Things to do in Soho

Diverse, fun-loving and never quiet, Soho attracts a wide mix of people. Its history, venues and atmosphere make it a must-see for tourists and Londoners alike.

Soho 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 known for its lively and, at times, risqué vibes. It's also been at the centre of London's LGBT+ community for decades with buzzing gay and lesbian bars around Old Compton Street, plus a hotbed of fashion and music – most notably in Carnaby, which led the way in the Swinging Sixties.

Follow the latest lockdown rules as you begin to revisit the go-to spots in Soho. Just remember to stay safe, be responsible and follow social distancing guidelines when out and about.

Where is 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:

Other interesting London areas within walking distance of Soho include Leicester SquareCovent GardenPiccadilly Circus and Mayfair.

Must-visit shops

With a myriad of eclectic and unique shops, Soho is perfect for some retail therapy.

  • Browse the 14 streets of Carnaby, known for unique independent stores and global flagship brands, from Fred Perry to Puma.
  • Some of London's most interesting boutiques can be found along Berwick Street, which is also home to one of London's oldest markets.
  • For first-class fashion and electronics stores in and around Soho, head to Oxford Street and Regent Street where you’ll find flagship stores and iconic shops such as Hamleys, the Apple Store and Topshop.
  • Walk down legendary Denmark Street, which is otherwise known as “Tin Pan Alley” for its incredible collection of musical instrument shops.
  • Admire the beautiful architecture of Liberty, the mock Tudor department store.
  • Choose from a selection of mouth-watering chocolates at Paul A Young.

FOMO-inducing 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, which serves Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine and sweet pastries.
  • Do brunch and dine on English and American plates at The Breakfast Club Soho.
  • Dine on colourful Indian cuisine at Masala Zone and Cinnamon Soho.
  • Choose from the fine-dining options at Gauthier Soho, or one of Soho’s Michelin-starred restaurants, YauatchaBarrafina, and Social Eating House.
  • Get your fix of steak, burger, or chicken in Soho. Check out Honest Burgers for both meat and plant-based burgers.
  • Go for small sharing portions at Soho restaurants such as Polpo and Blanchette
  • Explore the eclectic eateries within alfresco hotspot Kingly Court. Cuisines range from Caribbean to Japanese and everything in between.

Pubs and bars in Soho

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 Soho Residence 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.
  • Find cool music venues with a rock'n'roll history, such as The Spice of Life and 100 Club in Soho.
  • Jazz came to the UK via Soho, with clubs such as Ronnie Scott's and Ain't Nothin' But... offering great jazz nights.
  • Alternatively, you can do it yourself at the Lucky Voice karaoke bar!
  • Or step back to the 1940s with cocktails, "rationed" snacks and live entertainment at Cahoots.

Gay and lesbian scene in Soho

Soho can claim to be London's major hotspot for the LGBT+ scene, with a high concentration of lesbian and gay clubs and bars. Soho is also a hub for the Pride in London celebrations each year.

Theatres near Soho

London's theatre scene is primarily focused around the West End. See West End musicals, classic plays and comedies when they're all back in action.

 

  • 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.
  • Watch a spell-binding performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre on Cambridge Circus.
  • Tick long-running show Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre off your bucket list.
  • Enjoy a spoonful of sugar and more with Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre.
  • Take in comedy, cabaret, theatre and various writer events at the Soho Theatre on Dean Street.

See West End musicals, classic plays and comedies when they're all back in action. For more theatre shows and Soho events, find out what's on in London.

Find a Soho hotel

Accommodation in Soho ranges from luxurious hotels to more affordable options.

 

How to get to Soho

Travelling to Soho is easy, with a variety of options from anywhere in the city.

By Tube

You can get to Soho from a number of different Tube stations:

Alternatively, use Leicester Square, Charing Cross, Holborn or Embankment Underground stations, which are all within 10 minutes' walk away – or travel off-peak to avoid the crowds.

By bus

Many London buses travel close to but not through Soho. Take a bus to Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, the Strand or Aldwych, then take a short stroll through the historic streets.

By rail

Plan your journey in advance using Transport for London’s journey planner.

More about Soho

Find out more about Soho at Shaftesbury.co.uk.

Discover more London neighbourhoods

Where to next? Check out other top London areas, including nearby Seven DialsLondon’s West End, the City of LondonWestminster and the South Bank.