London’s iconic 5 Hertford Street nightclub might soon have an American counterpart, the New York Post reports.
Known by Americans as the spot where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had their first date, 5HS became one of the hottest clubs in the city thanks to owner Robin Birley’s guidance. Birley, the son of Lady Annabel Goldsmith and her husband Mark Birley, took his first foray into club management when managing his father’s business, Annabel’s and Harry’s Bar. However, the two had a falling out at some point which led to Birley leaving the business and being disinherited from it, after which he began work on 5HS.
Looking to expand on what he had created, Birley has recently secured a spot along Manhattan’s 14-16 East 16th St. by way of his landlords, billionaire brothers David and Simon Reuben. Previously belonging to the nonprofit Institute for Family Health, this purchase reportedly cost the brothers $39.5 million, but this is likely considered a sound investment due to the breakout success of 5HS.
Little is known about what the club itself will become so far besides that it will feature a hotel in Union Square with 64,400 square feet of air rights. Additionally, the current building in the club’s location is six stories high, with no announcement of going higher yet. What is known, however, is that the developers have no plans to simply make a copy of 5HS or its basement nightclub Loulou’s, wanting their Manhattan location to be entirely its own thing.
With 5HS’ eclectic guest list over the years, filled to the brim with heads of state, celebrities, and the British royal family, it’s hard not to have high hopes for what Birley’s newest club might become. If he’s looking to match or surpass the star power found with his previous business, though, there’s few better places to try than in New York.