Soho, in the heart of London’s West End, has been famous as an upmarket entertainment district since the beginning of the 20th century. Soho’s reputation as a major entertainment district of London stems from theatres such as the Windmill Theatre on Great Windmill Street, and the Raymond Revuebar owned by entrepreneur Paul Raymond. The independent British film industry is also centred around Soho, including the British headquarters of Twentieth Century Fox. This has made Soho a popular spot for commercial offices, especially media and film companies.
London’s Soho was the first in the world, but the iconic name has now been borrowed by several countries around the world including – Hong Kong, Tasmania, the United States, and Buenos Aires. There are even now two more in the UK, one being in Somerset and the other in the West Midlands. In London, Soho is bordered on the north by Oxford Street, the west by Regent Street, the south by Leicester Square, and the east by Charing Cross Road. Let’s look at what’s made Soho one of the most desirable and liveliest districts in the capital:
If you’re looking for a unique and quirky place to have a drink, then look no further than Cahoots. This underground bar is decked out like an old tube station from the 1940s and offers an array of delicious cocktails served in teacups, hip flasks and milk bottles. Other popular bars in the area include:
• Brewdog, famous for its craft beer and trendy decor, and
• Aqua Spirit, Soho’s premier rooftop bar offering incredible views over the city skyline
Some popular Soho dining spots include:
• Maison Bertaux on Greek Street, which is London’s oldest patisserie
• Bob Bob Ricard, a luxurious Russian-British restaurant that’s famous for having ‘Press for Champagne’ buttons at the tables
• Yauatcha Soho, a stylish Chinese restaurant known for its delicious dim sum
Soho has a huge range of accommodation available to suit both the luxury and budget traveller. Popular choices include:
• Ham Yard Hotel, an arty boutique hotel that boasts its own bowling alley and wellness centre
• The Soho Hotel, which shows the latest blockbusters in its in house cinema
• Karma Sanctum, which features a rock’n’roll themed decor and rooftop jacuzzi
There are plenty of incredible places to break a sweat in Soho. Third Space in the centre of Soho is one of the most high-tech options and offers everything from a hypoxic chamber, to a skylit climbing wall, and a suspended glass floor training area.
There are plenty of fun activities to keep you entertained in the district of Soho – from sampling the latest chocolate creations at Choccywoccydoodah, to searching for contemporary art at Riflemaker, or listening to live jazz at Ronnie Scott’s – It’s impossible to be bored in Soho! Although this is one of the busiest districts, you can still find quiet gardens and greenery, including Soho Square Gardens, nestled between the glamorous streets.
One thing you can be sure of is that Soho will be permanently buzzing with people, whether they’re hunting for bargains in the independent stores, sipping cocktails in one of the many upscale bars, exploring Chinatown, or watching a show in the famous West End.