November 16, 2012
Tucked away just off London’s bustling Oxford Street, private members club Home House is a real Sternberg Clarke favourite when it comes to providing wedding entertainment. A real Home from Home for its members, the club has long been a highly desirable venue for weddings and private functions.
House Number 20 is the main house and features the stunningly ornate grand staircase, designed by Robert Adams. The staircase leads up to the neo-classical drawing rooms and is the perfect place for guests to relax with either a cocktail (their spirits selection is extensive and includes some very unique malts) or a less alcoholic afternoon tea depending on the time.
The Drawing Rooms can also be privately hired for intimate parties and wedding ceremonies after which guests can move downstairs to the Front Parlour for a drinks reception before wedding breakfast. The Eating Room is available as a larger space for dancing after dinner.
The whole venue has a striking grandeur associated to it; the décor coupled with the high level of service from the staff combine wonderfully to make any visit to Home House feel special. The entertainment that works best at Home House, obviously needs to fit the style of the venue. Cabaret favourites Kitty La Roar and Nick of Time work wonderfully at Home House; Kitty exudes glamour and sophistication and her on-stage chemistry with Nick is pleasantly risqué without ever crossing the line.
Acts with vintage style work beautifully at Home House, where florals and retro table-ware can be used to accentuate a vintage theme. Close vocal harmony groups such as Elle and the Pocket Belles, for instance, are a five piece ensemble who perform fun, swinging jazz hits mixed in with contemporary tracks that bring together the old and the new. The gorgeous décor of Home House can be reflected in bespoke costumes and styles for any of our stunning close harmony vocal troupes, from the beautiful and intricate flapper dresses through to luxurious and deep coloured gowns.
But of course, it’s not all tasteful vintage entertainment and era appropriate costumes; Home House also knows how to host a party. In the past we’ve had full function bands performing in the Front Parlour including charismatic wedding favourites Flood the Floor and more recently, energetic 5-piece Charlie and the Heartbreakers. But Home House’s true secret weapon is the ideal spot for any after party - The Vaults. The Studio 54 inspired space sports plenty of leather and even a few peep holes to add to the illicit, secretive feel of the Vaults. In fact, whenever you step into Home House, you feel like you’ve stepped into a secret place that was made just for you. And, if it was good enough for Gwen Stefani to get married in…
By Alice Chorley