On Tour With Calla

Monday 30th January

Join us at the end of the month for the screening of a new film by Sebastien Dehesdin and live show from Her Name Is Calla – and it’s FREE ENTRY!



We are proud to present an exclusive screening of documentary ‘On Tour With Calla’. It was made by Sebastien Dehesdin after spending 3 weeks with the band Her Name Is Calla (a five-piece band based in Leeds) around Europe. The screening will be followed by a live performance from the band.

Watch the trailer below:

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The Celestial Cinema

The first of a monthly film club curated by Jeff Barrett starts on Monday 27th February . .

Saint Etienne and Heavenly Films present:

What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day?

Directed by Paul Kelly

What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day? (2005) continues Saint Etienne’s  ongoing fascination with the city of London and its diverse array of
people, space and places. Directed by Paul Kelly, this superb  documentary explores East London’s neglected Lower Lea Valley,  beautifully
capturing the areas’ last moments before it undergoes a  major redevelopment programme that will transform it from a derelict  wasteland into the
site for the 2012 Olympic Games. (running time 46 minutes).


Drift Street

A short film by Michael Smith, the writer and presenter of BBC’s ‘Drivetime’ and ‘Citizen Smith’.

Michael says: Drift Street is the first thing I’ve directed. If the Culture Shows are “picture essays” then Drift Street is a kind of “picture-poem”, more open-ended, less constrained by linear narrative. It was commissioned for the Floating Cinema as part of the Create Festival, which promotes the cultural life of the East End.

Still (above) from What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day?




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Social Newsletter – Week 1

Happy New Year Year to you all.  There are some new developments down at the bar. . 

First up, we have a whole new set of Friday nights starting this month (and one in February which we can can’t announce yet). Read all about them HERE. It all kicks off on the 13th January with Good Block.

This Friday the Heavenly Jukebox, Mark + Matt will be hosting a Friday Social for one week only over two floors, which means i get to play records in the basement for first time in ages – looking forward to it, come and say hello.

Saturday Night we’re open until 3am to celebrate a year of SubSoul nights.  Jazzie B is playing an extra long First Birthday set alongside Chris P Cuts and Mr Rive.

We have finally got Zane ‘Cunningham’ Cunningham to put together his very first exhibition of photos for the bar.  They look BIG, bold and colourful, full of energy and need to be seen.

The launch party is on Wednesday 11th January from 6.30pm with some free beers for early arrivals.  All are welcome and the Southern Hospitality DJs will be on hand to soundtrack the pictures of their own parties!




Thursday 5th January


“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, Hip-Hop Karaoke lets you get on the mic and act out your rap fantasies to the fullest, whether that’s 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 find HHK every Thursday at The Social.  It’s no exaggeration to say that this is a legendary night out.

Doors 6pm-1am, free entry



Friday 6th January



CARL + DANNY (Heavenly Jukebox)

MARK + MATT (Droyd + Fones)

Carl, Danny, Mark and Matt will be taking over both floors of The Social this coming Friday for a one off resident’s party before the new nights take up residence from next week.

You can expect second-hand sevens, jukebox soul, disco, funk + hip hop, brand new house 12s, borrowed edits and no detoxing.  

Doors 6pm-late, free before 9pm, £5/£3 members


Saturday 7th January


‘The real overground sound’ 





Tonight the boys are celebrating a year of this top underground party for those looking for the overground sound!

Spinning everything from Soul + Disco to Hip Hop and House, a blend of sounds new and old for those looking for an unpretentious party vibe.

Doors 6pm-3am, free before 8pm, £5 after



Monday 9th January





Inspired by the likes of The Arcade Fire, The National and the Guillemots, Halflight are new for 2012. Their implausibly large sound features the
Neil Hannon-esque croonings of lead singer, Chris Cookson, whose affected
melodies and lyrics will have you hooked from the start.

Doors 7pm-12am. £5 in advance


Tuesday 10th January





This is Huw’s monthly night at The Social.  He has been presenting the very best in new music on Little Portland for over 4 years. Alongside him will be Felson will be on the decks.

Doors 7pm-12am. Free entry


Wednesday 11th January


The new weekly party from The Heatwave. The rules are simple: No badmind. No posing. 100% dancing. 100% smiling.  Madd Raff is all about dancing, dressing up and having fun! Pure bashment all night with no negativity allowed in the building.

Expect crazy dance moves, banging on the walls and a million whistles and air horns.

Doors 7pm-1am £3 before 10pm / £5 thereafter.



Thursday 12th January


“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, Hip-Hop Karaoke lets you get on the mic and act out your rap fantasies to the fullest, whether that’s 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 find HHK every Thursday at The Social.  It’s no exaggeration to say that this is a legendary night out.

Doors 6pm-1am, free entry



Friday 13th January



Bringing a new night to The Social every 2nd Friday of the month.

The Good Block will blend Disco, Boogie, Hip Hop, House and Soul from the 70′s to the current day. Flying across New York, Chicago, Detroit, Kingston, London, Lagos and beyond.

Each month’s line up will welcome a host of established club DJs who leave their current guises behind to do something left of centre. From The Gap Band to Big L to Kerri Chandler to Mr Vegas, come get deep.

Doors 6pm-1am, Free before 9pm, £5 after



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SoulQuarium – This Wednesday




The SoulQuarium is a new night presented by Ronnie Herel from 1xtra.  In true Social style it’s chance for Ronnie and friends to come down and flex some different musical muscles.

Every 3rd Wednesday of each month,

BBC Radio 1xtra’s Ronnie Herel spins everything musically cool & soulful alongside special guests commencing this Weds 14th December with Abi Clarke (Sounds Of The Universe)

Free Entry!



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Cheers Ken!

The Search for the Perfect pub continues . . 

Robin Turner and Paul Moody shared a pint with Ken Livingstone down the bar the other week and had a chat about pubs.

Read his thoughts and those of some other famous patrons HERE in their brilliant Guardian piece.

Robin and Paul’s book, ‘The Search for the Perfect Pub: Looking For the Moon Under Water’ is available now, it’s an excellent read and the ideal Christmas gift for that boozy uncle.









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Hot booze

Dre has come up with some winter warmers to mark the beginning of December. Enjoy.

Mexican Egg Nog x 1


1 whole egg

1 tablespoon vanilla sugar

100 ml semi skimmed milk

1 shot tequila

Nice pinch of cinnamon powder

Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish


1. Beat egg, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla with a wire whisk. Pour into a large mug.

2. Add milk and mix well.

3. Heat whilst stirring. Do not boil.

4. Sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg. Serve in teacup.

The Social Mulled Wine


½ cup red wine

½ cup orange juice

1 shot Courvoisier cognac

2 tablespoons honey

1 orange slice studded with cloves

Cinnamon stick

Freshly grated nutmeg


1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.

2. Heat until hot but not boiling.

3. Stir.

4. Pour into wine glasses, garnish with orange slice, cinnamon stick and freshly grated nutmeg and serve.


Hot Toddy


50ml Jameson’s whiskey

Juice of 1 lemon

Tablespoon of honey

¾ cup of boiled water

Lemon wheel with cloves and half a cinnamon stick


1. Pour water in to a heatproof jug.

2. Add lemon juice, lemon twist, honey and whiskey.

3. Transfer to coffee mug.

Mulled Wine Martini


25ml Beefeater

25ml Port

Juice of half an orange

15ml lemon juice

10ml honey water

2 cloves, crushed

Pinch of cinnamon powder

Sprinkle of nutmeg


1. shake and double strain. Serve in Coupette glass.

2. Garnish with clove studded orange slice

Hot Buttered Rum


1 tablespoon salted butter, softened

1-tablespoon vanilla sugar

Pinch ground cinnamon

Sprinkle of nutmeg

2 cloves, crushed

50ml Havana Club 7yr old rum

Boiling water


1. Assemble in heatproof cup or glass.

2. Serve in teacup.


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Looking For The Moon Under The Water

The Search For The Perfect Pub: Looking For The Moon Under Water

Robin Turner and Paul Moody launched their brilliant new book last week in the upstairs bar.

‘What is the perfect British pub? Although it’s an innocuous enough question, the answer will likely be entirely different dependant on the person asked and their state of mind at the time. Having turned 40 this year, my current vision of public house perfection is barely recognisable from the boozer I idly dreamt of as a twenty year old. Or as a thirty year old. I’m pretty certain that if my embattled liver holds out for the next ten, twenty – God knows, maybe even thirty – years, that mental image of the perfect pub will keep on evolving and mutating, undergoing mental refurbishments as my personal taste dictates the volume of music and what type of beer ends up flowing from the taps . . ‘


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The Christmas Market Is Back

Once again this December, The Social presents a weekly market in the upstairs bar each and every Saturday daytime

There will be badges, books, birds, music and maps from Caught By The River, stocking fillers from PedlarsAndrews of Arcadia and his vintage fishing tackle for the soul and The Empress of Arcadia with selected labels and bespokery.  There will also be Christmas stalls from Pete Fowler, Edwyn CollinsNobrowThe Heavenly Emporium and more.

As well as Christmas gifts, shoppers will be able to enjoy signings, live performances, DJ sets, a fully stocked bar and The Rose Kentish Kitchen featuring her legendary home made sausage and cranberry rolls, mulled wine, hot cider and Dre’s award winning Bloody Marys.  Last year was the best fun we had all year, from start to slightly sozzled finish.

Saturdays 3th, 10th and 17th December

Doors 1-6pm – Free entry

Email carl@thesocial.com for more info or press enquiries


Caught By The River shop – http://caughtbytheriver.net/shop/

Andrews of Arcadia and the Empress of Acadia – http://andrewsofarcadia.com/

Pedlars – http://www.pedlars.co.uk/

The Heavenly Emporium – http://heavenlyrecordings.com/emporium/

Rose Kentish’s homemade cakes and pastries  – http://www.rosekentishkitchen.blogspot.com/

3rd Dec:

Acoustic performance: Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou

Guest artist: Pete Fowler – http://monsterism.net/

10th Dec:

Edwyn Collins stall – http://edwyncollins.sandbag.uk.com/Store

Acoustic performances: Edwyn Collins & James Walbourne

http://www.edwyncollins.com  http://www.jameswalbourne.com/

17th Dec:

Guest gallery: Nobrow – http://www.nobrow.net/





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An Antidote To Indifference

Jeff, Robin and Andrew from Caught By The River launched their new fanzine last night at Rough Trade East.  It’s a great read but wont be around for long so go and grab one from their shop while you can.  Robin explains more about it all below.

An Antidote To Indifference is our first fanzine, although not our first venture into print (we’ve previously published two collections of essays – Words On Water and On Nature), and it’s the first time we’ve tried to properly put the site onto paper. Copied, stapled, dropped into shops and sold for less than the price of a pint. Some of the pieces have appeared on the site before, a few are previously unpublished and any mistakes are unintentional – the budget didn’t stretch to a subeditor.

As with here on the site, An Antidote To Indifference is all about the writing. Many of the writers who’ve contributed in the years since we started came to us with what they worried were bonkers ideas. In the vast majority of cases, we encouraged them to explore them fully. Whether those writers are old friends with new passions – like Nina Walsh, the girl we met back on the dancefloor at Shoom who now writes our allotment column – or new friends who approach us with brilliant ideas – like Guardian writer Jude Rogers who came to us with the idea of documenting her budding walking habit – didn’t matter. If they sounded feverish with excitement, 99 times out of 100 we were sold. In future, we’re hoping to give the fanzine over to the writers, letting some of our favourite contributors piece together their own best-ofs.

Limited quantities of the fanzine will be available through the Caught By The River webshop. This is a one off print-run, once it’s gone, it’s gone!’


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