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Students of London, welcome to The Social. A small piece of sanity in Central London . . music venue, bar, exhibition space, local pub, club and safe haven.

Show us your NUS or student card and get 241 booze offers every day before 8pm.

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Behind The Sun

Opening on October 5th at the social, Behind The Sun is an exhibition of graphic art and illustration, featuring works from the USA, Canda, UK, Germany and Ireland.

The title is drawn from the Bert Jansh track ‘October song’. “Quite simply the song was the reasoning for the show as well as being a great opportunity to to collaborate with other artists and designers,” explains John Slade of H.Y.T. studio, who has organised the show with frequent collaborators and infamous central London music venue, The Social, on Little Portland Street.

Artists include:

Chris Harnan. A ‘Berlin and London-based image maker Chris’ style is process driven and he putting an emphasis on “play and experimentation”, forcing himself to “follow tangents that develop from accidents”. His works are a hybrid of handmade elements with computer created imagery.’

Daniel David Freeman. ‘Daniel David Freeman is an artist and designer from London. He has worked commercially for clients including Vice, Dazed, Uniqlo, Puma, Adidas and Converse. He has exhibited in group shows across London, New York, L.A and Hong Kong as well as solo shows at Beach London. “His drawings work to shrug his arts education and imagine himself as an outsider who draws from imagination, influenced purely niche communities that other people rarely, if ever, get a glimpse of.”

Ellie Andrews. “South London graphic artist Ellie Andrews’
work is as bold and distinctive, partly due to her repetitious use of a “particularly satisfying” hue of royal blue, but also down to her cheekily cute characters. “I really enjoy designing logos and typefaces for branding, so whenever I get the opportunity I love to put my own concepts together.” she’s worked with big brands like Urban Outfitters Fred Perry, MTV, New York Times, Bloomberg Vew, The Debrief, Lazy Oaf, Business Week”.

H.Y.T. is a graphic and illustration studio that was established as an avenue for artist and designer John Slade to showcase his commercial work. Since it began in 2009, the studio has grown an impressive client base that includes Nike, Tate Modern, Transport for London, Lazy oaf. According to the studio, the stylistic output of H.Y.T. is an extension of Johns’ enjoyment
for “bold, striking, conceptual graphics and illustrations.” H.Y.T. studio keeps it’s approach fresh by working across a variety of techniques and mediums whilst still experimenting with styles to suit particular briefs and create impactful outcomes.

Nejc Prah. Graphic designer Nejc Prah works with vibrant colours and crazy shapes creating work that combines 80s club typography with fourth dimension landscapes. The Slovenian- born, New York-based designer has produced work across print and digital that is disruptive, vibrant and unique. By day he works in the creative team at Bloomberg Business Week. His personal projects include poster series for musicians, hardware store catalogues and identity and publication designs.

Noah Butkus. Growing up, Noah found himself spending all of his time with skateboards and comic books. This is where he found all his inspiration, and for the most part still does. Aside from art and design for the band Death Threat, his first widely recognised output appeared on graphics for Burton Snow- boards. This work was followed by commissions for posters, ads, catalogues, and product applications from a wide variety of companies. now living in Manhattan. At 32, he has already paid considerable dues in the art world. No longer tied to a company desk he spends his days at his studio, balancing commercial and personal work. In recent years he has also begun exhibiting his work in both solo and group exhibitions.

Rob Whoriskey. Rob is an illustrator, printer, painter and visual collaborator living in Dalston, London. Robs’ work depicts London culture in pop art style. His subjects range from chicken shop logos, images of the band Crass, cigarette butts, pigeons and many more subjects that are icons of the city. Apart from interesting personal work he also has an impressive commercial client list including Fred Perry and Dover street Market.

Tylor Macmillan. Tylor is a designer and artist living and working in Vancouver, Canada. His work is a hybrid between drawing and graphic design where his one-page creations become neatly composed formations of illustrations and graphic icons. Throughout Tylor Macmillens’ work is a focus on how the mediums he uses interact with experimental printing processes. This means the sharp, cartoon aesthetic to the different components is offset wonderfully by the grainy texture and tone of Tylor’s chosen printing method. This adds another dimension to his posters and zines. The symbols and icons Tylor creates are full of pop culture references that hark back to old video games, familiar toys and the internet. As a result the visual language he’s created feels familiar but still cryptic enough to engage viewers.

Tim Head. Tim is a British artist living and working in London. Working across a wide range of mediums Tims’ work has persisted to maintain the highest standard, weather design, art, film making, illustrating, curating, photography, etc. He has produced work for brands such as Carhartt, Champion, Law magazine, Converse, Warp and NTS Radio.

The exhibition poster is designed by Paul Camo Roberts,a graphic designer who has exhibited drawings in London and Japan, made short films for Raindance Film Festival, co-founded clothing brand Crossover and was an integral part of setting up the London based trainer store Slamminkicks. He is also known for his work with Plastic People, Werk Discs and most recently MIC Records. Paul is also the founder of the legendary ‘We Are…’ show, an infamous radio show now running bi-weekly on London’s NTS Radio.

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Christmas at The Social


Christmas bookings are now OPEN at The Social for 2017.

We can hold parties for smaller groups – reserving booths on either floor – or big parties with both spaces bars available to hire for up to 250 people.

Dates and space are limited so drop us an email to request availability and more info.


THE UPSTAIRS BAR (holds up to 75 people – licensed until 1am)

The upstairs bar can hold up to 75 people, offering a sanctuary from madness of Oxford Street, a bolthole for skivers and barflies; somewhere where the days blur into nights and the dusty light is always conducive to losing a few hours to alcohol and good company.

Unchanged in a decade and a half, it’s made up of 5 large leather booths each set around an aged gunmetal grey table. The room itself is entirely clad in wood. Originally sauna-like, the walls have fully matured like a Soho dandy due to years of excessive smoking and drinking. Ever-present in the corner is our beautiful, hard working AMI Continental Jukebox. It’s soundtracked countless first dates, birthdays, after shows and lost weekends… even the odd wake.

Although listings and features on the bar tend to focus on the nightly events in the basement (a space we couldn’t be prouder of), for many people the Upstairs Bar is truly the heart of The Social.


BASEMENT (holds up to 150 – licensed until 1am)

The Basement is where the big partying usually happens (although to be honest upstairs is not shy!) with a full club PA, DJ set up and live stage. We can host 150 people downstairs and have limited availability for private hires in December

Designed back in 1999 by a partnership of David Adjaye and Will Russell (now of Pentagram) with the proviso of withstanding nuclear attack or – at the very least – the worst that people could chuck at it, The Social basement has launched over a million hugely successful hangovers






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Bank Holiday Comedown ?

. . Join us tonight for free ambient relief

The monthly night from Ulrich Schnauss and Nathaniel Cramp (Sonic Cathedral) is back. Launched as a spin-off from their online radio show Sonic Realities, playing atmospheric sounds from Aphex to Eno, Terry Riley to Vini Reilly. The hosts will be manning the decks, alongside guest DJ, Paul Hammond, one half of the legendary pastoral techno duo Ultramarine, plus a live set courtesy of Nottingham-based Welshman Plyci who mixes melodic ambient soundcapes with raucous electronica.

Ambient music + 241 beer and cocktails + London’s best fish finger sandwich

= the answer

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Sonic Sandwich

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Little Bugger Summer Special


Continuing on their weekly residency at The Social, Bugged Out are bringing down 10 DJs to play us their top 10 summer records!

We’re running 2-4-1 on selected beers and cocktails in the basement, and it’s free entry!

After roaming festival dance stages and changing the face of pub raves forever, Bugged Out’s Little Bugger has found a weekly home every Thursday night at Central London’s famed institution The Social.

Despite being a long running mutant techno night, Bugged Out has always found time to let its hair down and party. Their New Years Day parties have become the stuff of legend and they’ve taken this pop spirit to festivals mixing classic Bugged Out tunes with house party pop and R&B. This is what Little Bugger is all about – join us after work to start the weekend early.

Helming Little Bugger will be residents Lemmy Ashton and Johnno, with special guests making unannounced appearances in the award winning London landmark.

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Sasha Adamczewski Residency

Sasha Adamczewski is a 23 year old man from South East London with a powerful voice. From a young age he has played, written and performed his own material. Sasha’s influences have grown from figures such as John Martyn and Tom Waits, to a darker and blues driven sound with inspiration from artists such as Howling Wolf, Dr Feelgood and Screamin Jay Hawkins.

We’re delighted and honoured to have Sasha and his band join us for a four date residency this summer . . starting on August 7th – support artists below

Tickets for all shows on sale now – including limited £15 tickets for 4 four dates!

Tin Foil Astronaut (7th August)

Canterbury based Psych Pop outfit, whom combine Huge glacial pop with catchy hooks to create a sound that rivals a full string band being beamed in from outer space. Doo wop inspired melodies and ambitious songcraft that is both classic and modern.

The Honkies (21st August)

Premium synth infused country honky-tonk from South London.

Bad Parents (4th Sept)

Bad Parents are a two-piece from South London working independently. Inspired by collaboration, improvisation and falling in love with music again! We recorded our EP in January with Margo Broom at Hermitage Works Studios in London. Some of our talented and good friends came down and got involved to make it special!

Lan Dyons & The Wet Nurse (18th Sept)

Over the past five years Lan Dyons (aka Dan Lyons) had perhaps been best known as the drummer for bands such as Fat White Family, Misty Miller and Phobophobes, but his real job is a songwriter. Since a teen in several Kent bands in the late-noughties he’s been busy writing, and the The Wet Nurse project has been tried and tested at various opening slots and open mics across London. Now with an album recorded, and a live band featuring some of the best musicians from the South London scene, Lan Dyons & The Wet Nurse is officially up and running

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Half Price Beer Festival

We’re celebrating summer and all the new beers we now stock on Monday and Tuesday (17th and 18th July) . . by having a half price beer festival!

Come and join us from 4pm until close (or we run out!) and enjoy all of these beers (and more) half price. No need for a membership card but you can book a table if you like.

Pass it on!


Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale (7.5%)

Way smooth and silky with a nice wheatly-esque-ishness. A truly unique style featuring a strong hop finish on a silky body. A hoppy pale wheat ale that is great for IPA fans but so smooth that the hefeweizen fans dig it too.

Lagunitas Aunt Sally – Sour Mash Ale (5.7%)

We soured the wort on the Hot Side with Lactobacillus for a few days and then brewed up this smooth and hoppy sour. It tastes like a big bowl of fruity candy or some chewable flavored vitamins, but what’s the difference? It’s sweet, tart, and sassy, just like the tasty cherry pie that your favorite aunt makes. For all the Aunt Sally’s out there, You know who you are…

Lagunitas High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout (12%)

Ale Brewed with Coffee and then Aged in High West Whiskey Barrels

This beer couldn’t have been done without the help from our friends at High West Distillery in Park City, UT and Chicago’s-own Metropolis Coffee. We brewed a rich, malty Imperial Stout with some of Metropolis’ Spice Island blend, then let it vintag-ize in High West Rye and Bourbon Barrels for up to 17 FREAKING MONTHS. It’s good to have friends!

Lagunitas 12th of Never Ale (5.5%)

Tropically Hoppy. Light, yet Full-Bodied. Bright and Citrusy. Word.

The magical, mystical 12th of Never is a blend of Old and New School hops that play bright citrus, rich coconut, and papaya-esque flavors, all on a solid stage of English puffed wheat. Tropically hoppy. Light, yet full-bodied. Bright and citrusy. The 12th of Never Ale is everything we’ve learned about making hop-forward beer expressed in a moderate voice.  Pale, cold, slightly alcoholic and bitter.  It’s all we know.

Camden Town Brewery Inner City Green – Summertime lager (3.9%)

Blossom, bank holidays, and trainers with no socks, the first outdoor ice cream – or beer – of the year – everyone has their springtime signifier. For us, spring hasn’t properly sprung until we’ve had our first pint of hoppy, juicy, fresh Inner City Green

Two Roads Road Jam – Raspberry wheat beer (5%)

A wheat ale fermented with real red and black raspberries and accented with fresh lemongrass.  It has a stunning red color and mouth-watering berry aroma.  Fruity and refreshingly dry.


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Michael Pedersen’s Oyster

Oyster Book Launch London
Thursday 14th September, The Social, London, 19:00 -21:00

Neu! Reekie! co-chief & prize-winning poet Michael Pedersen launches his second collection illustrated by / a collaboration with Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison. On the night Michael & Scott will perform unique sets with special guest appearances from some of the best in the business (to be announced soon but don’t dally).

Praise for Oyster:
‘Michael Pedersens poems get under my skin. And I always feel more upbeat and hopeful after having read them. You really cant ask much more from a poet’Irvine Welsh

‘A cosmic, playful, weird and extravagant striptease of words for the brain, genitals and tender hearts . . . – I LOVE it’ – Charlotte Church

‘Michaels poems are so physical you can almost touch the images in them. Fabulously sensual and alive. I adore poetry like this’  – Stephen Fry

FRIGHTENED RABBIT are an internationally renowned Scottish indie rock band who’ve conquered the UK Top Ten Album charts at the same time as retaining a cult following. Scott Hutchison is the founder / songwriter / chieftan.


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You Love Us: Manic Street Preachers in Photographs 1991-2001 – Book Launch

Join us from 7.30pm on Thursday 6th July for the launch of YOU LOVE US: MANIC STREET PREACHERS IN PHOTOGRAPHS 1991-2001 by TOM SHEEHAN.

Available in a Deluxe and Super-Deluxe edition, the latest in the series of books from the archives of legendary music photographer Tom Sheehan, features his extensive work with one of the most important and successful UK bands of the last quarter century and welsh rock icons, Manic Street Preachers.

Tom will be in attendance signing copies of the book and we’ll be displaying some very special and iconic Manics images from Tom’s archives on the night as well!

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