Tramp was founded in 1969 as a laid-back alternative to the smart supper clubs of the day. Taking its name from Charlie Chaplin’s on-screen incarnation, it became known as a place where celebrities could let their hair down away from the prying lenses of the paps. Now, after countless revamps, it is considered to be one of the most exclusive, multi-generational members clubs in the world, and is a still a regular haunt for celebrities and HNWs. David Fleming is the general manager of the Jermyn Street club. His career began in finance, but his love of food drove him to return to education and train as a chef. After a few twists and turns, he landed a job at Tramp, where he has remained for 15 years. Loyalty is somewhat of a motif for Tramp. ‘Our main thing is that we have a very family feeling,’ Fleming says. ‘We’ve got a very low staff turnover rate, and many of our members are second or third generation — so their parents and grandparents were members before them.’ He adds: ‘We also have an incredibly eclectic mix of guests —members who range in age between 20 to 80, lots of Europeans, and of course the international members, who drop in whenever they’re in London.’ Tramp has the look and feel of an old-fashioned gentleman’s club or the ballroom of an extravagant townhouse. Surrounded by wood panelling, chandeliers, and frescoed ceilings, members are looked after by discreet, attentive staff.
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