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The Friendly Society, Soho - pub details

Friendly Society
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Address: The Basement, 79, Wardour St, Soho, London, W1D 6QB [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 11365) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles), Leicester Square (0.3 miles), Tottenham Court Road (0.3 miles)

Nearest train stations London Charing Cross (0.5 miles), London Waterloo (1.2 miles), London Waterloo East (1.2 miles)

General information: Entrance is from the alley to the right of the Ann Summers shop.

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> Current user rating: 3.5/10 (rated by 11 users)
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user reviews of the Friendly Society, Soho

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A real shame; this place used to be the hidden gem of Soho, for the manic interior and superb staff that genuinely followed the venue’s namesake. I’ve had parties here in the past and often dropped in for a cocktail or two. Unfortunately, the latest bar staff appear to have forgotten the friendly ethos following a badly concocted round of Long Islands for myself and a group of friends visiting the bar for the first time. The drinks were returned to the bar only to be met with the rudest contempt, attitude and a refusal to believe that they could ever do anything wrong; despite me asking for replacements, not refunds. I was told that the proportions can’t be wrong as they ‘only use premium liquors’, ‘have you never had a cocktail before (?!)’ and ‘management don’t make themselves available for complaints’. I'm appalled, saddened thoroughly disappointed; you’ve lost a regular customer here chaps and the place could nosedive is you keep up this obnoxious approach.
andrew_london - 2 Nov 2011 14:51
Quite an expensive bar that I found a bit clicky, However I loved the fact that it was different. Barbies on the ceiling and random photo's and objects all over the place and you wouldn't know it was there as its just a door way and then you go down stairs, Worth trying out
katrina_23uk - 28 Sep 2011 15:48
A camera in the toilets? That’s certainly different!

It’s just a guess, but maybe this is something to do with this being a well known gay bar in Soho? … I thought I’d mention it, as none of the recent reviewers have and I’d hate an unprepared visitor to enter and receive an unpleasant surprise.

No, I haven't been here and I haven't left a rating ... It's not my bag, baby!
Alex_Bradford - 4 Jul 2009 15:39
i couldn't believe my eyes!! they have a camera in the toilets, it looks like a little round lamp and god knows what are they recording!!! be very very careful guys.
deniz - 8 Jan 2009 15:23
I normally prefer 'pubs' to 'bars' but I love this place. Fab decor, interesting mix of clientele and crraazy landlady who holds court on the floor, clad in some fabulous Westwood gown, introducing random people to each other. Sometimes you like 'em, sometimes not, but that's life and you just move on. Service is always quick and I've never found it to be bitchy and I've been in there loads of times. Only drawbacks are the 'traditional' closing time (11pm - just when it could really be getting going) and the prices, which are a bit steep even for Soho.
McIntosh - 4 Sep 2008 12:49

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