Soho House membership: a guide

Soho House membership: a guide

Debating whether or not to get a Soho House membership in 2024? In this guide, I share my own experiences as a Soho House member for several years, as well as some top tips to consider for your application. By the end, you should be clearer on whether or not a Soho House membership is for you! This article has been refreshed to reflect new prices and information for 2024, so you can rest assured it’s fully up to date.

We’ve all seen the photos on social media of people sat on the iconic striped poolside loungers in the London sun at Shoreditch House, or enjoying Sunday lunch at 76 Dean Street and thought with envy: ‘how do I get a Soho House membership?’ In this guide, I’ll share how to go about becoming a member, discuss whether or not it’s worth it based on my own experiences as a member, and give application tips on how to tackle the waiting list. I’ll also cover the cost of a Soho House membership, share the global locations, and the types of membership available. All in one comprehensive guide. So, let’s get started…

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What is Soho House?

Soho House considers itself a ‘place for its diverse members to connect grow, have fun, and make an impact’. Dating back 25 years, Nick Jones opened the very first house and members’ club on Greek Street in London and was literally just that – a Georgian house in London’s Soho. It was designed as a private members’ club for creatives who lived locally, often frequenting the restaurant, Cafe Boheme, below. The Soho House empire quickly developed, with the exciting opening of country retreat for Londoners, Babington House in Somerset, and the launch of the Cowshed spa and products. Since then, Soho House has quickly expanded to offer some of the most glorious properties worldwide.

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Shoreditch House in the summer. Photo credit: Soho House

Where is Soho House located?

Soho House is quite literally all over the world, although I’m most familiar with its locations in the UK.

UK

  • Soho House, Soho
  • Babington House, Somerset
  • Electric House, Notting Hill
  • Chiswick House, Chiswick
  • Shoreditch House, Shoreditch
  • Little House Mayfair
  • Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire
  • 76 Dean Street, Soho
  • White City House, White City
  • Kettner’s, Soho
  • 180 House, The Strand
  • Brighton Beach House
  • Little House, Balham
  • Soho House Manchester – opening spring 2024!
  • Soho House Glasgow – opening 2024!

North America

  • Soho House, New York
  • Soho House, West Hollywood
  • Beach House, Miami
  • Soho House, Chicago
  • Ludlow House, New York
  • Little Beach House Malibu, LA
  • DUMBO House, Brooklyn
  • Soho Warehouse, LA
  • Soho House, Austin
  • Soho House, Nashville
  • Holloway House, West Hollywood
  • Soho House, Toronto
  • Soho Beach House Canouan, St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Soho House Mexico City, Mexico – just opened!
  • Miami Pool House – opening this year!
  • Soho House, Portland – opening this year!
  • Soho House Charleston – opening this year!
  • Grasmere House, Rhinebeck, New York – coming soon!

South America

  • Soho House São Paulo – opening this year!

Europe

  • Soho House Berlin, Germany
  • Soho House Barcelona, Spain
  • Soho House Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Little Beach House Barcelona, Spain
  • Soho Roc House Mykonos, Greece
  • Soho House Paris, France
  • Soho House Rome, Italy
  • Soho House Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Soho House Stockholm, Sweden

Middle East & Asia

  • Soho House Istanbul, Turkey
  • Soho House Mumbai, India
  • Soho House Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Soho House Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Soho House Bangkok, Thailand – recently opened!

Australasia

  • Soho House Sydney – coming soon!

Today, they also have twelve Cecconi restaurants, offering indulgent Italian food across the globe. If you’ve not yet dined at a Cecconi, you have to – their food is delicious! They also have Soho Works in London, New York, and LA – deluxe office spaces for creatives to work and hold meetings alongside likeminded individuals. I love popping into the Soho Works whenever I’m in London – it’s chic and super convenient for catching up on admin in a social space. Then there is Soho Home – chic interiors stores where you can buy the furniture, artwork, and interiors you see inside the Soho Houses.

DUMBO House, New York
DUMBO House, New York. Photo credit: Soho House

Do you need a Soho House membership to visit?

If you know a member who you can go with, then no, you don’t need a membership! If, however, you want to go alone or bring your own guests, then yes you will need your own membership. It is important to note that if you are a guest, there are some restrictions around what you can and can’t do. For instance, in some houses, you will be restricted from using some of their facilities. A membership offers you full access to houses around the globe. This was my main reason for becoming a member as I love to travel.

Which types of Soho House membership are there?

Firstly, there are four types:

  • Soho House Membership (the original)
  • Cities Without Houses Membership
  • Soho Friends Membership
  • Under 27 Soho House Membership

Here’s a little more information about each of the types of Soho House Membership available:

Soho House Membership

The original membership, the Soho House Membership offers full access to everything, including Houses across the world. Benefits of a becoming a member include:

  • Access to all Houses and Studios
  • Bring up to three guests with you
  • Connect with other Soho House members
  • Daily events in Houses and Studios
  • The best rates on Soho House rooms
  • Access to gyms and spas
  • 15% off at Soho Home
  • Member rates at Soho House restaurants

Cities Without Houses

The Cities Without Houses membership is designed for those without a local Soho House. Instead, you can join a local creative community in your city, and gain access to Houses, rooms, and studios when you travel. Benefits of a Cities Without Houses membership include:

  • Access to Houses when you travel
  • Bring up to three guests with you
  • Connect with other Soho House members
  • Regular events in your local city
  • The best rates on Soho House rooms
  • Access to gyms and spas
  • 15% off at Soho Home
  • Member rates at Soho House restaurants

Cities Without Houses communities are available in the following locations:

Europe

  • Athens
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Brussels
  • Budapest
  • Dublin
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Leeds
  • Lisbon
  • Madrid
  • Manchester
  • Milan
  • Munich
  • Oslo
  • Porto
  • Tbilisi
  • Vienna
  • Warsaw
  • Zurich

North America

  • Aspen
  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Charleston
  • Charlotte
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • Havana
  • Houston
  • Las Vegas
  • Memphis
  • Montreal
  • New Orleans
  • Oaxaca
  • Panama City
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Portland
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • San Juan
  • Santa Barbara
  • Seattle
  • Vancouver
  • Washington DC

South America

  • Bogota
  • Buenos Aires
  • Lima
  • Medellin
  • Montevideo
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Santiago
  • Sao Paolo

Africa

  • Cairo
  • Cape Town
  • Dakar
  • Johannesburg
  • Lagos
  • Marrakech
  • Nairobi

Middle East & Asia

  • Accra
  • Bali
  • Beijing
  • Beirut
  • Dubai
  • Hanoi
  • Jakarta
  • Jeddah
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Manila
  • Osaka
  • Seoul
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Taipei
  • Tokyo

Australasia

  • Melbourne
  • Sydney

Soho Friends

The Soho Friends membership offers an intro into the world of Soho House. You can gain access to members-only rooms, studios, and benefits at restaurants and retail brands, including Soho Home. Benefits of a Soho Friends Membership include:

  • Access to Studios
  • Bring up to three guests with you
  • 25% off at Cowshed and Soho Skin
  • Weekly events in Studios
  • Book members-only rooms
  • Members rates on spa treatments
  • 15% off at Soho Home
  • 20% off at some Soho House restaurants

Under 27 Soho House Membership

If you’re under 27, you can benefit from the Under 27 Soho House Membership. The benefits are consistent across all Soho Houses across the globe. I so wish I’d made the most of one of these when I was younger! Benefits include:

  • Pay half price membership until your 30th birthday
  • 50% off food and drink on all day on Mondays; on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10pm until close; and on Sundays after 4pm until close
  • 50% off Soho House rooms when staying on a Monday
  • 50% off Cowshed spa treatments every Monday
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La Caseta, near Little Beach House Barcelona. Photo credit: Soho House

What are the differences between the types of Soho House memberships?

In the table below, I’ve tried to summarise the key differences between the different types of Soho House memberships so you can understand which may be best suited to you.

Soho HouseCities Without HousesSoho Friends
Access to Houses and StudiosAll Houses and StudiosAll Houses and StudiosStudios only
Bring up to 3 guests at a timeYESYESYES
Book members-only roomsYESYESYES
Access gyms and spas at HousesYESYESNO
Regular events in Houses and StudiosYESYESStudios only
Member rates at restaurants and retail brandsYESYESYES
Connect with Soho House members globally through the appYESYESNO
Soho House membership: Soho Farmhouse
Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire. Photo credit: Soho House

How hard is it to get a Soho House membership?

Generally speaking, it is not hard to become a member – it can just take a while to be accepted from the waiting list. The most important thing to remember is Soho House’s origins as a creative networking space. For this reason, you need to work in the creative industry to become a member.

How do you apply for a Soho House membership?

You apply via the Soho House application form. Be prepared with the following information for your application:

  • Your nearest Soho House
  • Payment (for your House, plus a House introduction fee which can be used to spend on food and drinks) – this can be paid monthly or annually
  • A headshot
  • Information on your work and industry
  • Your work email
  • Information about yourself, including your creative interests, how you spend your free time, and how you would use your membership
  • Your online profiles, including social media links
  • Connections who may be able to refer you – you are allowed up to 2 references
  • Confirmation that you abide by house rules

The application itself is quite straightforward and won’t take you long to complete!

Soho Roc House, Mykonos
Soho Roc House, Mykonos. Photo credit: Soho House

How long is the waiting list for a Soho House membership?

According to Soho House, the membership committee meets quarterly. For this reason, the waiting list should be around 3 months, although some applications are accepted much more quickly than this.

How much does a Soho House membership cost?

As you’d imagine, there is a different cost associated with each of the types of Soho House membership:

Soho House Membership cost

  • All Houses: approx. £2,920 per year/£243.33 per month + £550 joining fee*
  • One House: £1,270 per year/£105.83 per month + £550 joining fee*

One thing I love is that the joining fee can actually now be used to spend on food and drink, so it doesn’t feel quite as painful as paying a membership fee that you’ll never see again.

Cities Without Houses Membership cost

  • Approx. £2,200 per year

Soho Friends Membership cost

  • UK-based members: £100 per year
  • Europe-based members: €140 per year
  • North America-based members: $130 per year

Under 27s cost

  • All Houses: approx. £100 per month (£52 to £121 per month, depending on your location)
  • One House: approx. £50 per month

Soho Works Cost

Soho Works memberships range from £200 to £4,500 per month. This varies based on whether or not you’d like to hot desk, or if you require meeting rooms for your team.

You can use the Soho House pricing calculator for a more accurate fee based on the type of member you’d like to become.

Do you have to pay an upfront fee for a Soho House membership?

Yes – do note that if you apply for a Soho House Membership, you will need to pay a £550 One Off Introduction Fee in addition to your monthly or annual member fee. You can, however, split this introductory payment across three months. You can also actually use the fee to spend on food, drinks, and room stays, which I was sure to take advantage of.

Soho House membership: Stockholm
Soho House Stockholm. Photo credit: Soho House

How many guests can you bring to Soho House?

If you’re a member, you can bring up to 3 guests with you. There are a couple of conditions here – you’ll need to stay with your guests at all times. They can’t simply wander off to use the facilities at their leisure, for example. And you certainly can’t drop them off and come back later. Your guests will also have some restrictions as to what they can do – they won’t be able to use all of the facilities at all houses, for instance.

Top tips for having your Soho House membership application approved

Of course, Soho House’s roots as a private members’ club and network for creatives remain today. For this reason, it’s important to showcase your creativity as part of your application. You must also work in the creative industry, although this covers a broad spectrum of roles. Where once it only covered those in acting, advertising, or journalism, today it encompasses a breadth of roles including directorships, account managers, and marketing specialists. Include any relevant powerful social media profiles, blogs, or websites you may have, too. Finally, as a club and network, any relevant references you have will help you – particularly if they are already members.

Take a look at my guide on the Soho House application and how to get yours approved.

Is it worth getting a Soho House membership?

There’s no denying that becoming a member is an investment – however, if used appropriately, it can be incredibly worth it. Personally, I feel I’ve gained a lot of really good connections, plus I have travelled to over 25 countries in the last year and being able to access different houses across the world has been invaluable. You really need to consider a few things before you begin your application:

  • How often would you visit? Do you live or work near a Soho House?
  • Do you travel often?
  • Do you eat out often?
  • Are you keen to network with likeminded individuals?
  • Do you work in the creative space?

Thinking through these questions will help you to determine how often you’d use the spaces, and therefore if making the application is the right thing for you. Ultimately, if you enjoy travel, enjoy networking, good food, and beautiful interiors, it’s well worth the money.

Miami Pool House
Miami Pool House. Photo credit: Soho House

That’s my guide to getting a Soho House membership! Are you a member? Let me know if you have any further questions about the application process or anything travel-related.

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12 Comments

        1. Annoyingly it varies from property to property and can also be dependent on availability! I believe I saved around £100 a night when I recently stayed at Soho Farmhouse. Sorry it’s not more clear cut!

  1. Hi Laura,
    I’m glad I stumbled upon your website! I am interested in applying for membership, and would love to hear any advice / tips you have for me, before I submit an application!

    1. Hi Caro, thanks so much for reading! I’ve just published a new article on the Soho House application and my top tips. Do let me know if you have any further questions at all, and good luck!

  2. Hi Laura, thank you very much for this great article.
    Would you say, given the member stop in London houses, its best to apply via the Cities without Houses Membership? Or pick another European house (which one would you say is the easiest / fastest to be accepted?)

    1. Hi Toby, thank you so much for reading and I hope you found it helpful. In my opinion, Cities Without Houses is easier to be accepted for – but it’s important to consider, is this what you want, or would you rather have a ‘home’ city in Europe? Opting for less frequented houses (Barcelona) is always a good bet too!

      1. Thank you Laura, very kind of you! And would you say its important to list Instagram or Linkedin? I do not have an Instagram Account.

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