Soho is a hard place to pin down. The district – and its southern subsection Chinatown – teems with tourists going to West End shows, media professionals marching to work, hungry patrons sampling some of London's best restaurants and people looking to have a long night out at one (or several) of the area's clubs, bars and pubs. But Soho was also home to many historical figures, including Mozart, Karl Marx and The Sex Pistols. Many Londoners still think it’s all about sex, but the fact is, Soho should be as notable for its history and culture as it is for the sleaze.
Soho has some of the best pubs in the capital. Find the best watering holes from an ever-growing list
Smackbang in the middle of the West End, Soho attracts a massive influx of revellers with its bustling nightlife. Tourists, bar crawlers, club kids, glamour kittens and gay-scene posers can all find nightclubs to accommodate them in this diverse scene. Whether you fancy the scandalous cabaret vibe of The Box or the louche French flavour of Moulin-Rouge style nightspot Café de Paris, Time Out's guide to clubs in Soho has you covered.
Gay bars and clubs in Soho
All you need to know about LGBT nightlife in the capital of gay London
West End theatre shows
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Where to eat in Soho
Breakfast in Soho
Wake up to the best restaurants for breakfast in Soho
Soho's best restaurants
West End eats don't come better than these
Cheap eats in Soho
Find the best places for cheap food and best budget restaurants and cafés in the Soho
Where to eat in Chinatown
Dine at the finest Chinese restaurants the West End has to offer
A day out in Soho
Best shopping in Soho
Some of the world's best independent fashion labels have steadily been moving into Soho over the past few years, joining a run of established record stores, vintage boutiques and jewellery and harberdashery shops. We've picked the best of the bunch below…
Theatre and cinema in Soho
Soho is part of the lively West End district, which is noted globally as a hub for performing arts. Discover the art deco interior of the Prince Edward Theatre, or take in the Soho Theatre's bold, left field promenade work. For cinemas buffs, the Soho Curzon is touted as the busiest art-house cinema in the UK and well worth a visit.
Comedy in Soho this week
Lewis Schaffer – International Man of Misery
Brooklyn-born honorary Brit Lewis Schaffer (he's lived in the UK for 14 years now) continues his residency at the Leicester Square Theatre, performing his...
Iain Stirling – Everything
Trendy charmster Iain Stirling might be best known for his presenting work on CBBC, but he's a proper stand-up too, and a very pleasant one. He brings his...
Holly Burn – Return of the Burn
Brilliantly mad character comic Holly Burn – star of ITV's 'Bad Bridesmaid' – is back at the Leciester Square Theatre with a new work-in-progress season....