatre doesn’t stop at the door, the Club has a very prominent art programme throughout, with over 30 different artists showcasing their work. With art pieces often exhibited in Century’s ‘Club Room’ and in their ‘Tap Room’ and particularly from now until the 13th of January they will be presenting a group exhibition in conjunction with Caster Projects.
Not to mention the fact that when you become a member at Century, you gain access to the Club’s own permanent art collection and members events, including: talks, networking drinks, private screenings, music showcases, and themed members parties. You’ll also gain complimentary access to live music, film and comedy performances.
The club derived it’s numerical name due to having a one hundred step staircase, spread across five floor’s of member’s fun. Inside the Club you can also take a more relaxed setting in one of their fine dining restaurants, such as their New-York inspired Brasserie called the Tap Room. Additionally, the Century Club boasts two other cocktail lounges, a screening room, a performance stage, two restaurants, a private dining room and a bespoke nightclub.
The Century club is in fact the largest Private Member club in Soho, covering over 15,000 square ft. Here you will be able to network with some of the around 2000 different members that grace the Century.
Joining the Private Member Clubs: Century
The club offers an Annual joining fee of £750, as well as Out-of-Town membership at £550, an Overseas membership of £400, and an Under 30s memberships costs £400, all membership plans are subject to a £250 joining fee.
To apply for a membership, prospective members will need to complete an application and attend an informal meeting with the head of membership.
Written by: Sophie Kelly