Soho London

Soho London

  • Tube stations: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road
  • Location: in west-central London, bordered by Shaftesbury Avenue in the south, Charing Cross Road in the east, Oxford Street in the north and Regent Street in the west.
  • Borough: Westminster (www.westminster.gov.uk)
  • Postcode: W1
Landmarks:
In the midst of Soho’s maze of streets is one of London’s smaller landmarks – a water pump on Broadwick street dedicated to Dr. John Snow, who identified a nearby public water pump as the source of Soho’s cholera outbreak of 1854.

Known for:
Being the center of London’s gay district (centered around Old Compton Street) and red light district (various adult shops and strip clubs are sprinkled around the whole area). There’s also a large amount of bars, pubs and clubs, and people are out on the street at all hours of the night.

Who’s there?
The always-changing menagerie of Soho includes media types, tourists, prostitutes, theatre patrons, restaurant workers, shoppers, drug dealers, club-goers, beggars and sex-shop connoisseurs of all ages, races and sexual orientations.

Making history:
Originally a hunting ground, legend has it that Soho got its name from hunters crying out ‘So ho!’ as they rode through the fields. The area built up as a destination for the rich, although they cleared out when Soho was hit by a cholera outbreak in 1854. Cheap rents made it a haven for pubs and brothels, and artists and writers came soon after. Soho most recently made history in 1999, when a neo-Nazi detonated a nail bomb in the Admiral Duncan Pub on Old Compton Street, killing three people.

Pub quiz facts:
The French Protestant Church of London, on Soho Square, is the only one of its kind in the whole of London.

Famous faces:
Golden Square is home to a lot of media companies, and you can often catch various Virgin Radio djs going into their offices or shopping at some of the records stores nearby.

When it’s hot:
People flock to Golden Square in nice weather, and the slightly greener Soho Square is also a main hot weather spot, especially when there are festivals held there during the summer.

When it’s not:
A show at legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (www.ronniescotts.co.uk) is plenty to keep you warm on a cold winter night.

Most Read Today

image
01 Tennis Screenings London

Dodge the queues and settle down to a picnic and l...

image
02 Pimms No 1 Cup

A guide to the history of Pimms No 1 Cup, Pimms dr...

image
03 Independence Day London

Celebrate the Stars and Stripes and all things Ame...

image
04 Summer Sales London

Grab a bargain bikini for your escape to the sun a...

image
05 London Lidos

As the weather hots up for the summer, take a dip ...

Content updated: 02/07/2015 22:25

Latest Features

Feature Image
Get hold of Happy Mondays London tickets to experience the legendary British band as they reform again.
Feature Image
Dodge the queues and settle down to a picnic and live tennis on the big screen.
Feature Image
Head to your local indie record shop and grab a series of exclusives.
Feature Image
The world's greatest tennis tournament returns to London for another year.

Don't Miss

Ashes 2015 TicketsAshes 2015 Tickets

Can England's new-breed of exciting, attacking players help win back the coveted Ashes trophy?

Florence and the Machine Alexandra Palace TicketsFlorence and the Machine Alexandra Palace Tickets

Florence performs live at Ally Pally for four very special dates in September 2015.

Zoo Lates London TicketsZoo Lates London Tickets

ZSL London Zoo's popular late openings are back - head out on a Sunset Safari this summer!

.

Live Music Tickets

Ed Sheeran London TicketsEd Sheeran London Tickets

Don't miss out as Ed Sheeran plays Wembley Stadium in July 2015.

Sport Tickets

Rugby World Cup 2015 TicketsRugby World Cup 2015 Tickets

Can England follow-up on their Six Nations disappointment by winning the World Cup on home soil?

Theatre Tickets

Wicked TicketsWicked Tickets

One of the world’s favourite musicals continues to cast a spell over audiences.