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LONDON AREA GUIDE: SOHO

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Characteristics:

Soho, based in the heart of central London it is probably one of the most difficult areas to describe. This bustling, charming, and gay friendly area is home to some of London’s best restaurants and independent coffee shops while also hosting some of London’s most prominent media and film agencies it has a soft bohemian and artistic vibe to.  Infuse that with all the illuminating lights, sex shops and bars and you’ll have what we’d call an interesting mix. Its neighbouring to Chinatown and Covent Garden while being right on the doorstep of oxford street and used to be the home of many historical figures such as Mozart, Karl Marx and The Sex Pistols.

Price:

A room in Soho in a flatshare can cost you anything from £800pcm up to £1500pcm whereas a studio range from around £1400 to £2000pcm. Finding a room in Soho itself might not be the easiest but there are plenty of options in nearby Marylebone.

Things to do:

This list could go on and on and probably deserves a an individual post on its own, but to give you an idea this place got plenty of independent shops for everything as well as a lot of vintage, further there’s Carnaby Street which is filled to the brim with great shops or you can check out Liberty. Soho is also the place is ou want to go to the theatre or catch a musical. Some of our favourites at the moment is Book of Mormon and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Soho also does comedy so ifyou fancy a night out laughing check out these places. Or if live music is more your cup of tea then head to Ronnie Scott’s or musical institution Borderline. Soho also has plenty of great independent cafes which are brilliant just for a quick catch up but also for a few hours work. We suggest you just spend a day out and about walking around the area as we’re sure there’s plenty for you to discover!

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Image by Book of Mormon

Restaurants, pubs, clubs:

As we mentioned earlier Soho has some of the best food in London, as well as a sea of bars and pubs. Our favourite way to discover a good place to eat around here is actually just by strolling around and pop into the one you think looks most interesting. Most places here will be small and ooze charm so we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. However, to help a little we’ll recommend some of our favourites. If you’re into a vibrant atmosphere and dining at the bar then Palomar with great Jerusalem cuisine is the place to go. Another adorable place is Andrew Edmunds with candlelit tables and menus on blackboards it takes you back to ‘old school’ Soho. If you’re one of us that likes to have your champagne served at the ring of a bell you have to check out Bob Bob Ricard. This stylish Russian inspired restaurant says elegance and luxury like nothing else and the “push for champagne” button simply is a must try! For bars there’s even more to choose from and Soho has everything from speakeasies to classic pubs. One of our favourites when it comes to adventurous drinks in a dark and cosy environment is ECC (Experimental Cocktail Club) as the name implies they serve very experimental cocktails, and their Stockholm Syndrome is definitely a favourite! If a bigger bra turned into club is your ideal of the perfect Friday night then check out 100 Wardour Street or Mark’s bar at Hix. For more speakeasy visit one of London’s originals Milk & Honey. No doubt you can stay all night at any of these places and people do, we think it would be a crime to talk about Soho’s nightlife and not mention The Box. An cabaret club originating from New York that gives its guest the pleasure of two interesting and sometimes a bit offensive shows per night. This is nothing for the faint-hearted but if you’re looking for an experience this is most definitely it! If you don’t have a table, then turn up in time as it gets packed quite quickly and you wouldn’t want to miss out!

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Image, Palomar

Transportation:

As Soho really is in the heart of London you can get there by a variety of means and it is easy to get to. If you take the tube you can go to either Pcadilly Circus, Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road or Leciester square or take any of the many busses as well.

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