London area of Soho guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Soho neighbourhood

The sleazy heart of London’s Theatreland has thankfully stood firm against the worst ravages of gentrification and managed to retain some of its unique character. Tourists and immigrants created Soho, and while the flashing neon of the sex shops hints at a darker side, the area also abounds with excellent old shops and restaurants run for generations by the same French, Italian, Russian or Jewish families. Dozens of theatres mean that the pubs and bars are full of actors and celebrities – who often flock to the shabbiest looking spots in an attempt to avoid prying eyes – and the area has a genuine 24-hour nightlife. You can find some lovely hotels nearby to lay your head at the end of a long night. South of Soho, Chinatown is a chaos of exotic sights, sounds and smells, where English is a second language for a majority of residents. Leicester Square's cinemas still play host to two or three star-studded movie premieres a month.

See our recommended nearby Soho Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Soho Hotels

in or near Soho
Corinthia Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
Whitehall Place, SW1A
With 294 bedrooms, multi-level penthouse suites and terraces offering spectacular views of the River Thames, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall - the £300 million restoration of the ... More
Washington Mayfair Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
5 Curzon Street, W1J
Dating back to 1913, The Washington Mayfair Hotel successfully blends historic art deco with modern design. Located in the premier commercial and cultural centre of London, ... More
Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
35 Charles Street, W1J
Typically for this aristocratic part of town, a discreet entrance leads to a thoroughly luxurious interior. Muted colours and marble floors give the sense of an ... More

Soho Entertainment

in or near Soho
Gielgud Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D
From the outside, the Gielgud Theatre is an impressive sight, towering four storeys over Shaftesbury Avenue, its height further emphasized by the turret on top. The ... More
Sondheim Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
51 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D
With a new name and following a major renovation, Queen's Theatre became the Sondheim Theatre in December 2019, reopening with Cameron Mackintosh's new version of Les ... More
Picturehouse Central
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
7-14 Coventry Street, Soho, London W1D
A vast and much needed improvement on the old Cineworld cinema in the Trocodero, Picturehouse Central opened in June 2015 and was treated to a full ... More

Soho Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Soho
Lights Of Soho
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F
A new gallery space dedicated to light art. ... More
Piccadilly Circus
London > Attractions > Sights
Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1J
Right in the middle of the West End, Piccadilly Circus isn't a circus at all, but an enormous road junction where Piccadilly itself Regent Street, Shaftesbury ... More
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Soho, London W1D
Soho, the set of streets and alleyways between Oxford Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road and Regent Street is one of the most cosmopolitan parts of ... More

Soho Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Soho
Vintage Magazine Store
London > Shopping > Gifts and Luxuries
39-43 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F
Packed with pictures of icons, stars and stylers, and not adverse to some greetings cards humour, this shop is a good option for cards for any ... More
Mrs Kibble's Olde Sweet Shoppe
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
57a Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F
An old-fashioned, sugary-sweet, treat temptation in an area of London known for its more alternative delights, Mrs Kibble's Olde Sweet Shoppe in Soho offers pure, unadulterated, ... More
Once Milano
London > Shopping > House and Garden
3 Denman Place, Ham Yard Village, Soho, London W1D
Luxury Italian linen for the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and accessories, Once Milano sells the finest fabrics and in gorgeous seasonal colours. Products are designed and handmade ... More

Soho Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Soho London?
London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
21 Great Windmill Street, Soho, London W1D
Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine. Booking advised for dinner. Separate room for parties. ... More
The Palomar
London > Restaurants > Middle Eastern restaurants
34 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D
The Palomar "serves lovely food" says Jay Rayner. "It pulls on the traditions of the Mediterranean fringes without being overwhelmed by them", and it does so ... More
Brindisa Rupert Street
London > Restaurants > Spanish restaurants
18-20 Rupert Street, Piccadilly, Soho, London W1D
Refurbished two years after it first launched in 2015 (as Morada Brindisa), Brindisa Rupert Street is one of five London restaurants ... More

Soho Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Soho.
The Blue Posts
London > Nightlife > Pubs
28 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D
Across the road from Chinatown, a pub had stood on the site of The Blue Posts at 28 Rupert Street since 1739. ... More
Waxy O'Connor's
London > Nightlife > Pubs
14-16 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D
Located where it is, Waxy's is fairly predictable. It's busy, it's Irish and it's got a fair smattering of tourists, but it also has that certain ... More
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
90 Berwick Street,, Soho, London W1F
... More

Soho Nightlife

Soho clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Comedy Camp
London > Nightlife > Bars
3 Archer Street, Soho, London W1D
Excellent, intimate bar with a mainly gay crowd in the middle of Soho, boasting the usual combination of expensive but superior cocktails and finger food, ... More
Mark's Bar Soho
London > Nightlife > Bars
66-70 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F
Hidden away under Hix Soho is something altogether more seductive: Mark's Bar. The magic of this effortlessly cool cocktail bar is it doesn't try too hard, ... More
Bar Rumba
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
36 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D
Located nearby to Leicester Square, Bar Rumba is a lively bar that's ideal for late-night partying in the West End. Having moved away from its urban ... More

Soho Leisure

Soho gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Urban Golf Soho
London > Leisure > Golf
33 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, London W1F
OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it's a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
AWAY Spa W London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
10 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D
On the 6th floor of the W London the AWAY Spa certainly takes you away from the manic pace of life in Leicester Square ... More
Triyoga Soho
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Unit 2.4-2.6 Kingly Court, Soho, London W1B
On the second floor of the Kingly Court complex off Carnaby Street, Triyoga offers busy city people a refuge where they can centre themselves. One of ... More

Soho Education

in or near Soho
Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
15B Little Portland Street, Soho, London W1W
Awarded The Best City Cookery School 2013, the Cookery School at Little Portland Street has been teaching people to make simple, honest food for more than ... More
Lamai Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
Venues across London, Soho, London WC2H
Thai food is the cuisine of the moment - green curries, red curries, satays, are everywhere. To the uninitiated,it's very difficult to recreate at home. But, ... More

Soho Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Soho.
68 Dean Street
London > Business > Venue Hire
68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D
This stylish private house in Soho is suitable for photo shoots, meetings, press events, filming and for a limited range of social events such as dinners ... More
195 Piccadilly (BAFTA)
London > Business > Venue Hire
195 Piccadilly, Soho, London W1J
The home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is also available to hire for your own event. The iconic building at 195 ... More
Haymarket Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Suffolk Place, Soho, London SW1Y
A hip designer hotel by Tim and Kit Kemp in a grand building on the prestigious Haymarket, the broad boulevard street making for an impressive entrance. ... More
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