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Tizzy as NYC posh private club member claims to have seen fights, gun


Does it get hard out there in the gritty, raw private clubs of New York?

A member of the exclusive Brooklyn club Dumbo House – part of the Soho House network of elite and expensive members-only venues – claims the place has become a hotbed of violence and says she even saw a gun there fire.

“This is crazy,” Jodie Taylor posted on TikTok, claiming someone brought a gun inside. “I saw several fights break out.”

“It’s literally dangerous.”

Taylor says the place opens its doors to non-members.

“There are these Google forms that you can just put your name on and now you’re automatically admitted into this members-only club,” she claimed.

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Charli XCX performed on the hotspot.
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She has since deleted the post, but it’s always on twitter.

The company behind Dumbo House went public in 2021, and Taylor has speculated that it’s throwing big parties for these trespassing non-members as a sort of “cash grab.”

A spokesperson for Soho House said: “We are aware of the video circulating on social media and share our concerns about its content. The safety of all of our Soho House members and their guests is always our number one priority, and our house rules limit any illegal behavior inside our homes.

Meanwhile, a source tells us the club hosts private parties where hosts can create their own guest lists, which may include non-members. But they say they haven’t heard of the so-called Google Forms.

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Soho House is a favorite of celebrities like Victoria Beckham.
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Dumbo House membership starts at around $1,334 according to its website. It can be as high as $2,500 for those who want access to more than one club location.

The club originated in London and the Dean Street location was the site of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first date. The clubs are favorites of Madonna, Justin Bieber, Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman and many other A-listers.

In New York, they have the original Meatpacking location, Ludlow House on the Lower East Side, and the brand new The Ned.

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The company has just been listed on the stock exchange.
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The company just reported a profit of $13.5 million for the fourth quarter.

There were 162,000 Soho House members at the end of 2022 and a waiting list of 86,000.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.