Women’s Only Clubs Are All The Rage
10:45 am, February 21st | by Meredith Lepore
Remember how fun Girl Scouts was? Or an all-girls sleepover when you were a kid? Well imagine that with grownup ladies and alcohol (minus the prank phone calls and pajamas) and you have the new trend in London! According to Marie Claire, women’s socializing clubs are all the rage.
From Marie Claire:
“Women-only clubs and societies have sprung up in the capital, including private members’ club Grace in Belgravia (where men are allowed on a Thursday night – but for dinner only), the Sorority Club in Holborn, KC’z Bar in Soho and beer-tasting club Dea Latis, showing a trend for places where professional women can socialise in exclusive spaces.”
These aren’t just clubs where you can drink. You can work out, get a massage, study, network and go to the beauty salon amongst other activities.
The Daily Mail notes that members-only private clubs for gentlemen were originally set up in the West End of London for British upper class men in the 18th century, and have since spread all over the world. Women were tired of being shut out and also wanted a place to cut loose and fraternize with their peers (…sororitize?).
Does London not have YWCAs? The philosophy behind Grace in Belgravia, according to backers, is “empowering and nurturing women through seven ages of life from young adulthood, through fertility, pregnancy, child rearing, empty nesting, menopause and ageing-well.” Apparently drinking fruity cocktails helps with that.
But some women do put their guard up when they are in mixed company so this does allow a certain freedom. KC Gates, owner of KC’z's, said: “There’s the stereotype where women say can’t eat or be themselves in front of a man, whereas they can let loose with their girls, and that is exactly what they are doing at these venues.”
The owner of Grace said he has seen interest from interest from Singapore, Vienna, Hong Kong and New York to look into opening women-only clubs. Get ready to get your lady-fraternizing on!