If you’re a Soho House member, you’ve no doubt been eagerly awaiting the opening of the hospitality brand’s Hong Kong location in Sheung Wan. If you aren’t a member, you may have heard whispers about the famously cool and exclusive members’-only club for people who work in the creative industries. Or you haven’t. In which case, here’s a primer: Soho House was founded in London in 1995 as a private sanctuary for creative types, and the brand has since opened 23 other clubs in Europe, North America and Asia, along with restaurants, workspace, spas, cinemas and more.
Soho House Hong Kong has been in the works for a while, and now the project is nearly complete. The first Soho House in East Asia, the club occupies a 28-storey skyscraper in Sheung Wan. It features a design imbued with local elements, like colour palettes and references to the filmography of Wong Kar-Wai as well as a permanent art collection focused on artists born or raised in Hong Kong.
Like Soho Houses elsewhere, Hong Kong’s club has been developed with the comfort of the creative community that belongs to it in mind. Facilities include a pool room, a few private dining rooms, a three-floor gym and a nine-floor co-working space. Sure beats your average co-working space, doesn’t it? Plus there are members’-only events running the gamut from film, music and fashion to wellness and design.
In the lead-up to the launch, the club is organising a series of events with partners in the neighbourhood. That includes a lunch and dinner on August 14 put on by chef Max Levy of Okra. Called ‘One Night Only: Okra’, the meals are presenting Levy’s creative – and consistently excellent – seasonal Japanese dishes to only 80 guests. He will also be pairing rare and unpasteurised summer sakes with the food.
Note: the events are for members only. Want to see what Soho House has to offer? You’ll have to consider signing up for a membership to reap the benefits.