Around the Houses: July at Soho House
Last month’s events saw Soho House members in the UK and EU partying to the sounds of Joy Crookes, Mahalia, Laura Mvula and Jungle
By Anish Patel
Soho House revived the beat of the UK’s music scene with a strong line-up of live performances. As lockdown lifted, members celebrated their newfound freedom with joyous abandon. Patrón Tequila put the spirit back into Shoreditch House with its Summer of Love rooftop party (with DJ Erol Alkan), while Joy Crookes turned up the heat at White City. In Berlin, the House celebrated the queer community with a Pride ball, featuring glittering performances from local LGBTQIA+ trailblazers.
Joy Crookes, White City House
The great and the good descended on the rooftop of our west London outpost for a live set by Joy Crookes. The artist performed a medley of songs from her debut album, Skin. Appropriate, given the number of sculpted bodies by the pool. Guests, including Killing Eve actress Jodie Comer (pictured) and designer Matty Bovan, basked in the late summer sun and sipped on cocktails as the artist’s soul-stirring vocals eased them into the bank holiday weekend. And relax...
The great and the good descended on the rooftop of our west London outpost for a live set by Joy Crookes
Patrón Summer of Love party, Shoreditch House
As restrictions lifted in the UK, we called upon Patrón Tequila to bring the party spirit (get it?) to east London for our Summer of Love celebration. The centre of the action was the rooftop dancefloor, where guests (including British Vogue contributing editor Raven Smith) enjoyed Picantes and Palomas, and danced from dusk till dawn to a set by DJ Erol Alkan.
Grammy-nominated R&B star Mahalia returned to the stage at Shoreditch House with her brand-new single, ‘Whenever You’re Ready’
Mahalia, Shoreditch House
Grammy-nominated R&B star Mahalia returned to the stage at Shoreditch House with her brand-new single, ‘Whenever You’re Ready’. The soulful performance was like a warm embrace on a chilly summer’s night and the drink du jour was the Negroni (a House special).
Jungle, White City House
There was jungle fever at White City as members raved to the heavily percussive sound from the 1990s. Gen Z were out in droves, dancing to the tunes of their youth (one passionate individual ended up in the pool). According to one source, frosé was the order of the day, while a special pop-up by chef Charles Parris proved popular, too.
Laura Mvula, Shoreditch House
East London’s finest gathered at Shoreditch House to listen to the upbeat vocals of Laura Mvula, who performed music from her latest album, Pink Noise. Describing it as ‘1980s-sounding joyful pop’, the singer seduced members with a strum on her keytar (a keyboard/ guitar hybrid, pictured), who shook off their mid-week woes and danced until midnight.
My First Gay Prom, Soho House Berlin
A smattering of rain and a jolt of thunder couldn’t dampen Pride celebrations in Berlin, where members came together to celebrate the city’s queer community with a prom night hosted by performer Patrick Mason (pictured). Highlights included Mikey Woodbridge’s and Lie Ning’s vocal performance, as well as DJ Gigola’s four-hour set, which carried the night into the small hours.