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Soho area guide

Discover countless drinking holes, excellent restaurants and unforgettable entertainment in vibrant Soho

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.

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Why you must walk down Berwick Street
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Why you must walk down Berwick Street

From the one-time seedy heart of Soho, this is one of the area's finest quarters. Here’s why… Gosh! comic book store - 1 Berwick st   Even though it's changing, Berwick Street retains the life and soul of old Soho The first thing that strikes you is the absence of chain outlets, the kind that have diluted streets everywhere into characterless thoroughfares. Berwick Street is still trying to fly the flag for independence with its diverse range of independent traders, shops, cafes and restaurants.  Robin from Soho Dairy - Berwick St Market   Soho’s main street market is alive and well It's great to see market stalls denying central London traffic while welcoming hungry pedestrians. It still boasts trusty fruit and veg stalls, but is enlivened by the wafting smells and sounds of street food sellers. All regional and national tastes are catered for, from fish and chips to salt beef and giant burritos – and there are always long queues at the Jerusalem Falafel and Savage Salads stalls. You might also want to buy a carton of 'SuperMilk' from Soho Dairy, which supports their independent farmers.   Cloth House fabric shop - 47 Berwick St   Cloth, tailoring, vinyl and comics There's rolls, bolts and swathes of vibrant cloth on show here. Cloth House is a visual haven of beautiful fabric and is essential for DIY fashionistas. There are also Savile Row-style tailoring shops, including Chris Kerr and Oliver Spencer. Percival Menswear sells British-made quality cl

Seven late night pudding pit-stops in Soho
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Seven late night pudding pit-stops in Soho

Most restaurants treat dessert as an afterthought, but with so many sweet treats to be found on the streets of Soho, it's worth looking beyond the pudding menu. So, the next time you're in the mood for a post-dinner pud or desperately need an emergency sugar fix in between pubs, check out these late night locations.      A photo posted by 🍦chewie (@chewiefoods) on May 7, 2016 at 2:44am PDT    Yauatcha When you think about it, patisserie is just one small step from dim sum: beautiful, brightly coloured and fiddly as hell to make. It comes as no surprise, then, that Yauatcha, undisputed doyen of dim sum, has a patisserie counter. And yeah, it’s awesome. For the ultimate indulgence, get the Chocolate Pebble, a smooth round of velvety chocolate with a fudgey brownie centre. 15-17 Broadwick St, W1F 0DL, takeaway available until 11pm.     A photo posted by Date Night LDN (@_datenight_ldn) on Mar 17, 2016 at 11:41am PDT Basement Sate Earn some brownie points on date night with a post-dinner trip to Basement Sate, a hidden underground bar serving decadent desserts and matching cocktails. 8 Broadwick St, W1F 8HN. Open until 11pm Sunday and Monday, and 1.30am Tue-Sat.     A photo posted by Carly G (@carly1276) on May 8, 2016 at 12:39pm PDT   The Café at Hotel Café Royal Make pudding a formal affair at The Café at Hotel Café Royal, whose multi-course after-dinner menus include a selection of wildly creative tasting experiences from executive

Restaurants in Soho

Breakfast in Soho
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Breakfast in Soho

Wake up to the best restaurants for breakfast in Soho

Soho's best restaurants
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Soho's best restaurants

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Cheap eats in Soho
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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
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Where to eat in Chinatown

Dine at the finest Chinese restaurants the West End has to offer

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Soho highlights

The Chapel of the House of St Barnabas
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The Chapel of the House of St Barnabas

Soho was a very different place when the Chapel of St Barnabas was completed in 1864. Now, nipping into this holy spot off rowdy Greek Street feels like stepping from the ridiculous into the sublime. The chapel’s architects were inspired by the rustic majesty of the medieval Montmajour Abbey in the south of France, and created a simple yet wonderful place for worship, which is now also used for gigs. Discover the capital's most magical music venues

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Ripley's Believe It or Not!
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Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Attraction showcasing weird and wonderful items from around the world, such a 13-foot-long Tower Bridge made out of matchsticks, a piece of the Berlin Wall, shrunken heads, a copy of 'The Last Supper' painted on a grain of rice and a Swarovski crystal-covered Mini Cooper. New displays include the laser beam LaseRace.

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Hotels in Soho

Dean Street Townhouse & Dining Room

Dean Street Townhouse & Dining Room

As it’s owned by the Soho House group and is surrounded by some of the capital’s media heavyweights (the ground floor restaurant is a popular meeting spot), Dean Street Townhouse can feel a bit glitzy, though essentially these are nobodies – if it’s celebs you’re after, try the Soho Hotel around the corner. Rooms – albeit small ones – can be bagged for as little as £115, but our favourite thing about it is the unassuming terrace out front which offers superlative people-watching.

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SoHostel

SoHostel

It’s not all high-end hotels here though. Sohostel is perfect for those not fussed about frills. You’ll find dormitory rooms, twins and doubles (starting at £55), a roof terrace and guest-only bar and roof garden, free wifi, and breakfast (£5). But really it’s the location that’s the star of the show: in the thick of the action, meaning that you could spend a week exploring central London from your base here on Dean Street and never have to set foot on – or have to pay for – public transport.

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Oliver Maki
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Oliver Maki

Venue says: “We offer two lunch bento boxes for only £15 and £25, from noon-4pm on weekdays only!”

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My Place
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My Place

When someone says, ‘Come back to my place’, you don’t expect to see mud tiles on the ceiling – especially in Soho. But that’s just one of many quirky features in this charmingly eccentric coffee shop. What’s more, its decorative brass wall panels, heavy latticed doors and copper-topped tables make a refreshing change from the pared-back, #iwokeuplikethis decor of many cookie-cutter coffee shops in London. The café is open from morning coffee and pastries (make a beeline for the vanilla-scented cannoli) all the way through to post-theatre nightcaps. Its menu is long and varied, spanning soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta specials and charcuterie and cheese platters. Everything we tried was perfectly good without being pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming great. What tips the balance for this place is the warm welcome extended to customers by genuinely friendly staff; clichéd as it sounds, we were made to feel right at home. Our apple, carrot and ginger soup had astutely balanced flavours; a chicken and pesto sandwich featured a good ratio of tender meat to airy, lightly toasted ciabatta; while a generous portion of nicely burnished homemade lasagne came with a carefully prepared side salad. Best of all was a small platter of headily smoked Corsican coppa. We could have bedded in for the afternoon with a couple of coffees and a cannoli – and no doubt Soho’s office-less contingent will be doing so soon. We think you’ll dig the mud too, and will want to come back.

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Berwick Street Market
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Berwick Street Market

Situated on the stretch of Berwick Street between the Soho strip joints of Walker's Court and the elegant Yauatcha restaurant, this fruit and veg market is one of London's oldest. Its roots go back to 1778, and at one point the thriving market ran the length of Berwick Street. While the friendly and vocal grocery hawkers have thinned in recent years, they have been joined by a clutch of hot food and sandwich sellers during weekday lunchtimes, including Pizza Pilgrims – a pair of dough-spinning brothers famous for their Italian treats. Berwick Street is also blessed with good shops and cafés, including several vintage boutiques (look out for Reign and a branch of Absolute Vintage), renowned fabric store the Cloth Shop, coffee house Flat White and brunch favourite Foxcroft & Ginger.

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Curzon Soho
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Curzon Soho

Arthouse film fans have been known to go weak at the knees at the mention of the Soho Curzon, which has some of the best programming in London – a mix of arty new releases and documentaries, often introduced by the filmmakers themselves. Watching a film at the Curzon always feels special, surrounded by film lovers without it being pretentious. The coffee is good, the bar relaxed, and if you’re watching a British film, you’ll likely be seeing the finished product a stone’s throw from where it was edited in Soho. Perfect for whiling away a rainy afternoon.

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Sarah Dunbvand
Sarah Dunbvand

Foxcroft & Ginger A Great little food emporium, run by a dynamic husband and wife team, founded upon the principals of great British food, with locally-sourced ingredients and given an original twist. With a seasonally changing menu, from hearty/recovery breakfasts to daily special sandwiches made on their own sourdough. All bread, pastries, muffins, cakes and muesli are all made and baked in the premises. Also opening on 3 December 2011, Foxcroft & Ginger in Shoreditch, 42-43 Boxpark Mall, 2 Bethnal Green Rod, Shoreditch, E1 6JY.