London area of Soho guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Soho neighbourhood

The sleazy heart of London’s Theatreland has thankfully stood firm against the worst ravages of gentrification and managed to retain some of its unique character. Tourists and immigrants created Soho, and while the flashing neon of the sex shops hints at a darker side, the area also abounds with excellent old shops and restaurants run for generations by the same French, Italian, Russian or Jewish families. Dozens of theatres mean that the pubs and bars are full of actors and celebrities – who often flock to the shabbiest looking spots in an attempt to avoid prying eyes – and the area has a genuine 24-hour nightlife. You can find some lovely hotels nearby to lay your head at the end of a long night. South of Soho, Chinatown is a chaos of exotic sights, sounds and smells, where English is a second language for a majority of residents. Leicester Square's cinemas still play host to two or three star-studded movie premieres a month.

See our recommended nearby Soho Hotels, Events, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Soho Hotels

in or near Soho
Cafe Royal Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
68 Regent Street, W1B
Café Royal is a 160-bedroom 5-star luxury hotel on Regent Street, in London's city centre overlooking Piccadilly Circus. The hotel has conference facilities, a cafe, bar ... More
 
 
 
W London Leicester Square
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
10 Wardour Street, W1D
On the site of the landmark Swiss Centre, the W London - Leicester Square Hotel has given Leicester Square a landmark building to be proud of ... More
 
 
 
The Groucho Club
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
45 Dean Street, W1D
Formed in 1985, The Groucho Club is a private members club that's open to men and women. With accommodation available to its members, there are 20 ... More
 
 
 

Soho Events

in or near Soho
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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
London > Events > Theatre
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime has been cancelled at the Apollo Theatre. It will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre on 24th June ... More
 
 
 
Miss Saigon
London > Events > Theatre
Prince Edward Theatre, 28 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D
Miss Saigon makes a welcome return to London's West End in 2014, taking to the stage at the Prince Edward Theatre. The musical by Claude-Michel Schonberg ... More
 
 
 
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Les Miserables
London > Events > Theatre
Queen's Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D
Jean Valjean, released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang, finds that the yellow ticket-of-leave he must, by law, display condemns him to be ... More
 
 
 

Soho Entertainment

in or near Soho
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Gielgud Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D
From the outside, the Gielgud Theatre is an impressive sight, towering four storeys over Shaftesbury Avenue, its height further emphasized by the turret on top. The ... More
 
 
 
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Criterion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1V
The tiny entrance of the Criterion Theatre is almost invisible among the massive advertisements, traffic and crowds of Piccadilly Circus. To ignore it, however, is to ... More
 
 
 
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Comedy Store
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
1a Oxendon Street, Soho, London SW1Y
The Comedy Store is the spiritual home of stand-up in the UK. Despite being the best large comedy venue in the country, the Store still succeeds ... More
 
 
 

Soho Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Soho
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Piccadilly Circus
London > Attractions > Sights
Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1J
Right in the middle of the West End, Piccadilly Circus isn't a circus at all, but an enormous road junction where Piccadilly itself Regent Street, Shaftesbury ... More
 
 
 
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Soho
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Soho, London W1D
Soho, the set of streets and alleyways between Oxford Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road and Regent Street is one of the most cosmopolitan parts of ... More
 
 
 
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Leicester Square
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H
With Trafalgar Square to the south, Piccadilly Circus to the west, China Town to the north and Covent Garden to the east, Leicester Square is right ... More
 
 
 

Soho Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Soho
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Vintage Magazine Store
London > Shopping > Gifts and Luxuries
39-43 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F
Packed with pictures of icons, stars and stylers, and not adverse to some greetings cards humour, this shop is a good option for cards for any ... More
 
 
 
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Mrs Kibble's Olde Sweet Shoppe
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
57a Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F
An old-fashioned, sugary-sweet, treat temptation in an area of London known for its more alternative delights, Mrs Kibble's Olde Sweet Shoppe in Soho offers pure, unadulterated, ... More
 
 
 
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Gelupo
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
7 Archer Street, Soho, Soho, London W1D
From the team that bought you Bocca Di Lupo comes Gelupo, a traditional Italian gelateria, delicatessen and espresso bar in the heart of Soho. Gelupo is ... More
 
 
 

Soho Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Soho London?
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Melati
London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
21 Great Windmill Street, Soho, London W1D
Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine. Booking advised for dinner. Separate room for parties. ... More
 
 
 
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Zilli Fish
London > Restaurants > Fish and Seafood
36-40 Brewer Street, Soho, Soho, London W1F
Aldo Zilli made his reputation with cookbooks that took the mystique out of Mediterranean fish cooking: simple, hearty dishes that anyone could ... More
 
 
 
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Bocca di Lupo
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
12 Archer Street, Soho, , Soho, London W1D
There was much excitement among the critics when this Italian restaurant opened at the beginning of 2009. Giles Coren writing in the Times gave it his ... More
 
 
 

Soho Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Soho.
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Waxy O'Connor's
London > Nightlife > Pubs
14-16 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D
Located where it is, Waxy's is fairly predictable. It's busy, it's Irish and it's got a fair smattering of tourists, but it also has that certain ... More
 
 
 
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Endurance
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
90 Berwick Street,, Soho, London W1F
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Waxy's Little Sister
London > Nightlife > Pubs
20 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D
If you're not up for the hectic atmosphere of Waxy O'Connors it might be worth slipping across the street to her infinitely more tranquil Little Sister. ... More
 
 
 

Soho Nightlife

Soho clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Comedy Camp
London > Nightlife > Bars
3 Archer Street, Soho, London W1D
Excellent, intimate bar with a mainly gay crowd in the middle of Soho, boasting the usual combination of expensive but superior cocktails and finger food, ... More
 
 
 
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Madame Jojo's
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
8-10 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F
This was once a sleazy Soho strip club, as the name suggests, and it really shows. Deep reds are the dominant colour, with mirrors, booths and velvet curtains creating ... More
 
 
 
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Bar Rumba
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
36 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D
Located nearby to Leicester Square, Bar Rumba is a lively bar that's ideal for late-night partying in the West End. Having moved away from its urban ... More
 
 
 

Soho Leisure

Soho gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Urban Golf Soho
London > Leisure > Golf
33 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, London W1F
OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it's a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
 
 
 
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Triyoga
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Unit 2.4-2.6 Kingly Court, Soho, London W1B5PW
On the second floor of the Kingly Court complex off Carnaby Street, Triyoga offers busy city people a refuge where they can centre themselves. One of ... More
 
 
 
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The Beauty Lounge
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
1 Kingly Court, Soho, London W1B
All therapists at The Beauty Lounge in Kingly Court work in the media, fashion and beauty industry so when you go for a make-up leseson you'll ... More
 
 
 

Soho Education

in or near Soho
 
Lamai Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
Venues across London, Soho, London WC2H
Thai food is the cuisine of the moment - green curries, red curries, satays, are everywhere. To the uninitiated,it's very difficult to recreate at home. But, ... More
 
 
 
Regent Academy of Fine Arts
London > Education > Arts and Drama
153 Regent Street, Soho, London W1B
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Soho Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Soho.
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68 Dean Street
London > Business > Venue Hire
68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D
This stylish private house in Soho is suitable for photo shoots, meetings, press events, filming and for a limited range of social events such as dinners ... More
 
 
 
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Haymarket Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Suffolk Place, Soho, London SW1Y
A hip designer hotel by Tim and Kit Kemp in a grand building on the prestigious Haymarket, the broad boulevard street making for an impressive entrance. ... More
 
 
 
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St Martins Lane Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Soho, London WC2N
To enter the stunning St Martins Lane Hotel in the heart of London's Theatreland you pass through the tallest revolving door in London, a luminescent yellow-glass ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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