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The area of London known as Soho lies just west of Piccadilly Circus. It is bounded by the Shaftesbury Avenue Theatres District in the south, Charing Cross Road in the east, Oxford Street in the north and Regent Street in the west.

Soho is a fascinating, cosmopolitan mass of streets and lanes that never seem to sleep. You will come across every type of person here, from families and children who reside in the ’fair rent’ flats, to prostitutes and drug dealers. It is not for the faint hearted.
 
You can buy pretty well anything you want in Soho. The streets are often cobbled and narrow, with doorways leading down to basement clubs, small shops, restaurants and bars.
 
Piccadilly Circus
Starting at Piccadilly Circus, walk up Shaftesbury Avenue and turn left down any small street behind the Apollo or Lyric Theatres and you will find yourself in Soho.
 
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Old Compton Street is the centre of London’s Gay district. Berwick Street has a wonderful street market selling good quality cheap fruit and other foodstuffs. Fresh fish will be available on Tuesdays.
 
Cheek by jowl with the food shops are wonderful small shops selling velvets and evening brocades, beading, crystals and diamantes, each vying with the other to give you the cheapest price. Specialty vinyl disc shops, book and comic shops, all mixed up with cafes, restaurants and bars.
 
 
Soho Square
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On the corner of Broadwick and Lexington Streets, close to Berwick Street, is a memorial to Dr John Snow, the London doctor who discovered that cholera was a water-borne disease. In the cholera epidemic of 1854 he was responsible for chaining up the public water pump handle so that residents could not draw water from the pump. The memorial is a cast iron water pump without a handle, and the pavement is painted red where the infamous pump stood. Across the road is the John Snow Pub.
 
Soho Square (just near the junction of Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road) is a small oasis of green where everyone flocks in the lunch hour in good weather. In the centre of the square is a black and white garden shed where open air concerts are held in the summer. In the square is the only French Protestant Church in London, built 1891-93. No. 10 was once the home of famous botanist, Sir Joseph Banks. The square is very popular with the Gay community who live in the area and it is surrounded by world famous film, television and sporting organisations.
 
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Charing Cross Road
Charing Cross Road is the place for second hand books and is also the home of one of the greatest bookshops in the world, Foyles. Established in 1906, this five floors of book heaven is on the corner of Charing Cross Road and Manette Street, just a few blocks down from Tottenham Court Road Underground station, on the right hand side. The shop has had a makeover and now has a café as well as an art gallery.
 
 
Leicester Square
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Leicester Square is home to many of London’s cinemas, clubs and restaurants.
 
London's Chinatown
Venturing further into Soho you will find London’s Chinatown, mainly centred around Wardour, Lisle, Gerard Streets and Newport Place.
 
Getting There
To plan your journey use the TfL 'Journey Planner' above.
 
- By Underground
Piccadilly Circus Station              Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines
Take Shaftesbury Avenue exit for Berwick Street Market and Broadwick Street.
 
Tottenham Court Road Station    Central and Northern Line
This is the closest stop for Soho Square and Foyles Bookshop.
 
Leicester Square Station            Northern and Piccadilly Lines
Use Leicester Square Station for the cinemas and Chinatown
 
- By Bus
We suggest that you use the Transport for London Journey Planner on this page.
 
Google Maps - Soho Square