So I thought it was about time we gave you another neighbourhood guide for London. Soho is perhaps one of my favourite neighbourhoods to go and explore in London simply because there just seem to be so many new restaurants and activities to do there! To help you along your way I present you with WOW’s favourites in the area and consequently Exploring London’s Neighbourhoods: Soho edition! Enjoy.
Where: Central London
Tube Stations: Leicester Square + Piccadilly Circus
Soho was the centre of the seedy underground world of sex shops, bars and brothels not too long ago and you can still see remnants of it’s past however as all Central London areas it’s becoming increasingly gentrified and as par for the course when this happens it means it’s now a hub of restaurants, bars and private members clubs just waiting for you to come and explore them. Soho is definitely an evening place, it really comes alive as soon as the sun sets. In the day time you’ll often see the odd creative poking their head out a lofty office to grab a bite to eat from one of the many pop-up stands that adorn the streets throughout the summer months. Soho is a great place for a dinner with friends or a fun night out, you’ll find a bar for every occasion!
As I said above Soho has some of the best restaurants in London so if you’re heading there for breakfast, lunch or dinner, here’s where to go!
The Breakfast Club – The Breakfast Club is called the Breakfast Club for a very good reason, they’re fantastic at all things breakfast related. There’s usually a queue but the food’s well worth waiting for.
Dean Street Townhouse – This is one of my favourite weekend brunch spots, they have all the traditional dishes as well as a little twist, the decor is typically British and it’s the perfect spot for a Sunday brunch.
Koya Bar – Next door to the infamous Koya, famous for their delicious bowls of ramen is Koya Bar which serves breakfast. A little different but so delicious you won’t be disappointed.
Nordic Bakery – As the name suggests this little Scandinavian spot is a retreat away from the masses that often crowd the streets. All food is taken from Scandinavian traditional recipes and the cinnamon buns are to die for!
Jackson and Rye – Jackson and Rye are a great spot in the centre of Soho for a delicious brunch, grab a spot in the window and watch the world go by!
Bone Daddies – A Ramen bar in the heart of Soho serving up some of the delicious bowls around. It’s usually pretty packed so get there early!
10 Greek Street – Super simple yet gorgeous interior and a menu filled with delicious food. They take bookings for lunch but not for dinner so make you’re there early if you want to eat in the evening!
Pizza Pilgrims – My favourite Pizza place in the whole of London, super relaxed but the best pizza in town. Be sure to try the pizza rings for dessert, so damn good.
Princi – My second favourite pizza place in London, watch the pizzas be freshly made in front of you and choose from a delicious selection of toppings!
Honest Burgers – You may recognise this name from previous blog posts, the most delicious burgers with chicken and veggie options too! The chips coasted in rosemary salt are incredible.
Social Eating House – Probably some of the best food you’ll get in the area set in a casual, relaxing atmosphere inspired by the resurgence of Soho. One of my favourite dinner spots!
Bodega Negra – The best authentic Mexican food in the area! With the front of a sex shop you would be deceived from the outside. You have to book for dinner and the bar is always packed due to the delicious cocktail concoctions being served up by their bartenders! Really fun atmosphere and a great place for a party!
Polpo – Venetian style tapas, this place is incredible. The food is delicious and I always end up ordering far too much. Check out it’s sister restaurants – Spuntino and Polpetto too!
To Drink and Dance
Experimental Cocktail Club – With the feel of a speakeasy this place is easy to walk past a couple of times before realising it’s the entrance to this buzzing bar. The cocktails are fantastic so it’s often pretty hard to choose!
Milk + Honey – Milk and Honey is an offshoot of Manhattan’s M&H. It’s a members bar however non members can go by booking in advance, trying to find the doorbell on Poland Street is a mission in its self!
The Box – The Box is one of the most bizarre but fun nights out I’ve had in a long time. I’m not a huge fan of many of London’s clubs but this one is something else, weird and wonderful sex shows will take place throughout the night, so prepare yourself for something a little different!
Bob Bob Ricard – There’s a button you press to request for champagne… Need I say more.
There’s lots of little shops around Soho so it makes a nice change of scene from trawling Oxford Street which is perhaps the most unpleasant experience, especially on the weekends. Have a little look around some of the many bookshops or pop by the fashion stores that are dotted along the streets.
If you’re more into watching something than shopping Soho is on the cusp of the West End so go and catch a show after dinner. A personal favourite of mine is the Book of Mormon. There’s also a number of cinema’s such as the artsy Soho Curzon if you want to see a movie instead.
Soho is best in the evening’s however so be sure to check it out for dinner, drinks or a night out. You won’t be disappointed!
Let me know your favourite spots in Soho in the comments below!