When Soho Square was first built in the seventeenth century it was home to just nine inhabitants including the Earl of Stamford and Duke of Monmouth – it was also called King’s Square originally, hence the statue of Charles II in the middle of the square. It’s had rather a bohemian, decadent and debauched past and now the next chapter is being written with the opening of Six Storeys on Soho.
Taking over all six storeys of 11 Soho Square, this is the fifth venue from Camm & Hooper who also have The Victorian Bath House and Tanner Warehouse to their name. It’s going to be six floors of elegant dining rooms, bars and private event spaces – each telling a different story and each inviting you to do the same. It’s rather like a members’ club, except here’s the good part – there are no membership fees.
The Soho Storey will be home to The Lobby Bar where you can drop in for fine wines, spirits, craft or cask beer and vintage concoctions. Or head up to the 1st Storey aptly named The Parlour – the word comes from the French ‘parler’ (to speak), so here you can spill your secrets or catch up of the latest tittle tattle as they would have in the coffee houses in the past. Chefs Caroline Gardiner and Alan Lucas will be able to whip up anything from canapes to banquets which channel the spirit of Victoriana. Afterwards, retire to The Lounge on the second storey or head on up to the third storey, The Decantery where the mixologists will be whipping up cocktails from yesteryear. Said to be elaborate and theatrical, the fourth storey, Study, is for more intimate gatherings, private receptions, meetings and dinners. Or if you want to go stylish then it’s The Loft on the fifth storey where you need – a private dining room, ideal for parties.
You’ll be able to hire each storey individual or hire the whole house for a party that the past residents who would have been proud of.
Six Storeys of Soho: Opens January 2017, 11 Soho Square, W1D 3QE, www.sixstoreys.com
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Written by: Emily Gray