Any true Marylebone native is undoubtedly familiar with the wild and colourful history of Home House. The iconic members club combines 18th century splendour with 21st century style and has been home to some of London’s most opulent parties for centuries.
From the outside looking in, Home House may seemingly blend in with the other handsome Georgian townhouses on Portman Square, but step inside and you’ll quickly be enveloped in the eccentric atmosphere of this historic space.
This gem was originally built by King George III’s architect in the 18th century. Throughout the years, Home House became known as a vibrant melting pot for the cultural elite and bohemian crowd. Today, Home House still hosts many wild nights for its members, whether that be in the notorious Vaults or its beautiful garden.
We were invited to sample the menu at the newly-reopened Garden at Home House, which after a brief COVID-19 hiatus, is welcoming the al fresco season in true style. The lavish garden space has become the place to be and be seen in Marylebone.
The entrance features a striking floral array, perfect for spring, and reflective of the colourful and wonderfully British food (and cocktails) on offer. An extravagant Raj Tent sits at the centre of the space, which offers the perfect refuge for those who dared to dine al fresco and embrace the bipolar nature of British springtime.
We started our culinary escapade with an aperitif and the Tanqueray and Northern Blossom Honey, and Yuzu blended ‘Honey Trap’ certainly didn’t disappoint. For starters, the Dexter Beef Carpaccio offered delicate flavours and textures and is served with delicious roasted artichokes too.
Moving onto mains, we sampled the wonderfully hearty Swaledale Lamb Cutlets, cooked to tender perfection, and seasoned with intent. The lamb is perfectly complemented by a smattering of aubergines, artichokes, bulgur wheat and pistachios – and is both good for the palate and the soul.
To finish it off, we tried an assortment of sorbets, with the coconut sorbet in particular serving as a subtly-sweet palate cleanser that perfectly bookended our meal.
While Homehouse may be a private members club, non-members can also enjoy the Home House garden by booking an overnight stay at one of its 23-individually designed bedrooms and suites. And after a truly fabulous and flamboyant evening at Home House, one thing is for sure, I certainly know what London staycation I’m booking once 17 May comes rolling around.