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The Exchange

Where the witty and wise converge, the ambitious and artistic meet — The A is a 21st century club made for the millennials who love to network as much as they love to indulge in the good life. This new-age concept aims to combine interesting work spaces with premium hospitality to usher in entrepreneurs, thought leaders, influencers and disruptors all under one roof. After all, the exclusive high-flying crowd deserves an exclusive and extraordinary place, like The A. Spread across a sprawling 40,000sqft, located at One IndiaBulls — it is a hotbed of all things cool. Think: a cult Speakeasy bar, high-tech meditation pods, a private dining room with sommelier service, a futuristic virtual reality zone, a brew lab, a spa, all backed up with a calendar of awesome curated events.

The A has had an eclectic inception. Alkesh Tandon, Founder and Executive Director of The A has brought aboard experienced hotelier Romil Ratra to create something truly groundbreaking. They not only wanted to bring to the fore a space unlike any other, they wanted to build a community of members with diverse interests across a mélange of disciplines and industries. They wanted to craft a destination where work and play mean to imagine, connect and create until both merge to transform the world. A common turf where tomorrow’s movers and shakers can collaborate to bring the next big idea to life.

Having designed the space himself, Tandon created an aesthetic masterpiece that represents a seamless integration of work and leisure. The spaces are designed to naturally navigate members into areas where the lines between work and leisure are blurred. The intention is for everyone to experience different vibes in an open-space layout which is easy on the eyes, but has a stylish edge. There is a focus on detailing through modern artwork by the likes of Lekha Washington, Akbar Padamsee, Romicon Revola and G Anjaneyulu, among others, ergonomic seating spaces, green verdant walls, tech-enabled features and textured upholstery that will be appreciated by the swish set who make The A their go-to destination.

The Alcove
Alkesh Tandon
The Bar
DICE Virtual Reality Zone
The Gym

The club’s “Work meets Leisure” ethos comes to life at The Alcove, a wide expanse that marks the entrance of the club, and The Exchange — both of which have been intentionally designed to encourage networking among those who wish to create, work and unwind in equal measure. It’s made for the relentless pursuers who want to do it all, and more. The social spaces that are devised to inspire like-minded urban landscapers to mingle include a sunlit bistro which focusses on seasonal ingredients and a menu of sharing plates; a Speakeasy bar inspired by the Prohibition era which highlights a dedicated gin and tonic menu; and a brew lab that features awardwinning coffee and tea blends. Take our word for it, there’s no negotiations that can’t be brokered over vegan smoothies and comforting tapas.

Members can enjoy the benefits of a Health Club powered by Zaheer Khan’s ProSport Fitness with world-class trainers and a vast offering of functional training, Pilates, yoga and more. The Spa is where you can indulge in a state-ofthe-art holistic rejuvenation experience at the country’s first Iyashi Dome. You can geek out on all things artificial intelligence at the club’s extremely cool virtual reality zone — DICE — where mixed reality and immersive gaming will give your mind a kick start. When you’re seeking some me-time, sink into any one of the nine innovative seating pods where technology, furniture design and engineering combine to give you the chance to catch up on the latest Netflix hit, listen to your favourite tunes or even steal a few minutes to meditate in privacy and utter comfort. What’s more, is the club’s property called “A to Z” - a robust calendar of events and workshops curated to enrich members with a new set of knowledge and skills, opportunities to interact with new thinkers, explore and face stimulating provocations, and meet industry game-changers. A place away from the ordinary, mundane world — The A is the future of futures. Culinary journeys will inspire conversations. Virtual reality escapes will heighten the senses. Work spaces will transform into social meeting fields. From smartly structured membership plans to an exclusive mobile application — The A Insider — designed to connect members, make dining reservations, plan events, book meeting rooms and stay updated on upcoming workshops — everything down to the very last detail is thought through.

The A’s reciprocal partnerships with leading business and leisure clubs in London, Singapore, Munich, Dubai, Bahrain and other gateway cities allows its members privileged access to network with global communities. In addition, members also get benefits across leading technology, fashion, travel and lifestyle brands like Genesis Luxury.

After Mumbai, The A is all set to make its way to cities like Gurugram, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. The time is now, and The A is here. What are you waiting for?

“The evolved and discerning leaders of today want it all — they demand to be in a space where they find that their intellectual, fitness, professional and social needs are all met under one roof. And as someone who cares deeply about building a community that can give rise to big ideas, my dream was to build them a space like The A based upon a culture of collaboration, convergence, confluence and cooperation. The A is here to mark the beginning of Culture Co.”

- Alkesh Tandon

One IndiaBulls, Tower 2A, 8th Floor, Lower Parel, Mumbai. Visit www.theA.clubor Instagram @TheA.Club or Twitter @TheAUpdates. For membership enquiries +91 22 6288 8222 or connect@theA.club