The Scout: EW's field guide to the next new things

By Bianca Perlman
Updated June 01, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Soho House, a private club in London’s Soho, is ground zero for the U.K.’s biggest celebs.

MAKING THE SCENE Membership is confidential, but Hugh Grant, Rufus Sewell, Colin Firth, Robbie Williams, Rupert Everett, Jeremy Northam, and Dougray Scott have all reportedly been spotted enjoying the club’s roof deck, 27-person cinema, bar, restaurant, and drawing room. Americans Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, and Angelina Jolie are also said to be fans.

THE VIBE Says one recent guest, ”From the very private entrance, you get the idea that you are entering an exclusive environment. Inside, however, there’s a homey atmosphere that’s not pretentious at all, and the food is surprisingly good.”

THE BRIDGET JONES FACTOR London’s Times listed the club as a place the fictional singleton would hang. Ms. Jones’ screen alter ego, Renee Zellweger, became a member during the filming of Diary.

HOW TO BELONG Not so fast — there’s an 18-month waiting list. But in the interim, the posh Babington House in Somerset, England — also owned by Soho House founder Nick Jones — is open to the public.