The Lunar Society

Soho House was a regular venue for the meeting for the leading eighteenth century intellectuals of the Lunar Society. Here, Matthew Boulton met with some of the most important scientists, engineers and thinkers of his time.

The Lunar Society was a group of free thinking scientists and industrialists including Joseph Priestley, Erasmus Darwin, Josiah Wedgwood, James Watt, and William Withering.

The Dining Room at Soho House is also known as the Lunar Room and it is where the Lunar Society met. The meetings held here were lively affairs, where all the latest ideas and inventions were discussed and scientific experiments carried out. Their meetings took place at the time of the full moon, this enabled the members to proceed home by its light. 

To follow in the footsteps of members of the Lunar Society download the Lunar Society Trail which contains a city centre walk plus an out-of-town guide to other sites including Soho House.

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