Soho has long been the locale of choice for all manner of bohemians, artists and rebels. Visitors who explore its warren of streets will be rewarded with some of the finest food, fashion and music London has to offer.
Here in Soho, you’re in an unrivalled spot for shopping. The area is bordered by Oxford Street and Regent Street, two of London’s shopping hotspots. Liberty, Soho’s very own answer to Harrods, can be found on the corner of Great Marlborough Street. Carnaby Street (the heart of Swinging London in the 1960s) is also close at hand, lined with independent fashion houses and boutiques.
Stroll deeper into Soho and you’ll find London’s Chinatown clustered around Gerrard Street. If you’re craving fresh dim sum, you’ve come to the right place. The area is home to some of the UK’s outstanding Chinese cuisine, often to be found in down-to-earth cafés rather than showy restaurants.
Berwick Street Market is one of the city’s oldest – it’s been around for almost as long as the United States. One of those rare spots where old meets new in London, traditional grocers ply their trade next to street vendors selling hot falafel and banh mi.
Soho is the hub of London’s gay scene, centred around Old Compton Street. The area isn’t just for clubbers – Soho has everything from cabaret and drag acts to quiet, gay-friendly bars and coffee shops for those feeling a little more mellow.