The Society Club, Cheshire Street

May 12, 2016
The Society Club, Cheshire Street.  The established Soho literary members club opens in Shoreditch with a specialist bookshop with cocktails and evening events. Dog friendly, too - the perfect East London spot to while away an afternoon reading, writing, and drinking.

  FROM SOHO TO SHOREDITCH: WHY THIS LONDON LITERARY SALON IS MY FAVOURITE READING ROOM
"If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t f**k them. Don’t sleep with people who don’t read!"    Sage dating advice by John Waters for sapiosexuals seeking similar savants. Smart is sexy, end of. So it comes as no surprise that like an moth to a flame (because so many of history's greatest intellectuals are self-destructive like that...) I've gravitated toward the new Shoreditch branch of Soho literary circle The Society Club on Cheshire Street.

The Society Club, Cheshire Street.  The established Soho literary members club opens in Shoreditch with a specialist bookshop with cocktails and evening events. Dog friendly, too - the perfect East London spot to while away an afternoon reading, writing, and drinking.

The Society Club, Cheshire Street.  The established Soho literary members club opens in Shoreditch with a specialist bookshop with cocktails and evening events. Dog friendly, too - the perfect East London spot to while away an afternoon reading, writing, and drinking.

BOOKS, BAR, & BARKS.
TOMES, TIPPLES, & TAILS.
(A LITERARY ALITERATION)

While my commitment to literature is less devotee and more dilettante, several afternoons ensconced in the bosom of The Society Club has made me feel closer to the Bohemian movement. Established in Soho in 1967 as a members club The Society Club recently opened its latest chapter in Shoreditch. The Cheshire Street branch is a specialist bookshop, its handsome panelled bookcases groaning with rare first editions of literature, art & photography books, and staggering stacks of rare books including poetryFun fact 1: On the anniversary of Hitler's death I instantly spotted both Leonard Cohen Flowers For Hitler and an illustrated edition of Mein Kamp.

Even on the sunniest days The Society Club is as cozy as a gentlemen's study on a rainy afternoon. Smashing classic cocktails and coffees from the bar, plus dogs napping in every nook make this place feel like home. Fun fact 2: All the club canines' names start with M: Milo the Italian greyhound, Maddie the golden retriever, Modesty the bulldog, and Monty the chihuahua.

On many evenings The Society Club is an eventful place to be with book launches, soirées, and readings inviting authors, artists, and audience alike to bring the words off the pages and into life. How very Bohemian...


The Society Club, Cheshire Street.  The established Soho literary members club opens in Shoreditch with a specialist bookshop with cocktails and evening events. Dog friendly, too - the perfect East London spot to while away an afternoon reading, writing, and drinking.
The Society Club, Cheshire Street.  The established Soho literary members club opens in Shoreditch with a specialist bookshop with cocktails and evening events. Dog friendly, too - the perfect East London spot to while away an afternoon reading, writing, and drinking.
The Society Club, Cheshire Street.  The established Soho literary members club opens in Shoreditch with a specialist bookshop with cocktails and evening events. Dog friendly, too - the perfect East London spot to while away an afternoon reading, writing, and drinking.
The Society Club, Cheshire Street.  The established Soho literary members club opens in Shoreditch with a specialist bookshop with cocktails and evening events. Dog friendly, too - the perfect East London spot to while away an afternoon reading, writing, and drinking.
The Society Club, Cheshire Street.  The established Soho literary members club opens in Shoreditch with a specialist bookshop with cocktails and evening events. Dog friendly, too - the perfect East London spot to while away an afternoon reading, writing, and drinking.
The Society Club, Cheshire Street.  The established Soho literary members club opens in Shoreditch with a specialist bookshop with cocktails and evening events. Dog friendly, too - the perfect East London spot to while away an afternoon reading, writing, and drinking.
The Society Club, Cheshire Street.  The established Soho literary members club opens in Shoreditch with a specialist bookshop with cocktails and evening events. Dog friendly, too - the perfect East London spot to while away an afternoon reading, writing, and drinking.



"I'D LIKE TO MOVE IN, PLEASE"

A confession to make: this so-called sapiosexual has a shallow side. My alternate aesthetic aficionado was initially drawn to The Society Club for its looks. The moody and dramatic ambience - dark wood floors, marble bar, mid-century chandelier, and black bookcases stacked almost carelessly - are the things of my decor dreams, so short of tearing apart my guest room to renovate and redecorate into my perfect library, you'll find me very much a frequent guest. What makes me stay is sipping a French 75 while enjoying the choice playlist (whether its the sexy strains of Serge Gainsbourg or languid lyricals of Lana Del Rey), the prospect of 'part-time pets' (The Society Club is dog friendly), the warm, well-informed staff who are always up for a chinwag, and taking breaks from working (either from blogging on their free wifi or a coffee break from Regimental Vintage, just down the street) to explore their many layers of unusual books in search of more treasure to add to my collection. The Society Club is very much my 'local' and this special place is certainly a Shoreditch gem for intellects, dog-lovers, and cocktail appreciators alike. You can find them at 3 Cheshire Street, London E1 6ED.

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