BIG CITY LIFE: DISCOVERING DEVONSHIRE CLUB

Combine business and leisure at this sleek and stylish members' club in the heart of the city.
BIG CITY LIFE: DEVONSHIRE CLUB

London’s City district thrives from morning to night with workers, visitors, foodies and party-goers. The cool and quirky East End is the place to be for cocktails, clubs, culture and coffee.

This suave spot sits in a quiet square away from the hubbub of the city. But just a two minute walk from Liverpool Street Station means you’re within easy reach of East End amenities and transport links to other city centre hotspots and beyond.

This large Georgian townhouse building brings a West End edge to the East End of town. It boasts all the funky designs, architecture and colourful creativity you’d find on the streets of Shoreditch, but magnificently mixes this with the elegance and sumptuous spaces you’d find in the West End.

‘Blurring the lines between business and pleasure’, this all-encompassing members’ club combines a boutique hotel, a restaurant with stylish seafood bar, luxurious lounge and enchanting outdoor spaces.

Four flight above ground, we’re checked into our New York loft-style suite. Mustard decor, plush cushions and statement yellow furnishings stand out against the neutral backdrop. It’s cool, it’s contemporary and there’s plenty of room to relax, roam and retreat.

If it’s not the first impressions and interiors that ticks all the boxes for a swish city getaway, it’s the facilities and the spot-on service that will. Attentive staff meet, greet and gather your belongings before ensuring you’re comfortable and happy with your room. Within minutes, we’re chilling out in our lounge with a dinner reservation set and the best directions for exploring the city, right at our fingertips.

A short stroll from Devonshire Club brings us to London Bridge; where, on a sunny day, a hop across the Thames and a mooch along the Southbank goes down a treat – with a G&T waiting on the other side, of course!

After a day of exploring the markets, pop-up shops and foodie hotspots, we retreat back to our beautiful bolthole in the East End to unwind for pre-dinner cocktails.

The ground floor of Devonshire Club is dedicated to drinking, dining and entertaining. An open-plan space with the bar and lounge area effortlessly running into the restaurant and outdoor space. A summer-inspired G&T goes down wonderfully as we scour the menu before being seated in the club’s restaurant, Number Five. The menu inspires and excites – a diverse seasonal offering of daily specials combined with contemporary, British classics.

The restaurant itself is as sleek and stylish as the rest of the club. 1920s table lamps line the bar, crisp white cloths cover the tables and bold splashes of blue and yellow bring the Devonshire brand to life.

We’re seated by the window, looking out over the private garden – a glorious green oasis and a real urban retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city just moments away.

Number Five is headed up by Executive Chef, Adam Gray, with a focus on modern-British dishes. Adam’s menu celebrates seasonality and food provenance, mirroring the club’s seamless fusion of history and modernity, with nods towards East London street food culture.

Our smiley waitress brings us a bottle of Saint-Péray, Les Tanneurs, M Chapoutier, from the Rhône Valley (£30). An easy-going white wine, perfectly paired with all dishes; from fish and veggies, to poultry and red meats. It ticks all the boxes for our feast that follows.

Wined and watered, we tuck into warm, toasted bread and kick things off with the octopus (£14) – roasted octopus, fennel, cucumber and herb dressing. A vibrant dish combining clean garden flavours with fresh seafood. Our dinner date digs into the spinach soup (£8), a flavourful bowl of fresh spinach finished with spring garlic fritter.

Next up it’s the short-rib (£27), served with salt baked celeriac, bone marrow and ale braised onions. The bold cut of beef melts in the mouth and the juices are soaked up with spoons of celeriac and ale-infused onions. Delicious. Our foodie friend goes for the Yorkshire grain-fed free range chicken (£28) – complimented with caramelised cauliflower, asparagus and girolles. Sides of spring greens (£5) and buttered Jersey royal potatoes (£6) seal the deal. We enjoy another glass of white, as we cheers to hearty, homemade main courses, leaving the two of us with full tummies and full of faith in the Devonshire dessert offering…

The iced lemon meringue (£9) makes the cut for us. A pretty petal-topped dish arrives with two spoons, and is served with warm raspberries. A perfectly sweet and fruity dessert with a welcome zesty kick.

Whether visiting for business or leisure, you’re in the perfect spot for a bit of nightlife; or equally, you’re in good hands if you’re looking to rest up for a nourishing nights sleep in a calm and quiet location.

Full up with beautiful beef, fine wines and sweet treats, we retire to our suite to relax and recharge, ready for another busy day in the capital.

As far as city snoozing goes, we can’t fault this spot! It’s silent, the bedding is clean and crisp, and as soon as the head hits the pillow, we drift away into a dreamy sleep. It’s like floating on a cloud, and with all the room-controlling gadgets and mod-cons within reaching distance, nodding off is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Breakfast is served nice and early for those dashing off to meetings in the city; but for visitors like us, who wish to lazily lounge in a dreamy, designer suite, late-morning brunch is the perfect meet-in-the-middle. What’s the weekend without a brunch date, anyway?

Tea, coffee, smoothies and fruit juices are served in the Number Five restaurant. This bright and breezy space filled with smiling faces is a lovely spot to wake up to. The sun beams through the floor-to-ceiling windows and the smell of bacon wafts through the air. It’s as good as morning gets!

The Eggs Royale (£16) brings brunchy paradise to life. A toasted muffin topped with smoked salmon, oozing poached eggs and homemade hollandaise sauce. An plate of fresh avo and eggs arrives for our brunch buddy – poached eggs and avocado on toast (£14), finished with hints of chilli and coriander. Perfect.

Devonshire Club sure does blur the lines between business and leisure. It has it all – whether you’re a foodie, a workaholic, a city-breaker or you just want a bit of downtime in the capital. It combines contemporary living with grand, Georgian design. It’s a retreat in the heart of the city – an eclectic East End escape that ticks all the boxes.


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Aveika

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