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Groucho Yorkshire: Soho’s legendary members club heads north

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“The heritage of Bretton Hall is one of the factors that originally attracted us to this site, and our plans will be respectful of these traditions while reinventing its appeal by creating modern spaces for our members, new and old, locals or visitors, to work, to play, to meet, to take part in events and to help us turn Groucho Bretton into a place where everyone feels at home. We want people to feel they are part of a family and a community, not just a members’ club.”

The club, which was founded in 1985 by a group of publishers and agents including Carmen Callil, Ed Victor, Liz Calder, and Michael Sissons, presently has a list of 5,000 members. Those in the early years included drinking pals Francis Bacon and journalist Jeffrey Bernard, and in later years the roll call included Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Rachel Weisz, and Harry Styles. Today, it still somewhat maintains its reputation as a “home for hell-raisers.” Whether it still will after the move to Wakefield remains to be seen.

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