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THE MOST EXCLUSIVE MEMBERS ONLY CLUBS

You don't just enter these clubs. Balloting, member fees and recommendations apply here. But once you're inside, you have a second (social) life. These are the 3 most exclusive private clubs and societies in the Benelux. Text: Floris Kappelle
Editorial staff: Nathalie Wittendorp

Royal Industrial Groote Club, Amsterdam

Bastion of business intellect. The IGC has been located on Dam Square in a beautiful Art Nouveau building for over a century. In the comfortable club rooms, captains of industry and other industrious ladies and gentlemen meet at a high level. Between portraits on the wall, creamy club chairs and civilized conversation, there is an equally civilized atmosphere. People dress smartly, converse animatedly and enjoy the excellent cuisine in Rienstra's Dining Room.

House 17, Luxembourg

Classic-modern or modern-classic, we haven't decided yet. The fact is that House 17 represents a new club concept. Casual, but with the traditions of an old club. Everything here is aimed at making you feel at home. House 17 was founded in 2014 and is housed in a stately monument, where the Cantonal Court used to be. From the terrace you look out over the Pétrusse valley and the old fortifications. House 17 responds to the trend of the new era and that feels good.

Cercle Royal Gaulois, Artistique et Litteraire, Brussels

French-speaking top club for the absolute upper class. Its members include ministers, ambassadors, professors, parliamentarians, former presidents and other notables. The Cercle Gaulois is considered the cream of the crop in the Belgian Members Only area. Despite the wealth of history and traditions, the Cercle Gaulois wants to be a contemporary association. Members notice this when new ideas are launched. In this way, the Cercle Gaulois shows its spirited vision of the world.