London is set for a new exclusive members’ club after an investment of £25m will see the creation of The Devonshire Club, due to open in May 2016.
The new club, situated on the south east corner of Blackstone’s private estate Devonshire Square, is housed in a 19th century Regency warehouse occupying six floors.
When the club opens next year, it will be home to 68 bedrooms, 110-seat brasserie, private dining rooms, a screening room, three bars, a gym, treatment rooms and a garden.
The Devonshire Club has also now hired a new general manager. Ian Palmer joins the exclusive venue from his role at The Club at Café Royal, and has previously worked at The Arts Club and Home House.
He is renowned for hosting Brits after-show parties at Home House; he brought Madonna and Valentino to ‘Pret A Diner’ in the Old Vic tunnels and more recently DJ Paul Oakenfold, Kanye West, Primal Scream, and Tom Hardy to The Club at Café Royal.
Palmer also has a strong hotel background, having started his training at The Savoy Hotel, he worked at Claridge’s, the Connaught and was part of the revival team at the Conrad Hotel, Chelsea.
“This is the most exciting project I have worked on” says Palmer. “To have the opportunity to launch a private members club in the city, in such an iconic location, is a dream. We will be bringing a super luxury product to the square mile and creating a space where business and pleasure can collide”.