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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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Greensleeves Grenfell Tower Fundraiser

The official Greensleves Records club night hits The Social in London’s West End on the first Saturday of every month.

Next session: SAT 1st JULY’17

From it’s birth in 1975 Greensleeves Records has always had it’s home in West London. It seems only fitting that all money raised at the next official Greensleeves Record club night goes to the Grenfell Tower Fire Relief fund.

Please come and support. Saturday 1st July (7pm-1am).
at The Social, 5 Little Portland St, London W1
Entry by donation – all money raised goes to the Grenfell Tower Fire Relief Fund.

DJs Keith Lawrence (Mi-Soul/Dub Organiser) Champian & Mistah Brown (Tighten Up) and Oxman (Dub Vendor/Soho Radio).

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From Alimantado to Alborosie for forty years Greensleeves Records has stayed on top of the game in presenting the very best in reggae music. Through the dancehall dominance of ‘Junjo’ Lawes, King Jammy & Gussie Clarke to the outernational success of Barrington Levy, Eek-a-Mouse, Yellowman, Freddie McGregor, Gregory Isaacs, Shaggy, Beanie Man, Black Uhuru, The Wailing Souls and Mr Vegas to name but a few, Greensleeves has been the benchmark of quality since 1977!

Now teaming up with the world-famous London Intl Ska Festival, Greensleeves Records official club night hits London’s West End on the first Saturday of every month with world class DJs selecting the tunes that first inspired them from one of the greatest back catalogues of our times!


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New Exhibition: George Greaves




Bristol-based George Greaves studied illustration and visual communication at Westminster University and, after a stint working outside of the creative industry, has focused on producing creative projects for the past year and a half. George creates work that’s inspired by architecture and the built environments, drawing on influences that include Georgio De Chico, David Hockney, Matisse, Magritte and Escher. The careful composition of his artworks and bold graphic style has seen George produce works for the likes of Crack, Tom Dixon, The Financial Times and Stella Artios. Working almost exclusively in Photoshop, George relies on his instincts when creating images. “My creative process is very intuitive, I usually start with a vague idea and just see where it takes me,” he says.

Prints are available from printedgoods.net. Prices start at £10.



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