For a while there, it felt like everything was a members’ club, but so few that were opening had any substance. But now, hot off the back of last year’s impressive £70 mill relaunch of KOKO, which has a clear USP – a venue and members’ club for music lovers – are two more that seem to know exactly what gap they’re filling.
1 Warwick, from the Mortimer House family, will have six floors, a year-round rooftop and bar, a studio and gym, meeting and event rooms, private and shared work spaces, a restaurant with a wraparound roof terrace, and, importantly, they will never allow more than 250 people in per day, meaning you’ll never be jostling for a space to perch. There’s also a ground floor, modern bistro-style restaurant, Nessa, that’s open to the public.
In Shoreditch, the Shoreditch Arts Club will focus on art, with collaborations with local galleries and artists, a cinema, meeting rooms, and a private dining room, all with a style that’s inspired by a collector’s home. The annual fee is pretty reasonable, too.
1 Warwick will open 6 March, and Shoreditch Arts Club will open 2 March.