Soho in central London is a great place to find live entertainment, interesting food and pulsing nightlife. Browse the boutique shops, relax in Soho Square, or treat yourself to a West End show, a meal and a delicious cocktail.
Soho is also known for its risqué vibe. This is where you’ll find many of London’s sex shops, burlesque shows and gay and lesbian bars.
Travel to Soho
Soho is situated in the heart of London's West End. The area covers roughly one square mile (2.6 square kilometres), so it's easy to explore on foot. Soho is bordered by Oxford Street, Regent Street, Leicester Square and Charing Cross Road.
Travelling to Soho is easy. Catch a London bus, or get the London Tube. London Tube stations near Soho include:
- Piccadilly Circus
- Oxford Circus
- Tottenham Court Road
- Leicester Square
If you're going to be in London for more than a day, it's worth buying a Visitor Oyster Card in advance. The Visitor Oyster Card is delivered to your home before you arrive in London. It is one of the easiest ways to get around London.
If you do not have a Visitor Oyster Card, but still plan to travel around London for more than a day, buy an Oyster card at the Tube station. Learn more about Oyster Cards.
Things to do in Soho: Shopping
You can take a walk down legendary Denmark Street, which is otherwise known as “Tin Pan Alley” for its incredible collection of musical instrument shops.
Soho is also home to famous stores such as Hamleys, the toy shop; Liberty, the mock Tudor department store; Agent Provocateur, where you can shop for top-quality lingerie; and Paul A Young, where you can choose from a selection of mouth-watering chocolates.
Things to do in Soho: Theatre
London's theatre scene is primarily focused around the West End. A number of Soho theatres - such as the Prince Edward Theatre and the Prince of Wales Theatre - have been entertaining visitors for a very long time. From big-budget musicals and classic plays, to quirky cabaret and stand-up comedy, there is a Soho show to suit every taste.
Things to do in Soho: Bars and clubs
Soho is at the heart of London's live music and clubbing scene, but you can also find everything from casual pubs to secret bars. Popular bars such as The O Bar and Bar Soho provide plenty of cocktail opportunities on a night out in Central London. If it’s a late night coffee you crave, Bar Italia is a lively place to hang out.
Things to do in Soho: Restaurants
The Soho dining scene, much like the area, offers both the quirky and traditional, the opulent and down-to-earth. Snap up cheap snacks at Yalla Yalla; do brunch at The Breakfast Club Soho; or dine on colourful Indian cuisine at Masala Zone and Cinnamon Soho.
Soho also caters for indulgent fine dining. For some of the best food in London, book a table at Gauthier Soho, or one of Soho’s Michelin-starred restaurants, Yauatcha, Barrafina, and Social Eating House.
Hotels and hostels in Soho
Accommodation in Soho ranges from luxurious hotels to more affordable options.
For those visitors coming to London on a budget, the Central London YHA hostels offer excellent value for money right in Central London.