Get in: The Soho House

The club is harder to access than Buckingham Palace

What has more checkpoints than the United Nations and enough black Cadillac Escalades for a demolition derby? The Soho House. Yes, the temporary private club that hails from London and overtakes a Hollywood estate every year is back for a week of Oscar escapades. Last night, Demi and Ashton dined just feet from Penelope Cruz; a dinner for Best Actress nominee Jennifer Hudson, hosted by MAC Cosmetics, happens tonight. For anyone unfamiliar with this annual exclusive phenom, here’s the full report.

This year, the Soho House is located just above Sunset Boulevard (near Doheny Drive). The massive home—which has been transformed into a chic manor with indoor/outdoor dining room, game room and a library festooned with antlers and overstuffed wing chairs—has the vibe of a very rich Auntie’s place in Notting Hill. The digs are so private that you can’t even drive up there. Rather, a shuttle—that giant Escalade—is dispatched for all guests.

This afternoon, over al fresco lunch on the patio, I spotted a few CAA agents and some balding European producers in dire need of sunscreen. Upstairs, designers like Mulberry are showcasing their wares to celebs and stylists and MAC has a room overflowing with product. A spa set up by Cowshed ( a popular Brit brand) offers manis, pedis, and mini massages. There’s diamonds too – with jewelry by Fred Leighton and spa treatments using the precious gems.

When I arrived at noon or so, Russell Simmons was greeting guests with a warm smile and handshake. Turns out he was hosting his own private event and playing Lord of the manor. My prediction? Expect randy romps in the game room and tipsy starlets draped on the plush leather sofas when the sun sets. There’s enough Champagne in that house to inebriate all of Ireland

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