Soho is one of the vibrant villages near London. It is famous for its pubs, restaurants and bars, gay scene, clubs and theatre shows. When you are there you sure would find one or the other thing for you as it has almost something or the other for every person.
Soho was developed into an urban area by late 16th century. The name Soho was known to be given from a battle cry and hunting which had happened in the early 17th century. Till the early 20th Century Soho had been neglected by most of the people especially the rich aristocrats of the neighbourhood from the areas of Mayfair and Bloomsbury. The place became popular and came to be well known for music halls, shady dealings, prostitution and cheap food.
During the 20th century, Soho had become the epicentre of the bohemian London with writers, poets, intellectuals, artists drinking and eating in various restaurants and pubs. Beatnik culture did begin here and the Carnaby Street of Soho was the centre in 1960 for London’s swinging. Today, Soho has dropped its previous reputation, even though there still are enough burlesque shows, lesbian or gay bars and sex shops to retain Soho’s original vibe.
There are a few cities which have been inspired by the vibe of Soho such as the Palermo Soho Buenos Aires, Soho New York and Soho Hong Kong.
Soho Hotels for your accommodation
The entire area of Soho has many hotels for your accomodation. The famous ones are the swanky hotels like the Hilton’s Courthouse Double Tree and Soho Hotel along with amazing hotels such as the Oxford Street YHA
Soho is a part of the Westminster City Council and is in the middle of the West End of London. It is easy to cover Soho as it is approximately 2.6 square kilometres in distance. The following four roads of London border the entire area of Soho:
Travelling across in Soho is very easy and convenient. With the availability of numerous types of public transports you will have no worries travelling the entire place. You can take a London bus with the help of your Oyster card from any of the above listed main streets or catch London’s Underground Tube. Oxford Circus, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, and Tottenham Court Road are some of the Tube stations which you would find in Soho connecting with London and the other adjoining areas.
As a tourist or a traveler to this place the areas which you should watch out and be at in Soho are Bloomsbury and Covent Garden, Oxford and Mayfair Street and Chinatown.
Soho Music Concerts and Shows
Soho boasts with the tradition of having live performances and theatres for a long time now. It virtually has almost every kind of stage shows or concerts such as the plays, big budget musicals, stand up comedy or the quirky cabaret. So be assured to find something suiting your preferences when it comes to events at Soho.
For generations, Soho has been regarded as an epicenter of London’s clubbing and live music scenes. The Ronnie Scott’s club still offers great jazz nights. Other types of music that you will get in Soho are rock, electronica, punk, folk, disco and a few others. There are large numbers of bars and cafes that serve food be it a late night snack or a pre-show meal.
Did You Know? Jazz was introduced to UK through Soho.