Benugo to re-open historic house as club

Quintessentially SohoThe historic House of St Barnabas in Soho in London is to be launched as a members’ club through a partnership with bar and restaurant operator Benugo.

Set to open in the autumn after a multimillion-pound refurbishment, it will provide an intimate dining room with a supper club feel, a selection of bars and lounge spaces and a secluded courtyard garden.

Called simply The Club at the House of St Barnabas, the Grade I-listed Georgian building will be run as a not-for-profit enterprise providing work opportunities for the homeless.

Benugo is to set up an Employment Academy to offer work experience for people affected by homelessness and train them to work in hospitality.

Founder members include Gilles Peterson, Richard Strange, Gary Kemp, Rob da Bank, Andrew Weatherall, Rankin, and the artist Margot Bowman.

It is the first members’ club for Benugo, which will deliver the food and beverage offering. Founded in 1998, the company has grown nationally with other ventures such The Riverfront and Benugo Bar & Kitchen on London’s south bank, restaurants in museums and castles across the UK and the 10-strong Benugo café chain.

With rococo plasterwork interiors, the House of St Barnabas on Soho Square was completed as a home in 1754 and later became a base for charitable works from 1862 to 2006, most recently serving as a hostel for women.

The venue was previously run as not-for-profit members’ club Quintessentially Soho (pictured) by luxury lifestyle brand Quintessentially for 15 months until 2011. It was also a private members’ club during last summer’s Olympics, called the Omega House, through a partnership with watch brand Omega.

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