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.
The best bits of Soho
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
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
Hotels in Soho
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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One of London's many escape games on offer, following the same sort of vibe: there's a theme, you form a team and use your mind to get out of a locked room. At this east London game a group (minimum two, max five) of you are invited into the mind of a 'white collar criminal' to search his thoughts for a secret code. It sounds a little 'Black Mirror' esque, but hopefully you'll do better than John Ham and won't get trapped. Within 60 minutes participants will be faced with puzzles, challenges and mysteries, which all need to be solved in order to escape in time.