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With a theme of consciousness, the latest House Eight popup has been a huge success at White City House

Eight rising stars from our London sites were given the chance to create and execute a concept in the eighth floor space, working as a team to offer members and guests a different experience.

They chose a theme of consciousness and applied it to everything from leafy decorations to eco-friendly menus. Cocktails were circular; wines were natural and dishes like crispy salmon skin with taramasalata and cavolo nero agnolotti with Somerset game and lardons were a low-waste hit.

“I’m so proud of all of them,” says Kady Yon, who guided the team through their planning stages. “We have eight people here, all from different sites who have never worked together and the way they pulled together as a team is just incredible.”

The third House Eight event so far (after previous events at Shoreditch House and Soho House New York in 2017), the conscious popup was fully booked for all three nights, but ran smoothly with support from House Eight alumni Gus Haughton, Agnes Trevillion and Clover Lay and UK Cookhouse, UK Cookhouse & House Tonic manager Clemency Keeler and the White City House team.

“We were a bit tense on the day, making sure that all our deliveries had arrived and making backup plans in case anything wasn’t there,” says Kettner’s Townhouse bartender Cyril Francoise, who created the welcome drink of basil-infused Sipsmith gin, cardamom and jasmine cordial and jasmine tea.

“Opening a new restaurant is way more intricate and involves a lot more planning than I would have thought,” adds Ashleigh Edwards-Akindele, a waitress from Café Boheme. “But I think I speak for all of us when I say that we’ve had so much fun!”

House Eight 2018 are: Jake Easton (White City House) • Ashleigh Edwards-Akindele (Cafe Boheme) • Georgie Everett (Babington House) • Cyril Francoise (Kettner’s Townhouse) • Irene Guiotto (Little House Mayfair) • Laszlo Marosvolgyi (The Allis) • Nicolas Senese (40 Greek Street) • Mo Ponzo (White City House)

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