Since 1998, the glorious 18th-century Grade I and II listed James Wyatt- and Robert Adam-designed buildings at 19 and 20 Portman Square, London, have been home to the private members’ club Home House. Its expansion into the renovated number 21 opened in 2010. A riot of colour, splendour and eclecticism, Home House is famed for its service, luxury and discretion (though known members include Madonna, Roger Daltrey and Kasabian). It is also pretty relaxed, with neither dress code nor mobile-phone ban.
Should readers need any more encouragement to join the club, on September 3 Home House relaunches its restaurant and bar, House 19, with Jeremy Brown (formerly of The Ritz and head chef at Marco Pierre White) aboard as executive chef. High-end British brasserie-style dining will be on the menu – think traditional meats (breast of lamb, pork belly, ham carved from the bone and mutton) and British seafood such as avocado roll with Cornish crab and sour apple, native lobster with garlic butter (second picture), or butter-poached brill with cauliflower and samphire.
Diners will be in the redecorated restaurant – an opulent, saffron-silk-lined environment, with large Georgian windows overlooking Portman Square – designed by Martin Kemp (not the former Spandau Ballet bassist/actor). The refurbished House 19 Bar sounds just as chic, though in a cooler style; think dark grey banquettes, hand-painted charcoal panels and deep peppermint walls with shagreen and velvet chairs and illuminated island bar.
If you’re not a member already, find out more via the website; if you are, expect more requests than usual from friends for an “at Home” soirée.