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Soho house celebrates ten years in New York with a packed end-of-summer bash

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Mumford & Sons playing poolside at Soho House's tenth-anniversary party   
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Ten years is a long time for a New York City hot spot to remain on the radar, and Soho House has never needed too much arm-twisting to throw a bash. So when the members-only club's Meatpacking District location hit the big 1-0, a party was a foregone conclusion. So was a starry guest list, culled from the ranks of the member rolls. Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Gina Gershon, John Legend, and Alan Cumming all turned out. Even Richard Chai and Thakoon both snuck away from pre-fashion-week preparations to swing by for a cocktail before promptly returning to their studios to get back to work.

What's the enduring appeal? "It really is one of the last places in New York where you can come out and enjoy some privacy," said J.Crew's Jenna Lyons, who has known her share of unwanted attention. That's because house rules prevent guests from using their cell phones, and picture taking is strictly forbidden. But when Mumford & Sons came onstage to perform, there was no stopping guests from Instagramming, tweeting, and recording the performance. And there was a lot to see: Frontman Marcus Mumford's wife, Carey Mulligan, was perched offstage behind a tower of speakers, and after two unsuspecting partygoers were dragged onstage to sing karaoke, Legend joined the band for a rendition of Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." Despite the pictures, guests still felt comfortable enough to enjoy themselves. At one point, Lyons hopped—dress and all—into the pool to get an unobstructed view of the show atop an inflatable swan.

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