Annabel's is a London
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A nightclub is an entertainment venue which usually operates late into the night...

, located at 44 Berkeley Square
Berkeley Square
Berkeley Square is a town square in the West End of London, England, in the City of Westminster. It was originally laid out in the mid 18th century by architect William Kent...

, London. It was founded by entrepreneur Mark Birley
Mark Birley
Marcus Lecky Oswald Hornby Birley , known as Mark Birley, was a British entrepreneur known for his investments in the hospitality industry...

 and named after Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart, then his wife.


Annabel's was founded in 1963, after Birley's friend John Aspinall
John Aspinall (zoo owner)
John Victor Aspinall was a British zoo owner and gambler. He was born in Delhi, India, but was a citizen of the United Kingdom.-Biography:...

 decided that they needed somewhere to party after an evening's gambling. As a result, Birley turned the basement of Aspinall's casino, the Clermont Club, into a nightclub, and named it after his then wife, Annabel, who went on to marry Birley's friend, the late Sir James Goldsmith. It was the first of its kind: a member-only nightclub that catered to an exclusive clientele, including The Prince of Wales
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, Camilla Parker-Bowles, The Princess Anne
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, US President Richard Nixon
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, Aristotle Onassis
Aristotle Onassis
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, Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
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 and the Clermont Set
Clermont Set
The Clermont Set was an exclusive group of rich British gamblers who met at the Clermont Club at 44 Berkeley Square, in London's fashionable Mayfair district now located at 27-28 Curzon Street and called Aspinall's. It was the first London casino opened by John Aspinall after he won the gaming...

. Entertainers who have played there include Tina Turner
Tina Turner
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, Ray Charles
Ray Charles
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, Ella Fitzgerald
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, Diana Ross
Diana Ross
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 and Lady Gaga
Lady GaGa
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. The sumptuous interior which was originally designed by Birley and designer Nina Campbell, has since been updated by Birley's daughter, India Jane, but the collection of Birley's paintings remain.

Richard Caring

On the evening of 5 June 2007, after more than a year of negotiations, Annabel's was acquired by the clothing tycoon and Ivy
The Ivy
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 owner Richard Caring
Richard Caring
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 in a deal thought to be worth £90 million. The deal also included the purchase of four other private members' clubs including Harry's Bar.
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