My last formal meeting of the year was held in the new Soho House for a change (I am not a member). It gave me a chance to check that the last remaining rococo shopfront, dating from 1791, remains intact on a stationers and newsagents at No.88, Dean Street:-
There are a couple of other nice door surrounds down the street:-
Soho House itself occupies a building of the 1730s, first owned by the seventh Earl of Abercorn, who wrote about magnetism. There is an unexpected mural painting on the staircase by an eighteenth-century theatrical painter called John Devoto. It looks as if it might be by Rex Whistler:-
People are complaining about Soho being poshed up, but Dean Street still looked nicely scruffy.