The Soho members club is set for a return to its roots with a decadent revival.
Blacks was originally launched in 1992 by a hard-drinking club entrepreneur and sometimes poacher, Tom Bantock, and was known for its unpredictable and adventurous spirit.
Now Luke Thomas, who has recently become co-owner, plans to revive this atmosphere of drama and decadence, bringing back the original lust for life to make Blacks the true beating heart of Soho once more.
He will drive the creative direction and vision for the Blacks brand, food and club experience, working in partnership with entrepreneur Roger Payne, who bought the iconic Dean Street venue in 2017.
Blacks new co-owner Luke Thomas said; “I fell in love with Blacks the moment I saw it.
“I’m fanatical about food and music, so Blacks – the birthplace of the supper club, in the heart of Soho with its rich musical history, felt like my natural home.
Behind the club’s understated confidence lies a wild and wonderful past, which I’m excited to bring to life for today’s members.”
The four-storey Georgian townhouse which was built in 1732 is undergoing a complete refurbishment under Luke’s creative direction and they are working with top Italian interior design house Seletti to bring an eclectic and unique style to the club, whilst keeping many of the original features, like the four poster bed in the boudoir & the Victorian free standing bath tub.
The iconic venue has always had a strong links to the music world and launched the careers of British artists Sam Smith, Jake Bugg, Laura Mvula and recently UK rap-star Dave, recorded one of his latest singles ‘Black’, at the Club.
This musical heritage is set to continue and the Society of Golden Slippers will have a residency at the Club with intimate events dedicated to discovering and celebrating music talent.
Luke Thomas and friends
Note: All interior images shown are of Blacks pre-revival. Click here to learn about the fascinating history of Blacks