LEO’ S NIGHT CLUB
Join London’s hippest members’ club
Welcome to Leo’s, 2018’s most luxurious
late-night den. When the directors of The Arts Club – the Mayfair members’ institution founded in 1863 – wanted to bring their underground dinner, live music and dancing venue bang up to date, who better to call than Milan-based design duo du jour Dimore Studio? American Britt Moran and Italian Emiliano Salci’s signature deep shades, low lighting and plush fabrics seem perfectly suited to an after-hours venue. ‘ We were inspired by the Riviera clubs of the 1960s,’ Moran tells us. ‘But we also love the Hong Kong-based film In The Mood For Love – so we incorporated oriental colours and dusky booths, dimly lit by Chinese lanterns.’ A rose-tinted mirrored corridor leads to the equally glamorous facilities. ‘ You know when the first person in a party to go to the loo comes back to the table and says, “You have to go to the bathroom!”? That’s what we wanted.’ Mission accomplished: the (pink marble) ladies’ and ( beaded, lacquered wood) gents’ restrooms literally sparkle.
For the opening of the new Leo’s, Emeli Sandé sang to the living room-sized space, and the quality live entertainment will continue. Upcoming highlights include Stephen Fry and columnist Bryony Gordon ‘in conversation’ in January and singersongwriter Jessie Ware in February 2018. ‘ We want to give members something they can’t get elsewhere,’ says Alice ChadwyckHealey, executive director of The Arts Club. With custom-made surroundings – the only shop-bought pieces are the Knoll ‘Saarinen’ chairs (and even these are upholstered in an exclusive Dimore tropical print) – they have achieved just that. Membership from £1,000 per year (theartsclub.co.uk).