A Club Sandwich
Move over St. James’s, Holborn is fast-becoming the hottest neighbourhood for the next generation of private members’ clubs – and one luxury development in particular sits between them all
Holborn is a renowned hub for business and finance. From Google to McKinsey, the London postcode has garnered a reputation for playing host to the headquarters of some of the world’s largest organisations. Historically, however, the area has never quite sparkled with the establishment glitter that other Prime Central spots, such as St. James’s, Mayfair and Westminster, have benefitted from. As a result, Holborn has never quite been the place one would consider locating a private members’ club.
Or so you might think. Holborn actually has an array of members-only establishments that have been going for some time. However, they have recently sprung to prominence as the area’s popularity – as a place both to live and to work – has skyrocketed. More intimate, and often determinedly progressive, these clubs offer something a little different from their cousins on Pall Mall.
For those with a taste for the exclusive and on the hunt for a home to match, Pinks Mews is the perfect fit. Composed of 35 luxury apartments set within a mews-style building whose history dates back to the 15th Century, this prestigious pad is not just footsteps from Chancery Lane tube station, it’s moments away from Holborn’s Big Three clubs.
Here’s the lo-down on what to expect at each of these private houses, as well as their (very small) distances from Pinks Mews itself.
The Sorority Club
Founded by businesswoman, designer and master brander Lisa Tse, the Sorority Club is an establishment aimed at offering a space where inspiring female leaders across a range of sectors can connect, collaborate and socialise. Events and networking play a strong part of life at the Sorority, whose aim is to enhance, as well as celebrate, the careers of its members. Admission to the club is by invitation only and competition is fierce; but once you’re in, you’re in – and ready to reap the professional and social benefits.
Located at the corner of Farringdon and Clerkenwell roads, the club is little more than a five-minute walk north from Pinks Mews.
The club opened in the summer of 2009 and is located in the former Reuters building, with a new format designed by Terence Conran. Named after the famous architect and designer of the building’s façade (Edwin Lutyens), the establishment offers members several places to wine and dine and is open for breakfast through to late night cocktails. Lutyen’s website prices membership at £450 per annum, making it the perfect place for an up-and-coming city professional to hang out after work.
In addition, the club’s location on Fleet Street makes it within easy reach of the main trading houses – and a 10-minute stroll from Pinks Mews.
The Hospital Club
For those with a more creative bent, the Hospital Club is the place to be. Located between Covent Garden and Holborn – and with a sister branch in Los Angeles – the club offers everything from screenings of the latest post-modern film to talks on the effects of Brexit on the advertising industry. It also boasts a prestigious reputation for fine dining, alongside a formidable host of reciprocal clubs for its members to visit.
Pinks Mews is a little over 10 minutes walk away. Or for those who would prefer a less active option, the tube from Chancery Lane (right outside Pinks Mews) is two stops from Covent Garden.
If you fancy being within walking distance – quite literally – of some of the capital’s most influential establishments (all of which are trying something new and breaking from the tired norms of Club Land), then give Pinks Mews a look-in. With a concierge service, private gates and bespoke interiors, it’s the perfect destination for someone who values a little seclusion and finery.
Prices at Pinks Mews range from £995,000 to £2,750,000. For further information contact James Burrows at CBRE (020 7420 3054), Glen A. Cook at Hamilton Brooks (020 7606 8000) or visit the Pink Mews website to register your interest.
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