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The Coolest Members' Clubs In Singapore To Know Now

Designer interiors, hip F&B outlets, the trendiest fitness classes and most importantly, a vibrant crowd to mingle with - the latest members' clubs in Singapore are your antidote to social media and a life spent on a smartphone. Karen Tee reports.

#2: 1880

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The 1.5 tonne rose quartz crystal reception desk at 1880.

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The bar at the Members’ Lounge is dotted with over 300 vintage teapots.

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Rotating banquettes at the entrance can be swivelled inwards for more privacy.

Where: 1 Nanson Road

Open since: Last December, on the third floor of the Robertson Quay project development.

Who’s behind it: Singapore-based serial entrepreneur Marc Nicholson, who also launched luxury barbershop Truefitt & Hill in Singapore.

Typical member profile: Well-heeled, informed, globetrotting entrepreneurs, tech and corporate types, including expats and locals who have made a mark in their respective industries.

The decor: Quirky meets elegant luxe as imagined by Timothy Oulton Studio. Highlights include a massive 1.5 tonne rose quartz crystal from Madagascar that doubles as the reception table, a “cabinet of curiosities” comprising antique collectibles from Oulton’s private collection, and a driftwood eight-seater dubbed “Bird’s Nest” on the roof terrace.

Standout facilities: Recovery Room, which is artfully concealed behind wooden panels and decked out with buttery soft leather sofas; Spitfire-clad aluminium phone booths lined with quilted silk for a private phone conversation: and Bardo, a co-working phone.

Membership quirks: Get referred by a member or write in to apply, with the membership committee giving final approval. Founder Nicholson says members are “creative, curious and passionate”. They are adventure-seekers who challenge the status quo,” he adds.

Join it because: You thrive on meeting new faces and striking up scintillating conversation with people from all walks of life.