Originally launched last September as a three-month only pop up private club, Quintessentially Soho has been so successful that it still remains open and will do so until at least 30 September (and possibly later). So not too late then to become a member and do your bit for philanthropy -as 99% of the membership price goes straight to charity- or to visit the magnificent Grade 1 listed building at one of the club’s open evenings for non members.
For those in search of a new watering hole/place to organise business meetings/events space, there are two good reasons to become a member ofQuintessentially Soho. First, this is a rather fun way to do your bit for charity, with the club raising funds for disadvantaged children and for people in need. Since its opening in September last year, the club -supported by celebrity members Emma Watson, Sophie Dahl, Lily Allen, Daisy Lowe, Mick Jagger, Steve Jones and The Kooks– has raised over £400,000 for charities, while its in-house Life Skills programme has seen over 50% of the volunteers moving into further employment and 48% going onto further education.
For aesthetes, this is also a good way to have a glimpse at the revampedHouse of St Barnabas, the Grade 1 listed building whereQuintessentially Soho is housed. Dating back to 1746, the house -which boasts an array of striking Georgian features, including one of only two private gardens in Soho and a historic private chapel- has long been a favourite for directors in search for a building to shoot their period film. However, it has become quite decrepit until Quintessentially steeped in, and put acclaimed designerRussell Sage in charge of its revamp. And what a revamp it is: the place, which includes a restaurant, bar and events spaces, is stylish, humorous, with a perfect mix of faded magnificence and witty English eccentric details, which makes it imposing but welcoming at once.
Moreover, anyone who joins before Saturday 7 August, will automatically enter the draw for one of ten goodie bags, which will include Alexander McQueen, Miller Harris, Quintessentially Wine, LK Bennett amongst others (just quote “CL” if you wish to do so). However, if you would like to visit before joining, there will be some open evenings for non members: if you are interested, contact Jessica.email@example.com.
Quintessentially Soho at the House of St Barnabas: 1 Greek Street, W1 (Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road). Membership from now until 30 September is £100 and £99 goes straight to the charity. For further information, visit: www.quintessentiallysoho.com.