I had imagined what Home House would be like from some photos I had seen but I was somewhat surprised. From the exterior, it is a large, imposing building but there's nothing to suggest it's a members club. I couldn't even spot a name plate. I had this vision of an elegant, if staid interior where rich and famous men of means drank 20 year-old malt, smoked Cuban cigars and wore Armani suits, whilst sitting in sumptuous armchairs beneath crystal chandeliers and waited upon by frocked-tailed, bow-tied waiters. In fact it's anything but. There's a labyrinth of corridors and days rooms with three lounges on the second floor that all connect and where members and guests all meet up. More surprising was the informality with people dressed casually, even in jeans, and where young women feel equally at home as their male colleagues.
On the down side (because it conflicted with my image) it was not quite as elegant as I had imagined but on the plus side was the informality. As a guest, I had worn a smart suit but my business colleague ( a member) that I had come to meet with was in jeans. Service though was very good with attentive staff. However to use the toilets I had to descend one staircase and ascend another which seems somewhat of a design fault considering members and guests mainly gathered for drinks etc in the three connecting lounges. That said, Home House also offers dining and accommodation facilities. It's location in Portman Square is very central and about an eleven pound taxi ride from stations like St Pancras and King's Cross and easily accessible from several tube stations such as Baker Street. For my colleague, it's a second office but from a personal perspective I found the background hum of many other conversations a little distracting. Perhaps a second visit would help me make up my mind. Can I say though the door staff were excellent and got me a cab literally within thirty seconds.
- Also Known As:
- Home House Hotel London
- Home Hotel London