Member’s clubs are one of those mysterious gems of London. With a history of heritage and aristocracy, it’s no surprise that the city is a fan of exclusivity. Before arriving to London, my impression of member’s clubs was a hide-out for Britain’s royalty (think: Prince William), decked out in velvet lounge chairs, absurdly over-priced drinks and all around stuffy atmosphere where people pretend to talk ‘business’ and where fun goes to die. While that may still hold true for some (check back in for an upcoming post giving you the 411 on London’s members clubs), newly opened Albert’s is quite the opposite: a mix of classy dining and lively dancing and a young vibrant clientele.
Located on Old Brompton road where the late Ramusake once stood, the decor is sleek, with mahogany tables and deep rich colors reminiscent of an old world speakeasy, not to mention two separate cocktail bars and live band.
For starters, let’s talk about the indulgent menu curated by head chef, Alessio Piras. This guy works on the catering for the Oscars…so you know it must be amazing. Even accounting for my heavy bias for Italian food, dinner did nothing but impress: from the ocean-fresh scallop carpaccio to the rich truffle tagliatelle, my tastebuds were tingling with joy. I also witnessed a steak tartare prepared fresh table-side and I must say, I had a little food envy. If not for anything else, this place is worth the visit on food alone.
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As I’ve gotten older, my love for nightclubs has started to dwindle. I can’t even begin to fathom the idea of standing in a long line that may or may not move, in an outfit that’s definitely uncomfortable at best, and the freezing cold only to enter and feel claustrophobic. Don’t get me wrong, there are days when that’s still appropriate but there’s definitely a new norm in my world. Today, an ideal night out involves a glass (or bottle) of wine in a dim lit lounge where I’m guaranteed a seat and the ability to make it through the night without a drink spilled anywhere on me. This is where Albert’s comes in. The club offers intimate seating for a cocktail with friends, dinner with a date or private dining with a group followed by a club-like environment complete with DJ and bottle service. If this sounds like your kind of place, you may want to consider a membership.
Where do you spend your Friday nights?