Home House is a private members’ club on leafy Portman Square, a stone’s throw from Hyde Park. Luxury, service and exclusivity are the club’s cherished hallmarks, but Home House is much more than an upscale private venue.
Serving as a hub for its members’ social and professional lives, it brings together people from all walks of life. At Home House, famous faces from stage and screen mingle with captains of industry and tech entrepreneurs.
While most private members’ clubs claim to be a home from home, Home House is one of the few that actually is. There is no ban on mobiles and laptops, for example, and no restrictive dress code. Nudity is ‘discouraged’ says the club, but naughtiness is de rigueur.
Its original owner would certainly approve. The club is housed in three Grade I and Grade II-listed Georgian town houses built in the late 1700s for Elizabeth, Countess of Home. Lady Elizabeth was known for her lavish parties and her home, considered to be one of Robert Adam’s masterpieces, was a veritable temple to entertainment.
Much of the original interior has been restored, though this is no dusty museum piece, offering as it does a dramatic fusion of the old and new: the neo-classical design of Nos 19 and 20 perfectly juxtaposed by the slick minimalism of No 21, which boasts a contemporary bar and reception area designed by the late Zaha Hadid, with sumptuous detail added by the celebrated Candy & Candy team.
Today, just as in Lady Elizabeth’s time, it’s almost impossible to imagine anything happening at Home House that doesn’t involve the best food and drink.
Think wholesome breakfasts and nourishing mid-morning snacks, tempting brunches and power lunches, champagne afternoon teas and elegant suppers – not forgetting al fresco dining in the Raj tent throughout the summer.Members can choose from two excellent restaurants: with south-facing views over Portman Square, the relaxed and airy Restaurant in House 19 is brasserie-style dining at its best. Here, the great classics of British cuisine are exquisitely prepared and perfectly complemented by the club’s extensive cellar. The Octagon Dining Room in House 21, meanwhile, is an intriguing mix of history and modernity, with dishes that reflect its eclectic nature. But you don’t have to sit at a table: members can take things down
a notch and tuck into a bento box in the peace and quiet of one of the club’s lounges.
Other facilities include three bars, an intimate garden, boutique gym, spa and a mix of suites and junior suites, club rooms and feature rooms, including one named for Lady Elizabeth, complete with an original fireplace and a reclaimed chandelier.Home House is known for its unrivalled social events, including its legendary Halloween, New Year and Summer balls, and it will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a series of decadent parties and soirées. Nobody knows why Lady Elizabeth, who had no heirs and was in her late sixties, built Home House, but we’re very pleased that she did.
HOME HOUSE 20 PORTMAN SQUARE, LONDON, W1H 6LW +44 (0)20 7670 2000