Literature and the arts have always been integral to bohemian history - as has the private club.
The Society Club Soho is a rare and out-of-print booksellers nestled on the corner of a hidden alleyway by Lexington and Broadwick Street. Every evening the curtains are drawn, candles lit, and the bookshop transforms into a members’ drinking club. The club’s black and brass interior is surrounded by an ever changing selection of twentieth-century literary gems, to be admired, read, and bought. These books provide the warm backdrop of this unpredictable cultural place and discreet meeting spot nestled in the heart of the West End.
The club is often described as ‘Old Soho’, but we feel very much part of the present. It’s simply that drinking clubs of this type are scarce today. Our friendly, inclusive ethos is extremely important to us and breeds a wonderful membership: soho veterans, feted publishers, poetic bankers, struggling authors, frustrated screenwriters, teachers and plumbers, art dealers extrodinaire, earnest journalists, troublesome artists, has beens and will bees, talented musicians, romantics and cynics, the camp and the stern, drag queens and rent boys. Basically, humanity so diverse and so completely united by a love of booze, books, and conversation.
Membership also helps to support our nascent publishing house, putting out an an eclectic mix of out-of-print rarities, first time authors, and innovative commissions. These include, for example, a new collection of poetry from Soho veteran Jeremy Reed, and an upcoming republication of an out-of-print forgotten dog classic by Vita Sackville-West and Laelia Goehr.
Annual membership is £125 per year, or £75 for under 27s or those who live abroad but frequent London.
Should you wish to dip your toe in the water first, please come and visit the club at 12 Ingestre Place. Call in advance: 02074371433