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Membership Clubs like the Soho House

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SOHO HOUSE BERLIN

I am happy to fulfill a reader’s request today.

People living in “megacitys” like to stay within “their” own circles aka private member clubs. Which means: no entry for anybody else. To ensure that they share their chair with the right person, most of the city people are willing to pay at least 700 pounds a year membership fee and apply to the right club.

How does it work? For most houses you need 2 members referring you and you need to fill out an application. Even with a cheque and patience, the door will still remain closed if you are not “cool” enough for them. Which means you are a banker. As they consider your job profile in the application.

Personally I have some experiece with the Shoreditch house from my days in London and I can tell you it can be headache. They prefer media, PR and film people over any “boring” cityboy. But in the end , it is always them paying the bills, so the house welcomes most paying member who are patient enough in the end.

So which ones are THE houses? The Soho house chain is the biggest one out there. They have clubs in London/New York/Berlin/LA. and god knows where. Then there are a couple of other clubs like Annabel’s (super exclusive) and Home House, Royal Automobile Club, Milk&Honey  and so on…

Membership clubs are generally places where “common” people have no entry. If you book a night with one of them (some have a hotel, like the Soho chain or RAC) , you also get entry to their clubs most of the time. As a “not member”.

Soho House Berlin Apartment

The Shoredtisch House

It is an artsy  member club in London with members who are “too cool for school”. A lot of creative people like to bee seen there on display. It has a nice  pool on the roof which you can barley use as it is too cold most of the days even in summer. But usually somebody hosts a nice event up there. Another nice feature is the Ping Pong table. In case your fabulous creative company bores the smurf out of you, there is always the chance to seek the challenge at the Ping Pong table. Usually you go there for lunch/dinner/drinks or for a nice facial with Coshewd. A Brand which spread recently over the whole UK.

As a member you are allowed to take guests with you. So most people try to get a membership and guaranteed a circle of “friends” as they will be called very often to take somebody along.

Is it worth the money? Well, I think so. It is about 70 Pounds a month, but it can give you the opportunity to mingle with the “right” people, if you find the right club. I have been told. I personally never did.

Some other clubs:

Sohos House chain: a lot of wannabes, hipsters, bankers, fashionistas

Annabel’s: rich people ( still VERY exclusive)

Royal automobile club: old people, great pool

Home House: conservative everybody, nice though

Milk&Honey: (belongs to Soho House chain) a bar for bankers (good dating pool)

Since  there are so many SOHO houses, you can pay the higher fee for the international network and get access to all of the clubs.  Which is great for people traveling a lot for pleasure, aka Jet Set.

Stay elegant,

B.

15 Comments

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  • Philou
    1. November 2012

    I think personally that Milk and Honey makes the best cocktails ever, and it is nice to sit near the bar to see the barman at work 🙂 If you want to get in there PM me I will give you the mail address you need to write to, to get a reservation. Soho House is great and fun, there are even bankers that dress like hipsters that hang out there (of course they always keep YSL suspenders).

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  • Paula
    30. October 2012

    PS was mir zu dem Thema noch einfällt: wie sich ein Freund echauffierte, als ein Bekannter mit Ruderleiberl mit ihm auf den Kohlmarkt auf einen Kaffee ging. Er genierte sich in Grund und Boden. Irgendwie schön, dass Leute in dieser Stadt – auch ohne Clubhäuser – Wert auf den Auftritt legen.

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  • Annie
    30. October 2012

    Auch von mir vielen Dank für die Insider Informationen! Ich selbst bin nur mit dem Rotary Club vertraut, mitunter etwas anstrengende Selbstlosigkeit 😉
    Wünsche dir noch einen tollen Tag mit vielen “blogenswerten” Erlebnissen!

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    • GlossyTimes
      30. October 2012

      Ich mach dann noch einen Eintrag zu “Charity” 🙂

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  • Miss Passiflora
    30. October 2012

    Danke für die Insider-Infos, die nächsten Post dazu werden sicherlich spannend & interessant. LG

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  • Paula
    30. October 2012

    The Annabel’s dresscode is priceless! No office trousers or suits, no leather or suede! The list to get ready for those black-tie-dinners on board of Queen Mary 🙂

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  • Jules
    30. October 2012

    Posts dieser Art finde ich immer besonders interessant, da man als “common people” wie du es so schön nennst, selten einen Einblick in solche Sachen bekommt 🙂
    Freu mich schon auf den separaten Post dazu!!
    Liebe Grüße

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  • alexavoncanisius
    30. October 2012

    I Love Annabel’s. Thats my all time favorite !!

    http://www.alexavoncanisius.com/blog/

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  • Franzi
    30. October 2012

    Warst du schon mal in einem dieser Clubs? Gibt es sowas auch bei euch in Wien?
    Es wäre schon mal interessant zu sehen, was sich da drin abspielt…

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    • GlossyTimes
      30. October 2012

      In Wien ist mir kein Club bekannt. Vielleicht kommt ja noch was. In D gibt es das Soho House Berlin. War schon in einigen dieser Clubs. Was sich abspielt, erzähle ich in einem separaten Post..:-)

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