The Upstairs Bar


For fifteen years, our upstairs bar has offered sanctuary from madness of Oxford Street. All that time, it’s been 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.

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.

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.


The bar is stocked with Borough Wines, beers from Moor, Tiny Rebel, Pressure Drop, Camden Town and the Kernel (as well as regular guest bottles) and a carefully chosen selection of spirits and cocktails.

Booths are available to reserve every night of the week for parties of 5 or more. We only hold a limited amount and always for early evening. Drop us a line if you want to book one for your birthday, leaving do or office drink. 


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Photos from Friday with Fatboy Slim and Tim Burgess


There’s loads to have a look at on the Heavenly Social Facebook page now

Thanks to Tom Gilfillian and Christian Kraatz for these great shots

The Heavenly Social happens every week at the bar – from 6pm every Friday night




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Fatboy Slim Is Our Special Guest On Friday


So Time Out have exclusively announced  this morning our exciting news that Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim will be our special guest at the Heavenly Social on Friday night.

Full line is Fatboy Slim, Tim Burgess, Heavenly Jukebox and Rob Butler

As ever the party will be free entry before 9pm but we are going to run a list for 100 members to guarantee entry before 8pm in case it gets busy early. Email carl@thesocial.com to grab a place on that list. Other than that they’ll be a few places on the door from 6pm but early arrival is obviously recommended.



Read the full Time Out story here

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The Ransom Note

Thanks to the Ransom Note for all their support recently. They put together the epic Sean Johnston and Richard Fearless (check the pictures here) night at the end of January and also ran this chat between The Social’s programmer Carl and old resident DJ and lifetime Socialist Matty J on their site last week.

Go check them out and get yourself on their crucial weekly mail out too


Click on the image to read the full piece

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Chasing Grace Residency

Chasing Grace at the social

Chasing Grace are playing a month long residency at the venue this coming February

Chasing Grace and Friends kicks off on the 3rd of February with 20-year-old Phil Plested and 18-year-old Grace Ackerman headlining all Mondays in February. With the Line Of Best Fit DJs to play the first night and supports over 4 dates from the likes of George The Poet, Tanika, Lauren Aquilina, Max Marshall, J.Appiah, Ava Stokes, Prose, Kahlia Bakosi and more to be announced.

Tickets are £5 per show (limited to 2 per person) and we also have an exclusive ‘AAA Season Pass Bundle’. A limited number of the bundle packages are on sale for £20 and guarantees you entry to ALL 4 shows! On top of that you’ll get a limited edition Chasing Grace and Friends poster and a AAA lanyard. Bundles are sold on a first come first serve basis so you’ll have to be quick.


10th Feb:



Steph Fraser

DJ Set: Naughty Boy and Rob Pursey

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17th Feb:

JP Cooper

Kahlia Bakosi

Nick Brewer

DJ: Twin B

Feature from George the Poet

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24th Feb:

Ava Stokes


Max Marshall

DJ: Melody Kane

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To find out more head to www.facebook.com/blackjackldn or contact hello@blackjackldn.co.uk


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Hip Hop Karaoke


. . as if you didn’t already know, well we host one of London nightlife’s biggest and most hype events every single Thursday night at the bar.


DJ: Rob Pursey (Southern Hospitality)

Host: Bobby Champagne Jnr.

“London’s like a jungle sometimes but nights like this will keep you from going under!” Time Out

Putting a fresh twist on the ancient art of karaoke, HHK Lets you get on the mic and act out your rap fantasies to the fullest, whether that includes teaming up with friends to rock through a Wu-Tang jam, living the lyrical highlife like Jay-Z or Drake, bawsin it like Rick Ross, celebrating summertime with The Fresh Prince or acting all crazy like Nicki Minaj or Ol Dirty Bastard. You can now find HHK every Thursday at The Social.

It’s no exaggeration to say that this is a legendary night out and you’d be crazy not to get there early.

Southern Hospitality and Hip Hop Karaoke are taking over BOTH floors at The Social and we’re turning it into our special New Years Eve Hip-Hop House Party!

Kicking off the night in the basement we will have our final Hip Hop Karaoke session of 2014, allowing you to get on the mic and live out your rap fantasies as ever with DJ Rob Pursey and Host Bobby Champagne Jr. Followed by Southern Hospitality DJs playing nothing but the latest and greatest past present and future Rap and R&B anthems until 4am!

Tickets available for £15 now

Meanwhile upstairs in the bar our favourite DJs will be playing nothing but old-school party Soul and Disco jams for those who want to grab a booth, dance on a table or do whatever the night inspires you.

Oh, it’s also our beloved host and certified London Legend Bobby Champagne Jr.’s birthday – so we’re celebrating!

Tickets available for £15 now

Southern Hospitality x Hip Hop Karaoke NYE House Party
The Social
5 Little Portland Street
Doors 7pm-4am
Tickets £10/£15 advance more on door

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Super Bowl XLVIII Party


After 4 unbelievable sold out events, our charity Superbowl event is back for a 5th year.

Having been described by the Evening Standard as one the ‘hottest tickets in town’ the event last year was better than ever.

A no nonsense party with great DJs, American craft beers and London’s best hot dogs from Dogtown!

+ a special raffle on the night with prizes including tickets to see Saracens at Wembley, dinner for two, a round of golf and more.

Every penny from the night will be going to Amnesty International.


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Faber Social


. . more info

Special guests:

Alan Warner, Hisham Matar, Akhil Sharma + Maxy Bianco

Faber Social welcomes you to a very literary New Year with our first evening’s entertainment for 2014. Booker shortlisted author, Hisham Matar, will join Akhil Sharma, whose second novel, Family Life, a book Edmund White has already said is the ‘nearly perfect novel’. The night will conclude with a screening of Maxy Bianco’s (known for his legendary cult smash, CAN HOUSE) quartet of films, Another England. Unmissable.





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Festival of Drinking – Final Night

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The third and final part of The Social’s January Festival of Drinking is a special evening hosted in association with Stolichnaya Vodka and Bols on Monday 20th January from 6pm.

Drink experts John Clay and Matthew Dakers will be on hand to talk people through some incredibly delicious cocktail hybrids including Dude Abides, Bounty Hunter, Strawberries & Cream and Broken Biscuit.

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They’ll be a chance to get hands on behind the bar, taste a whole a load of free cocktails and then enjoy the rest of the evening in a booth giving your new favourite cocktail a proper run out.

We have two booths (up to 8 people) to give away for the evening which will include a full demonstration session with the experts and free cocktails afterwards for you and your mates.

To win a booth just email carl@thesocial.com with your best made up Social-themed cocktail 




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The Social’s January Festival of Drinking – Wine


Tomorrow night we’re concentrating on drinking wine. Upstairs bar from 6pm for some free tasting and plenty of new wines to buy too. This is the start of a new hook up with London’s Borough Wines who’ve created us a new list of wines for 2014. 

Established in 2002, to bring their family vineyard to the attention of the British wine drinkers, Borough Wines now offers a unique and international selection of wines. They now have four Borough Wines shops and two restaurants – L’Entrepôt and Mayfields.

We’re delighted to be working with Borough and looking forward to sharing a few glasses tomorrow night at the second part of our Social January Festival of Drinking.


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