Heart of Soho
Whether you’re looking for some quiet time after your studio session or to keep the party going, Soho offers something for everyone.
We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite local spots below.
Places to eat
Some of the
Best food in London
The Seafood Bar
My Place Soho
The Ivy Soho
Bob Bob Ricard
La Bodega Negra
51-53 Rupert St, Soho, London W1D 7PQ
On Rupert Street, Soho every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, rain or shine, Street Food Union will be serving up the best in up and coming street food. Street Food Union is an independent market set up by three food traders keen to champion the best up and coming talent on the street food scene.
22 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4RF
The Bar Italia was started in the winter of 1949 by Lou and Caterina Polledri. Lou was originally from Piacenza, Italy. The couple had already opened up a cafe in Long Acre, Covent Garden a few years earlier, and then saw an opportunity for a cafe in Soho, which would not only be a cafe – and remember good coffee was hard to find in those days – but could also act as a fantastic social centre for the Italian community in London.
11 Dean St Soho W1D 3RP
Having built a loyal following for its three-wheeler food van (usually found in Berwick Street Market), PP opened on this busy corner in summer 2013. You can see the kitchen and pizza oven (also servicing the takeaway trade) through the ground-floor windows. The main basement dining area feels intimate, the seating and tables compact. Wipe-clean green checked tablecloths and 1960s Italian film posters help create the feel of a retro Soho trattoria. The friendly, slightly trendy mood is helped by an alcove for table football.
7 Denmark St Soho WC2H 8LZ
Soho Dive Bar & Dining Room
Rare breed meats and day boat fish direct from small production farmers and fishermen.
Thai chillies, palm sugar and fish sauce direct from Bangkok.
Sweet chestnut and oak cask wood barbecue.
21 Poland Street, Soho, W1F 8QG
Another week, another new Brewdog bar opening in London – that’s how it sometimes seems. The Scottish brewery’s Dog Eat Dog hotdog bar opened in Islington a few weeks ago, and now this central spectacular in the heart of Soho joins its roster of branches in every corner of town.
53 Lexington St, Carnaby, London W1F 9AS
The transition from street stall to permanent site is not an easy one. Many successful street food traders simply lack the skills for staffing rotas, spreadsheets and hitting slim profit margins. That’s why the three founders of Bao cleverly teamed up with more experienced and deeper-pocketed operators – the team behind Trishna and Gymkhana – to smooth the journey from market pop-ups to permanent Soho establishment.
15-17 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 0DL
Dim sum teahouse offering contemporary Cantonese dim sum, patisserie inspired by European culinary techniques and Asian ingredients, and an extensive range of tea, wine and cocktails
Places to stay
Hit the hay
Z hotel soho
Dean St townhouse
st james london
st martins lane
ham yard hotel
20 Warwick Street London, W1B 5NF. 020 7292 6100
Ideally located in London’s West End, the stylish Sanctum Soho Hotel features a rooftop garden with a 24-hour bar and the onsite Restaurant No 20. Also boasting its own cinema and an outdoor hot tub, this boutique hotel is just 5 minutes’ walk from Oxford Street’s world-famous shops.
4 Richmond Mews, Soho, London W1D 3DH
020 7559 3000
Sister to the Covent Garden Hotel, Soho hotel is a bubble of cool calm, and therefore it’s also a surprisingly child-friendly hotel.
Veer off Wardour Street and head towards a twinkly-lit porch to find a 10-foot porcelain Botero cat sculpture, oversized plant pots and a clash of driftwood and neon-tinted Perspex – a refreshing alternative to the marble and brass lobbies of most hotels in this postcode.
65-73 Shaftesbury Ave, Piccadilly, Soho, London W1D 6EX 020 7871 6000
A beautiful oasis of tranquil relaxation, The Piccadilly London West End has been acclaimed for its most proud highlight – Excellent Customer Service.
An elegant expression of bohemian beauty and excellent hospitality, presented with style and a smile has been awarded the, ‘Certificate of Excellence in Customer Service 2012’ by TripAdvisor.
17 Moor St, Soho, London W1D 5AP 020 3551 3701
Stay in the heart of London – after all you’re an Urbanite, not a tourist.
Z SOHO has everything you need for a couple of nights in town. Concentrated style, an out-of-town price, and the West End – at your feet the moment you step out the door. No off-central, tourist hotels for you.
Things to do
Comedy fans will love its famous venues, while culture vultures will revel in its varied museums, galleries and theatres. And if you’re looking to shop, the only question is how much can you carry home? Designer boutiques, chic thrift stores, bustling unique shops, and everything in between will have you coming back for more.
the Soho scene
Pineapple Dance Studios
Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Experimental Perfume Club
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
The Blind Pig
things to do
47 Frith Street Soho London W1D 4HT
Opened by the British saxophonist Ronnie Scott in 1959, this legendary Soho institution made its name as the first club to host American jazz musicians in the UK. As well as welcoming the biggest names on the jazz scene (Zoot Sims, Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt) it’s also made room for other artists that fit the distinctive Ronnie Scott’s vibe – Tom Waits, Elkie Brooks and even Mark Knopfler have all performed here.
Gerrard Street, London W1D
Within a century it was one of London’s hotspots – a haunt for artists, authors and politicos who put the world to rights at the Turk’s Head Inn over many-a boozy tipple.
Chinatown’s colourful history stretches back long before the Chinese community of restaurants and businesses popped up in the 1950s. It was the birthplace of the Post Office, Ronnie Scott’s and the playground of the literary elite.
Wander around London’s West End and you’ll be surrounded by a whirlwind of glittery theatre shows, productions and more ticket offers than you can shake an interval ice cream at.
The London Pavillion, 1 Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 0DA
Step inside a world where the bizarre and the unbelievable come to life and amazement is waiting around every corner – whether it’s an actual chunk of the Berlin Wall, or our Amazonian shrunken heads; a knitted Ferrari or a chewing gum sculpture, at Ripley’s there are mind-boggling wonders for even the wildest imagination. If it’s truly unbelievable, it’s in here!
Regent St, Carnaby, London W1B 5AH
Liberty was founded in 1875, but the present Marlborough Street site, with its ships’ timbers and leaded windows, was built in the 1920s. The interconnecting jumble of rooms, with the odd fireplace and cushioned window seat, makes for an intimate feel – as if you’ve strayed into a private room in a stately home. It’s not an accident, founder Arthur Lasenby Liberty wanted customers to feel as if they were exploring someone’s home, keeping the shopping galleries small, albeit linked to three rather grand atriums.
99 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5DY
Curzon Soho is known as the filmmakers cinema because it’s the kind of venue where you could find yourself sitting next to a screenwriter or director. The bar is often buzzing with the sound of highly energised conversations discussing film but there are enough in the corner spots to tuck yourself away whilst waiting for your film to start.