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
The Shaftesbury Premier London Piccadilly
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
65-73 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D
Discover the Shaftesbury Hotel in the heart of London's Theatreland. Each of the 62 fully air-conditioned bedrooms boasts luxury fittings, state of the art telecommunications and ... More
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
Every Hotel Piccadilly
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
Coventry Street, W1D
Located right next to Leicester Square, in the heart of London's West End, the Every Hotel Piccadilly is the perfect hotel for those wanting to enjoy ... More
 
 
 

Soho Events

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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
London > Events > Theatre
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D
This stage adaptation by Simon Stephens of Mark Haddon's hugely popular novel had a successful run at the National Theatre. Since then 'The Curious Incident of ... More
 
 
 
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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

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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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Picturehouse Central
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Great Windmill Street, Soho, London W1D
A vast and much needed improvement on the old Cineworld cinema in the Trocodero, Picturehouse Central opened in June 2015 and was treated to a full ... 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
 
 
 

Soho Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Soho
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Lights Of Soho
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F
A new gallery space dedicated to light art. ... More
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 

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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Once Milano
London > Shopping > House and Garden
3 Denman Place, Ham Yard Village, Soho, London W1D
Luxury Italian linen for the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and accessories, Once Milano sells the finest fabrics and in gorgeous seasonal colours. Products are designed and handmade ... 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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The Palomar
London > Restaurants > Middle Eastern restaurants
34 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D
The Palomar "serves lovely food" says Jay Rayner. "It pulls on the traditions of the Mediterranean fringes without being overwhelmed by them", and it does so ... 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
 
 
 

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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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
 
 
 
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Graphic
London > Nightlife > Bars
4 Golden Square, Piccadilly, Soho, London W1F
Graphic is a drinking den with two identities: by day it's a cool Soho cafe bar, but by night it becomes a cocktail bar with DJs ... 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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AWAY Spa W London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
10 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D
On the 6th floor of the W London the AWAY Spa certainly takes you away from the manic pace of life in Leicester Square ... 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
 
 
 

Soho Education

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Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
15B Little Portland Street, Soho, London W1W
Awarded The Best City Cookery School 2013, the Cookery School at Little Portland Street has been teaching people to make simple, honest food for more than ... More
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
 

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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195 Piccadilly (BAFTA)
London > Business > Venue Hire
195 Piccadilly, Soho, London W1J
The home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is also available to hire for your own event. The iconic building at 195 ... 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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