Fun loving, diverse and hardly ever quiet, Soho attracts an ample mix of people. It is simply a must see for tourists, and Londoners, thanks to its venues, history and atmosphere. You might have made an innocent mistake if you thought that Soho was all about trendy people, hipster restaurants and salacious back alley sex shops. There is so much more to this buzzing district than may initially meet the eye.
Soho is the place to be if you’re looking for live entertainment, a pulsing nightlife, and interesting food. The hours will fly by as you browse the quaint boutique shops, catch a West End show, and gobble down a hearty meal finishing it off with a delicious cocktail. There is as you probably know, a distinct risqué vibe to the area, as this is one area of London where you will find many sex shops lined up along back streets, gay and lesbian bars, and burlesque dancing shows. There are other equally interesting areas within walking distance of Soho including Chinatown, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Mayfair.
Shopping In Soho
Soho is located in the heart of London’s West End. With a 2.6 square kilometre radius, it’s easy to explore on foot, and is very close to Oxford Street, Leicester Square, Regents Street and Charing Cross Road. If you plan on being in London for more than a day it’d be a smart idea to invest in a Visitor Oyster card which is conveniently delivered to your home before you arrive in London. A day spent in Soho shopping is a day well spent. Some of the capitals most intriguing boutiques are found along the cobblestoned streets of Carnabystreet, Berwick street and in Kingly Court. Soho is also home to some pretty acclaimed stores such as mock Tudor department store Liberty, and classical toy shop Hamleys. There is also Agent Provocateur, where you can shop for high quality lingerie and Paul A Young, a shop with luxury, handmade, mouth-watering chocolates.
Theatre Nights In Soho
Primarily focused in the West End, London’s theatre scene has been entertaining visitors for a long time. There are a number of Soho theatres including the Prince Edward Theatre and the Prince of Wales Theatre where you can watch everything from big budget movies and off-the-wall cabaret, to stand up comedy and even classical plays from a time since passed. There’s a shows to suit all tastes, so you’ll never have to worry about finding something you like. Most of the West End shows do incredibly well and are smash hits so ultimately you are in good hands if you choose to visit a theatre in this district. A great example of a show that’s done very well and is a must see is Stomp, a highly physical theatre performance which uses the body and everyday objects as instruments. Then there’s also the spectacularly poignant Les Miserables, which has been seen by over 70 million people around the world and is the worlds longest running musical.
Dining Out In Soho
In tune with the rest of area, the Soho dining scene has a lot of offer. Soho has a diverse and exciting array of food options dependant on your style and food preferences. From the opulent, to the quirky, to down-to- earth and traditional, Soho has it all, and you won’t have to look far to see the bright lights of the stunning restaurants all around you. If its cheap food you’re after you might want to enter the cosy, and rather charming YallaYalla, which offers some pretty fantastic Beirut street food. Or if you’ve stayed in London for the night you could do brunch at the small but mighty Breakfast club cafe, where your fry-up and coffee fantasies meet reality. If you really want to treat yourself why not stop by one of Soho’s Michelin-starred restaurant. Social Eating House and Yauatcha, and Arbutus are renowned for their eclectic, buzzing, atmospheres and of course- great food. Meat, has also become a firm favourite, have become more prevalent on many restaurant menus across London. If burgers, steak or chicken are your cup of tea then try out Honest Burgers, Mash, or ClockJack Oven.
Soho is, without a doubt at the soul of London’s clubbing and live music scene, but there are also secret clubs and casual bars to be found. Some of the most popular including Bar Soho and The O Bar supply plenty of cocktail for your night out in the West End. There is a high concentration of gay and lesbian bars and clubs in Soho, which is also a hub for the Pride In London festivities each year. Jazz music made its appearance in the UK thanks to Soho, with clubs such as Ronnie Scots offering excellent nights of mellow melodies and earthy grooves. If you prefer to do the singing yourself you could always check out the Lucky Voice karaoke bar, which promises you an unbeatable night out where you can scream, shout and sing your heart out.
When it’s time to wind down for the night, you should check out the stunningly modern boutique hotel The Piccadilly London West End Hotel. It’s the perfect end to a rip-roaring night out!