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Central, Bohemain Author's Apartment in Soho

4.91(148)SuperhostLondon, United Kingdom
Entire flat hosted by Grant
4 guests2 bedrooms2 beds1 bathroom

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A spacious apartment in the heart of the infamous Soho. This is London's (temporarily dark) theatre-land, art gallery mecca, red light district, gay village and restaurant/bar hub. If you're a liberal, culture vulture, bon viveur, what's not to love? If you're not, it won't be to your taste.

Soho's normally super noisy, but the 'new normal' is more civilised and many streets have been pedestrianised for al fresco dining.

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The space
A first floor, light and airy apartment in the hub of ever-stimulating Soho. It's spacious for the centre of town and decorated in an Art Deco, shabby chic. (By shabby chic, I mean the tap in the bathroom drips.)

I'm a professional writer, actor and part-time Airbnb host, and I absolutely love Soho and all it has to offer and, to my mind, this apartment's an absolute gem in the metropolis.

NB Now I'm also a social creature who loves the buzz of a city but sometimes by night it can be very 'lively'. (Nowhere near, I might add, as busy or late or loud as it was before the pandemic). The secondary glazing here is excellent, but if you're a light sleeper or like pin drop silence, this pocket of London really isn't for you and you'd be better suited to a more residential, less central location. At the same time, the apartment is a private haven with and large sitting room with its own bar.

Ideally the space is better for three people rather than four. The master bedroom is spacious with a very comfortable, king-size bed and lots of wardrobe space, but the other bedroom/study is nowhere near as salubrious. It's bijou - no actually it's just plain small - with an Ikea futon sofa-bed that, when it's out, practically takes up the whole room! The walls are lined with a Virginia Wolf novel though so it's got quirky appeal as compensation.

Of course Soho is bohemian. It's full of artists and musicians and actors. It's also the home of London's Red Light District and its very friendly gay village. So, if you're of a less-then-liberal disposition or easily offended, it's not the right spot for you. There are strip joints and sex shops and gay bars in abundance.

Most of my favourite places I've mention below and I've also flagged them up on the map, should you want to find them...

The area is famous for its drinking dens. One of my all time favourites is The French House on Dean Street. It was allegedly the HQ of the French Resistance during the war and, in days gone by, its regulars were among the likes of Rimbaud, Francis Bacon, Geoffrey Bernard, and, to this day, a host of artistic and eccentric figures prop up the bar in various states of inebriation. It’s one of the old Soho haunts that’s still survived and lives to tell the tale. (Though be warned: the staff bark at you if you use your mobile and they don’t serve pints, only half pints.) The Breton cider is cheap and tasty and the clientele are always eclectic and usually chatty.

If you fancy something a little more salubrious then there's the pleasing bar/restaurant, the Dean Street Town House (69-71 Dean Street) or Cafe Monico (on Shaftsbury Avenue).

There are lots of nightclubs locally (though most of them are closed currently) including the famous and infamous club The Box, with sights that have to be seen to be believed - should you be able to get past the bouncers and afford the drinks prices.

There's also an abundance of gay bars. The apartment's next to one - The Village, a vibrant bar with happy hours earlier in the night. There's also The Yard on Rupert St and Rupert St Bar.

Food wise: a lot of Soho has become pedestrianised for the pandemic so there's loads of excellent al fresco dining on offer. If you like seafood, Randall and Aubin is great. (It's just across the road to the left.) Or there’s Hix, further down Brewer, which is more fine dining and has an excellent late night cocktail bar downstairs.

There’s a cheap, excellent Lebanese restaurant either to dine in or take away from called Yalla Yalla. (Situated down a side street called Green’s Court, just across the road, turn left, two streets down on the right).

Other restaurants I love are: the Wolseley on Piccadilly (beautiful and with a brasserie menu, so reasonable to pricey, depending on your taste) and J Sheekeys on Saint Martins Court. If you like the sound of Venetian tapas there's Polpo on Beak Street, where you can reserve a table at lunch time, but in the evening it's first come first served.

If you want cheap and Chinese then China Town is just around the corner (turn right out of the door, right into Wardour, cross Shaftsbury Ave and it’s on the left). There are also food stalls now most days at Berwick Street market and Rupert Street (literally round the corner).

There are cafes everywhere you turn here, but Bar Italia - on Frith Street - is the oldest/finest and is a great spot for people watching.

Should you wish to actually buy food and cook, for those on a budget there's Berwick St market selling fresh fruit and vegetables. If you are organic then there’s the new Wholefoods down Brewer Street and left towards Piccadilly tube, plus there’s the fantastic deli Lina Stores on Brewer Street. The nearest supermarket is Tesco's on Dean Street.

This is normally Theatre Land so - when service resumes - West End shows can be booked from all the cut-price ticket booths in Leicester Square and it’s cinema-tastic if you can face London prices.

If you fancy sitting in a green space then Soho square is crammed with drinkers and people watchers, St Anne’s Square and Golden Square are more sedate, then Green Park and Hyde Park are expansive and not far (website hidden) / DVD / Radio / Wireless is all available, but you won't need them, as even the views of the bars, clubs, and eclectic characters are far too interesting to miss.

From here you are minutes (honestly) from Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street (the furthest away and 12 minutes at a leisurely pace) and all the theatres, galleries and sites you need to see on a trip to the capital.

Guest access
You have access to everything in the apartment. Sorry but there's no washing machine or dryer. You can handwash and put things on the clothes rails (stored behind the bedroom door). There's a launderette (not self-service) on Marshall Street about 10 minutes away and a dry cleaners a few minutes away from the apartment 9 Green's Court (cross the road, head left and it's the second street on your right) .
A spacious apartment in the heart of the infamous Soho. This is London's (temporarily dark) theatre-land, art gallery mecca, red light district, gay village and restaurant/bar hub. If you're a liberal, culture vulture, bon viveur, what's not to love? If you're not, it won't be to your taste.

Soho's normally super noisy, but the 'new normal' is more civilised and many streets have been pedestrianised for a…
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1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 sofa bed

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I love the cafes for people watching, the art galleries for meditative moments, the theatre for tickling the soul and the bars for a night cap or two...

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Hello there, I'm an actor, novelist and screenwriter who’s lucky enough to be looking after an apartment in the beating heart of London - Soho. Soho's all about entertainment, whether you like a seedy strip joint or a salubrious restaurant (or anything in between) whether you're old or young, male or female, gay or straight, there's something here for everyone. The apartment is bang in the middle of the West End - London's Theatre-land - should you fancy catching the latest show. If you're artistically inclined, you can also while away your hours in any of the numerous galleries in Trafalgar Square or Cork Street. For the shop-aholics there's Oxford Street or Bond - depending on your budget. For the foodies there's high tea or sushi in Piccadilly or the sensory delights of China Town. For the caffeine addicts, well, you can't move for cafes. If you are looking for a green space, there's Soho Square (though you'll have to share your patch of grass) or the quieter St Anne's or Golden Square. If you'd prefer something more expansive then Green Park and Hyde are only a short stroll. I could go on, but as brevity (and Soho) is the soul of wit...
Hello there, I'm an actor, novelist and screenwriter who’s lucky enough to be looking after an apartment in the beating heart of London - Soho. Soho's all about entertainment, whet…
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