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No Cameras, Just Moments

No cameras, no phones. Outside of silicone, probably the two things Los Angeles is best defined by are both banned here. This is Soho House, West Hollywood; a private members club and haven for the Hollywood elite who come to escape the masses.

It’s as “Entourage” as it gets, from the underground entrance accessed only via the carpark, to the paparazzi lingering at BOA restaurant next door, to the iconic faces you see casually draped over the sofas and terraces overlooking the glittering lights of Los Angeles.

Spending a few days in Los Angeles, a friend invited me to the club several times during my stay and each was a thoroughly rewarding experience. During the day, the club which was founded in London back in 1994 shines as a fantastic spot for lunch or a muse for those poring over their latest script rewrite. By night, one should move between the bar and restaurant via the boudoir-like red velvet corridor festooned with photographs from the resident black and white photo-booth.

Quirky portaits adorn the walls of Soho House

On my second visit, I ordered a drink at the bar and happened to be seated next to one of Hollywood’s most well known talents (i.e. you’d recognize them by their first name). In a short while, we were discussing every intimate detail you could imagine; philosophies on love, life, religion, children and exchanging everything from hugs to fist-bumps. Two hours later, as the A-lister called it a night and asked for my card, I in turn asked for a photo – rookie mistake.

While the conversation we shared was far more intimate than any photo could ever hope to describe, and therefore (to me) seeming a little like a non-event, this is Soho House.  What both the star and the establishment reinforced in me was that life is all about fantastic experiences – treasure them and share them, but with your own unique voice, not through a flimsy candid snap. Our life experiences make us who we are, not our “things”. As the star said to me, “That’s not our style here” and I got it.

No cameras, no phones – treasure the moment.

– Robert Skinner

Images from http://www.sohohousewh.com.

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