Beaufort House Chelsea, A Private Members’ Club for London Families

Oct 2, 2012 by

For those of us living in small London flats, the idea of belonging to an elegant, affordable private members’ club that caters to busy London families sounds too good to be true.

I have done a fair amount of entertaining around our flat.  By the time I have done the shopping, the prepping, the cleaning, hidden the toys, school work, music stand, PE kits, etc. in order to host an evening with friends or family, I am so exhausted it seems easier, and less expensive, to have just taken everyone out to eat.  Equally troublesome for those, like me, who work from home: the choice of hosting a meeting in our flat, where I either spend an hour putting the flat back in order to meet there, or endure the distractions of meeting in a public area.

This is where I see tremendous value for London families in Beaufort House Chelsea with its incredibly modest membership fees.  The club is a family-friendly, relaxed environment that is at the same time elegant and sophisticated.  The owners and staff work tirelessly to get to know their members and work with them and their needs.  Some days you might casually swap parenting war stories and the next bring guests and receive formal but friendly service; Beaufort House has an extremely professional and friendly staff committed to providing great hospitality.

Beaufort House is broken up into different rooms, providing members and guests with a variety of spaces and options.  You can walk in with your kids and drink coffee with your mates in the Brassiere; host a private meeting or event in the Member’s Room; entertain clients, friends or family in the Member’s Dining room; and then go to the sumptuous champagne bar for drinks and dancing after – you can stay on until 2:00am if you can stay awake that late.   Become and member and bring friends, clients, contractors, architects, kids, family … you name it, there are so many different rooms and spaces available for different purposes.

Further, chef Andrew Evans is impeccable; he has been tested, tried and proven true.  Andrew sources local, fresh ingredients and then prepares them eclectically, drawing on a variety of cuisines.  The “Iced and Spiced Tomato Soup with Dorset Crab” being a reflection of the innovative and fabulously delicious menu that is not too off-piste for any palate.

I was recently invited out for canapes and drinks in the Member’s Room, where a fellow London bloggers, Really Kid Friendly, Not A Notting Hill Mum, Babes About Town, Kingsroad.co.uk, The Good Life Bloggers, Domestic Goddesque, Life at the Zoo, Kids Fun London, The Chelsea Family and Transatlantic Mom all came along and had a great evening of drinks and canapes.  We had Smoked Salmon, Quails Egg & Sevruga Caviar (amazing)

we had Soused Sea Bass, Caper Mayonnaise & Cucumber served in twirled and twisted spoons for easy munching (exquisite) Confit Duck Spring Roll, Plum Sauce (excellent) Ham Hock Terrine, Piccalilli & Toast (divine) Mini Fish & Chips served individual paper pockets, neither soggy nor greasy amazingly, Wild Mushroom & Herb Quiche (good) Mini Lemon Meringue Pie with homemade pastry (heavenly) and a Rococo Chocolate Fountain!!!

We were served Spiced Pear Mojito (see Not a Notting Hill Mum pictured with one), Kings Road Crush, Raspberry Bellini, Laurent Perrier Rose.  I was working and had to stick to a bit of the superb Laurent Rose, and was very tempted by the oohing and aahing over the cocktails.

You don’t have to be a member to head down the King’s Road and enjoy the Brassiere, friendly staff and great meals.  You can host your kids parties, weddings or attend the monthly baby cinema (first Wednesday of the month, film and lunch for £10).

For £400 annual membership fees, you can use the members’ room for 2 hours a week and at discounted rates in addition to this.  This room can be configured for meetings, screenings, training, dining and cocktail receptions.  Your fees also grant access the club dining room and champagne bar which can be hired out for kids’ parties and other celebrations in addition to just enjoying an evening out as a couple or as a group.

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