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In 1999 The Social opened in Little Portland Street. The brainchild of a record company whose offshoots included a hugely successful underground club night, The Social was set up with a simple manifesto – to provide great music and better booze to anyone who fancied tripping through the doors.

Home to London nightlife institutions Hip Hop Karaoke and Huw Stephens Presents for the last decade, regular events from Faber and Faber, Trojan Records and Heavenly plus intimate performances from the likes of Adele, Aphex Twin, Hot Chip, Beck, Fat White Family, Vampire Weekend, Caitlin Moran, The Chemical Brothers, Ragga Twins, Jock Scot, Jessie J, MGMT, Irvin Welsh, Jack White, Night Beats, Frank Black, Edan, Laura Marling, The Charlatans, Tim Westwood, Temples, Fat Boy Slim, Wolf Alice, Jon Savage, Justin Robertson, Florence and the Machine, Jeremy Deller, Kate Tempest, Bon Iver, Horace Andy, Saint Etienne, Alt J, DBC Pierre, The Parrots, Edna O’Brien, Lily Allen, Super Furry Animals, Klaxons, Edwyn Collins, Avalanches, Young Fathers, Andrew Weatherall, Jane Weaver, Michael Kiwanuka, VIP Party Boys, Steve Davis, Stealing Sheep, Kevin Rowland, DJ Yoda and many, many more

Nearly 20 years later and still run by the original team who created it – Heavenly Recordings & The Breakfast Group – the bar is an award winning London landmark. Designed by a partnership of David Adjaye and Will Russell (now of Pentagram) with a brief of withstanding nuclear attack or – at the very least – the worst that people could chuck at it.

The Social has launched well over a million hugely successful hangovers.

What's on

To see all upcoming events view the full event calendar.



Every Friday

Reliable like a German whip, we’re here every Friday night until 1am to get you moving. Downstairs, the basement club...



Sunday 4 February 2018

We’ll be opening our doors once again for a super-no-nonsense Super Bowl party on Little Portland St. Big screens,...


May vary depending on event.
Happily Affordable ££
West End
18 and over.


Day Open Close Notes
12:30 00:00
12:30 00:00
12:30 00:00
12:30 01:00
12:30 01:00
18:00 01:00
Sunday - -


The Social
5 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD

Central London

Nearest station:
Oxford Circus (Tube)
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Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £4.90
Pint of Real Ale £5.00
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £4.80
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £5.50
Cocktail £9.00
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £5.00
Bottle of House Wine £20.00
Bottle of Champagne £60.00


The Social Food Menu Download

This venue serves American and Bar Snacks food.

A word from the chef:
Since launching his Burgerac’s Burgershack kitchen residency at The Royal Oak pub in Marylebone in July 2014, London’s pre-eminent blogger and “burger detective” has drawn praise for his delicious comfort food from the likes of The Evening Standard, Cool Hunting (US), RES (Sweden), We The Food Snobs, The Londoner, and the venture even appeared listed alongside such cultural landmarks as The Tate Modern, The Riverside Café and The Groucho Club in a piece on focusing on London Hotspots. Heck, The Times’ food writer, Giles Coren, recently professed his love of Burgershack’s Hubba Hubba burger on Twitter.

Our Review

The Social - London Bar Review

The Social - London Bar Review

Leaving East London fills me with dread; my palms sweat, my brow gets clammy and my feet start to tingle. This is not due to my love of overpriced macchiatos and cans of Gamma Ray beer. No, it is due to my sheer laziness which is compounded by the...

Read our full The Social - London Bar Review review

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Whole Venue Venue Hire 250
Basement Hire Basement Space 150
Upstair Bar Hire Private Room 80
* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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Great bar with lovely staff. Got a cool London vibe in central and is hidden away from tourist spots. Great for birthday celebrations. Standard London prices for booze. They've managed keep the decor and vibe current despite being open for 10+ years Visited The Social on 2018-01-12

Reply from The Social

Really pleased you had a good night!! Cheers!
by on January 14th, 2018

Great night. Top tunes and a brilliant atmosphere. Deffo coming back!! Visited The Social on 2017-12-20

Reply from The Social

Nice one!!
by on December 22nd, 2017

We had a fantastic Christmas party at The Social. Tim and all the bar staff were lovely and welcoming. Would high recommend this as a venue for any event or party. Visited The Social on 2017-12-17

Reply from The Social

Thank you so much!
by on December 19th, 2017

Came here as I heard of live performance and it was just hit the spot! My girlfriend and I had a really good time. Big plus for affordable places (quite ok as for central London area)

Reply from The Social

Definitely come back and visit us again soon!
by on September 7th, 2015

Bl00dy love this little gem! Away from all the standard places on oxford street or soho this is a little treasure. AND great tip they open in the day for coffees and free wifi...who needs starbucks!

Reply from The Social

by on May 23rd, 2014

Great Hang out! Good for a chilled afternoon catching up with mates or a night with some fun live performances!
by on December 10th, 2013

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