If you’re in search of a party venue that’s overflowing with Christmas spirit, The House of St Barnabas, in the heart of Soho, is a unique choice.
Since 2009 this Grade I listed house has been home to Quintessentially Soho, a members’ club. Having provided refuge and accommodation to homeless people for 160 years, the House of St Barnabas charity was the perfect partner for Quintessentially’s philanthropic arm.
The house and gardens (said to be the imagined venue of Dickens’ characters in ‘A Tale of Two Cities’) provide a sophisticated ambience where guests can enjoy the notable artwork (including a ‘loaned’ Gilbert & George) while sampling largely organic and locally-sourced delights from the restaurant and bar. Revenue generated from membership, events, the lounge, bars and restaurant, finances the charity in its mission to help displaced individuals to find lasting employment and independence. The operation as a whole forms a pioneering support structure with resource for training and work experience: ‘stigmatisation is left at the door’.
Members of the global concierge company have raised £450,000 for the House in the last 12 months and have supported 50 people through the Life Skills and Employment Programme, all the while maintaining its impressive Georgian home.
Due to close on 22 December, Quintessentially have applied to Westminster Council to extend their planning application, and here at Lawfully Chic we’re rooting for their success.
On a related note, Mishcon de Reya has teamed up with the luxury lifestyle firm Quintessentially to launch a new 24-hour concierge service for high net worth clients: the first partnership of its kind for a law firm in the UK. This will enable Mishcon’s clients to benefit from unlimited access to a package of privileges, preferential rates and bespoke services. Find out more here