Soho: undoubtedly London’s most debaucherous, playful and risqué neighbourhood.
Until its act was cleaned up, of course.
The grungy live music venues and strip bars may have (mostly) gone, along with a lot of the area’s former character. Ask any Londoner, and they’ll probably lament the lost days of Old Soho, even though they probably weren’t around for any of it. But there are still a handful of places keeping that traditional naughty spirit alive – and, as always with the double-edged sword of gentrification, a slew of exceptional restaurants and bars that we can really be quite thankful for.
It may be more PG these days, but Soho’s roots have always been in hospitality, and it’s something the area still has down to a tee. Soho’s restaurants include iconic eateries showcasing globe-trotting cuisine, low-key pitstops and glamorous brasseries. There are iconic Soho pubs sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with hidden cocktail bars. And there’s a dependable array of coffee shops in Soho too, thanks to the many Italian entrepreneurs who set up shop in the area 100 years ago.
This neighbourhood genuinely has it all. And that’s even before you get into all the amazing things to do in Soho, from world-class galleries to boundary-pushing theatre and legendary jazz bars…
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