When Charles Dickens and his fellow luminaries founded London’s Arts Club in 1863, they sought to create a forum for devotees of art, literature, and science. The club has since evolved into a posh Mayfair gathering spot with acclaimed eateries and a diverse calendar of music, cultural, and art events. Recently, the Arts added 16 guestrooms reserved exclusively for members and their guests. Infused with art deco flair, the chic suites are decorated with more than 40 original photographic works that have broadened the club’s permanent collection of contemporary art works.
Membership: About $2,515 per year, plus a $2,515 joining fee. (theartsclub.co.uk)