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About the Club

The Arts Club was founded in 1863, to provide a haven for those with a professional or amateur relationship with the Arts, Literature or Sciences, and it has continued to welcome a community of discerning thinkers and thought leaders ever since.

From distinguished art exhibitions to fine dining, live music and an exceptional programme of events, the club remains at the heart of contemporary cultural life in London.

Currently occupying an elegant Mayfair townhouse, over the years the club has included among its members many outstanding figures in the history of art, literature and science. Writers such as Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Thomas Hughes; musicians such as Paolo Tosti, Charles Halle and Franz Liszt; artists such as Frederic Leighton, Walter Sickert, John Everett Millais, Auguste Rodin and James McNeill Whistler, have all played an integral part in the club’s history, alongside an array of pre-eminent surgeons, solicitors and professionals.

It continues to be a home away from home for many such creatives, entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers, with the principal areas of interest among members being art, architecture, fashion, film, literature, music, performance, photography, science, theatre and media. It provides a serene space for individuals to come together to meet, exchange ideas, dine and participate in an extensive cultural programme, comprising panel discussions, exhibitions, studio and gallery tours and music performances.

Members enjoy exclusive use of the club’s restaurants and bars, garden, drawing and ante rooms, hotel, cigar lounge and hotel. The club’s art collection remains at its core, with temporary exhibitions alongside an extensive permanent collection. Curated by Wedel Art, the exhibitions shown in the Drawing and Ante rooms highlight international trends and contemporary works, and in recent years solo and group shows have included artworks by Frank Bowling, Shara Hughes, Yoni Shonibare, Lakwena MacIver, Etel Adnan, Laurie Simmons, Sanlé Sory and Sir Peter Blake, among others,

The permanent collection is also curated by Wedel Art and can be seen throughout the club and hotel. Artworks include pieces by Tomas Saraceno, John Baldessari and John Stezaker, among others.

Lanserhof at The Arts Club, London’s leading health and wellness clinic, neighbours the club on Dover Street and provides a world-class gym, fitness and medical facility (separate membership required), while the club’s first international outpost, The Arts Club Dubai, opened in 2020. International membership grants exclusive access to The Arts Club London and Dubai, where members can expect the same level of exceptional service and attention to detail.

 

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