Soho is part of London’s West End, covers one square mile, and has a long established reputation as an entertainment district. Over the past three decades, the area has been overhauled with upmarket restaurants and media offices and makes a good stop off for a pre-theatre drink or dinner.
The name Soho derives from a former hunting cry and the area was grazing farmland until 1536, later becoming a settlement for immigrants such as the French Huguenots who arrived from 1688 and founded the French Church in Soho Square. The lack of development saw the area later fall into decline and music halls and small theatres of questionable morals move in.
Now the area is a great place for live entertainment, good food and nightlife, while boutiques also line the streets and include international names alongside interesting independent retailers. The newly refurbished Berwick Street Market, meanwhile, offers a colourful display of fruit and veg, hand made light bites and textiles, and is open Monday to Saturday.
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