Members-Only Arts Club in Mayfair Revamps with Gwyneth Paltrow as Creative Director

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

Founded as a private club in 1863 by a group of pals including the great author Charles Dickens, the tony Arts Club in Mayfair has just been on the receiving end of a very glam and Hollywood-infused revamp. Re-launched on October 5, the Arts Club was the site of a blow-out bash attended by the likes of Prince Philip, Guy Pelly, Cameron Diaz and American expat, wife of Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and the club’s new creative director (and investor) Gwyneth Paltrow. Gwynnie not only played host of sorts, but she also jumped on stage to perform a few songs, including Cee-Lo’s “F*ck You.” (Yup, apparently, the classy GOOP blogger opted for the R-rated version even though Queen Elizabeth’s hubby was in the house. Saucy!)

We’re not sure if the Art Club is that happening on a daily basis, but members who shell out the fee of £1000 a year will have the chance to luxuriate in a modernly-elegant interior designed by David D’Almada. The designer even incorporated luxe-touches, like slick marble floors and plush cashmere walls. There are also art pieces by George Condo, John Baldessari and Tomas Saraceno scattered about. Sounds fabulous, but what might peak the attention of most posh party-ers is the basement level Mark Ronson-run establishment, Club Nouveau. Hurry though: The first guest list closes on Monday, October 31.

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