The now-engaged royal couple have since returned to the thoughtfully decorated London eatery since meeting there in 2016
Any woman would be flattered by the way Prince Harry has remembered his first interaction with his now-fiance, Meghan Markle: “And I was beautifully surprised when I, when I walked into that room and saw her.” And the room? It was at Dean Street Townhouse, one of the Soho House–owned clubs in London, England. The couple, who were introduced in June 2016, have since returned for at least one known date in February 2017.
Dean Street Townhouse is a haven for the creative and well-heeled in the heart of London’s Soho area (once, a bohemian area that attracted artists). The two Georgian-style residences, at 69–70 Dean Street, were constructed in 1732–1735. In 1928, 69 Dean Street was established as the Gargoyle Club—an era when Henri Matisse’s “L’Atelier Rouge” decorated the walls. It welcomed aristocrats and famous icons, including Fred Astaire, Francis Bacon, Noël Coward, Lucian Freud, John Minton, and Dylan Thomas. In 1979, it became Gossip’s. a discotheque that contributed to London’s club scene.
In 2009, Dean Street Townhouse was debuted: Soho House’s first endeavor to feature a 39-room hotel for non-members, as well as a public bar and restaurant (which were decorated in collaboration with Martin Brudnizki Design Studio). The cuisine is British with an emphasis on seasonal produce, which is sourced from Ireland and the United Kingdom. The authentic menu includes afternoon teas and Sunday roasts.
Dean Street Townhouse also boasts an art collection that focuses on contemporary British art, from the period of the YBAs (or, “Young British Artists”) to the present (art enthusiast Prince Harry gave Markle an original piece of work by contemporary British artist Van Donna in July). The exhibited works, which were co-curated by artist Jonathan Yeo and arts writer Francesca Gavin, are extensive. There are, perhaps, hundreds of artists who have created commissions, including: Peter Blake, Mat Collishaw, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Paul Noble, and Keith Tyson. Yeo, himself, contributed a custom wallpaper for one of the spaces: his “Leaf Collage” wallpaper features a nature-themed design that is, secretly, decorated with pornographic elements.
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