The rumour mill was rife in 2021 with whispers that Soho House could be making its way up North for the first time ever and finishing touches are now fully underway. And to be honest, it wasn’t surprising, given that other luxury London establishments – including Sexy Fish – have begun to see the value in Manchester as the second city, so why not the sophisticated member’s club Soho House?
Operating 13 venues across the South, Soho House’s expansion to Manchester will mark its first move up North – following decades of global success in cosmopolitan cities such as New York, Hollywood, Mykonos and Barcelona. In November, Soho House revealed an artist’s impression of the design for its Manchester venue, with members set to be able to see stunning views of the city’s iconic landmarks up high, sat by the pool.
We now have further updates, along with new design renders, on the luxury gym, sauna and studio space, as well as the classic Soho House member’s-only lounge. On the first floor, an extensive members’ gym will include a free weights area, boxing zone, studio space, steam, sauna and an outdoor terrace. Changing rooms will have showers, vanity areas and lounge spaces for members to unwind after training.
Taking up residence in the former Granada TV studios in Spinningfields, the new venue will bring the elements that fans of the luxury pad will know and love already – including a luxurious rooftop pool and bar area, event spaces, wellness facilities and a bar and dining room.
The plans were officially submitted to Manchester City Council in 2020, with a number of member’s events taking place in the city in the run-up to the opening, which has been confirmed to be in 2023.
While details about the opening are being kept firmly under wraps, it has been confirmed that the venue will boast three floors at the top of the Old Granada Studios warehouse, where guests will find a rooftop terrace complete with a bar and a pool, alongside a bar/nightclub and a daytime workspace.
Additionally, guests will be able to dine at their in-house Italian, Cecconi’s, as well as Mollie’s Motel & Diner next door – which is an affordable motel-diner concept designed by Soho House. Mollie’s Manchester will boast upwards of 140 rooms, a 164-cover diner restaurant, cocktail bar, event space, lounge, workplace and an outdoor terrace, and will be the third and largest Mollie’s venue to date.
Members can expect lavish interiors, unrivalled wellness facilities, delicious Italian cuisine, cocktails and plenty of fantastic member’s-only events to enjoy. An opening date is yet to be announced, however, it’s been confirmed that Soho House Manchester will open sometime this year.