Soho is such a wonderful place in the UK to stay if you have plans to visit London. This square mile remains busy 24×7 in the capital. At night, it is neon bright and it turns bright and vivid during the days thanks to pavement bars and cafes. If you are in London and don’t have any plans to visit Soho, you will never ever say your trip is complete.
It is unique and it is always vivid thanks to the thousands of neon signs that light up the narrow, dark streets. You should thank Chris Bracey, late neon artist, who was behind some of the most iconic neon lights. Since the 1970s, he designed attractive signage, not just for Soho, but also for Blade Runner, a futuristic film.
Along with seeing some of his signage in this town, you can also head to Wathamstow to visit family-run Gods Own Junkyard.
Soho is supposed to be one of the most densely populated and remarkable areas of London in 19th century. You can still witness the evidence in its streets, in the form of alleyways and tightly-packed complexes.
Snaking through the heart of London, the Shaftesbury Avenue is located south of Soho with Leicester Square and Chinatown. The Soho stretch has five major theatres.
The Dean Street has Soho Theatre which is the main hub of cabaret, comedy or other performances. Old Compton Street is the hub for LGBT community where you will find a lot of venues to accommodate gay people.
On Wardour Street, The Village is one of the oldest bars for gay people in Soho, while the Victorian courtyard, The Yard is a best place to enjoy cocktail on Rupert Street.
The Pride in London runs for two weeks in over 40 venues across Soho. The event takes place in June when you can witness Soho with its great vibrancy.
Soho Square is also one of the rare gems of Central London where people can hang out and sit on the benches or grass and have some sandwiches.
Soho also owns a great café culture, usually because of the French who gathered here in the late 19th century and then Greeks and Italians in 20th century, who brought continental drinks and foods over there.
On Dean Street, the French House has the charm of Bohemia. It’s a great hang-out place thanks to its no music and machines rule, where you can chat and have fun with friends. You may even spot some celebrities out there.
Bar Italia is an institution in Frith Street and it was one of the first coffee bars in the UK when it was opened in 1949. It is the perfect venue for late or early caffeine hit as it is also open from 7am in the morning to 5 am the next day.
Kingly Court is yet another attraction off Carnaby Street which has over 20 restaurants and cafes, including The Rum Kitchen, Dirty Bones, and Cinnamon Soho.