The Friendly Society
The Friendly Society
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4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 10:30 PM
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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 • 4 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 5 min walk
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Ivana R
Essex, UK27 contributions
Jan 2022
Was in town for the weekend to celebrate a friend's birthday and so we used this place as a meet up point as he had never been before. It was as fab as ever, from the wonderful greeting on the door to the bar staff and their inspired cocktail suggestions, and even the eclectic mix of characters frequenting the bar itself. Wish we could have stayed for longer than the hour and a half we did, but we had dinner reservation at local restaurant to get to. Sadly our merry band of Soho newbies, old hands and my own excellent drag MILF sophistication had to push onto into the night, with just fab memories, some horny American nutcases business card stuffed in my bra and a random offer from one of the team to let me have half a dozen pairs of her shoes. I will have to return soon - nights and venues like this don't come along everyday! xx
Written January 30, 2022
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A&P
Blackpool, UK7 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Came back after about 3 years, not sure what to expect. Friendly Society still open and still lovely as ever.
Thank you guys! Don't go changing.
Written January 24, 2022
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Gregdbn4000
London, UK2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
Please don’t let those fish in those fish bowels suffer. You cannot keep fish without a proper filter or plants and life. They are suffering..
Written December 10, 2021
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Jamie
30 contributions
Aug 2021
Absolutely love this place, I've been going for years now on a regular basis and it really lives up to its name as Friendly! Such a lovely atmosphere, really good drinks and a bit of a hidden gem in Soho
Written August 6, 2021
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Rusb
2 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Soho*s best kept secret! Try bitter slag and grand finally. Pure gem. 70s decor with babies twist. Kitsche n camp..
Written July 26, 2021
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Markus S
London, UK2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Was in Saturday night and the place was buzzing, owner Maria was fabulous.
But the cute asian boy was stunning. Got to go back and see him again.
Written July 19, 2021
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Gareth H
1 contribution
Jun 2021
Under new management? The staff have all changed, the atmosphere has gone and the drinks are awful and overpriced.
Written June 25, 2021
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K Sm
1 contribution
Jun 2021
The bar is small, but can be a lot of fun and the music is great. However, the terrible customer service and rude staff really lets the place down. One member of staff (the Team Leader?) who has been there a while is so incredibly rude - no idea why he feels he needs to be that way. My drinks order, whilst exactly the same order, would often change cost each time. The place needs better training for staff in customer service, as well as a website with contact details for customer support.

I last visited before the pandemic. Hopefully things will change.
Written June 4, 2021
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Peter S
London, UK5 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
One of my favourite bars ever. I have been there hundreds of times. It screams crazy and fabulous. The eclectic style of the bar adds to its character and charm. The drinks are delicious and decently priced. Highly worth a visit (if you can find it!)
Written March 15, 2020
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Enigmamike13
Nottingham, UK142 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
A fabulous bar. Great atmosphere and definitely a place to meet for a friendly society. Good service and very welcoming staff. Recommended for a late evening drink . Low lite relaxed atmosphere .
Written February 25, 2020
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The Friendly Society (London) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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The Friendly Society is open:
  • Sun - Sun 2:00 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Mon - Fri 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 2:00 PM - 11:30 PM


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