Akademy: The Intellectual Members’ Circle


Akademy is a community of like-minded individuals and enriching events for prospecting members who seek personal betterment through the power of education.

Founded by business partners Anastasia Belyak and Kamilia Shaimieva in 2020 both women bring a realm of business expertise and acumen which has seen the club succeed and partner with some of the finest brands and institutions in the world from Rolls-Royce and Cartier to the Tate Modern and Phillips Auction House.

Having studied at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Anastasia moved to London to complete an MA at Sotheby’s Institute of Art whilst also founding the global Brow Bar chain. Kamilia also studied in Moscow having attended the Moscow State Institute of International Relations before moving on to the US to complete an MA in International Economics and has since worked for a number of international conglomerates. Together, they are a powerhouse of cultural and corporate knowledge as well as a network of connections around the world.

Based on an ethos of four pillars, Akademy targets discerning members and those who seek enrichment, not just through the events they host but also through the learnings of other members within the community. Built on a foundation of intelligentsia, the circle offers its members a curated programme of exceptional events, lectures and tours with past events ranging from private lectures on the history of Cartier and a private concert with The Carpenter Trio on Stradivari violas, (also known for its largest collection of Stradviari violas) to learning clay pigeon shooting at the prestigious Holland&Holland shooting grounds.

Those that apply to join must show a mutual interest or involvement across the realms of art and culture, medical innovation, wellness, film and music, business and economics and the fashion and luxury sector. To apply members must also share the vision behind Akademy’s ethos of nurturing a discerning community, seeking personal betterment, championing diverse intellect and empowering today’s intelligentsia.

Prospective members must be referred by an existing member and can apply to a handpicked committee for approval and can choose from either a standard or premium membership options allowing either selected access or full access to the circle and club, with the premium membership also allowing a guest, more information on joining can be found here.


The Summer Terrace at AllBright Mayfair

Bringing summer vibes to  Maddox Street, AllBright Mayfair has launched a sun-soaked Mediterranean terrace set against the backdrop of its flagship members club for tasty sharing plates and breezy cocktails.

Open to members and their guests during the week; the Italian-inspired terrace is also open to non-members for lunch and dinner on Fridays.

Serving fruity Gin fuelled drinks in a curated offering by Malfy, favourites on the menu include the Rosa Paloma, a punchy blend of Malfy Rosa with pink grapefruit (Sicilian, of course) and soda – alongside a colourful edit of other Instagram-worthy cocktails all prepared by Allbright’s talented mixologists.

Avid foodies can also enjoy a number of typically Italian dishes created by the club’s resident Head Chef, Carlos Pinerez, which each pair perfectly with the crafted cocktails served and make for a perfect meal either for a sun-drenched lunch during the day or an evening meal overlooking the pretty greenery of the terrace.

Elevating the whole experience one step further, AllBright has partnered with renowned sustainable homeware guru Petra Palumbo who has developed a collection exclusively for the terrace. Showcasing her signature glassware, the pieces feature handpainted citrus designs and are available to purchase from the club for the duration of the terrace’s opening.

The terrace at Allbright is running until the end of August, and bookings are advised.