Union History

The Union Club was set up 25 years ago by ex North Sea oil rigger Pete Cross and Chef Carolyn Dawson. Opening a private members club had been a long held dream for the duo, who took the plunge after buying a dilapidated building at 50 Greek Street, Soho, all those years ago.

The building was in a terrible state with Carolyn and Pete rescuing it from semi-dereliction after the previous tenant had set fire to it. After lashings of TLC from a crew of family, friends and waitresses to be – the doors were thrown open to members in September 1993.

The club grew slowly, but steadily through its youth, and now, more than two decades later, it has become an established Soho institution. Known for its unique style, world-class food and arts-friendly ethos, the Union Club is home to those looking for a secluded escape from the hustle and bustle of the City.

In 2015 the club acquired the 4-storey premises next door and expanded into what is now, unique, eclectic warehouse style events space to die for and a series of ‘chic’ small meeting rooms for up to 30 delegates for business meetings, training seminars, interviews and syndicate space. With its grand opening in September 2016, ‘the studio’ presents members with a dynamic events space, perfect for art exhibitions, media, product and book launches, corporate entertaining, presentations, award ceremonies, training seminars, weddings and conferences catering for up to 300 for receptions. Of course, being part of the Soho media, theatre and film scene, the Union is also an ideal space for film and photography shoots.

Over the years, the club has gained a large and ever growing collection of art, furniture, fittings and furnishings. While Carolyn leads her talented crew in the kitchen, it’s always fun to spot Pete’s latest artistic addition to the Club.

As well as Peter Cross – now stepping back into the role of Creative Director – and Carolyn Dawson, Executive Chef, the Union team are headed up by Managing Director Eamonn Cole and by former model Michala Cutting, who has been General Manager and ‘Mother Goose’ to those in the club for the last 19 years.

Eamonn recently joined the Union having enjoyed a distinguished career in the London Club, hotel and hospitality industry including the management of 5 star hotel properties, the Victory Services Club in Westminster and posts as Chairman of the Institute of Hospitality in London, Vice Chairman of Venues of Excellence and the winner of Best Places to Work in Hospitality in 5 of the last 10 years. Hugely proud to now be appointed at the Union, Eamonn’s ambition is simply to make the Union, ‘the best private members Club in Soho’.

Michala came to the Union after many years at the coal face of London hospitality and eventing; working with Conran, Novelli and Christina Ong on numerous flagship projects and has been hugely influential in the growth of the Union for many years.

Though the club may change and evolve with time, many of its staff are long standing members of the team and are just as big a part of the Union as the very fabric of the building. You can find out more about our people here.

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