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The Society Club

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A Londoners London wrote a review Apr 2017
London, United Kingdom1,413 contributions145 helpful votes
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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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Date of experience: April 2017
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Kash W wrote a review Mar 2017
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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.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Ruddy_Was_Here wrote a review Feb 2017
New York City, New York158 contributions22 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2016
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Pan-heera wrote a review Sep 2016
Boston, Massachusetts113 contributions62 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2016
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SuzieL25 wrote a review Apr 2016
Nantwich, United Kingdom58 contributions31 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: April 2016
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