• Take in some comedy, music or theatre and enjoy the best pubs, clubs and bars • Check out the heart of London's gay community or wander around Chinatown • Use our map of Soho London to discover what there is to see and do in W1
Soho is the place to be for any food lover, with an assortment of restaurants in every price bracket to satisfy any craving. From fine dining establishments such as Gauthier Soho, to Alan Yau's chic cheap eatery Busaba Ethai, there's never any need to eat so-so in Soho.
Soho draws hedonists from across London and beyond and it's diverse enough to accommodate the lot. Barflies swarm at the door of Soho speakeasy Milk & Honey while London's gay scene is anchored on Old Compton Street. Celebrities favour Punk nightclub and the lavish Café de Paris provides dancefloors for those wishing to shake a stylish tail feather.
House of Vans
Taking over what used to be the Old Vic Tunnels, the House of Vans has turned the space below Waterloo station into a hot new destination for skateboarders, and promises a variety of diversions that will also appeal to those with no particular ambition to execute a credible 360 flip. The underground venue is sister to House of Vans Brooklyn where tickets for the free, all-ages summer concerts go like hot baked goods. The London branch also boasts a live music stage, as well as two tunnels’ worth of purpose-built skate park and an art gallery that will open with ‘Scissors & Glue’, an exhibition documenting the brief history of zines (till September 20). There’s a café, bars and cinema space and a regular programme of talks and workshops is planned. Skate sessions are free and open to all ages (there are lessons with The Skateboad School on Saturday mornings) but to be sure of entry book in advance on the House of Vans website where you’ll also find updates on upcoming gigs.