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Address: London, England
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Activities: People-watching

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Great Gay Bar

We visited Cromptons on a Friday evening. It was very busy at 8.30 pm when we arrived, eventually we got seats. We felt it was a lively, friendly bar, fairly easy going. The bar... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 19, 2013
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Claremorris, Ireland

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Nobody pays attention anymore because people are more open minded. For many years, though, the street was the home for several gay bars. Today, there are restaurants and cafes for everybody. The street is very popular, in particular at night. It is not very clean and you will not find sophisticated venues, but in Soho, you rarely find that.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A small street near Picadilly Circus offering lots of small café'sand Restaurants all with lively atmospheres on top of this are the Night clubs and bars including Ronnie Scots and G.A.Y. Plus a few other places to rest your weary legs or to get up and Boogie a place to meet and greet or go to to eat before going... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Rainbow flags abound in this gayest of streets in London's Soho. Even Kylie has given this street her seal of approval when she strutted down here in her video 'Timebomb'. It is not exclusively the domain of the gay community. There are quality restaurants all along the street, some great Italian places. People watching is one of the pleasures of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Old Compton street is in Soho, close to Dean, Frith, Wardour & Greek streets. One of the curious things about this street is that it features several gay bars, restaurants and cafes. Go there and take a few minutes to cross this off your to-do list when visiting London.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

It's loud, smells like Urine and has very interesting Characters. But that's the point. We stayed in a flat above the street and the noise would only (sometimes) die down by 4am. In some of the alleyways there are these horrendous open plastic urinals where people will openly wave their willies at you. While trying to sleep through the noise,... More 

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Claremorris, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We visited Cromptons on a Friday evening. It was very busy at 8.30 pm when we arrived, eventually we got seats. We felt it was a lively, friendly bar, fairly easy going. The bar staff were grand, we never waited too long to be served which was good as it was busy.The spirits were served in uk doubles(50mls) but i... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013 via mobile

All the shops and restaurants you'd expect to see walking through Soho. Worth a walk through to see the best of the place.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

I went to Camisa (Italian Deli, Soho) a couple of months ago as I haven't been there for sometimes. I used to go there regularly in the past then Major supermarkets started to stock good quality Italian products. Therefore I go less and less now. What a disappointment it was in terms of prices which went from being reasonable years... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

I really like this street because you have the option to go to many bars in a very small area. Most of them are decent, although London is not too much fun, since most people are very shy or they are just looking for fun. However, it is very safe and close to many other areas in central london. Be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

From top to bottom this street offers a kaleidoscope of sights, eating and drinking places, as well as memorable shops for clothes, gadgets, fantasies, food and drink. Camisa's is an aladdins cave of italian food, fresh, tinned, bottled and dried including wonderful pasta, parma ham, cheeses, sausages, breads, tomatoes, truffles in season, olive oils and wines. Its friendly, knowledgeable and... More 

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Address: London, England
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The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighborhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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