Steal the style: House of St Barnabas
DJ Rob da Bank, musician Richard Strange and Sandra Schembri, who is chief executive of the charity. Image: Rebecca Reid
At the House of St Barnabas, a new private club in Soho Square, members can sip cocktails while helping the homeless. Club profits go to the House of St Barnabas charity, which aims to break the cycle of homelessness by getting people back into work through its employment academy.
Club founders include photographer Rankin, DJ/broadcasters Gilles Peterson and Rob da Bank, and Scottish actor Brian Cox. It stands on the corner of Greek Street in the charity’s HQ, a beautifully restored, Grade I-listed Georgian building with an abundance of rococo froth.
The capital’s latest private members club is a hit with the über-cool. Jarvis Cocker hosted a live edition of his BBC Radio 6 Music show there. Journalist Miranda Sawyer chaired a discussion on social media with What I Wore Today website founder Poppy Dinsey and columnist Suzanne Moore.
Musician and composer Richard Strange leads regular talks in the original chapel, and recent guests include Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi and Young British Artist Gavin Turk. The club’s permanent collection of artworks includes donations from Martin Creed, Tracey Emin, Jeremy Deller, Yinka Shonibare and Chris Levine.
The recent refurbishment was by architect and designer Grainne Weber (gwdesign.ie), who wanted to create a home from home, mixing the classical and contemporary to reflect a luxurious yet ethical ethos.The secluded outdoor space is an oasis, worked on by Hannah Gardner, head gardener at Garsington Manor near Oxford, with Sara Ingrams. We were the first through the doors of this dazzling destination to discover its style secrets... and steal some for a cosy winter home.
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Deep red walls create a warm feeling, enhanced by velvet banquettes, leather tub chairs and wool seating. Warm metals are used in light fittings and the bar itself is big and beautiful.
Get the look: the bar and tables are from Benchmark. Great finds at benchmarkfurniture.com include a Puck side table by Simen Aarseth, from £195, in timber or lacquered finishes with metal spun tops. Banquettes and chairs are from John O’Connell Furniture (jocfurniture.com). The Koh low stool, price on application, has a warm tartan touch. Go to Ochre lighting for the Eucalyptus painted brass and pewter chandelier (poa, ochre.net). Warm up walls with Colortrend’s Dining Room Red paint (from £17.12 a litre at colortrend.ie). The rug is from Orientalist in Highgate Road, Kentish Town.
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Cosmopolitan eatery Benugo, partners in the project, also run the kitchen. Founder Ben Warner took great care over colour scheme and comfort.
Get the look: try posters. Art curator Katie Heller sourced fun Mills & Boon pop art paintings by The Connor Brothers from Pertwee, Anderson & Gold (from £150, pertweeandersongold.com). The Connor Brothers’ playful Shakespeare canvases also hang in the restaurant. Get more budget-friendly Zoe Trap canvases from Red Bubble (£46.50, redbubble.com). The Shakespeare Hard Hat Poster is just £1 from the Globe’s online store (shakespearesglobe.com). Frame a book or vinyl disc in Play and Display frames, £99 for three at johnlewis.com. Enhance the retro theme with MrSmith Studio for Calligaris Basil chairs (from £110 at heals.co.uk) or the Vintage Bartolomew Cocktail Chair in Lattice by Galapagos (£625, notonthehighstreet.com).
THE MONRO ROOM
(Above left) Dark panelling in Monro Room is broken up with strking artwork. (Right) Delicate leafy green, garden-themed paper lines the walls of the Garden Room. Images: Richard Heald
Subdued lighting and sleek furniture add softness. Dark walls in dedicated rooms at home, such as TV rooms or studies, instantly gives the space its own character, says Weber. Dark blue panelling broken up with striking artwork makes this a cosy, relaxing space.
Get the look: the lighting, from Astro (astrolighting.co.uk) is stocked at Wayfair (wayfair.co.uk). An art deco-style Amalfi wall light is £32.31. Team it with refurbished antique furniture from The French House (thefrenchhouse.co.uk). Or spice things up with a crimson Lotus chair from Made (£289, made.com). Farrow and Ball’s Drawing Room Blue paint gives a warm effect (farrow-ball.com).
THE SILK ROOM
This Georgian space is the club’s main boardroom, taking its name from original 19th-century wall coverings. The bold board table is the centrepiece.
Get the look: the table was rejuvenated by Woodcraft Joinery (woodcraftjoinery.co.uk). For restored tables visit The Antique Table, from around £1,580 (theantiquetable.co.uk). The wingback chairs are from The French House. Made.com’s Rubens wingback in kelp green by Steuart Padwick is £399 (made.com). Or the gorgeous restored range by UrbanMotifs is available in various fabrics and patterns from £250 at Etsy.com. At Julian Chichester on Fulham Road (julianchichester.com) ask about the Bastide Fifties floor lamp.
GET THE LOOK: (Above left) Large antique silver rococo mirror from Beau Decor (£25; beau-decor.co.uk) and (right) buttoned velvet tub chair in Currant, £445 from Oliver Bonas (oliverbonas.com)
THE DICKENS ROOM & SOHO ROOM
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These bold rooms, made for comfortable, unpretentious dining, incorporate bespoke upholstery, monochrome woollen fabrics with accents of gold, smoked oak joinery with burnished metals and marble, and mirrors to reflect modern light fittings.
Get the look: the lighting is from Porta Romana (portaromana.co.uk) and antique mirrors from Rupert Bevan. A large antique silver rococo mirror is £285 at Beau Decor (beau-decor.co.uk). The bespoke banquette is from John O’Connell Furniture (as before). The Drama leather corner sofa from Master Furniture (£1,309, masterfurniture.co.uk) gives a similar style.
THE GARDEN ROOM
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Delicate, leafy green, garden-themed paper lines the walls. The furniture ranges from Fifties to present day.
Get the look: Sanderson’s Woodland Ferns wallpaper is £47 a roll (wallpaperdirect.com). Mix and match chairs, such as Dunelm Mill’s Milan (£99, dunelm-mill.com), a velvet tub chair from Oliver Bonas (£445, oliverbonas.com), Ikea’s Bernhard in Kavat green-yellow (£100, ikea.com) and Orla Kiely’s yellow kitchen chair (£150, orlakiely.com). SAWhomeBK makes retro-style tables, including the Clinton, £548 at etsy.com. A statement piece completes the look. The club’s is a black mirror ball and rope feature by Blue Curry (poa, bluecurry.com).
GET THE LOOK: (Above left) Orla Kiely Stem-print yellow stacking kitchen chair, £150. (Right) Ikea's Bernhard chair, £100