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The Social, Full Takeover

Location pin

the social, 5 Little Portland street, W1W 7JD - 

  • Credit card

    From
    £6000 min spend

  • Users

    Up to
    250 guests

  • Table with chairs

    Offers
    catering

  • Delivery truck

    External Catering
    allowed

The Social, which opened its doors in the summer of 1999, is a two-floor bar nestled in the heart of London. It originated from the famed Heavenly Sunday Social club nights that took place in different venues from 1994 to 1999. However, instead of merely extending those nights, The Social quickly earned a reputation as a forward-thinking and boundary-pushing destination for open-minded individuals who enjoy great drinks, music, and late-night conversations. Conveniently located near Oxford Circus, it has become one of central London's most cherished hideaways, striking a balance between a modern-day speakeasy and a cozy local hangout.

Originally designed by renowned architects David Adjaye and Will Russell, the venue is now undergoing a reimagining by the original team. Each of the two floors offers a unique experience for the perfect night out. Upstairs, you'll find an intimate wooden room with a strong focus on music. Downstairs, a newly redesigned event space plays host to a diverse array of events, from lively live shows to literary gatherings and packed DJ gigs. Throughout its existence, The Social has welcomed a plethora of notable artists and personalities, including the likes of Chemical Brothers, Edna O’Brien, Wolf Alice, Adele, Horace Andy, Bon Iver, Young Fathers, Caitlin Moran, Four Tet, Kae Tempest, Cold War Steve, Jack White, Black Country New Road, Black Midi, Irvine Welsh, Jeremy Deller, Flying Lotus, Fat Boy Slim, Fat White Family, Laura Marling, Beck, the Avalanches, Andrew Weatherall, Michael Kiwanuka, Kevin Rowland, Super Furry Animals, the Charlatans, Aphex Twin, and Lily Allen, just to name a few.

Aside from its countless nights on Little Portland St, The Social has also been a regular presence at the Glastonbury Festival for over a decade. Under the alias "The Stonebridge Bar," it serves as a beloved sister stage in The Park on Worthy Farm. As one of the last standing venues in the West End, The Social continues to be one of the top places to immerse oneself in a memorable night out in the UK, even after two decades of operation.

The Social Full Takeover: A stone's throw away from Oxford Circus, for the last two decades, it has been one of Central London's most loved getaways. The Social sits comfortably somewhere between a modern day speakeasy and a home-from-home local!

Multi-level Hire
Full takeover benefits from use of the stylishly retro upstairs Bar as well as the Basement space for live performances and dancing.

High Spec Sound System
Central London's last outpost of music counter culture. The Basement can host live bands or DJ with ease and the is team on hand to assist with booking your entertainment.

Private Bar
Whether it's a networking soiree, a champagne reception or a birthday party our drink offerings are tailored to your preferences.

Cultural Legacy
Be a part of the party legacy of The Social which has been offering a rich heritage of entertainment experience for over 20 years

Versatile Space
Downstairs is a newly redesigned event space that’s just as likely to host frenetic live shows as literary events, packed out DJ gigs, private parties and corporate events.

Ideally Located
Situated in the heart of central London, The Social is easily accessible from public transport and offers a prime location for your event.

Capacity & layout

Standing

Standing

up to 250

Pricing
& opening hours

Weekly schedule
  • monday

    0:00 - 24:00

  • tuesday

    0:00 - 24:00

  • wednesday

    0:00 - 24:00

  • thursday

    0:00 - 24:00

  • friday

    0:00 - 24:00

  • saturday

    0:00 - 24:00

  • sunday

    0:00 - 24:00

Price type: Minimum spend/day
  • from £6000 minimum spend/day

  • from £6000 minimum spend/day

  • from £6000 minimum spend/day

  • from £6000 minimum spend/day

  • from £6000 minimum spend/day

  • from £6000 minimum spend/day

  • from £6000 minimum spend/day

Catering & drinks

Catering arrangements

Catering arrangements

Refreshments

Refreshments

Alcohol

Alcohol

Space rules

Allowed events

alcoholLicense

Licensed for alcohol

Cancellation policy

CANCELLATION In the event that the Hirer cancels the event 2 weeks or less before the event date, the Hirer agrees to pay 100% of the Fees. We may cancel this agreement with immediate effect by giving the Hirer notice in writing if: (a) the Hirer fails to pay any amount due under this agreement on the due date for payment; or (b) the Hirer commits a material breach of any term of this Agreement.

Location

Reviews

  • Rhiannon Bennett

    March 2024

    Great experience here. Small venue but really nice atmosphere, friendly staff and a comfy place to sit. A friend and I saw a performance downstairs which was excellent. Not too busy and well organized. I'd highly recommend the cider they have on tap, not too dry, little sweet. Excited to go here again.

  • Bun and Grain Shack

    March 2024

    Great bar, relaxed and friendly. Good cocktails (so said the missus) and beer on draft. We were there fir the gig downstairs and it was great. Low key and unpretentious. A find!