Stranger on the Shore


Three short films about the weirdness of the English coast on Wednesday 31st August

It’s different by the sea. A bit strange even. Just as the coast lies at the ends of England geographically, it’s also at the edges of our society and the margins of our culture, which has always made it a site of eccentricity, transgression, colour and romance.

Stranger on the Shore is a new cycle of video-poems by Michael Smith and Maxy Neil Bianco, looking at the bohemian eccentricity of Hastings, the dockside desolation of the Thames Estuary, and the spooky enchantment of Whitby. The films feature an original soundtrack by Andrew Weatherall & Nina Walsh.

Stranger On The Shore (Trailer 1) from Maxy Neil Bianco on Vimeo.

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Shilpa Ray


Friday 29th July – (7pm-9.30pm)

Shilpa Ray – fiery blues-punk future-icon – stops over in London for one night only ahead of a festival set in the depths of Somerset. We’re ecstatic to be the ones hosting her dark rock sound.

Shilpa and her band have been making waves for a few years in their native New York. Championed by Nick Cave, the release of debut album ‘Last Year’s Savage’ marked her out as an act to pay close attention to.

So yeah. Come on down. We’re only charging £7 on the door, which is a ridiculously good deal for music this good. Chucking a couple of support acts at you, too. The place sells ace craft beer and some fairly hard-hitting cider to boot. No excuses, right?


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Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi


Saturday 20th August

This is our second one off party straight from the Stonebridge Bar, Glastonbury . . 


We’re extremely proud to present Steve Davis + Kavus Torabi at The Social on Saturday 20th August!

Such a massive highlight of the festival this year, the tent was beyond full with several thousand people out front waiting to get in to see Steve and Kavus make their Glastonbury debut. It didn’t disappoint.

Check their Stonebridge set on full here


DJs on the night:


Steve Davis was the most successful professional Snooker Player of the 1980’s, winning a total of 28 major ranking events including 6 World Championships. In recent years his involvement in snooker has been limited mainly to TV punditry, which has given him far more time to indulge in his musical hobby, namely collecting left field music from around the globe and presenting a weekly Radio show on PhoenixFM with Kavus Torabi. His favourite band is Magma and it was well documented that at the end of the 80’s he brought them to London for a series of shows. His musical tastes range from quality 70’s Prog, Canterbury and Zeuhl through to modern day Rock in Opposition and Avant-Progressive and now further into left-field electronica and IDM. 


Kavus Torabi an experimental/ psychedelic musician with a long history in the field. He fronts his own band, Knifeworld and plays in Gong, Guapo and Cardiacs.

He runs the boutique record label, Believers Roast, has collaborated with a wide range of left-field artists and co-presents The Interesting Alternative Show with Steve Davis, championing new experimental, avant-garde, far out, underground, electronic, pop, folk, psych, rock and classical music.


Together they present a two hour show every Monday evening on www.phoenixfm.com (10pm -12 midnight)


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Dance Bowie Dance


Saturday 16th July

David Bowie’s best edits & dancefloor friendly originals – coming to London for the first time after their amazing set at the Stonebridge Bar, Glastonbury

8pm-1am – £5 entry


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Fridays at The Social

Free thinking Friday Nights in Central London Since 1999 . .


Friday nights we open up both floors for our weekly club, Vesuvio. Two floors of great records, better booze and good times. The basement rocks to the best old school hip hop, rnb, house and garage classics in a house party style. Whilst upstairs is Social Classics with residents playing the very finest soul, funk, disco, rock n roll, country, hip hop, afrobeat . . basically anything they like.

Free entry all night and 241 deals on beer and cocktails every night until 8pm with a free membership card. Booth and table bookings free of charge.

. . Believe in Magic


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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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