As part of our series featuring venues involved in Independent Venue Week (Jan 23-29), Katie is covering a bunch of the London locations…
Address: 5 Little Portland St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7JD
Telephone No: 020 7636 4992
Date Founded: 1999
Capacity: 400 (in the whole venue, the area in front of the stage holds about 50 I would say)
Brief History: In 1999 Heavenly Recordings set up The Social; a tiny bar-come-venue on a side street close to Oxford Street. Hip Hop Karaoke every Thursday!
Personal Experience: I first experienced The Social when I photographed Never Fade Sessions; a monthly acoustic evening showcasing emerging talent hosted by Never Fade Records, which is co-owned by Gabrielle Aplin.
Notable Acts Played There: Vampire Weekend, Fat Boy Slim, Beck and Jack White.
Highlights Coming Up: Never Fade Sessions on 30 January.