An evening at The Soho Hotel…

Last night, to wrap up the working week, I escaped the London rat race and retreated into the melange of colours and décor schemes of The Soho Hotel. My friendship group had arranged to celebrate a close friend’s birthday. I headed straight for the Hotel’s ‘Refuel’ bar and had a cocktail with the only other friend who’d also arrived early! Before reaching the hotel, I’d been weaving around traffic in Dean Street to get to Refuel bar as quickly as possible! Turning onto Richmond Mews, I’d felt that familiar sense of abrupt calm that The Soho Hotel never fails to instil. It’s like an oasis in an urban desert! The lighting invites you into The Soho Hotel as much as the stylish wooden-built foyer. The entire Hotel buzzes with the feeling of a warm summer breeze. The atmosphere makes you want to lounge and linger at ease. You’re immediately drawn into a maze of textures and colour schemes that characterises the whole Hotel.  The fellow early-bird friend and I sipped on a Soho Spritz – the Hotel’s signature cocktail – as we waited for the rest of the group. By the time we’d all assembled, the energy in the room was electrifying! I’m not a big drinker, I’ve never been able to hack it, but with the music pumping up in the bar, I became mesmerised by the energy around us. A few celebrities mingled around the place. Everyone was friendly and feeling the liveliness! I’d talked with a couple I’d never met before for at least an hour. We’d sat at the bar ordering repeats on a cocktail they’d recommended, and the three of us were caught up in rapture by the music! Suffice to say, I ended up tipsy at first and decidedly drunk by the end of the night, probably for the first time in my life! I regret to say I can’t remember the name of that cocktail to save my skin! This could only happen in a place as exciting as The Soho Hotel. Its enthralling atmosphere of friendliness mixed with its spellbinding air of commotion make it uniquely special. As I sat in my taxi home (which a friend had kindly called for me!) I do remember thinking one thing: The Soho Hotel is the place for me!