18 Nov The Iconic Annabel’s Moves To London’s 46 Berkeley Square
The excitement in Mayfair is building for the new and improved Annabel’s private members’ club everyone wants to join.
After more than half a century at the heart of London’s nightlife scene, during which Hollywood A-list stars, TV personalities, dignitaries and royalty alike have rubbed shoulders, sipped cocktails and graced the same dancefloor until the early hours of the morning on Berkeley Square, Annabel’s is now preparing to open the doors to its eagerly anticipated new home just two doors down from the original club. Annabel’s’ new look and feel will be reimagined in the 18th century, Grade One listed Georgian townhouse at 46 Berkeley Square.
At 26,000 square feet, the new venue will comprise considerably more space than the original club. For the first time, Annabel’s will offer an all day and all night experience, with new and additional floors for members to work, dine and entertain their guests.
Annabel’s history is staggering and has seen countless numbers of celebrities from all cultures and backgrounds pass through its doors. Founded in 1963, Annabel’s has built a world-class reputation over the past five decades as the most elegant and private members’ club on the planet.
This exclusive melting pot of class and sophistication has welcomed superstars such as the legendary Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Jack Nicholson, Elizabeth Taylor and Leonardo DiCaprio, to name just a few. This remarkable place at 46 Berkeley Square will continue to welcome illustrious members, drawing upon the next generation, affirming Annabel’s legacy as the most exclusive private members’ club in the world.
Membership for the new club is by invitation only and the waiting list is now open, but that doesn’t guarantee you a seat at the private members’ club everyone wants to join. New candidates for membership will require a proposer and seconder and election will be strictly by committee. Fortunately for existing Annabel’s members, they will not require a proposer or seconder, but the election will remain subject to strict committee approval.
Of the thousands who have already registered interest in membership, the first 100 were sent out earlier this year and accepted.
Annabel’s at 46 Berkeley Square will offer members the intimate nightclub environment they have always enjoyed, along with new spaces. The club will include restaurants, bars, private dining rooms and a cigar salon, spread across four spacious floors.
The nightclub will be located in the basement of the townhouse and will pay homage to the pure essence and abundant energy of the original Annabel’s. Outside on the terrace, an enchanting restaurant garden will offer year-round dining.
Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (interior designer of The Ivy, Sexy Fish, 34 Mayfair) will oversee the design of Annabel’s at 46 Berkeley Square, retaining the period features of the listed building.
The team will be painstakingly restoring original features including a grand cantilevered stone staircase, elaborate plaster ceilings and majestic fireplaces of the Rococo style.
Art and culture have always been an integral part of the spirit of Annabel’s and this approach will be continued in the new club. Richard Caring has invited a team of world leaders in art, design, fashion and music to collaborate as a cultural council to ensure the club is at the vanguard of creativity.
The senior operations team has also been personally recruited by Richard Caring, to ensure the club’s team is the best in London. Guillaume Glipa has joined as Executive Director (formerly of Chiltern Firehouse) and is working alongside Graziano Arricale as Operations Director, Rebecca Burdess (formerly of Fortnum & Mason) as Membership Director and Astrid Harbord (formerly of Bulgari Hotel) as the Membership Manager.