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.