Top 10 Things to Do in Soho
One of the most vibrant, eclectic and exciting parts of London, Soho is the kind of neighbourhood that is great both during the day and in the evening hours. From family fun, to adult entertainment, Soho has the widest variety of restaurants, clubs, venues, and shops you can manage to fit into such a small area. Check out our list of some of the best things to do when you’re in Soho.
1 – Go to the Berwick Street Market
One of the oldest markets in London, Berwick Street Market was begun in the 18th century. An awesome place for fresh fruit and vegetables, Berwick Street also hosts fashion, accessories, luggage, baked goods and some of the tastiest food stalls in town. The Market tends to be busiest during the weekdays (different from other London markets) so check out the website before you go to see what’s happening: www.berwickstreetlondon.co.uk
2 – Visit the Photographers’ Gallery
The Photographers’ Gallery is more than just an art gallery. There are various exhibitions and talks that take place in addition to a café and bookshop. For those interested in photography and the work/art behind it, this is an excellent place to spend some time. The Gallery is Britain’s leading entre for historical and contemporary photography and it is also the location for the annual Photography Prize event – one of the most illustrious awards in the artistic world. See what’s on through their website: www.thephotographersgallery.co.uk
3 – Take in a West End show
Soho is in the heart of London’s West End – also known as the Theatre District. This means that you are spoiled for choice when it comes to taking in a show. Huge productions of famous performances (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) are put on along the same streets as smaller, independent theatres (the Soho Theatre). Whatever your taste (Comedy, Drama, Musical) or budget (Tickets for £5 to £150) there’s always something for everyone.
4 – Find the 7 Noses of Soho
In 1997 artist Rick Buckley created an art project based around a curious piece of human anatomy: the nose! Rick says he was inspired by the increasingly invasive introduction of CCTV cameras throughout London and the idea that Londoners are constantly being watched. He created 35 noses and placed them up all over London including places such as Tate Britain and the National Gallery. Today, only 10 noses survive and 7 of them can be found in London. Made of plaster of Paris, the noses poke out of the sides of buildings throughout the area and are not always easy to find – can you complete the challenge?
5 – See Where the Eradication of Cholera Began
An unassuming water pump located on the edge of Broadwick Street is the only testament to the fact that the eradication of cholera began here in Soho. After a terrible cholera (a vile and often fatal infection) outbreak in this area of London, Dr. John Snow began to connect the fact that cholera – previously thought to be an airborne disease – could most often be found in neighbourhoods surrounding public water pumps. Dr. Snow removed the handle from the pump here to stop people from using it…and the spread of cholera in the area immediately stopped – proving his theory and saving thousands of lives the world over by preventing the spread of the disease.
6 – Experience a Show at the Prince Charles Cinema
Watching a film at the Prince Charles Cinema is no ordinary experience. Book yourself in for fabulous sing-along screenings of classics like the Lion King and the Sound of Music. Guests can also take part in ‘quote-along’ showings of beloved films like Anchorman, Mean Girls and Home Alone! Most showings also have a costume contest – so wear your finest when you head to the Prince Charles Cinema for one of the most unique cinematic experiences you will ever have! To find out what’s playing when you’re in town, check out their listings: www.princecharlescinema.com
7- Hear Some Jazz at Ronnie Scott’s
Opened in 1959, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club has been the home of British jazz. Widely known in London and respected throughout the jazz world this iconic music location has hosted performances by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davies and Stan Getz. Reasonable prices and a varying array of performers makes Ronnie Scott’s a true London music experience. See what’s on at: www.ronniescotts.co.uk
8 – Explore the Vintage Magazine Shop
One of the most interesting shops in London, the Vintage Magazine Shop does what it says on the tin…and then some. Downstairs are row after row of vintage magazines and comics, available to be rummaged through by customers. Upstairs, however, is an eclectic mix of retail goods centring around the golden eras of Hollywood as well as pop culture flagships like The Beatles and Alice in Wonderland. Worth a browse, check it out at 39-23 Brewer Street.
9 – Eat and Drink
When it comes to eating and drinking in London – Soho provides. Every kind of international cuisine is represented in the area and the bars are varied and many. From cocktail havens to dance-floor drinks as well as sit-down dining and takeaway, Soho is jam packed of food and drink for any taste. Head to the area with an open mind, have a bit of a wander…and see what draws you in!
10 – Go on a Tour!
Soho is a labyrinth of cobbled streets, back alleys, main roads and curious buildings. One of the best ways to experience the best that Soho has to offer is by booking yourself onto one of our walking tours! Be led trough the side streets and along major thoroughfares as your guide explains the past, present and potential future of this most vibrant of areas. Watch Soho come alive throughout your tour and once it’s over – you’re in prime position to head out to eat, drink and dance the night away!