The Society Club

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The Society Club
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
What people are saying
A Londoners London
By A Londoners London
Experience London's Soho as it should be....
Apr 2017
This was one of those fortuitous visits. I'd past this venue numerous times and thought I must go in, but knowing from the signs outside it was a "Members Only" Club, had never researched enough to do so. However, on this occasion, I was with a Russian friend who was spending her last night in London with me. We'd had a wonderful day, that had involved her getting extremely excitement in discovering a coffee shop in a bookstore, something apparently they don't have in Russia. This immediately reminded me of this establishment, as I recalled it being a bar in a bookshop and thought it would be the perfect end to the day, and it being a Monday night I simply took a punt. We arrived to a wonderfully quiet, in the good way, venue. Bar manager Caitlin opened to the door to us and explained that the membership was in place, (It becomes a member only venue at 6pm until whenever they close - but only open to the public between 12-6pm) but as it was our first visit, she'd be happy to accommodate us, as an exception. We were seated in a table near the window. We were surrounded by some of my favourite books (being a welsh boy immediately spotted the Dylan Thomas) and on the sound system they were playing Andy Warhol's Record collection an eclectic mix of my favourtite music tracks of all time, from The Doors's legendary "The End" through The Rolling Stones, toe tapping "The Last Time" to John Lennon's haunting acoustic version of "Watching the Wheels." If heaven exists, then this is undeniably it! This place was making me look like the most cultured person that had ever stepped into London and my guest loved it. I had a very decent Espresso Martini my guest a good G&T. A few glasses later, I was playing at the piano, my guest reciting Russian Poetry we were joined by another guest and intense discussions were had around theatre (he'd just returned from seeing Marber's Don Juan of Soho at The Wyndhams Theatre with David Tennant) and film, as a documentary maker myself, this was enlightening. To say this was one of the greatest nights I'd ever had, would be no exaggeration. It is the perfect Soho venue. A drinking den the likes of Jeffrey Bernard, Francis Bacon & Dylan himself would have adored. A literary establishment to remind you that there are still readers, thinkers, philosophers and people filled with passion about all cultural things. That they come in all age ranges and backgrounds and above all, they come here. This is the epitome of London. Culture, literature, company & alcohol. So as you can imagine, memberships are rare and sought after. I'm informed there's an open poetry night every Friday from 19:00 - 22:00, which if you can't get membership, is a must. If you want the taste of real London wrapped in real Soho then you have sir, most definitely, come to the right place. As their tag line reads, this venue really is "The best of all possible things".

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Neighborhood: Soho
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighborhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
How to get there
  • Piccadilly Circus • 5 min walk
  • Oxford Circus • 6 min walk

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A Londoners London
London, UK1,402 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
This was one of those fortuitous visits.

I'd past this venue numerous times and thought I must go in, but knowing from the signs outside it was a "Members Only" Club, had never researched enough to do so.

However, on this occasion, I was with a Russian friend who was spending her last night in London with me. We'd had a wonderful day, that had involved her getting extremely excitement in discovering a coffee shop in a bookstore, something apparently they don't have in Russia.

This immediately reminded me of this establishment, as I recalled it being a bar in a bookshop and thought it would be the perfect end to the day, and it being a Monday night I simply took a punt.

We arrived to a wonderfully quiet, in the good way, venue. Bar manager Caitlin opened to the door to us and explained that the membership was in place, (It becomes a member only venue at 6pm until whenever they close - but only open to the public between 12-6pm) but as it was our first visit, she'd be happy to accommodate us, as an exception.

We were seated in a table near the window. We were surrounded by some of my favourite books (being a welsh boy immediately spotted the Dylan Thomas) and on the sound system they were playing Andy Warhol's Record collection an eclectic mix of my favourtite music tracks of all time, from The Doors's legendary "The End" through The Rolling Stones, toe tapping "The Last Time" to John Lennon's haunting acoustic version of "Watching the Wheels."

If heaven exists, then this is undeniably it!

This place was making me look like the most cultured person that had ever stepped into London and my guest loved it.

I had a very decent Espresso Martini my guest a good G&T.

A few glasses later, I was playing at the piano, my guest reciting Russian Poetry we were joined by another guest and intense discussions were had around theatre (he'd just returned from seeing Marber's Don Juan of Soho at The Wyndhams Theatre with David Tennant) and film, as a documentary maker myself, this was enlightening.

To say this was one of the greatest nights I'd ever had, would be no exaggeration.

It is the perfect Soho venue. A drinking den the likes of Jeffrey Bernard, Francis Bacon & Dylan himself would have adored.

A literary establishment to remind you that there are still readers, thinkers, philosophers and people filled with passion about all cultural things. That they come in all age ranges and backgrounds and above all, they come here.

This is the epitome of London.

Culture, literature, company & alcohol.

So as you can imagine, memberships are rare and sought after.

I'm informed there's an open poetry night every Friday from 19:00 - 22:00, which if you can't get membership, is a must.

If you want the taste of real London wrapped in real Soho then you have sir, most definitely, come to the right place.

As their tag line reads, this venue really is "The best of all possible things".
Written April 8, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tash C
Nottingham, UK243 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
A fantastically unique setting, a bookshop come bar. Knock on the door and you can enter before 6, after that it is a members only club (think it's £125 a year). I would recommend the champagne although pricey it was the eBay I've tasted.
Written March 1, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ralph B
London, UK1 contribution
Oct 2015 • Solo
This place is awesome! I am yet to have a better hanky panky elsewhere. The bartenders are skilled and lovely and you're guaranteed to meet interesting people any evening of the week! They have the BEST books on sale too!
Written November 28, 2015
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Kash W
12 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
I am so happy to have found this spot. I heard about the Friday poetry evenings and walked in alone this weekend. I was nervous as it is traditionally a members club, but after paying the 5pound entry fee, I am so happy I did attend. The first thing I noticed was Caitlin's beautiful smile. Its so rare to automatically feel welcome in Central London, but talk about making someone feel welcome. I sincerely had one of the best nights out in a while. Full of intellect, interesting creatives, and such a varied crowd of talented individuals. I laughed, I reminisced on old friend and memories, my mind was provoked, I was brought close to tears. That's the beauty of poetry, it makes you feel something. I will certainly return and contribute to the evening. If you are a fan of spoken word, and or very good cocktails this is the place to spend a Friday evening. Thank you Chip for hosting such a wonderful evening. I shall return.
Written March 4, 2017
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Ruddy_Was_Here
New York City, NY156 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
The Society Club is a book store which houses vintage books (rare finds and first edition prints that are limited edition) as well as a very good looking cocktail bar. After hours it becomes a members only affair. There are 2 locations to choose from (Soho & Shoreditch) and both have their own quirk and charms. I wish there were more establishments like this in NYC. The Shoreditch location pictured above was in the middle of one of the most crowded streets, yet it still seemed to be relatively obscure and secret. This is a MUST if you are visiting London. I hope you take the time to add this to your schedule because it’s classy AF.
Written February 23, 2017
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Pan-heera
Boston, MA113 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
The Society Club is a rare vintage book shop that turns into a cocktail club in the evening. I had previously visited the Society Club in Shoreditch in March - I believe that location is still open to the public. My husband and I stopped by the soho location on a rainy Saturday. The club turns into a members only bad after 6 pm but we decided to try our luck and see if we could get in early evening. The bartender (Ray) was incredibly friendly and let us come in when he saw that we were soaked from the rain. He gave us a nice seat by the window. The Society Club serves old school cocktails for 10 pounds a pop (reasonable in comparison to other cocktail spots). Drinks were made well and we had a great time. Highly recommend.
Written September 13, 2016
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SuzieL25
Nantwich, UK57 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
We visited this place because it was one of the few places in London that accepted dogs! My friend brought her dog and, after being asked to leave several places in London, we googled and found this beautiful place. The staff are utterly amazing - friendly, knowledgeable, interested in their customers and witty too! The ambience is a cross between intellectual and hedonist, with a touch of avant-guarde. A wonderful place, do visit - I will be revisiting! Thank you.
Written April 17, 2016
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Bogotarocks
London559 contributions
Dec 2014 • Business
I think this is the sort of place people will either love or hate. If you don't like dogs, I wouldn't even step a foot inside the door - fortunately I love them so all the doggies were a big plus for me.

We had an area reserved for a works party and when we first entered we thought we had probably chosen the wrong place. However, then the staff were so sweet - and boy do they know their drinks and how to serve them properly.

Well worth checking this place out.
Written December 18, 2014
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HScott92
1 contribution
Dec 2014
Initially the dogs were very sweet, and the bookshop-cum-cafe thing was quite cool - but ultimately left a sour taste as the dog kept nipping at us with its tongue lolling around and we were charged an unbelievable, unjustifiable £4.50 for a cup of tea. A CUP OF TEA. This place would be great if they didn't think themselves brilliant enough to be entitled to charge such extortionate prices for what was, in every way a distinctly average cup of tea.
Written December 8, 2014
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Cyd C
London, England, United Kingdom109 contributions
Jan 2014 • Friends
A dog-friendly gallery, bookstore, coffee shop and cocktail bar in Central London - what more can you ask for! A friend had recommended this place because it was dog-friendly so my husband and I met a friend here for a drink. What a lovely, unique place for an afternoon cocktail. Loved it! Will definitely go back again.
Written January 12, 2014
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  • Mon - Sat 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM


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