Join Lon­don’s hippest mem­bers’ club

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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).

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