Soho

This buzzing central London neighbourhood is home to bars, galleries, and a lively LGBT scene.

Like Britain’s famous agent, James Bond, this neighbourhood leads a double life: Soho’s grungy streets are home to clean-cut record shops and fashionable galleries. Crowds flock to this edgy epicentre to experience its sultry past and trendy present. Soho’s red-light roots and beatnik bastions have steadily transformed into hip public houses, all-night coffee shops, and vintage boutiques that welcome the 24-hour clamour of this cobblestoned neighbourhood.

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On the Map

Soho is within City of Westminster and The West End and bordered by Covent Garden, Marylebone, LB of Camden, St. James's, Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia, and Mayfair

The London Eye: 15 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 30 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 60 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 55 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 17 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 7 minute walk

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

The Beating Heart of London

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Soho is an eclectic neighbourhood. Mixing high class with street sass, Soho is home to some of London's best restaurants and most exclusive clubs, as well as some of the city's most wily seedy establishments.

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Dean Street brims with outstanding restaurants. Try Cay Tre for Vietnamese food or Soho's popular Burger & Lobster.

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Dean Street Townhouse is a popular bar and cocktail restaurant.

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In Soho, take your time to drink in the scene.

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Sidewalks are meant for sitting.

Chinatown In Soho

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You can't miss the Chinatown gate off of Shaftesbury Avenue.

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For roasted duck, specialty miso, or shiny souvenirs, head to Chinatown's restaurants, markets, and side streets.

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A Different Kind of Theatre in Soho

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Catch new theatre productions, comedy, and cabaret at Soho Theatre.

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Grab a drink at its bar and then grab a seat in the audience.

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Soho's Sultry Side

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There are many sides to Soho, front sides and back sides included.

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Wander through some of the neighbourhood's side streets and discover Soho's red light district.

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Strip clubs and erotic shops characterise this area of Soho.

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All Day and All Night

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Soho's streets never feel empty.

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Walkers, thinkers, late-night coffee drinkers, bar flies, and theatre fanatics infuse the neighbourhood with 24-hour energy.

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Soho is the heart of London's gay scene, which centres around Old Compton Street. G-A-Y Bar attracts a young crowd with its cheap drinks and catchy pop tunes.

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Cocktails at the library? Almost.

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Order a stiff drink and browse a good read at The Society Club, a bar, bookshop, and gallery that supports literature and libations.

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Don't worry about finding your way.

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In Soho, everything is illuminated.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Tec Pateja

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After living his first twenty something years in the great land of Michigan, Tec Petaja travelled throughout central Asia, lived in Indiana and Hawaii, and finally found a home in Nashville, Tennessee where he currently resides with his wife.

Sophie Carr

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Sophie Carr is a London-based freelance travel photographer who specialises in landscapes and cities. Her love of travel has taken her to many far-flung parts of the world, but home will always be London. Brought up near London, she has lived in the city for almost 20 years, and loves to explore its varied neighbourhoods. She loved shooting her home city for Airbnb, and hopes her photos will encourage visitors to come to her local neighbourhoods.