Tansy Kaschak

White City House

  • Where:
  • Why:Business affairs but make it family — and the other way around
  • When:March 2022
  • Who:Tansy & Ben Pundole
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White City House Calling the old BBC tower home, White City House has 1960s-style details, including George Nelson lamps, mid-century terrazzo tables, fluted-timber wardrobes and other custom furniture shoppable on Soho Home

Calling the old BBC tower home, White City House has 1960s-style details, including George Nelson lamps, mid-century terrazzo tables, fluted-timber wardrobes and other custom furniture shoppable on Soho Home

White City House Our

Our "Cosy" room. Note how clever it is to set expectations by calling the rooms by their size. But it turns out they are so nicely designed they don't feel tiny or cosy (or snug) at all!

White City House Occupying part of the former BBC Television Centre building, many of the rooms are facing the centre of the Helios, an impressive sight

Occupying part of the former BBC Television Centre building, many of the rooms are facing the centre of the Helios, an impressive sight

White City House Artwork at the White City House always has a nod toward classic British TV shows, the broadcasting industry and, in this case, for me the heart warming faces of Brazilian telenovelas

Artwork at the White City House always has a nod toward classic British TV shows, the broadcasting industry and, in this case, for me the heart warming faces of Brazilian telenovelas

White City House Walking though the long curved corridor is a trippy cinematic experience. Kubrick would have approved

Walking though the long curved corridor is a trippy cinematic experience. Kubrick would have approved

White City House Ladies changing room is such a thoughtfully designed and pleasant space. May have stayed here a little longer than expected...

Ladies changing room is such a thoughtfully designed and pleasant space. May have stayed here a little longer than expected...

White City House Soho Health Club offers more than 30 classes a week across four studios, plus the best equipment for weightlifting, TRX workouts and — the best part of it all — this well-lived wood floor

Soho Health Club offers more than 30 classes a week across four studios, plus the best equipment for weightlifting, TRX workouts and — the best part of it all — this well-lived wood floor

White City House If the show stopping gym wasn't enough, the indoor lap pool, plus a steam room, sauna and hammam definitely wins any gym lover over

If the show stopping gym wasn't enough, the indoor lap pool, plus a steam room, sauna and hammam definitely wins any gym lover over

White City House Steam sessions to no end for my tropical soul

Steam sessions to no end for my tropical soul

White City House Even the razor is made of wood! No single-use plastic on premise. Zero waste toiletries. Soho House, I love you!

Even the razor is made of wood! No single-use plastic on premise. Zero waste toiletries. Soho House, I love you!

White City House The whole A Hotel Life family, from across three continents, united at South African bbq pop up, FYR

The whole A Hotel Life family, from across three continents, united at South African bbq pop up, FYR

White City House The team at FYR that won the Soho Chance award which is funding new start ups. The kitchen is led by the talented Talia Prince who is taking residency in the house for three months, but guaranteed, you will be seeing more of her!

The team at FYR that won the Soho Chance award which is funding new start ups. The kitchen is led by the talented Talia Prince who is taking residency in the house for three months, but guaranteed, you will be seeing more of her!

White City House The perfectly stocked minibar with all the artisanal local goodies. There is a silver jar that says

The perfectly stocked minibar with all the artisanal local goodies. There is a silver jar that says "cookies", and to our giddiness contains real home made cookies inside, refilled daily! Yum

White City House Here caught at the end of a long day, the lobby, cafe, bar, co-working, studios, you name it, is a perfectly on-point place with nooks and crannies for any activity. All of this is available to use with the Soho FRIENDS membership

Here caught at the end of a long day, the lobby, cafe, bar, co-working, studios, you name it, is a perfectly on-point place with nooks and crannies for any activity. All of this is available to use with the Soho FRIENDS membership

White City House Electric Cinema, one of the best designed movie theaters with velvet lounge chairs, mirrored side tables and a bar at your disposal throughout the showing

Electric Cinema, one of the best designed movie theaters with velvet lounge chairs, mirrored side tables and a bar at your disposal throughout the showing

White City House The façade is grand and a little chilling, you can feel the big sensational stories that came out of here since the 1960s. And, yes, that's Mr. Pundole blending in

The façade is grand and a little chilling, you can feel the big sensational stories that came out of here since the 1960s. And, yes, that's Mr. Pundole blending in

White City House The wonderful staff will make your dreams come true, with a smile and a wink. For as long as you remember to be nice...

The wonderful staff will make your dreams come true, with a smile and a wink. For as long as you remember to be nice...

Highs & Lows

  • White City House is part of Soho House, hence the hotel rooms can only be booked by members. The great news it, there is a new, ultra cool membership called Soho FRIENDS, that costs less than a drink per month and gives you access to the Soho world — and at discounted rates

  • The food at FYR was mind-blowing. All the seasoned Soho House members on premise said it was the best meal they ever had anywhere around the world in the club. And even more delicious to know the chef Talia Prince is supported by Soho Chance initiative

  • The in-room radio always tuned on a local classical music station. A Soho House signature that I just adore

  • If I die and end up in fitness heaven, it will most likely look like the Soho Health Club. The most beautiful, sexiest gym that ever existed. State-of-the-art equipment cleverly laid-out for great flow even on those Saturday mornings when we all want to make up for the week. Perfect lighting — another SH signature — and an old wood floor that has many, many stories to tell

  • The vibrant Studios on ground floor — another feature that graces the FRIENDS membership — have a packed calendar of events and activations and all the program and activations

  • The comfort and design — always reassuring

  • I would love to see more vegan and gluten free options on the menu

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Soho House, it has its own category right?

  • Vibe

    Overall high energy place, but a quiet nook can be found for those focused, productive hours

  • Location

    West London

  • Rooms

    45

  • Pre-Arrival Experience

    Very helpful and seamless communication with a warm and welcoming hospitality

  • Future Forward

    Soho House is one of the pioneers of no bathroom miniatures, paving the way with large size refillable bottles and plastic-free toiletries and minibar. Soho Chance, the initiative that is a launching platform for creative ideas, supporting from chefs to filmmakers and consumer packaged goods. Soho FRIENDS, the group's newest membership offering, was born to bring in more diversity, inclusion and fresh, bright ideas to the SH's landscape, and aims to support members' creative endeavors through their spaces and programs

  • Music

    Always a diverse and exciting playlist designed for every time of day. Keep Shazam on the home screen

  • Year Opened

    April 2018

  • Designed By

    Vicky Charles at the helm

  • Health & Wellness

    Yes to all accounts: the most impressive gym, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, hamman, steam room

  • Food

    House Canteen serves everything from breakfast and lunch to late-night snacks and Sunday roasts. The all-day menu also features East Asian-inspired dishes. And FYR restaurant is a show stopping South African bbq moment

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    Without a doubt the place to be in the area and strong candidate to West London's best programmed space

  • Minibar & Retail

    10/10 collection of artisanal local goodies. And plastic-free, amen!

  • Accessibility

    Step-free rooms and amenities. All 'Medium' rooms are accessible

  • Pet Friendly

    Only assistance dogs allowed

  • Children

    Those under 18 are welcome on the tenth floor until midday, and on the ninth floor until 6pm. Or else kiddies need their own Child membership

  • Price

    A great value for London

  • Website

    Visit website

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In the Area

Hotel Location White City House, Wood Lane, London, UK

Housed within the old BBC studios, White City House is located, as the name suggests, in White City, in West London. The are is up and coming and lots of new multiuse developments are underway. From WCH it is easy to reach central and further west London, like Queen's Park and Maida Vale, and a trip to Heathrow is a quick one in any way you choose to go.

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