Soho's seediest streets

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A walking tour of Soho's darker side

'They were the foxiest broads on Broadwick Street'  © Anne Gerrish 'They were the foxiest broads on Broadwick Street' © Anne Gerrish
  • Shaftesbury Avenue: Malice in Theatreland

    From out of the shadows of a West End theatre in 1788, a man jumped on a young woman, slashing at...

  • Gerrard Street: It’s Chinatown

    In the roaring ’20s, all the Bright Young Things came here to buy their opium from ‘Brilliant...

  • Leicester Square: Wait for the blackout

    Over six days in February 1942, 28-year old Gordon Cummings picked up six women in the pubs of Le...

  • Charlotte Street: Hanging around

    On April 29 1947, a gang of juvenile delinquents making a smash-and-grab raid on Jay’s Jeweller...

  • Corner of Frith Street and Old Compton Street: X marks the Spot

    One of Soho’s most notorious ganglords, Jack ‘Spot’ Comer, was stabbed here in the ‘fight...

  • Rathbone Place: Dandies in the underworld

    During the '40s, Sohemian idol, writer Julian MacLaren-Ross, was most often to be found propping ...

  • Goslett Yard: Freddie’s dead

    Britain’s beloved Light Heavyweight World Champion of 1949, Freddie Mills, was found dead in hi...

  • Soho Square: Little knocking shop of horrors

    Between 1778 and 1801, there existed here a ‘magical brothel’ called The White House. The roo...

  • Old Compton Street: Kiss me deadly

    Ripped apart by a bomb blast on April 30 1999 by former BNP activist David Copeland, leaving thre...

  • Romilly Street and Dean Street: The Bermuda Triangle

    London’s greatest noir writer, Derek Raymond, used to refer to the conjunction of The Coach and...

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