THE CAPITAL is experiencing a new wave of women’s only clubs. While men have long enjoyed the benefits of the popular Turf Club and Boodle’s, there’s been a void in the market for women – but that’s changing.
In September Prada’s sister brand Miu Miu opened a pop-up women’s-only private members club at Café Royal on Regent Street and the interest in women’s only business organisations like The Sorority is soaring too. Now Grace Belgravia, the first holistic women-only well-being club is tapping into the zeitgeist.
Former marketing executive Kate Percival and business partner Chris O’Donoghue have been working on the project for two years and managed to obtain £10m backing from a group of private investors to secure an impressive 11,500 sq ft Grade II listed building in the heart of Belgravia on West Halkin street.
Members pay up to £5,500 per year and a joining fee of £2,000 to take advantage of the impressive array of facilities on offer.
The gym is manned by Samantha Cameron’s trainer Matt Roberts and the classes offer everything from relaxing yoga sessions to intense aerobic programs, all of which can be done before jumping into one of the club’s cars to head to the office in the morning. Members can also take advantage of the private medical clinic managed by Dr Tim Evans, apothecary to the Queen, which deals with everything from clinical nutrition and fertility issues to stress and sleep diagnosis.
But it’s not all about health and fitness. The club also has a spa, which offers just about every treatment you can imagine and celebrity hair stylist Errol Douglas’ team of stylists are always on hand to make sure your hair is perfectly preened and ready to go.
If that wasn’t enough, each member will have a designated “angel” who will help you create the ultimate bespoke experience to make sure you’re putting your membership to good use. So whether you’re after someone to take care of you medical and exercise appointments or pick up your dry cleaning and organising travel, all of your needs will be well and truly catered for.
Grace Belgravia, 11c West Halkin Street, SW1X 8JL. gracebelgravia.com