Welcome to the Evan Evans new area guide series. These handy little pieces are filled with useful tips and inside info on specific areas of London. This week, we’re kicking things off with an exploration of Soho – the very heart of London’s nightlife and tourist scene.
Nestled between Oxford Circus, Picadilly and Charring Cross Road, Soho is the first place you should explore to know what it means to be a Londoner. Get lost amongst its winding streets and breathe in the hustle and bustle of one of the capital’s coolest districts.
Let’s look at some of the best things to do in Soho!
Shopping in Liberty London
Housed in a beautiful Georgian building, Liberty is definitely one of the city’s most stunning places to shop. Whether you’re hoping to drop a few quid or just want to soak in the bedazzling decorations, don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind shopping experience.
A show at the London Palladium
Owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, the Palladium is the place to experience classic musical theatre, from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat. The theatre is hosting a unique take on Snow White starring the much-loved British comedian Dawn French.
Jazz at Ronnie Scott’s
Ronnie Scott’s isn’t just one of the best venues in the city; it’s one of the best in the world. The last time I visited, Prince just happened to be in the audience and hopped on stage for a few casual numbers. That’s the quality of musicians that hang out at this legendary venue.
Dinner on Old Compton Street
Old Compton Street is where up-and-coming restauranteurs end up when they’ve finally ‘made it’. You’ll find everything from Japanese to Brazilian food to good old British pubs. The quality is second to none.
A classic Movie at the Prince Charles Cinema
Technically speaking, Prince Charles is a street or two outside the borders of Soho. However, seeing a movie at this unique venue is such an experience that we had to include it here. Enjoy a cult classic in their unique concave cinema.
Get something for the kids at Hamley’s
This enormous toy shop is internationally known as a kid’s wonderland. It’s the oldest and largest in the world, with seven floors packed with delightful gifts. If you have small children, you simply can’t miss out on this experience.
Strut your stuff on Carnaby Street
Carnaby has been associated with fashion, music and style for generations. You’ll find all sorts of boutique fashion outlets here and some of the city’s coolest eateries. Head over for some lunch, shopping, or just to be seen.
See live music on Kingly Street
Ain’t Nothin’ But is one of the best live music venues in the city, with shows almost every night. Grab yourself a whiskey at the bar and enjoy some world-class blues.
Grab a cocktail on Wardour Street
With Adventure Bar, Soho Residence and Friendly Society all on one street, Wardour is one of the best places to relax with a tipple. You’re also perfectly placed to hit some of the best clubs in London, so grab a seat at the bar and order yourself a treat.
If you’d like to experience more of the best things that London offers, take a look at our London tours and day tours from London.