The City's hottest new Private Members' Club
Category : Bar, Club, Members-Club, Restaurant
Address : 4+5 Devonshire Square , London, EC2M 4YD, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.devonshire.club
Opening Times : Mo-Sun Midday-3am
Closest Tube : Aldgate, Liverpool Street
The Devonshire Club covers all of the bases for what the City urbanite requires. It‘s been launched by Brian Clivaz, a man who has exerted quiet yet commanding influence on London clubland for decades, as chairman of L‘Escargot, founding Director of Home House, managing director of both Scott‘s and The Arts Club. This wealth of experience has given him perspective on the changing DNA of private members‘ clubs in London. Eschewing straight and narrow rules such as prohibiting phones or members from certain industries, Clivaz realises the importance of connectivity to a modern membership and has built the club accordingly.
Located in a 18th Century East India Company warehouse, a cool £25 million has been invested to bring it up to speed. Spread over 58,000 square feet, the venture encompasses 68 luxury rooms and suites, with a scale that is unmatched in EC2M. Following a breezy check-in at reception, guests are whisked along on a whistle-stop tour, up a short flight of stairs to the champagne bar, which adjoins the brasserie. Quite capacious in scale, it offers wine walls with some great selections from the US, France and England - with both Gusbourne and Veuve Clicquot well represented. For those that would like to enjoy the Great British summer when it‘s feeling cooperative, or even a smoke outside when it isn‘t, there‘s a large outdoor area that was fizzing with members basking in the sunshine.
The brasserie at Devonshire Club, overseen by Simon Whitley, who has cooked for all members of the Royal Family and the last three prime ministers, offers club food par excellence. Whitley utilises ingredients of the highest quality. King‘s cure smoked salmon flown in from Scotland on the day is dusted with diced red onion, chives and capers, with sprigs of dill nestled atop little pockets of goat‘s curd. This is followed by a cote de boeuf of obscene proportions sliced into ruby red tranches.
Enter a lift to the second floor of the Devonshire and enjoy a dram of Nikka Coffey Grain in the Library Bar, which has more of a buttoned-up feel yet without any stuffy formality. On the opposite side you‘ll find the Cocktail Bar, which is a bit brighter and more playful, a detail that is reflected in the selection of cocktails. Bar manager Tiziano Tasso has done an admirable job putting together the lists.
On the third floor you get a better sense of the club‘s functionality as I tour its many meeting rooms, equipped with a collection of tea that would pique Fortnum & Mason‘s envy. There are a number of details included to enhance members‘ lives, including a private gymnasium with personal trainers, a Pilates studio, a yoga space, four treatment rooms in the wellness centre, and even a blow dry and nail bar.
Clivaz worked with March & White, lauded for their work on yacht interiors, to design the Devonshire Club, which seems fitting as the club is run like a tight ship. With some great deals for founding members, it‘s probably best to get aboard soon.