Summer River House is one of the latest offerings from the Soho House Group. The global spread of Soho Houses over recent years is phenomenal but this all started over 25 years ago with an opportunity and a simple idea.
The first Soho House on London’s Greek Street in 1995, when founder Nick Jones was offered the space above his restaurant, Cafe Boheme. The rooms of the townhouse were accessed via a small door just around the corner from Cafe Boheme, which inspired Nick to turn it into a members’ club for the local artists and actors who had become the restaurant’s regulars.
It was called Soho House because that was what it was: a Georgian house in London’s Soho. You may not have noticed, but the logo actually reflects the layout of that first space – three floors across three interconnecting houses.
The Summer River House is a pop up adjacent to Oakley Court, a Victorian Gothic Mansion House recently renovated and set in 35 acres overlooking the River Thames at Water Oakley in the county of Berkshire. With 118 bedrooms, riverside restaurant and terrace bars with fire pits and lounges with open fires, it is the perfect place to escape the city for an evening of cocktails and good food.
The Summer River House has a very English, very Soho House vibe – stripey day beds, comfy sofas and low chairs with beautifully designed areas to enjoy the riverside location. The food and drink is as you would expect at any Soho House – lots of choice, excellently executed and delicious. The Summer River House is the perfect place to enjoy the afternoon sunshine into the evening with special DJs, art installations and live music scheduled for summer 2021.