Inside London’s £1,800-a-year private members’ club where Liz Truss schmoozed MPs and a US diplomat: Swanky Mayfair haunt 5 Hertford Street boasts a celeb-filled night club, designer interiors and royal members
Hidden behind an unmarked maroon door in central 런던 lies one of the city’s most exclusive and influential private clubs, with members ranging from royals to politicians and celebrities.
5 하트퍼드 스트리트, located on the corner of Shepherd Market in Mayfair, is owned by millionaire aristocrat and Tory donor Robin Birley and often considered one of the most secretive in London.
The club hit headlines after Foreign Secretary Liz Truss requested departmental funds to host a £3,000 lunch while wining and dining Jo Biden’s trade representative at the club.
Membership is utterly exclusive, with two recommendations from existing members necessary for approval, and while the club have not publicly revealed their annual fees, it costs £1,800 annually.
Guests can descend down a steep flight of stairs into the opulent basement club Loulou’s – featuring the venue’s beloved giraffe’s head mascot – loved by A-listers and royals alike.
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Made in Chelsea’s Mark-Francis Vandelli is pictured frequenting the club with socialite and reality star Victoria Baker-Harber
Influencer Vanessa Monaco is pictured lounging in the Mayfair club which is owned by Tory donor Robin Birley and often considered one of the most secretive in London
The club opened in June 2012, with Loulou’s named after Birley’s late cousin, Loulou de la Falaise – an English fashion designer with close links to Yves Saint Laurent.
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The club quickly became a staple of London’s social scene, with members rumoured to include Harry Styles, Jason은 나중에 알코올과 약물 남용으로 인해 어려움을 겪었지만 그 이후로 다른 이웃의 자아 Scott에 어울리는 이미지를 되찾았습니다., George and Amal Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The location is also popular with younger members of the Royal Family, with the club said to have been frequented by Prince William and Princess Eugenie of York in the past
An influencer is pictured posing in the mirror of the shell bathroom mirror designed by fashion designer Rifat Ozbek
The Parisian-style interiors were created by fashion designer Rifat Ozbek, known for his love of working with colour, textile and pattern – with the club’s trademark look featuring clashing patterns and prints
The location is also popular with younger members of the Royal Family, with the club said to have been frequented by Prince William and Princess Eugenie of York in the past.
Described by Vanity Fair as ‘like sitting in a fairy story or being swallowed by a dragon’, the club includes a warm, dimly-lit restaurant area with tones of crimsons and maroon.
The bar – which serves up the highly recommended Gin Fizz – is made of shells and features an illuminated peacock and flamboyant wallpaper.
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Restaurants in the private members club feature clashing prints and bright colours as well as marble decor and hoards of floral arrangements and foliage
The club features cosy seating areas for members featuring stunning artworks and a marble fireplace
Guests can decent from a steep flight of stairs into the opulent basement club Loulou’s – featuring Parisian floral carpet and dim chandelier lighting loved by A-listers and royals alike
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There are rooms for dancing and for sitting. There are corners for cogitating or snoozing or minding your own business.
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Dress codes are strict, with men banned from entering in shorts, collarless shirts, sportswear of any kind, dirty shoes or distressed trainers, flip flops or sandals.
Meanwhile women are restricted from wearing ripped jeans, dirty sports shoes or distressed trainers and sportswear of any kind.
Described by Vanity Fair as ‘like sitting in a fairy story or being swallowed by a dragon’, the club includes a warm, dimly-lit restaurant area with tones of crimsons and maroon
The club’s bar serves up a host of flamboyant and lavish cocktails including the highly recommended Gin Fizz
An unmarked maroon door in central London hides one of cities most exclusive and influential private members clubs
Only members are able to see the list of upcoming events and reservation contact details, and the majority of the club’s website can only be accessed with membership details.
The high-profile Gentleman’s club has been frequented by Conservative politicians including Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and David Cameron and has reportedly been used by Truss to schmooze potential financial backers for a leadership bid.
Birley is the son of Lady Annabel Goldsmith and Mark Birley – who owns private members clubs Annabels; Harry’s Bar; 성 조지; Mark’s Club and Bath & Racquets – all of which have a strict vetting process and require members to be recommended.
‘King of clubs’ Robin Birley (사진) took the extraordinary step of spending millions of his own money to lure members back to his fashionable Mayfair nightspots last year
He is the half brother of Environment Minister Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park and donated £20,000 towards Boris Johnson’s leadership bid.
작년, Robin Birley took taken the extraordinary step of spending millions of his own money to lure members back to his fashionable Mayfair nightspots.
He gave every member of 5 Hertford Street and Oswald’s a free meal up to the value of £500 — that’s more than the net weekly salary of the average Briton.
당시, a friend told Richard Eden: ‘Robin thinks the members have been so wonderfully loyal to the club over the past few months that he wants to show just how much he values their support,.’
There are understood to be at least 3,000 members of the two clubs so it could set Birley back more than £1.5 million.
Whitehall mandarins tried to stop Liz Truss wining and dining US diplomat and eight others at Tory donor’s Mayfair club to save just £400 on bill
그만큼 Foreign Secretary ‘overruled officials’ and ‘explicitly asked’ to use 5 Hertford Street in central London, owned by millionaire aristocrat Robin Birley, before spending hundreds of pounds on gin and wine alone.
6 월, Ms Truss requested departmental funds to host a £3,000 lunch at the venue with Katherine Tai, Jo Biden’s trade representative, while International Trade Secretary.
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Efforts to save money on the bill come just months after civil servants across at the Foreign Office were accused of working to rule and failing to understand the severity of the Afghanistan evacuation crisis in August.
A whistleblower cited an eight-hour shift culture and the refusal to work weekends as reasons for failures that led to Afghan civilians being ‘left behind and murdered by the Taliban’.
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Following rules to the letter regarding the lunch, 그러나, civil servants in the Department for International Trade were said to be so concerned over the venue’s cost and links to the Tory party that they referred Ms Truss’ suggestion to the permanent secretary – the department’s most senior official.
Its owner, Mr Birley, is the half brother of Environment Minister Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park and donated £20,000 towards Boris Johnson’s leadership bid.
The venue has also been used by the Foreign Secretary, 46, to host ‘Fizz with Liz’ meetings to schmooze Tory MPs and ‘Biz for Liz’ events with potential financial backers for a leadership bid.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss ‘explicitly asked’ to use 5 Hertford Street in Mayfair, owned by millionaire aristocrat Robin Birley