An icon in the making: inside Soho House Manchester

Soho House has spilled the tea – its first Northern house, Soho House Manchester, will be located within the iconic old Granada Studios in the heart of the city. But that’s not all – here’s what else we know…

Render of Soho House Manchester rooftop pool

Opening this year, Soho House Manchester will mark the group’s first steps into the Northern hospitality landscape. The new house, expected to open this year, will include everything (and more) members have come to expect, including a rooftop pool, a luxury fitness suite, a diner-style restaurant, event space and workspaces.

Soho House Manchester gym Hotel Designs

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The city’s rich music and arts scene, as well as its thriving community of creative industries, has made Manchester one of the most desired hospitality hotspots in the UK. In 2022, it was reported by Business Traveller that there are approximately 7,800 new hotel rooms in the pipeline across Greater Manchester over the next five years.

With location playing a major role in the Soho House’s success – it currently has seven properties in London alone – the group decided that Manchester’s latest private members’ club should be located in the vibrant neighbourhood of Spinningfields, which is already home to some of the city’s finest and most-popular restaurants and bars. The building itself that will shelter the new house is the former Granada TV studios, which has been converted into a mixed-use destination.

Green, and brown interiors inside Soho House Manchester

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The signature interior design scheme – luxury, moody and residential – will compliment and make nods to the history and heritage of the architecture. From the drawings that have been released, the public areas will be adorned with natural stone and layered with sumptuous furniture items, statement lighting and indoor plants.

In true Soho House style, many of details surrounding the hub in Manchester are still under lock and key. However, it has been confirmed that the venue will takeover three floors at the top of the warehouse-style building, two of which will comprise of the members’ club, overlooking a rooftop pool and outdoor terrace. On the first floor, an extensive members’ gym will include a free weights area, boxing zone, studio space, steam, sauna and an outdoor terrace.

So far, two F&B outlets have been mentioned, including the brand’s in-house Italian, Cecconi’s, and Mollie’s Motel & Diner, which will operate next door.

Manchester will be Mollie’s most ambitious launch to date. Mollie’s Manchester will offer carefully designed accommodation boasting upwards of 130 rooms, from £110 for a double room per night, including a large apartment, a selection of large suites and studios, bunk rooms and family rooms. There will be a 150-plus cover diner-style restaurant, large cocktail bar with live music and private event spaces, lounge bar and deli, private workspace and an outdoor heated terrace, across seven floors. The top three floors of the building will boast Manchester’s very own Soho House, swimming pool and club.

A clean, modern room inside Mollie's Diner and Motel

Image caption: Room inside Mollie’s Motel & Diner in Oxfordshire. | Image credit: Soho House

Manchester’s arrival as well as the opening of Soho House Brighton last year are clear indications that Soho House continues to be committed into hotel development outside of London. The group, which has properties in more than 38 locations across the globe is about to expand further in territories, such as Miami, Bangkok and Mexico City.

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