Soho is the perfect place for a night on the town, with many different scenes merging in the bars and crowded streets.
The French House has long been a favourite amongst locals, serving a fine selection of lagers, ciders, and wines. It’s been a popular haunt for many artists and writers over the years, attracting famous names such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and Dylan Thomas.
Cocktail fans will love LAB on Old Compton Street with its fantastic combos such as the Honey Drizzle Swizzle and the Watermelon and Chilli Collins. There’s also a sushi menu, courtesy of the Japanese restaurant next door, serving mouth-watering dumplings and maki rolls.
Comics and Coffee
There’s a diverse range of independent shops nestled amongst the Soho hotels that are ideal if you’re looking for something a little more unique.
Gosh! Comics on Berwick Street has a fantastic range of comics and graphic novels from popular fare such as Batman and The Avengers, to indie classics such as V For Vendetta and Ghost World.
For the ultimate coffee buzz, check out the Algerian Coffee Stores on Old Compton Street, an institution here since 1887. It still retains much of its old features, including a beautiful old counter, and offers an impressive array of aromatic beans that can be ground to your preference. You can also buy a fresh latte, cappuccino, or espresso to takeaway for just over a £1 – the best deal in London!
Don’t You, Forget About Tea
There are cafes and restaurants to suit any appetite here, start your day with the Breakfast Club, a shrine to the 1980s, serving English breakfasts, burritos, nachos and other tasty snacks.
Barbecue fans will love Bodean’s BBQ with their mouth-watering menu of ribs, chicken and pulled pork. There’s even a deli menu containing the Soho Special, named ‘Best Sandwich in London’ by Capital Radio.
There’s a fantastic live music scene in Soho, with plenty of venues to choose from, whatever your tastes. King of the bunch is Ronnie Scott's, which has been entertaining jazz fans since 1959. The artists that have played here over the years read like a Who’s Who, including names such as Jimi Hendrix, Ella Fitzgerald, Katie Melua, and Jamie Cullum.
Situated on Dean Street, Soho Theatre attracts a hip crowd with its promotion of up and coming writers and companies. With an emphasis on comedy and cabaret, big names to have performed here include Russell Brand and Michael McIntyre. It’s the perfect end to a night before checking into your Soho hotel.