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Introducing . . Vesuvio!

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Vesuvio Launches July 1st – New Friday Nights at The Social

Minutes from Oxford Circus, Vesuvio is the new weekly taking over the Social every Friday night. It’s set to give you everything you need to kick off the weekend, namely hype tunes and good times. In the basement the resident selectors drop hip hop and RnB bangers (think Fetty x RiRi x Drizzy x Skepta), dancehall hits, some pop nuggets and more, whilst upstairs is all about seven inch soul, reggae, funk, disco, rock n roll . . Social Classics. There are booths for chatting and dancefloor space for dabbing / whipping / nae-naeing . . you get the picture.

The Social has been an oasis in a too dry central London for getting on for 20 years now, and Vesuvio is everything it’s ever loved rolled into one big ball of like. 

It’s the new (old) spot for that afterwork drink and shuffle, a beer in a booth with mates or late night dancefloor tear up. Pass through, get happy x

6pm-1am every Friday night – free entry upstairs / £5 basement. 

Email carl@thesocial.com for guest list / group bookings

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Remain In Light – What EU talking about?


Remain In Light – What EU talking about? 

On the eve of the day before voter registration for the June 23rd referendum closes, the Social and Gruff Rhys host a conversation about the pros (and a few of the cons) of the EU. There will be some very special guests giving their learned views on the subject, a little live music and song selections from the continent that brought us everything from ‘Flow Motion’ to the Vengaboys. 

Doors 7pm

£5 entry – Email carl@thesocial.com if you’d like to attend

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Summer Drinks Offer



2 for 1 on ALL DRINKS* before 9pm EVERYDAY

All you need is a membership card – email Carl here and he’ll get you one sorted.

Ends Aug 31st !

Thanks Xx

*Except champagne! Soz x


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Euros: Follow Roy at The Social


. . dusted off the ‘Follow Roy’ poster for another football tournament. Never gets old really. 

Anyway, we’ll be showing the England AND Wales games at the bar on big screens including a two floor special on Monday 20th June. You can book tables in advance, just drop us a line or give us a call.

2 for 1 booze offers and Burgershack providing the food. It’s a winning formula.

Sat 11 Jun

Wales v Slovakia (17:00)

England v Russia (20:00)

Thu 16 Jun

England v Wales (14:00)

Mon 20 Jun

Russia v Wales

Slovakia v England (both 20:00)



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Soho Radio 2nd Birthday


Join us to celebrate the 2nd birthday of the brilliant Soho Radio on Friday night from 9pm – free entry and all welcome!

Soho Radio will be hot footing it over the other side of Oxford Street to broadcast Eddy Temple-Morris’ The Remix Live!

With performances from:

Engine Earz (DJ Set)
Spatial Awareness

9PM – 1AM


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New Burgershack Menu

Burger Shack at The Social

Open now for lunch and dinner – turn up and grab a table or book in advance on 0207 636 4992 or drop Carl an email here

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Live at The Social in May


Here are just some of the special live shows we have happening in May on Little Portland St

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Tuesday 3rd May

Live: Jata, Rosborough + Emmi

THE FIX (in association with BMI) will be back at The Social on Tuesday May 3rd with another line-up of the best new breaking bands.

Jata (9.30pm stage time) – An exciting new Berlin synth-pop act who came to our attention with one of last year’s best singles ‘The Curse’, which The Line of Best Fit and DIY were championing. New single ‘Don’t Feel Like’ is just as good and we can’t wait to hear them headline THE FIX.

Rosborough (8.30pm) – Lot of buzz about this fantastic Northern Irish act, and no surprise, for they craft beautiful, soaring, epic guitar torchsongs.

Emmi (7.30pm) – Australian singer now based in London and opening our night. Last year’s single ‘Sleep On It’ became a huge viral hit after Taylor Swift tweeted her love for the track, and The Fader and The 405 were just two of the tastemakers in agreement.

Doors 7pm-12am – Free entry

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Tuesday 10th May

Live: The Bay Rays, Eliza Shaddad + Keep Up

2016 is the 10th anniversary of Huw Stephens presenting shows at The Social. Each and every month Huw has chosen the best new bands acts around to squeeze on to the Social stage. We’ll be celebrating this decade of brilliant shows properly later this year with some special event. . but in the meantime Huw and The Social present three more ace new bands. As ever it’s free entry and kicks off early.

Doors 7pm-12am – Free entry

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Tuesday 18th May

Live: Triptides, Feral Love + Have You Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS

Special three band bill presented by The Heavenly Jukebox featuring a headline slot from Triptides bringing their ‘sun-warped psychedelic rock from Los Angeles, CA’. Supports comes from exciting new Liverpool alt-pop duo Feral Love and the snappily named Have You Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS all the way from Finland. DJ support from The Heavenly Jukebox

Doors 7pm-12am – £5 advance


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Tuesday 24th May

Live: Margo Price + support

Very honoured to be hosting one of the first ever London shows from Third Man recording artist Margo Price. Her debut album ‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter’ is totally brilliant and she has a live show to match. Super-excited about this one.

Doors 7pm-12am – £8.50 advance


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Wednesday 25th May

Live: Sea Pinks

+ The Carraways + Meal Deals

Sea Pinks began in 2010 initially as the solo project of then Girls Names drummer Neil Brogan. The home recorded debut cassette “Youth Is Wasted” (feat. Japanese Knotweed) was released (on Brogan’s label CF Records) in September of that year. Neil began playing shows around this time as Sea Pinks with Girls Names cohorts Claire Miskimmin on stand up drums and Cathal Cully on bass. Much confusion followed as people failed to get their heads around the same three people playing in two different bands.

Having left Girls Names in 2013 Neil set to work on the first Sea Pinks studio album with the now three piece line up of Steven, Davey and himself. The subsequent fourth album “Dreaming Tracks” (feat. Dream Happening, Magpies Eyes) was released in September 2014.

‘Soft Days’ the band’s second studio album (and fifth in total) featuring the now established line up of Neil, Davey and Steven, was released in January 2016 and the band are over for a string of UK dates in May, including The Social!

Doors 7pm-12am – £5 advance


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Live: The Dreaming Spires + Lutine

The Dreaming Spires bring their own cosmic mix of slow country burners and intriguing jangling guitars.

Rated by BBC Radio Ulster’s, Ralph McLean as “one of the finest bands in Britain today,” singing brothers, Robin and Joe Bennett – joined live by Tom Collison (keyboards) and F Scott Kenny (drums) – have built quite a reputation and following in recent times.

Current release ‘Searching for the Supertruth’ emphasises how the duo effortlessly straddle a line between the influence of roots music, classic 60s pop and their youthful love of indie rock from both sides of the Atlantic. Their fondness for the distinctive harmonies in the tradition of The Everly Brothers and The Byrds is never far from the surface, either.

“…a fine collection of songs that may well prove to be one of the best British albums of the year.” 8/10 – Americana UK

Doors 7pm-1am – £5 advance


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Saturday 14th May

The London International Ska Festival presents
Trojan Records Official Club Night

Special guest DJ:

Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers/Special A.K.A.)

+ Mistah Brown (Tighten Up)

2nd Saturday of every month


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Burgerac’s Burgershack


Burgerac’s Burgershack is here! 

Since launching his Burgerac’s Burgershack kitchen residency at The Royal Oak pub in Marylebone in July 2014, London’s pre-eminent blogger and “burger detective” has drawn praise for his delicious comfort food from the likes of The Evening Standard, Cool Hunting (US), RES (Sweden), We The Food Snobs, The Londoner, and the venture even appeared listed alongside such cultural landmarks as The Tate Modern, The Riverside Café and The Groucho Club in a piece on MatchesFashion.com focusing on London Hotspots. Heck, The Times’ food writer, Giles Coren, recently professed his love of Burgershack’s Hubba Hubba burger on Twitter.

Now, The Social is super excited to announce that Burgerac and his team are bringing their awesome fare to its kitchen .  .

Some praise about Burgershack at The Royal Oak:

Had a cracking cheeseburger at Burgershack residency at The Royal Oak. The fried mustard double [Hubba Hubba] was king.” Giles Coren

A laid-back joint where high quality burgers and good times reign supreme.” Karen Day (Cool Hunting) 9/10 London’s Best Burgers

A sort of burger temple.” We Are The Food Snobs

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Hot Chip DJ Set (Felix, Owen & Alexis)

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Wed May 4

Special guests:

+ special guests still to be announced

Andy Backhouse presents


All profits from the night will be donated to War Child


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