The Next Soho House London Will Be Here
On a list of ambitious expansion plans – taking the original private members club as far as Mumbai – Soho House will be increasing its footprint in home base London too. And a serious increase it is: taking over the immense former Midland Bank building on Poultry, just off of Bank. That puts Soho House – founded as a private members’ club “for those in the film, media and creative industries” – right in the heart of banker / lawyer land.
The Grade-I listed building’s fifteen minutes of fame, mentioned pretty much everywhere, came and went in the sixties, as a backdrop for the James Bond film “Goldfinger”. Most reports also talk about 255 rooms, but the architect’s website speaks of “184 luxury suites of varying sizes”. Not quite the same as the intimate Dean Street Townhouse, is it?
The architect’s website also features the above rendering, which gets the building’s scale across even better. Aside from the terrace with the tables and the chairs facing Poultry, the rendering suggests a vast landscaped roof, with the lighted windows possibly indicating the hotel will extend all the way to the second dome on Prince’s Street (top right).
Other amenities should include multiple restaurants, a spa – with indoor pool – and gym, and an underground bar in the bank’s vault. While the majority of the hotel will be accessible to Joe Public, there will be a private members’ club.
We’ll keep you posted as more details on this Soho House outpost emerge; we’d expect it to be several years before we get even close to opening – maybe 2016?
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter, Rendering: ERP Architects]