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Eurovision's Sam Ryder performs to A-list guest list at Soho House opening party

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Sam Ryder, inset, headlined the opening party of Brighton Beach House - Soho House's first venue in Sussex
Sam Ryder, inset, headlined the opening party of Brighton Beach House - Soho House's first venue in Sussex

EUROVISION star Sam Ryder welcomed guests at an opening party for a new private members’ club on the seafront.

The ‘Space Man’ singer performed at Brighton Beach House in Madeira Drive, Soho House’s first venue to open in Sussex, at a launch event yesterday afternoon.

Club members and guests were invited to a ‘day at the seaside’, with traditional fish and chips and arcade games.

Visitors also enjoyed some of the new venue’s amenities, including spaces to eat, drink and relax, a small pool with a terrace looking out onto Brighton beach, and an event space for live music and performances.

The Argus: Sam Ryder, who placed second for the UK at Eurovision, performed at the opening party for the new Soho House venue
The Argus: Sam Ryder, who placed second for the UK at Eurovision, performed at the opening party for the new Soho House venue

Sam Ryder, who placed second for the UK at Eurovision, performed at the opening party for the new Soho House venue
Nick Jones, CEO and founder of Soho House, said Brighton had long been a place where he wanted to open a venue for the club.

He told The Argus: “Brighton has a great creative scene and is such a brilliant city.

“We also have a lot of members who live in Brighton and the surrounding Sussex area, so I’m delighted to have finally opened our first House on the UK coast.

“Brighton Beach House has a stunning view overlooking the beachfront and, with its Art Deco-inspired design and architecture, I hope it captures the spirit of Brighton.”

The Argus: Brighton Beach House features a banana-shaped pool overlooking Brighton beach
The Argus: Brighton Beach House features a banana-shaped pool overlooking Brighton beach

Brighton Beach House features a banana-shaped pool overlooking Brighton beach

Located in a Grade II-listed terrace set over two floors, Brighton Beach House boasts a banana-shaped dipping pool, club lounge and over 100 pieces of artwork from artists from in and around Brighton, as well as LGBTQ+ artists - in homage to the city’s LGBTQ+ community.

Among those enjoying the live performances and the seaside setting included Joe Locke and Sebastian Croft from Netflix’s latest show Heartstopper, Fatboy Slim, and writer Jack Guinness.

The Argus: Heartstopper stars Sebastian Croft, left, and Joe Locke were among the celebrity guests at the club's opening party
The Argus: Heartstopper stars Sebastian Croft, left, and Joe Locke were among the celebrity guests at the club's opening party

Heartstopper stars Sebastian Croft, left, and Joe Locke were among the celebrity guests at the club's opening party

Mr Jones said it was important for the new venue to capture the essence of Brighton in its furnishings and artwork.

He said: “We want all of our Houses to reflect the local area and for our members to represent the community, which is why we have a local membership committee for each individual House.

“Our design inspiration for a House always comes from the building and the city. We offer a home away from home for our members who also want to visit the House, which reflects the unique culture and history of the city they’re in.”

The Argus: CEO and founder of Soho House Nick Jones
The Argus: CEO and founder of Soho House Nick Jones

CEO and founder of Soho House Nick Jones

The glass-fronted club is connected by a courtyard to a coworking space, Soho Works, which is due to launch later this year.

Those looking to enjoy some of the new venue’s facilities will have to apply for membership for Soho House, which can cost more than £200 a month with a £500 one-off registration fee.

Founded in 1995, Soho House boasts venues across the world, including in New York City, Istanbul, Hong Kong and Barcelona.