Harrods, the world’s leading luxury department store, has announced the launch of its very first private members’ club – The Residence – right here in Shanghai, set to open at the end of this year.
On top of that, the exclusive club will offer its members world-class dining from one of the most famous chefs and TV personalities on the planet, Gordon Ramsay.
If you’ve been living under a rock your entire life, Ramsay is a celebrated British chef behind multiple restaurants (58 to be exact) many of which are Michelin-starred (he has been awarded 17 Michelin stars over his illustrious career) – including his signature the three Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea.
Gordon Ramsay at The Residence Shanghai will be the chef’s first ever destination in Shanghai, and will offer elevated British dining and will be inspired by the social nature of the club.
The bad news for us mere mortals? It will only be available to members of The Residence (of which only 250 will be accepted) and their guests.
Housed in the impressive Cha House in the heart of the city, The Residence will epitomize Harrods’ quintessential British luxury, creating a destination committed to the finest hospitality for an exclusive membership community.
The Residence will also provide some of the world’s rarest and most exclusive drink options through a close partnership with the Edrington Group, which will see a curated portfolio from The Macallan, Glenrothes and Highland Park served at the club, giving members access to an unrivalled whisky collection.
Members will also be able to enjoy exclusive private dinners and masterclasses hosted by these partners to enrich their experience with these highly covetable pours.
Ensuring total privacy and discretion, only 250 members will be accepted to join The Residence, with additional members considered following peer nominations. There will be three tiers of membership, starting from RMB150,000 for an annual membership.
Members of The Residence will be able to access all the club’s facilities, including the refined bar and spacious lounge, intimate private dining rooms and captivating outdoor terraces.
Membership of The Residence will also come with automatic access to Black Tier status with Harrods Rewards and associated benefits in London, as well as access to ultra-premium lifestyle services including Harrods Aviation, Harrods Estates, Harrods Interior Design and private shopping services at the iconic Knightsbridge store.
In addition, members can enjoy the club’s creative programming, designed to both entertain and deepen personal expertise in subjects including collecting rare bottles and art sourcing, as well as benefitting from access to Harrods’ extensive and unmatched concierge connections and luxury brand
The Residence, which is set to open at the end of this year, will be found on level two of Cha House, recognized as one of Shanghai’s most impressive architectural heritage sites, and already home to the Harrods Tea Room and Piano Bar on the ground floor.
Said Michael Ward, Managing Director, Harrods:
“The Residence is Harrods’ very first private members’ club and is being created to serve a curated community of discerning members.
“Membership is a unique proposition in Shanghai, offering not only world-class dining and spirits with a like-minded network but also unlocking exclusive Harrods international lifestyle and concierge services to create unparalleled experiences for every member.”
Finally, let's hear from the big man himself, Mr. Gordon Ramsay:
“It has long been an ambition of mine to open a restaurant in Shanghai, and it was always about the perfect time and the perfect location.
“I’m delighted to be partnering with Harrods on The Residence, a truly exclusive and exciting opportunity where we will be bringing a very special and thoughtfully curated menu of British cuisine to the members and their guests, later this year.”
Cha House, 420 Weihai Lu, by Shimen Er Lu, 威海路420号, 近石门二路.
Harrods has been serving customers from its Knightsbridge store since 1849, and today is the world’s ultimate luxury emporium, home to more than 3,000 curated brands as well as over 20 dining destinations and expert fashion, home, beauty and wellness services.
In addition, Harrods serves customers via harrods.com, H beauty and airport stores and hospitality destinations in China and Qatar.
Harrods continues to be guided by its philosophy of “anything is possible” to ensure that customers enjoy unparalleled experiences with every visit.
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