NICK VALENTINE author of CLUBS, DRUGS AND CANAPES: A Deep Journey Into the Shallows of the Night

One Man.  5,000 Parties.

 Clubs, Drugs and Canapés cover

The Society Club welcomes NICK VALENTINE author of CLUBS, DRUGS AND CANAPES: A Deep Journey Into the Shallows of the Night

Saturday, November 23rd


The Society Club, 12 Ingestre Place, Soho W1F0JF



‘Nick Valentine, the indefatigable prince of the London party scene’ (Roger Taylor)


Clubs, Drugs and Canapés traces Nick Valentine’s story; just a suburban bloke who has blagged, lucked and laughed his way into just about every party, club, stage and hot-tub imaginable.

Introduced to the world of celebrity at an impressionable age when Steve Currie, bass player with the legendary T. Rex, moved in to Nick’s family home, Nick was star-struck and knew he too belonged on stage. He made his musical debut two weeks later despite making Sid Vicious sound like a virtuoso.

Nick then sailed through his teenage years and twenties as a paste-up artist, journalist, musician and DJ until he eventually banked in the shallows of canapé central,  attended over 5,000 parties and drunk enough champagne to test the Thames Barrier.  An enterprising period acting as a social PR further led to this self-confessed dilettante, co-founding entertainment news and co-founding three London nightclubs, including the much lauded, The Cuckoo Club. With the West End as his nocturnal playground, Nick then bid sleep a final fond farewell.

This account is a surprisingly touching look at the mechanics of enjoying life to the max. If Adrian Mole and Janis Joplin had a bastard love-child, his name might very well be Nick Valentine.

Books will be available on the night for purchase and signing

Exciting News

Exciting times for us – we are CLOSED in September for some much-needed re-do’s at The Society Club.   We’ll be back open the first week in October where you can expect more seating and more bookcases and a proper working downstairs!    Can’t wait.
We are also scheduling our Fall events – so check back for dates/times for music, poetry, readings, photographer talks and various entertaining nights…
Also – in big news – we are in the process of publishing Violet’s memoirs this Fall – ‘Good Times in Soho’ will be launched at The Society Club this December.   A limited edition of 500 will be printed …
And … a brand-new website will be launched, too!    And Babette and Seki have both promised to start blogging.
All good news.  xoxo

We’re in Time Out

The fantastic people over at Style Tails included us in their Secret City guide to London spots where pooches are welcome…

“This awesomely eccentric cultural space combines a gallery, bookshop and cocktail bar.  Grab a post-work tipple with your cultured canine and leaf through the rare books (including some vintage erotica).  There’s organic dog food and liver treats on hand, as well as three resident dogs: Monty, Molly and Modesty.

Love is in the Air

Vintage Valentine Postcards To the jolliest...










Join us this Valentine’s Day as we play host to a night of swooning, swaying and singing

Smooth tunes fill The Society Club as Jontee Bowater, Andrew Baldwin and Holly Dunn warm-up your evening with an array of classic musical entertainment

The trio from New Zealand, fronted by singer Jontee Bowater with Andrew Baldwin on piano and Holly Dunn on cello, all bring their special magic to each song as they cover classic ballads to musical theatre show-stoppers.   All with a healthy wink and clever cheek along the way.

Classically trained and New Zealand born tenor, Jontee is calling London (and particularly Soho) home after  being awarded a scholar position in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain while in high school. Since then, Jontee has gone on to perform across England including a drunken rendition of Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies’ on Frith Street and a series of Royal Albert hall concerts and BBC proms over 2011/12.

Andrew is a composer, arranger and the “wise old man” of the trio. Currently completing a Masters at the Royal College of Music, he loves performing and writing music of a wide variety of styles, and sings in the Holst Singers in his spare time. He’s also very fond of chocolate.

Holly is an Art History and Literature student from New Zealand, completing the final year of her degree while on exchange at the University of East Anglia. On leaving high school she had completed her diploma in performance cello from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music. Although deciding against pursuing a career in music, Holly continues to play cello for enjoyment.

So join-us for this V-Day for some cocktails and music before you set off to the night.

The Society Club
12 Ingestre Place
Soho   W1F0JF

Thursday, February 14th
6:30 pm

£5 on the door, members free