The Look of Love: The Life and Times of Paul Raymond, Soho’s King of Clubs
Tuesday, May 21st
The Society Club, 12 Ingestre Place, London W1F 0JF
Join The Society Club as we welcome Paul Willetts, acclaimed biographer and author of The Look of Love: The Life and Times of Paul Raymond, Soho’s King of Clubs
Celebrated chronicler of Soho bohemia, Paul Willetts, will be discussing his tragic-comic biography of Paul Raymond, on which the stylish new Michael Winterbottom movie is based. Raymond—often labelled by the press as “the King of Soho”—was one of post-war Britain’s most scandalous celebrities, probably best-known as the founder of the Raymond Revuebar, the glamorous strip-club that attracted everyone from Judy Garland to the Beatles.
“This fascinating study is as much a history of London’s square mile of vice as an account of one man’s life… Thoroughly researched and extremely well-written, this is an impressive book. Not since John Dickie’s Cosa Nostra have I read anything that exerts such hypnotic fascination for its sometimes repellent subject.” (The Observer)
Paul Willetts is the author of two previous, much-praised works of non-fiction, Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia and North Soho 999. Alongside these, he has edited four much-praised collections of writing by the bohemian dandy, Julian Maclaren-Ross, who was the subject of Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia, widely nominated as one of the “Books of 2003”. He also devised and worked as co-photographer on Teenage Flicks, a jokey celebration of Subbuteo, featuring contributions by Will Self, David Baddiel and others. His journalism has appeared in The Independent, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and elsewhere.
A night of short story readings, conversations & wine
Saturday, May 25th
The Society Club
12 Ingestre Place
£10 on the door
Soak up all the atmosphere of London’s most intimate literary event in the company of master storytellers. This month their tales will take you from the heart of Soho to the further reaches of the imagination.
Helen Simpson is the author of five collections of stories, the most recent of which is In-Flight Entertainment.
Ben Fountain is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara and has received several notable awards.
Roshi Fernando is the author of Homesick, a series of interlinked short stories about a community of Sri Lankan immigrants in London.
Anna Stothard is a novelist and travel writer. Her latest book, The Art of Leaving, has just been published.
YELP CAPTURES SOHO The Photogenic Launch Party 10th May, 8 to 10:30pm at The Society Club
Throughout March and April, everyday Londoners, armed with no more than the phones in their pockets, have been snapping amazing pics of Soho. They’ve captured everything from the sights they’ve seen, meals they’ve ate, good times they’ve had and the people they know.
And now it’s time to show these shots off…
You’re invited to the official launch party of the Yelp Captures Soho exhibition show at The Society Club. The best pics submitted will be professionally printed and framed by Metro Imaging and displayed in the gallery. There will be amazing free food, free drinks, entertainment and a few surprises along the way.
PICTURES PRINTED AND FRAMED by… Metro Imaging
FOOD by… Chipotle Mexican Grill, Kan-Kun Sauce, Yummy Boutique
DRINKS by… La Hechicera Rum, AIVY Vodka, Brockmans Gin, The Craft Beer Social Club, Mooboo Bubble Tea
ENTERTAINMENT by… Animal Vegetable Mineral Curiosities, Drink Deck, The London Index
PICTURES BY… *Winners announced soon!*
Yelp Captures Soho
A one-of-a-kind photo contest
Today, an amazing photo can come from anywhere or anyone. It’s no longer about the quality of the equipment but that perfect moment caught on something as simple as an iPhone. Yelp, one of the largest local review websites in the world, is teaming up with The Society Club, voted one of London’s interesting spots by CNN, to showcase these amazing images.
From now until April 20th, everyone is encouraged to snap photos of things seen in Soho: their meals, animals, work, play and more. Submissions will be judged by a professional panel and the best entries will be hung in a special exhibit in The Society Club. Additionally, all winners will be invited to a VIP launch party for the exhibit.
“You no longer have to be a professional photographer to capture an amazing moment,” according to Alex Shebar, London community manager for Yelp. “People are snapping pics of London life daily and we want to share them with more than just their friends. We want the whole city to see them.”
This event is additional partnering with Alternative Arts and Photomonth. Part of the money in the sale of the photos will go towards The Soho School. For more information on the contest and how to enter, go to
Thursday, January 31st
The Society Club
12 Ingestre Place, W1F0JF
Love and murder are almost the same thing anyway.
And love can’t be diluted too many times.
Lies are so suburban. But murder is nice and clean.
A love story gone very, very wrong.
Join us next Thursday as we welcome Carole Morin as she reads from her new novel: Spying on Strange Men. Read an excerpt here!
Even a Stopped Clock Tells the Right Time Twice a Day
Carla Borel’s photography, as gathered in her exhibit ‘StillSoho’, captures Soho of only a few years ago that remains in the hearts, eyes and minds of many. Her soft black and white portraits capture quiet moments – a coversation, the application of lipstick, a cigarette in bed – like few can. Come have a look (maybe you’ll want to take a photo home with you? you can – all are on-sale at The Society Club) … for more information, visit Carla’s website here … or read a few recent interviews here and here.