New Exhibition: Cold War Steve

A Brief History of the World (1953 – 2018)

An exhibition of work by Cold War Steve 

From October 15th at the Social, London, W1.

The Social are extremely proud to announce the world’s first retrospective exhibition by the unarguable leading artist of our times – Cold War Steve. The exhibition opens on Monday October 15 and runs until December sometime.

A Brief History of the World (1953 – 2018) is the first collection by the artist who’s been christened the ‘Brexit Bruegal’. It documents many of the major events that have shaped the modern world in a series of deeply kaleidoscopic images. The collection presents an alternate history – a timeline is haunted by the stalking Zelig-like figure of iconic TV hardman Phil Mitchell. As Phil traverses these hellscapes, a recurring cast of characters builds around him – the collective presence of household names such as Donald Trump, Alan Brazil, Danny Dyer and Fray Bentos reflect the ebb and flow of our daily news cycle. Truly, this promises to be show to rival Frieze or any of the autumn’s major gallery openings.

Since first posting in spring 2016, Cold War Steve’s art has become “online therapy for those beaten down by political despair” (the Guardian). Previously, these pictures have only been available on Twitter (under the title McFadden’s Cold War). For many, they’ve offered a far more believable documentary of global events than any of the major news channels. A Brief History of the World (1953 – 2018) is the first time Cold War Steve’s work has been presented in this form – as pictures on walls. Also, there’s a bar right behind said pictures so you can chuck alcohol into the mix while you’re looking at them.

The Social will host a series of McFadden’s Cold War inspired DJ sets during the exhibition run with very special guests choosing appropriate dystopian drinking music.

A Brief History of the World (1953 – 2018) runs upstairs at The Social. Opening times:  Monday – Thursday 15:00 / Friday (lunchtime special) 12:30/ Saturday 18:00

Praise for Cold War Steve:

Jon Savage: “He’s like a modern Hogarth or Gillray. He’s newsy and angry. It’s what Brits do best. Don’t engage with these people’s arguments because they don’t have any. Just flay them alive with humour, sarcasm and art.”

Kathy Burke: “One of the funniest accounts on Twitter.”

Al Murray: “It’s so funny you can’t really parse it. To say any more might shatter the thing I love about it.”

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The Orielles and The Social Present: Disco Wrists

A brand new free club night from The Orielles at Heavenly’s London venue The Social! 

Next event are Friday 30th Nov!

When The Orielles are not out on the road playing gigs they spend their time listening to hot jams, assembling playlists for each another and spend many a night on the decks at friends’ parties. Recently the band decided to exhibit their disco-groove love in public – for The Pastels at their show in Manchester, Greenman Festival in Wales and a New Years Eve set in Manchester’s Northern Quarter . . and now, we’re very excited to announce, a three date residency at The Social in London!

The Orielles and friends will blend 90s dance grooves, 70s disco, world music and more to create a feel-good atmosphere that will have everyone boogying all night long!

Free entry – 1900-0100

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Bookings, Parties and Takeovers!

Book your party at The Social now by dropping Carl an email here 

We can host groups from 2 to 250 in one or both of our bars. Booths and tables for smaller groups are booked free of charge. Prices for bigger bookings available on request, but to be honest they’re pretty sensible.

Booking a table:

Drop us a line by email here or calling 0207 636 4992 – available upstairs or downstairs most nights or for Burgershack lunch or dinner too. Ask for a membership card hook up too and take advantage of all our drinks offers. Let us know if it’s your birthday . .


Booking the upstairs bar:

Our upstairs bar holds up to 75 people with seating in our 5 leather booths and space at the bar. Perfect for birthdays, weddings, wakes and Brexit-motivated-emigration parties. Heavenly Jukebox sound track or DJ set up on request too.

Booking the basement:

Designed to withstand nuclear attack or – at the very least – the worst that people could chuck at it our basement is perfect for bigger parties holding up to 150 people. Complete with full live PA, stage, DJ set up and projectors – downstairs is the perfect Central London party basement.

Booking the whole venue:

Talk to us! Exclusive use of the whole of 5 Little Portland St means you can get 250 in over both floors.


The basement is ready for live shows, club nights, launches and events for 150 people. Full live PA and DJ set up in house as well as one of London’s most legendary and lovely sound engineers, Tall Paul. 

Drop us a line with your ideas and we’ll hit you back with full tech info and availabilities 

Book your party at The Social now by dropping Carl an email here

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