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Eat, drink and be merry!

We had spent the afternoon wandering through the West End Theatre District. We had started at Trafalgar Square and had walked up through Covent Garden to Leicester Square. We then... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 25, 2015
BigHugh51
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Adelaide, Australia

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

As the redevelopment of Soho continues, the whole area is being sanitised and losing it's appeal. This is reflected in the changing character of Old Compton Street too. Many of the small independent (interesting) venues are closing down and being replaced with high-street brands. What used to be the heart of gay London is now just another tourist destination. Yes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Went here with my boyfriend and a friend for an impromptu early Sunday dinner. The food was fresh and very well prepared. The drinks were very good quality. Waiting staff are very professional and friendly. Ambience is fantastic. Some people just having drinks while others sat down for food. Overall a very good restaurant/bar in the heart of Soho. Prices... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

We had spent the afternoon wandering through the West End Theatre District. We had started at Trafalgar Square and had walked up through Covent Garden to Leicester Square. We then headed up to Shaftesbury Avenue and eventually on into Old Compton Street. This street had a comfortable feel about it. There are some nice pubs, restaurants and cafes along with... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Old Crompton Street is full of cafes,restaurants and bars. Best of all it is "home" to the Prince Edward Theatre which is currently "home" to Miss Saigon :) Always always busy with many interesting sights to be seen. There really are so many places to eat or drink that my tip to any readers of my review is do your... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Ok to wander down but again i wouldnt make a special trip just to go down the street lots of restaurants where the sex shops used to be so that a impriovement

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Wonder off the main the main streets onto the old back streets of Soho and you will find a depth of culture suitable for all. Drinks , snacks, coffee whatever you want you will find -- a real jem full of atmosphere. Well worth a visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

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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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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