Baby plus one? London may be one of the best equipped cities for member’s clubs, but this doesn’t stop at adults. This ultra-exclusive club scene caters for London’s little residents as the primary members.
Inspiring play spaces and all sorts of creative escapades, organic fresh cooked meals, engaging exercise, and mindfulness coaching, swimming pools, painting and cooking classes, and so much more. The thing about these places is that they are made to welcome adults too with working spaces as well as spa treatments. From eco-conscious interiors to the most sumptuous soft play areas, these are London’s top member’s clubs for all the family.
Jaego’s House: The New One In Town
Introducing Jaego’s House, newly opened on November 16th. Spanning more than 20,000 square feet, Jaego’s House and Kensal House Nursery is set be a community hub for the whole family with annual all-encompassing memberships. An Ofsted registered nursery, jungle gym and soft play, a crèche, kids’ club and cinema, adults-only co-working office, gym, two treatment rooms, and a lounge and snug will be available to members of the House. A waterside café and restaurant is also set to open, acting as the hub of the house, and offering all day dining for both members and walk-in guests to enjoy. Perhaps the most useful part for parents? A drop-in, spacious, modern Crèche for babies and toddlers (ages 0-4) and Kids’ Club for children aged 4+, where children are taken care so adults can enjoy some much valued ‘me-time’.
Cloud Twelve: The Wellness One
Over three floors you’ll find an interactive play and learn zone for families, on-site spa, salon, nutritionally focused plant-based organic brasserie (open to non-members as well) and a holistic wellness clinic (specialising in everything from ayurvedic massage to cryotherapy). Member benefits include access to the magical forest-themed play zone, on-site crèche for 0-7 year olds, children’s café and parents lounge. There’s also an impressive schedule of kids’ classes such as music, art, cooking, science and nature. But with wellness at the at the centre of their club, lactose and sleep consultants, complimentary medicine and signature classes such as mindfulness are all available. And its all designed in line with the principles of Feng Shui design. A children’s club where you feel instantly relaxed? An oxymoron which makes sense.
Purple Dragon: The A List One
This is the one that really started the trend. Purple Dragon opened in Chelsea in 2008 and paved the way for members’ clubs putting children at the fore. Created with ultra-high-net-worth families in mind, you’ll find a 15-metre indoor swimming pool, a library of Taschen books, trampoline pods and a soft play area. But it’s the activities at Purple Dragon that make it stand apart. We’re talking Da Vinci art workshops, jedi training and cookery classes, where budding masterchefs can try their hand at making bread, sushi and swiss rolls. In the recently overhauled interactive zone, kids can try their hand at golf, clay pigeon shooting and Formula One racing via the pro sports simulator. There are no daycare or crèche services but all activities are run by qualified Play Buddies. You may need a driver for this one with transport links far away and no parking facilities.
Maggie & Rose: The Original
In 2007, Maggie (of Maggie & Rose of course) found that London was becoming saturated by celebrities and chefs with plush restaurants and clubs – but no one deemed it important to create a great space for families, mothers in particular. And so came the Maggie & Rose members only club headquarters, located in Kensington. The classes are well curated (including music, cooking, dance and crafting), run by expert teams, as well as a great place to host children’s parties. Now you can find a Maggie & Rose in Islington, Chiswick, China and Hong Kong. There’s a nursery, a cafe with toys and games that’s open to the public and non-members, a member’s only brasserie and soft play space and a co-working spot for parents (with a two-way mirror that allows them to check on their kids in soft play paradise while they answer work emails). While the space is primarily designed for the 0-5 set, there are holiday camps for older children, which are open to non-members and include outdoor play, arts and crafts and music and dance. One to keep mums and tots happy.
George Junior Private Club: The Mayfair One
If mum or dad are already a member of George Members’ Club (or are considering it), their new Junior membership offers special child-only own benefits. While this isn’t a daily pop-in type of club, this added memberships gets your mini-mes access to special events throughout the year, competitions and a monthly newsletter full of fun facts and games. Kids get to join the ‘Kids Committee’ where they’ll have a say on what dishes are served on the kids’ menu in the club. They’ll also have input on which charities and local community projects the club should support. It’s a good way to enjoy your own membership in an otherwise adult-only members clubs.
The Harbour Club: The All In One Family Club
Kids activities, a creche and plenty to do whilst you get your fitness fix. Harbour Club Kensington fulfills the family and you. This is no ordinary gym. With four floors of facilities and activities, with the look and feel of a luxury boutique members’ club, their action-packed activities programme with Harbour Club Kids has everything from All Stars Swimming to Taekwondo classes. And if the tribe has any energy left after all that, there’s also a brilliant soft play area. Members who are five or under can have two hours in the crèche every day for free, and there are even settling-in sessions, so you know your little one is happy before you start your HIIT. Once you’re all wiped out, you can make your own pizzas together in the Club Room.
b.together: For Those In The Know
If anyone knows how to set up a children’s members club, its Maggie Bolger of Maggie & Rose. b_together has been designed as a multigenerational destination, with as much thought put into the spaces for the parents as for the kids. Set across four floors, there’s a beautifully-designed nursery with imaginative play areas and an indoor garden, a soft play area, a lending library curated by Phaidon, a co-working space to make nursery pick-ups and drop-offs a breeze, and a family brasserie, At Feast. Add to that the excellent classes and camps – from bake clubs to joyfully messy art sessions – and it’s no wonder this place has become the go-to for west London families in-the-know.