Soho

Soho, London: Address, Soho Reviews: 4.5/5

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The area
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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.
How to get there
  • Piccadilly Circus • 4 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 5 min walk
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,361 contributions
Historic London
Nov 2021
This area is not to be missed on a trip to London. It has been modernised over the years but still is the site of numerous great restaurants, bars, film industry headquarters and, of course, massage parlours. You can soak up the atmosphere particularly in the evening when the whole place comes to life. There is plenty to see and do and the area has lost its unsafe image although parts are still a little seedy.
Written November 11, 2021
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teejayy_xx
Sydney, Australia527 contributions
Bustling
Dec 2020 • Couples
Soho is located nearby Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street and Chinatown. You can easily get to Soho by one of the many underground stations. Soho has a quirky and cool vibe with many restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and theatres located here. Soho has a different feel at night when it is lit up and is cranking with people compared to during the day. There are so many places to choose from to eat in Soho.
Written October 4, 2021
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Amy C
London, UK348 contributions
Good area 👌
Jul 2020 • Friends
Good area 4 a drink food and theatre and drag queens in west London and nice shops 2 to browse to be frank
Written May 18, 2021
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Wandering Wonderings
Hastings, UK3,071 contributions
Enjoyable
Aug 2020
I enjoy wandering around here as dusk falls. Lots of shops light up and you get a real sense of the creativity in this area. Lots of places to rest your feet and pick up a coffee too.
Written April 12, 2021
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Brian T
London, UK4,542 contributions
So Go!
Jan 2021
Most visitors to London will set foot in the neighbourhood of Soho; many will have a broad concept of what specific area of the city comprises the neighbourhood, whilst others will mistakenly think they are in the neighbourhood when they are actually in Leicester Square or Covent Garden. Some will try to equate it with a neighbourhood with a similar name in New York City. Soho is roughly bounded by Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road and Oxford Street.

It’s worth a decent explore rather than a quick pass through. It has some quirky corners, little curiosities, some pretty little squares, some small street markets, and a couple of iconic streets. It brims with cafes, coffee shops, bars and restaurants, and has numerous entertainment venues / theatres showing (during normal, non-pandemic times) musicals and stage block-busters.

Here’s my favourite things to see in Soho:
1. Pretty little squares. There’s the charming little Soho Square which dates back to the 1670s, with its curious half-timbered, slightly wonky Tudor-style building in the centre; it wasn’t built in Tudor times; rather it was constructed in 1895 and is now used by the gardeners. There’s also a very old, weathered statue of Charles II which also dates back to the 1670s. Also visit Golden Square; in the 1670s it was a plague pit; now it’s a forma garden square, often the venue for temporary sculptures and odd works of art.
2. Iconic streets. Carnaby Street is a delight, and a treasure trove of quirky independent retailers and smaller designer stores. Old Compton Street is the heart of London’s gay scene, and pulses night and day with busy cafes and restaurants, and pulsating bars and clubs. The wonderful Cafe de Nata, specialising in those delectable Portugues custard tarts, the pastel de nata, is a treat indeed., as is Maitre Choux, specialising in choux pastry eclairs. And the likes of Greek, Frith and Dean Streets are also filled with entertainment venues, and cafes, bars and restaurants. One of London’s oldest coffee bars can be found at Little Italy in Frith Street
3. Markets. You’ll find small street markets along the bottom end of Berwick Street, and a more tourist-oriented market on Rupert Street.
4. Curiosities. I love the “The pump without a handle”. This curious replica of a water pump, in Broadwick (formerly Broad) Street in Soho, commemorates the discovery by Dr John Snow in 1854 that contaminated water was the cause for the spread of Cholera which was causing many deaths in this part of London at the time. His study lead to to the handle of the pump being removed, to help prevent the spread of the disease. This replica was installed in 1992 on the site of the original pump, but was removed in 2015 due to road construction. It was put in its current site in 2018, a foot or so from the original site, which is marked by a pink granite pavement slab - the revamped kerb prevented it being put back in the exact original location of the pump.

Of course, as you wanter through Soho, you’re never far from significant landmarks that visitors enjoy seeing: Piccadilly Circus with its statue of Eros and its mammoth flashing neon billboard; Chinatown (interestingly, the ’Soho Society’ deems it a part of Soho); Leicester Square, and the well-known and graceful shopping stretch of Regent Street.

The neighbourhood is very busy day and night, and you should feel safe as you wander around. It is well-lit in the evenings.
Written January 23, 2021
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Amy C
London, UK348 contributions
Excellent soho bar
Mar 2020 • Friends
Good evening place in the west end of London it has bars caffs pubs restaurants and a theatre showing aladdin
Written January 20, 2021
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Anonymouslady11
Norwich, UK53 contributions
Good vibes!
Aug 2020 • Family
Soho is a great place to go to in London, especially at night. The lit streets really make a beautiful scene and the atmosphere seems very happy and accepting.
Written August 20, 2020
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northants90
Northampton, UK2,947 contributions
Great
Jul 2020 • Couples
This is a great part of London which is busy, friendly and has a safe feel to it. It has the following on offer:

Gay village with variety of bars and restaurants
Theatre land
China town
Main shopping streets for London

Food for all tastes and lots to see and do and main attractions are accessible from this part of the Capital.
Written July 14, 2020
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Amy C
London, UK348 contributions
Trendy area
Sep 2019 • Solo
Interesting area of london also loads of bars etc and pubs and eateries and China town and cinemas and theatres
Written July 13, 2020
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,574 contributions
Revitalised
Jun 2020
Soho used to be quite a seedy area but now is very trendy.

There are lots of cool shops and cafes as well as restaurants to check out. You will be best suited to do this on foot as there are lots of small streets and some narrow pavements.

Definitely worth taking a wander through.
Written July 4, 2020
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