White City House and Kettner’s Townhouse
The 19th Soho House is located in the former BBC Headquarters in West London. White City House is a members club with 45 bedrooms, a rooftop pool and bar, cinema, screening room and 24,000 sq. ft. gym, with the design taking inspiration from the history of the building and its heritage.
The 45 bedrooms range in size – tiny to big, over the second and third floor of the Grade II listed building. Each room has George Nelson lamps, mid-century Terrazzo tables and reading lights, fluted timber wardrobes and modernist minibars, with original exposed concrete support beams on the ceilings. The bathrooms have circular patterned tiles inspired by BBC designs, and a full range of Cowshed products.
House Gym, the largest Soho House gym to date, sits in the basement of the Helios Building, with state-of-the-art cardio and free weights equipment, bespoke TRX rig and power track, plus Olympic lifting platforms. Four studios with regular class timetables feature yoga, multifunctional conditioning and high intensity interval training. The 17-metre lap pool has a steam room, sauna and Hammam, as well as a juice bar.
The ground floor of White City House is open to the public. The Allis serves food and drinks from morning to night. The lounge and bar, which originated at Soho House Chicago, has an outdoor terrace and open kitchen for coffee, a quick bite to eat or late-night cocktails.
Studio 8 on the eighth floor will host members’ events – with a green room backstage, an open kitchen and bar and an outdoor terrace, 60’s inspired lights and furniture and a patterned resin floor.
The ninth floor is the main members’ space. The Game Room has a large Billiards table and a rug inspired by the BBC test card, adjoining a bar with comfortable seating and a specially made resin Terrazzo floor, inset with brass, which runs through the whole floor. The bar leads out onto an outdoor terrace with tables for eating and drinking.
There’s a large open kitchen, with an East meets West menu, dim sum, roast duck and Asian influenced food and drinks, as well as healthy plant-based dishes and Soho House favourites. The space has a small stage for performers, comfy chairs and sofas and fluted –oak wall panels .The main eating space has windows that look out over White City, with mid-century style tables and chairs, a bar with 60’s designed furniture and fabrics by Tilbor, who once designed for the BBC.
Electric Cinema White City has three screens, each with rows of velvet armchairs, footstalls and cashmere blankets. The space has dark blue 60’s patterned geometric carpets and velvet walls, as well as kiosk bar serving food and drinks, with signage inspired by the BBC studios on the walls.
On the rooftop is a swimming pool and bar with specially designed Terrazzo tile floor running from outside in, curved bar, painted gloss timber ceiling and timber furniture. Plants line the edge of the roof, with 60’s inspired sun loungers and parasols.
The White City House art collection, curated by Soho House head of collections, Kate Bryan, consists of works created by contemporary artists in response to the building’s history. Specially commissioned pieces include Archie Proudfoot’s ‘Test Card Girl’ and ‘Matter of Time’, Chris Levine’s taken on the iconic BBC Playschool windows, and the first light-based work in the Soho House collection, as well as works by George Henry Longly, Nathan Coley and Ben Kustow .
Dear Tony Hart is a special commission as part of the art collection, honouring Tony Hart (1925-2009) who inspired many generations throughout his 50-year broadcasting history, with all new work by David Shrigley, Fiona Banner, Gavin Turk, Gillian Wearing, Jeremy Deller, Joanna Kirk, Julie Verhoeven, Keith Tyson, Mark Wallinger, Mat Collishaw, Michael Landy, Nathan Coley, Polly Morgan, Prem Sahib, Rachel Howard, Ruth Ewan, Ryan Gander, Sue Webster and Thomas Heatherwick.
Opened in January 2018, Kettner’s Townhouse is a restaurant and Champagne bar with 33 bedrooms, located in a historic Georgian building in London’s Soho.
Established in 1867 by Auguste Kettner, rumoured to have been chef to Napoleon III, Kettner’s was one of the first restaurants in London to serve French food. Popular with historical figures and creatives throughout its 149-year history, urban myth has it that Kind Edward VII courted his mistress, actress Lillie Langtry, via a tunnel from the restaurant to The Palace Theatre where she performed. Remaining open through both world wars, the restaurant and Champagne Bar saw visitors including Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, Oscar Wilde, Bing Crosby and Margaret Thatcher.
The French restaurant at Kettner’s Townhouse has a menu inspired by the history of the building, using locally sourced ingredients from the UK. The design retains the original Grade II listed details, floral plasterwork and heritage mirrors that line the walls. Inspired by old French bistros, the interiors feature rosewood and mahogany furniture and tonal colours.
The adjacent Champagne bar, with curtains that can be drawn to turn it into a late night lounge, has the original mosaic tiled floor and early-deco 1920’s design. French glass lights, a walnut bar with a marble top, sofas, armchairs and vintage photos decorate the cocktail bar and lounge.
The original 18th century spiral staircase leads up to the 33 bedrooms on the upper floor. Each room is individually designed, inspired by the 1920s, in a French boudoir style. They have original Georgian timber floorboards and fireplaces, with heritage windows and vintage pieces. 1920s chandeliers hang from the ceilings with antique sinks and vanities in the rooms. Specially made furniture, green velvet scalloped headboards and deep button armchairs sit alongside hand-painted Georgian inspired wallpaper and William Morris paints. Bathrooms have rainforest showers, some with freestanding bathtubs and tiling inspired by French lace, with a range of Cowshed products.
The Grade II listed Jacobean Suite is 80sqm with original Edwardian wood panelling and ceiling detail. The suite has its own private entrance from Greek Street, a large emperor bed and a spacious living and dining area. The bathroom has a freestanding copper bath and separate rainforest shower.
Dalesauna specialise in the supply and installation of spa heat experience equipment, including sauna, steam room, commercial spa, aromatherapy rooms, feature showers and ice features. The company has been in operation for more than 40 years and is still owned by its original founder.
Past projects for Dalesauna include a full spa installation at Bromsgrove Leisure Centre and a significant refurbishment at Therme Bath Spa. Dalesauna also work very closely with Center Parcs, supplying sauna, steam room and shower rooms for all their lodges.
Most recently, Dalesauna has been involved with Soho House in London. Working on this scheme Dalesauna supplied and installed a hemlock sauna with infrared heaters, steam room and heated hammam benches.
Dean Edwards, Southern Sales Manager for Dalesauna, said:
“Dalesauna were delighted to be involved and work on such an exciting prestigious project.”
“Dalesauna are very proud to be working within the spa industry and have a proven track record of supplying high-end commercial equipment.
“Dalesauna do not like to install a project and then leave the customer; we have a service team with engineers on the road who will be able to assist with any issues be it six months or ten years down the line.”