Fun loving and incredibly diverse, Soho is a fascinating place to explore. Although well known for its risqué clubs and sex shops; it is much more than this. There are hotels near Wembley Stadium to choose from, which offers a luxury base to your trip.
Even its name is unusual. Many people believe that it originates from a former hunting cry, but no one can be certain. It has always had a Bohemian reputation, attracting musicians, writers, actors and the film industry. This is where the Rolling Stones played their first ever concert, and it was also home to the Sex Pistols, Marx and Mozart!
Soho is in the heart of London’s bustling, busy West End. Bordered by Oxford Street, Leicester Square, Regent Street and Charing Cross Road, it is a lively area which can easily be explored on foot. Stroll through the streets and enjoy the architecture, the pretty buildings and the sights and sounds of a fascinating area. Whatever time of day or night, Soho is always busy with people passing through, working or going out for the evening.
Soho is very much an area where entertainment thrives. This is the home of the Queen’s Theatre where Les Miserables is currently showing, as well as Stomp at the Ambassador theatre. Fancy some jazz – then visit the renowned Ronnie Scott’s club where jazz music first appeared in the UK. Over the years almost all leading jazz musicians have appeared here to delight audiences time and time again.
Then there are the countless restaurants to found everywhere in Soho and only a short stroll from Hotels in north London. Whatever your taste, this is certainly where suitable food can be found. Snap up inexpensive snacks at Yalla Yalla, or try Indian food at Masala Zone and Cinnamon Soho. For something more indulgent, there are Michelin starred restaurants like the Social Eating House and Arbutus. Increasing numbers of diners to London restaurants are asking for small sharing portions and this is possible in many Soho restaurants like Blanchette, Barrafino and Polpo. You can find anything here – from Italian delicacies to New York cocktail bars, Japanese sushi, Thai curries and much more.
If you want to shop in boutiques or independent stores, Soho has lots to offer. Carnaby Street has many wonderful fashion stores, while Berwick Street is well known for its music stores. Don’t miss Berwick Street market as this is still home to many colourful characters. It is a great place to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. While if you want books, then a visit to the extremely idiosyncratic Foyles will be very memorable. This is a store which is guaranteed to get you lost among the books, with its maze like warren of tiny rooms.
If you pick a well located hotel, like Best Western Palm Hotel London, you can position yourself in easy walking distance of everywhere you need to go.