How to Join the Ivy Club in London

Updated July 19, 2017

In London, England, there are dozens of exclusive and upmarket private member's clubs to choose from. But the Ivy Club, associated with the famous Ivy restaurant, is one of the most elite. Favoured by showbiz stars and people in the public eye, it's situated in the heart of London's Theatreland, the West End.

You can't apply to become a member of the Ivy Club. Membership is by invitation only, but all is not lost. With chutzpah and ingenuity, you might be able to receive an invitation and be admitted to this most exclusive club.

Befriend an Ivy Club member. Go through that little black book and find who you know that's already a member of the Ivy club. If you don't know someone, start networking. Your task is to bag an invitation to the club as a guest. Members are permitted to admit guests to the club, so if you're not a member, it's your only way in. There are no temporary memberships for tourists and there is no way of applying for membership. You have to be invited to join.

Go to the Ivy Club as a guest. Your first task on the road to being invited is getting in as a guest. Then you can decide whether you really want to be a member and also meet other members of the club. Impressing other members is vital. They are in a position to ask the management to ask you to join. You aren't.

Charm other members. With your foot in the door, you'll need to be the life and soul of the party. Show other members that you're the sort of person they really want as a fellow member. Be fascinating, glamorous and discreet. You'll be mixing with top stars and the social elite, so make sure you look and play the part with aplomb.

Accept an invitation to join. There's nothing much you can actively do to persuade the club to invite you to join apart from being marvellous and exactly the sort of person the club wants on their books. There's no point in lobbying or pressuring anyone to ask you. It's up to them. You just have to be attractive enough for them to ask.

Pay the membership fee. Once you have received and accepted your invitation you'll have to pay the fee. It's a well-kept secret how much it costs, but it's safe to say that if you need to ask, you probably can't afford it.

Enjoy the benefits of membership. The Ivy Club is an exclusive establishment and a place where London's movers and shakers meet to party and play. You could meet the likes of Kevin Spacey and Kate Moss, and a whole host of luminaries. And as you enjoy the perks, don't forget that there might be someone like you, outside, who wants to be a member too.


As an outsider, it's a tough task to get an invitation to join the Ivy Club.

Things You'll Need

  • Influential friends
  • Charm
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