After seven wonderful years of operation, it is with considerable regret that I have to announce the closure of Library with effect from 06 January 2020.
This is not something I anticipated happening. Sadly, after months of back and forth and then silence from the landlord leading up to the club’s rent review and contract date, I was informed just a couple of weeks ago of their decision to double the rent on the building. I requested a reconsideration and an extension of the end date of the lease but both were denied. This is unsustainable especially factoring in high business rates and the uncertainty Brexit brings.
The situation is particularly difficult for me as the building was no more than a shell when I took it over. My partners and I invested a considerable amount of time and money in restoring the premises making it the venue that it is today. We have continued to invest in the club with recent developments including The Hatch, the renovation of Saint Luke’s Table and the addition of Dear Alice – all in 2019.
My team have worked incredibly hard over the last seven years to develop a venue that our members and guests have been able to come to relax and enjoy themselves. In 2019 we enjoyed our most successful year but also our most challenging. We hosted some amazing events that I hope you enjoyed.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end …
It is with this in mind that I am also taking this as an opportunity to step down from both LIBRARY and ARBORETUM. As we enter a new year, a new decade, it is time to make a fresh start. The running of ARBORETUM will be taken over by Pennine Way under the leadership of Derek and Steven Neerkin.
And now the good news –
I am delighted to announce that all Library members will have their membership transferred to sister club ARBORETUM, which is located right next door to LIBRARY. Although open only a few months, ARBORETUM is already developing an exceptional reputation for its environmental focus, its innovative design and styling, and for its programming, which of course will be enhanced with the closure of LIBRARY. All membership terms and conditions will continue as before.
ARBORETUM currently has no restaurant facilities of its own as these are currently shared with LIBRARY. However, Pennine Way will be looking urgently to develop new facilities in ARBORETUM. ARBORETUM is also developing more daytime workspace and will continue to develop partnerships with other hotels and venues in Central London and around the world in order to enhance the membership experience. ARBORETUM also benefits from having fitness and well-being facilities that will be open to all members.
Personally, I am going to take a break after a decade at the helm of Apartment 58, LIBRARY and ARBORETUM.
I would like to thank you for all your support. Without you, we would not have 10 years to celebrate.
Wishing you a prosperous and productive 2020