Magazine article Management Today

Vital the Ace of Clubs

Magazine article Management Today

Vital the Ace of Clubs

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When I go to the Groucho [the original Soho all-media club), I always see people I know and meet someone I didn't. At the very least I'm cheered up. If I was a proper media networker I would make something of it while the trail's still hot, using a creepy follow-up like, 'great to meet you with Janet last night, I wonder if...'.

At Soho House I always see someone I know too -- but not usually quite so well -- and I learn something new, (Soho House is the axis between new-media people and new-pots.) And when I go to Home House, my most local club [an extravagant revamp of a wonderful Adam House in Portman Square, originally the Courtauld Institute, and currently very hot -- Tara-speak creeps in when you write about these things). I meet people I know and completely new people. And I always hope I'll be there when Madonna's in (last time late there, Lionel Ritchie was at the next table talking about Congressional politics).

I like to get out of my house. Central London media-land is very clubby and the clubs, like the sector itself, are very connective and informal -- all those modern things. Once you're inside, of course: inside the sector and inside the club as a member or guest. But what good would the Groucho be to an accountant in electrical components from Guildford? He'd find it interesting to see televisionists in informal mode, but what could he actually do with it? There wouldn't be much meeting of minds on what constituted good gossip.

Most of Groucho's members (ditto Soho House, the Garrick et at) wouldn't accord electrical components quite the respect they deserve -- their loss. But worse still, his own contacts and clients would probably be deeply underwhelmed by it all. London media people think they set the agenda for the nation; they don't realise how indifferent the real world is to them. There are commercially desirable people who don't long to get into these places and, worse, who think somewhere like the RAC Club in Pall Mall, with its shiny marble, swimming pool, 'facilities' and its general agreeableness is far nicer.

Blagging or begging your way into a cool, glamorous or posh club won't necessarily make you happier or better connected. You have to think it through because club membership means more than just the sub. …

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