Located on Portman Square in the heart of Marylebone the grandeur of Home House is hidden behind unassuming heavy black doors. The 18th-century Georgian townhouse is home to a renowned members’ club and provides an idyllic setting for a city stay, with it being a nine-minute walk from Bond Street’s wealth of prestigious stores and a five-minute walk to Selfridges. However, if you find time out from indulging in hedonistic delights, you might find the history of the building stimulating.
Today Home House is formed from a trio of buildings that were brought together late 18th Century. Before this, in the 17th-century the Countess of Home, Elizabeth Home, who was known as “The Queen of Hell” due to her lavish parties, commissioned number 20 Portman Square to be a destination dedicated solely to entertainment.
It was in 1998 that Home House was re-established to become a private members’ club and today each of the three townhouses hints at the club’s former history. House 20 features a magnificent helical staircase and four drawing rooms which transport guests back to an era of opulence, while House 21 – known as the party house – offers the choice of multiple bars and a nightclub. Number 19 has a restaurant and bar and is home to the “Lady Elizabeth” suite, dedicated to the former countess. In the basement of House 21, a gym and health spa can also be enjoyed.
Throughout the three houses, there is a playful decadence that has been created through bold interiors and quirky features such as upside-down antique-looking portraits, which are aptly hung in House 21 – the space central to bringing hedonism to the club. The House Bar and Lounge serve small plates and exquisite cocktails, while at The Restaurant fine-dining options centered on showcasing the best of seasonal British produce can be ordered.
After dinner, a wander around the four connecting drawing rooms or the eccentric Gloucester Lounge will help prepare you for a night of debauchery in House 21. Outside, a central courtyard called The Garden bustles with activity as people enjoy dining al fresco in the comfort of the luxury sanctuary.
Home House offers a number of entertainment options during weekends to suit all tastes together with legendary members’ parties when the whole House is magically transformed. Here you will find some of the most elegant private event spaces in London, with stunning Georgian-style rooms evoking a sense of grandeur and offering a truly opulent backdrop for any occasion.
The club boasts a variety of stunning spaces available to hire for private dining, parties and weddings. From the eccentric and decadent, Octagon Room to the daring, decadent and newly refurbished The Vaults, the entertainment options at Home House are ample and suitable for all occasions and special celebrations.
Guest rooms, of which there are 23 to choose from, include Club, Feature, Junior Suites and Suites, each with a unique character that retain a classic British feel. Most rooms have been named after characters that lived or had an influence on the addresses.
The James Wyatt suite, located in House 21, is named after George III’s architect who was commissioned by the countess in 1773 to build her destination for enjoyment. It boasts its own private access via a lift and copious space between rooms. An installed sound system makes this the perfect party suite, and with the choice of two bathrooms and a super king size bed your stay is sure to be comfortable.
Caroline’s, a Junior Suite located in House 20 in the tranquil setting of the mews, has a view of the garden courtyard from its lounge. An oculus window in the living room allows light to pour in. The room exudes a comforting feel and features ornate decorations and patterned wallpaper that is complimented by Cotswolds-chic furnishings. In the bathroom you will find an amble marble bathtub and a range of Penhaligon’s toiletries. But it is the superbly high king size bed that steals the show, ensuring you will have a supreme night’s sleep.
In House 20, the Lady Islington Junior Suite provides guests with the opportunity to bathe surrounded by the same red marble that can be found in St Paul’s Cathedral. A crack in the marble floor of the suite remains from when a bomb fell through the ceiling of the bathroom during the Second World War but, thankfully, didn’t explode. The rooms creation pays homage to Lord and Lady Islington who lived in the House between 1919 and 1926. The suite offers a large bedroom with a queen size four poster bed and a separate bathroom. Each of the 23 rooms feature a coffee machine, air conditioning, a tv and WiFi.
Originally built as a party house, centuries later Home House has retained the hedonism and Georgian opulence that makes a night at the hidden-away location truly unique. It fulfils its aim to make the house feel like a home from home thanks to features such as reclaimed chandeliers, patterned wallpapers and well-furnished rooms. The club is a commemoration of its rich history and allows guests the rare opportunity of indulging in the extravagance of the Regency era.
For further information, visit homehouse.co.uk