Founded by Charles Dickens in 1863, and housed in a handsome Mayfair townhouse, Churchill, Rodin and Whistler have all graced its rooms. New owners property investor Gary Landesberg and restaurateur Arjun Waney (Zuma, Roka, La Petit Maison) re-launched the Arts Club in September this year and have all of fashionable London buzzing with its effervescent blend of artsy cool glamour.
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Designed by David D’Almada of Sagrada, the private member’s club offers a myriad of pleasing options. The ground floor houses the oyster bar and elegant brasserie, with its large cosy banquettes positioned for prime people watching, deco inspired shagreen tiles and geometric Italian marble floor, as well as the divinely inviting terrace reminiscent of a secret Parisian hideaway. Upstairs finds drawing rooms (very Home House, which should come as no surprise as Arts Club chief executive Brian Clivaz was co-founder of the club), the Member’s Library and slightly more casual dining room which is done in gloriously warm bronzes and rosewoods. The lower ground is the site of the slightly louche, loungey bar that’s open until 3am and has already seen some interesting late night collaborations.
Raphael Duntoye (of La Petite Maison) oversees the kitchens and the extensive all day dining menu of the lightest and perfectly executed seasonal fare, Mark Ronson is installed as the Director of Music, Amelie von Wedel curates a revolving exhibition from private collections and galleries that keeps the walls interesting.
Tel: +44 207 499-8581