Pleasure / February 2019

King of The Court: London's Coolest New Members' Club

Move out of the way Clubland, there’s a new members’ haunt in (London) town…

The Court is located at 9 Kingly St, Soho, London W1B 5PN.

Few members' clubs can lay claim to having a location that’s played a key role in influencing popular British culture as the newly-opened and exclusive club The Court, which is located on Kingly Street in the old The Bag O’Nails premises. A once-upon-a-time hot-spot for musicians, celebrities and their intoxicated entourages throughout the 1960s and 1970s, it was frequented by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Tom Jones and The Who. It was also where Paul McCartney, the frontman to arguably the greatest band ever, met his first wife, Linda.

Orchestrated by Harry Mead, the founder and attentive host with a remarkable eye for detail, the site has gone through a complete makeover. From what was a dated, dusty and decrepit club, Mead has given it a new lease of life that has clear nods towards the Art Deco movement but with a contemporary twist. With marbled tables and floors meeting midnight red and blue velvet low-back armchairs and sofas, it’s a relaxed setting with an undeniable opulence. Retaining elements of its musical heritage, at the far end is a spotlit stage, upon which live music is performed each evening on a Liberace-esque white piano. There's a cool rota of singers and musicians: starting at 9pm with smooth jazz, the BPMs are ramped-up slowly and come midnight, it’s party anthems that will have you singing along at your table till closing time at 3am.

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