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Eateries have replaced "adult" stores

There is an interesting mixture of Italian delis, lots of cafes (of all types), restaurants including Spanish, Italian, Oriental, Continental, newsagents, electrical retailer... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

There is an interesting mixture of Italian delis, lots of cafes (of all types), restaurants including Spanish, Italian, Oriental, Continental, newsagents, electrical retailer, patisseries etc, but did not see one of "adult" shops that used to blight the area. So, it is much less seedy and not a bad place to look for a snack or meal

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Roquebrune-sur-Argens, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

If you need a drink, a meal or just fun, this is the place to be and hang around in London. You can find anything you want at every prices.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Be it day time or evening time there is always such a buzz on Old Compton Street. Having a coffee in the morning whilst reading is great as is a few drinks pre/post show where theres people milling around. I love it here and always make sure i visit on each london visit.

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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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Melbourne, Australia
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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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Swindon, United Kingdom
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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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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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