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SHOP DOG: THE SOCIETY CLUB

At bookstore The Society Club, owners Babette Kulik and Carrie Kania encourage London’s literati to read, drink, and be merry.

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SHOP DOG: THE SOCIETY CLUB

The world’s eminent writers had a way with words and a taste for spirits. But authors Charles Bukowski, Truman Capote, and Tennessee Williams—who respectively washed down satire with boilermakers, hyperbole with screwdrivers, and pathos with a Ramos gin fizz—had more in common than inspiring libations; namely, a love of dogs.

It’s this wining trifecta that makes The Society Club so special. Tucked away in Soho, London, the independent bookstore—or, as owners Babette Kulik and Carrie Kania describe it, “a Bohemian sitting room”—stocks pulp-fiction paperbacks and first-edition novels alongside vintage curiosities, homemade cakes, and dirty martinis (yes, the store has a liquor licence). The neighbourhood haunt also hosts book launches, poetry readings, art exhibitions, storytelling sessions, and music shows.

The Society Club is watched over by the beady eyes of Molly (a Cavalier King Charles spaniel), Modesty (an English bulldog), and Monty (a Chihuahua). “Monty has a Napoleon complex,” says Kulik. “He is a bit of a bully, and insists on sitting on customers’ laps. Pathetic!” Though Monty is more likely interested in treats than titles, Kulik adds,  “If he were to read, it would be books such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas…and maybe a little Cocteau.”  For the most part, patrons don’t mind the canine shopkeepers, but there are exceptions: “On one particular occasion, two of the dogs were high on summer love and two girls left in disgust! But live and let live, I say.”


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You can read the complete profile in Four&Sons, Issue One. To buy a copy, click here.


Photography by Steve Ryan.

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