There’s a breadcrumb of new information in the ongoing wait for Soho House to arrive in Manchester – and it’s one to get excited about.
The renowned members’ club brand is currently transforming the old Granada Studios building into a luxury destination.
As well as a hotel occupying the top three floors, there’ll be a bar and terrace, workspace, and a rooftop swimming pool.
Until now, we’ve all got an understanding of what’s to come with Soho House based on their other sites across the globe, from the signature striped towels to the opulent interiors.
But now a new artist impression has been sent to members, giving us a bit more of an idea of what our own branch of Soho House will look like.
The image shows a rooftop pool tiled in a rich jade green, with a terrazzo-style floor on the rest of the terrace space.
There’s also set to be rows of terracotta-hued day beds, with canvas canopies overhead, and a restaurant space with floor-to-ceiling windows beside it.
The email to members also revealed some much sadder news – Nick Jones, founder of Soho House, has decided to step down from his CEO position after a short battle with prostate cancer.
The cancer was caught quickly and treated successfully, but Nick says it’s left him with a ‘changed perspective and focus’.
He wrote: “First some bad news, and some very good news: in early summer I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was caught early and my treatment has been 100% successful – and I’m not only healthy again, but also cancer-free.
“Inevitably, this experience has changed my perspective and focus. As a result, from today I’m transitioning from CEO to my original role as Founder and will focus on the creative and membership aspects of Soho House.
“I want to do more of what I love, which is making sure you have a good time in well-designed, welcoming spaces and focusing on our House Foundations programmes, which help people flourish in the creative industries.
“Taking over the day-to-day running of the business will be Andrew Carnie, who’s worked alongside me for the past four years. I know him well and Soho House will be in safe hands with him as our new CEO.”
Nick added: “Following in 2023, we have new Houses opening in Bangkok, Mexico City and Manchester in the UK, which I’m pleased to share some preview pictures of below.
“I’ve been working closely with our teams on the plans for these sites and I know they will be spaces that both our long-standing and newer members will really enjoy.”
There are now Soho House sites across England, as well as in Mykonos, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, New York, Mumbai, and many more.
Its foray into Manchester will be the first time the brand has ventured into the northern half of the UK – and the city is pretty hyped about it.
Featured image: Soho House
A Horrible Histories Christmas-themed stage show is happening in Manchester this month
You can discover the story of how Christmas came to be what it is today in a new Horrible Histories stage show in Manchester later this month.
With the festive season officially upon us, temperatures dropping by the day, and Christmas soon to be here before we know it, parents and guardians who are keen to keep the kids entertained but still educated while schools are out can grab tickets to a special Christmas-themed Horrible Histories stage show.
Heading out on a UK tour and stopping off at The Bridgewater Hall here in Manchester in a couple of weeks time, the impressive stage show is described as a festive celebration in the most “wonderful, funny, and moving way you’ll ever see”.
For many of us, when we think of Christmas, the magic of family, joy, goodwill, presents, and more usually come to mind, but how about Oliver Cromwell? Or even Henry VIII?
When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young courageous boy to save the day – but can he rescue Christmas? From Victorian villains, to medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, you can join the Horrible Histories presents cast on a hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas.
You’ll be in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII ,and St Nicholas as they all join forces to save the festive season.
Horrible Histories Christmas is coming to The Bridgewater Hall on Tuesday 20 December at 11:30am.
You can go on a festive tour of the Coronation Street set this Christmas
One of TV’s most famous streets has had itself a festive makeover, and fans can hear the stories of Christmas past on a behind-the-scenes tours.
In case you missed it, the ever-popular Coronation Street: The Tourreturned back in March after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s been giving fans of the iconic Manchester-based soap – which has recently celebrated 60 years on air – the chance to discover the hidden world that lies behind the camera at the external sets at MediaCityUK in Salford once again.
The 90-minute tours let you follow in the footsteps of all your favourite characters, and give you the chance to walk around the famous sets of the Rovers Return, Roys Rolls, Underworld, The Kabin, and so much more.
Tour guides are also known for sharing secrets of the show as they take you round the set too.
But now, with the festive season officially upon us, and Christmas soon to be here before we know it, Coronation Street has been turned into “the ultimate festive experience” for the all new behind-the-scenes tour – Christmas on the Cobbles.
This is your chance to experience the nation’s most famous street like never before.
Organisers are encouraging fans of the iconic soap to wrap up warm as they head out on an expert tour Coronation Street “dressed in its finest festive grandeur” to hear stories of Christmas past and spread yuletide cheer.
There’ll be carol singers dotted around the street’s famous sites, and festive treats like mince pies and gingerbread lattes to feast on.
The whole street will be festooned with lights and Christmas decorations
Christmas on the Cobbles Tours are running on selected dates this month up until 31 December, with tickets setting you back £28 for adults, £25.50 for under 16s, and £80 for families.