Soho House New York is a private members’ club and hotel in the heart of New York’s hyper-trendy Meatpacking District. It was founded in London, in 1995, as a private members’ club for those in film, media and creative industries. Soho House has since expanded to include Houses across Europe and North America, as well as restaurants, cinemas, spas and hotels.
This converted warehouse shot to fame shortly after opening when it was featured in an episode of Sex and the City. It still has a glamorous, celebrity-friendly vibe, and the SATC link is still felt, guests on the roof terrace are talking about it, and both Sarah Jessica Parker and Candace Bushnell (original author of the columns and book) are members.
Covering six floors, it is built over 45,000 square feet of an old warehouse building in the Meatpacking District. The club offers extensive facilities; the Restaurant, Club Bar, Drawing Room, Pantry Bar, a 44-seater cinema and a heated rooftop pool. The fourth and fifth floors each house private hire spaces; the Club Room, Screening Room and Library.
Soho House is famous for the over-the-top stylishness of it all. The trendy décor, cool guests, and, most significantly, a door policy that gives it an utterly exclusive feel. The rooftop pool and bar – rare indeed in Manhattan – is where the episode was filmed, and there is a certain appeal in lying on the same elegant white loungers on which the SATC four sunned themselves. It also has great views of the area, and is a glorious suntrap in late spring.
The third floor is home to the Cowshed spa. With treatment rooms, private eucalyptus steam rooms and relaxation space, Cowshed is somewhere to unwind and enjoy a wide range of body care and beauty treatments. Pretty parties for 8-10 people can be arranged, where guests have the full run of Cowshed in the evening and enjoy a combination of pampering treatments, dinner and wine.
In addition, Soho House New York runs as a hotel with 26 spacious bedrooms – each bespoke-designed. The style is understated and chic: an exciting mix of contemporary and retro furniture, surrounding a huge bed covered with ‘jump on me’ pillows and walk-in rainforest showers. Treats include a full range of Cowshed products in the bathrooms!
With gratitude, T.