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Friendly Society *

Soho basement den doing its own thing
Slightly tucked away in a subterranean spot down an alleyway in the thick of Soho, the Friendly Society is a haven for a youngish crowd craving a touch of gloss, a splash of camp, a reverence for kitsch and a nod to indie in a low-intensity but still sparkling hanging-out environment. A bit like something out of a movie. Action men and an army of Barbies of dangle from the ceiling in one room, mirror balls in another. And Friendly proprietor Maria has been known to tackle the dance floor with uninged zeal. Entrance in Tisbury Court – with girly peep shows for neighbours – just off Wardour St and immediately opposite the start of Old Compton St.

Tags: Mixed Gay/Lesbian , Lounge

79 Wardour St
London, England W1D 6QB

+44 20 7434 3805

  • Mon-Fri 4:00pm-11:00pm
  • Sat 2:00pm-11:30pm
  • Sun 2:00pm-10:30pm


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  • scim was here

    Apr 4 at 5:33pm via foursquare ·

  • robertbmalcolm53 is now a fan

    Dec 17 at 11:40pm ·

  • scim was here

    Sep 28 at 6:48am via foursquare ·

  • scim was here

    Sep 19 at 8:34am via foursquare ·

  • freshlyroasted gave this place *
    something different
    Something different from the usual off-the-peg gay bar look. A quiet and friendly place to relax in the afternoons. I like it.

    Jan 27, 2013 at 11:10am ·

  • dannilondon gave this place *
    If you think the name is pretentious wait till you get inside. Dreadful decor, bad and over-priced drinks. "We only sell lager in two pint pitchers".,Indifferent service- with so many good bars in soho why would you bother?

    Oct 6, 2011 at 11:34pm ·

  • legalbeagle gave this place *
    I had no idea this bar existed. Later my boyfriend told me it had been there for years! Any way, went in for a after dinner drink with a friend and like everyone else I noticed the Barbie dolls stuck to the ceiling. It seemed quite chilled and pleasant. The only thing my friend didn't like was the fact that the bar did not accept American Express. I did't like the fact that it shut at 11.30! I would have quite happily stayed there for longer! I would go back though may be not for a whole evening but I would pop my head in.

    Jul 17, 2011 at 4:15pm ·

  • Mollykat gave this place *
    Don't bother if female!
    Was physically thrown out of this bar tonight. On hen night with two lesbians getting married after 22 years together. The irony is that we were being harassed by straight guys in straight bar and decided to go to the friendly society for solace. The two brides had matching joke veils which obviously offended the homophobic staff and we were made to leave. When made clear party was gay they tried to back track but damage done!!

    May 13, 2011 at 8:50pm ·

  • Rundles is now a fan

    Dec 8, 2010 at 12:56am ·

  • androo was here

    "Absolutely fabulous"

    Nov 2, 2010 at 11:14pm ·

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