All the best Soho House spaces for hosting your next party
There’s a lot to think about when planning a celebration – luckily, we’re experts in the art of having a good time
Tuesday 19 September 2023 By Soho House Photography by Adam Fussell
Whether you’re hosting an intimate dinner, an all-out party or a relaxing spa day with
friends, our Houses are packed with private hire spaces perfectly tailored to your needs. Here’s everything you need to know to ensure your next party goes off without a hitch.
An intimate dinner
The setting: dinner with a view doesn’t get much better than the private dining room at Cecconi’s DUMBO. Look out onto the waterfront and you’ll catch a glimpse of both the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Over at Soho House Tel Aviv, Jaffa, the private dining area is a cosy spot to host friends, while the long marble-top dining table in the private dining room at Soho House Bangkok is set to impress. Redchurch Street Studio in London can be tailored to your needs, too, with space for up to 40 guests to tuck into a tasty menu catered by Cecconi’s next door.
The guestlist: ‘Invite close friends you haven’t seen for a while to catch up over a delicious meal,’ suggests Cox.
The playlist: ‘Stick to relaxed jazz,’ says Chris Smith, our Head of Private Events (West Coast). ‘Keep it low to allow conversation to flow uninterrupted.’
The menu: Cecconi’s northern Italian fare of cicchetti, fresh pasta and handmade pizza is a winner when it comes to satisfying all tastes.
The final flourish: ‘The little details count,’ says Cox. ‘Our teams can help to match wine choices to your menu.’
A low-key drinks gathering
The setting: Soho House Rome’s Drawing Room is ideal for an intimate drinks party, complete with vintage-inspired furniture. Meanwhile, the Little Room at High Road House in Chiswick includes space for up to 40 guests, with an impressive private art collection to invite conversation. And at Soho Farmhouse, the Glasshouse offers a chic space that’s just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Walled Garden. The Curtain Room at Soho House Bangkok provides privacy for a small birthday party, and you will struggle to find a better spot for cosy cocktails than the Library at Soho House Holloway.
The guestlist: intimate gatherings work best when they’re exactly that, according to our UK Head of Event Operations & Sales, Marie Cox. ‘Invite your nearest and dearest for a very special celebration,’ she suggests.
The playlist: go for ‘relaxed tunes that won’t interfere with conversation,’ says Cox. ‘Think Bonobo and Maribou State.’
The menu: a selection of bites and bowls will ensure everyone’s appetite remains satisfied throughout the evening – and keep the Picantes flowing, of course.
The final flourish: ‘Greet your guests with a drink,’ recommends Soho House UK Membership & Communications Director, Velma Simmons. ‘It shows you’re invested in them having a good time.’
A waterside soiree
The setting: whether you’re hosting a wedding, afterparty or just a relaxed dinner, being by water always brings a touch of sophistication. Look to Cecconi’s at Soho House Copenhagen, which features large, waterfront-facing windows. During warmer months, guests can spill out onto the beautiful terrace to bask in the sunshine as you overlook the city’s inner harbour. The space holds 100 guests for a party, 85 guests for a standing reception or up to 60 guests when seated.
The guestlist: invite those guaranteed to dress to impress: a setting this good warrants a little bit of glamour.
The playlist: celebrate your Scandinavian setting with Robyn, Tove Lo and Lykke Li’s brand of cool-girl pop.
The menu: ‘Modern-day twists on Italian classics,’ recommends Reception & Private Events Manager Ana Soraiz Gonzalez. ‘Choose from sharing menus, a la carte selections and even indulgent five-course dinners.’
The final flourish: encourage your guests to bring their swimmers for a refreshing post-dinner dip.
A milestone blowout
The setting: for a truly memorable party, Cecconi’s at Soho Beach House Miami hosts up to 800 people. In Bangkok, the soundproofed Naughty Room promises guests a lively night. In Berlin, Torstrasse I and II can hold up to 400 guests, with a terrace overlooking Alexanderplatz, as well as a bar and space for live bands.
The guestlist: High Road House member Katherine Ormerod is a fan of the 80/ 20 rule: ‘That’s 80% close friends and 20% new, interesting additions,’ she says.
The playlist: Simmons suggests a feel-good mix of hip-hop and pop: Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and Burna Boy.
The menu: an open bar promises plenty of fun – and always a late-night snack. ‘I favour a cheeseburger,’ says Ormerod.
The final flourish: ‘Have an aesthetic vision in mind,’ Ormerod says. State a dress code and theme on the invite.
A special screening
The setting: the screening room at Soho House Nashville – the newest of our US clubs – is the spot to show off your project, be it an album listening party, film premiere or a screening of your favourite movie. Follow it with an afterparty in the Sock Room, which features a terrace. In the UK, look to Electric Cinema on Portobello Road or its sister space in Shoreditch. In Amsterdam, our screening room seats 36 in comfy chairs that are just calling out to be curled up in, while the Blue Room next door comes complete with a private bar and views over Spuistraat.
The guestlist: fill your invitation list with a mixture of cinephiles, friends and members of your network who might lead to new opportunities and ideas.
The playlist: Cox recommends you ‘stick to the theme of the night’ with a playlist of songs inspired by your screening.
The menu: you can’t go wrong with those moviegoer favourites: a bespoke cocktail (inspired by the film, of course), some pick ’n’ mix and plenty of popcorn.
The final flourish: for a really special experience, Soho House Head of UK Cinema Programming, Toby King, suggests committing to a triple bill. ‘Perhaps The Lord Of The Rings trilogy or Richard Linklater’s timeless, decade-spanning Before trilogy,’ he says.
A bottomless brunch
The setting: the private Club Room at 40 Greek Street, where the Soho House story began back in 1995, seats up to 30 guests. At Soho House Stockholm, the long table in the courtyard is the perfect suntrap. Or book into Cecconi’s ground-floor space at Soho Beach House Miami before heading out to the beach or pool.
The guestlist: it’s brunch, so gather together a group of your oldest friends for a Mimosa-fuelled catch-up.
The playlist: Cox suggests an array of fun 1990s anthems, along the lines of the Spice Girls and Eternal.
The menu: you can’t go wrong with smashed avocado and eggs. ‘Don’t forget a side of fries,’ says our House Relations Manager, Europe, Oriol Polo.
The final flourish: member Matilda Bea Lawlor suggests adding ‘fresh flowers and place names for a unique touch’.
A festive celebration
The setting: at White City House, Studios A and B can be hired separately or together, with space for a DJ booth and stage to ensure you and your guests really celebrate in style this holiday season. To make the event extra festive, settle in to the House’s screening room for a Christmas movie date before the party – you can’t go wrong with Cox’s suggestion: Home Alone.
The guestlist: friends, family, colleagues… December is for catching up and celebrating with as many people in your life as possible.
The playlist: all the festive classics, of course – but Mariah is a non-negotiable.
The menu: ‘We offer turkey with all the trimmings,’ says Cox. Don’t forget a veggie option, too.
The final flourish: fully embrace the festivities with a sparkly dress code; your guests will match the House’s seasonal decorations perfectly.
Find out more about our event spaces at our Houses around the world.