Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Feeling an urge to belong? Join the club

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This public meditation may risk a few cold shoulders: no offence, each to his own. But I am fascinated by the row between the owners of the Soho House clubs and a financial analyst. Born in an upstairs room in 1995, Soho Houses proliferated worldwide. A promise of luxury facilities, exclusivity and “access to a creative community” served them well in this celebrity-loving century. It is where Meghan Markle invited Prince Harry for a first meeting and said the staff were “like family”.

Like a globalised Groucho Club, it hit a peak of media fame and opened branches worldwide. Though I note that the proposed one in Glasgow has been shelved, one Clydesider reflecting that Scotland simply lacks the private-club mindset: “Why would I shell

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