Soho: A Guide to the Area

Soho is a charming and unique area of London, which has something to offer everyone – from outstanding restaurants to independent art galleries.   As all London estate agents know, Soho is a highly desirable area to live, offering an array of properties, all differing in style and size to accommodate the needs of all its residents.

Where is it?

Situated just South of Oxford Street, the area of Soho covers roughly one square mile and is cornered by Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square underground stations.

Top Five Facts

  1. Great Marlborough Street was named after Marlboro cigarettes as it was originally the site of the Philip Morris factory.
  2. Greek Street was named after a group of Greek Christians who in 1670 fled persecution in the Ottoman Empire for the streets of London.
  3. Although for a short period of his life, Karl Marx lived in Soho on Dean Street.
  4. The term ‘Soho’ was originally a hunting cry, used by King Henry VIII in the mid-1500s.
  5. Soho’s salacious reputation can be dated back to 1719 when the Duke of Wharton apparently opened an establishment where notable people could enjoy less than tasteful acts

Getting about?

Getting around Soho is incredibly easy – walk! Everything is within a five minute walk and as all estate agents in Soho will tell you, the cobbled streets provide a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of neighbouring roads such as Regents Street.

For those travelling out of the area, there are four tube stations on offer at the NE, NW, SW & SE corners of Soho where lines available are the Bakerloo, Victoria, Northern, Piccadilly and Central.

Things to do

Residents of Soho will never be short of things to do.  For foodies there is an extensive selection of restaurants on offer.  Theatre is another key feature of Soho’s identity.  The area has a total of seven theatres to choose from, including the Palace Theatre which was built in 1891 and some of London’s biggest stage productions are in residence here such as ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘A Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night Time’.  Soho is also host to an array of independent and quirky art galleries, check out 79 Beak Street for unusual and unique exhibitions.

When in Soho, it is a must to take a look around the shops – as estate agents in Fitzrovia, Soho is a continuous temptation!  The area is home to the world renowned Liberty store, along with dozens of unique and quirky boutique, specialist shops.  For example, Nudie Jeans Shop on D’Arblay Street not only sells unique denim, but also has an in store repair service.  The famous Mark Powell tailors also has a store in Soho at No.2 Marshall Street where clients are treated to bespoke, made to measure suits.  Berwick Street Market is another of Soho’s famous spots to shop, where London’s oldest market stall, Ronnie’s Flowers still pitches up every Monday to Saturday.

If you are looking for a more chilled out afternoon, take a blanket and picnic to Soho Square and sit back and watch the world go by.

Hungry?

For an over the top, indulgent evening that’s more of an experience than a simple dinner, head over to Bob Bob Ricard’s.  If you are looking for a more casual and relaxed eat, enjoy bistro with a twist at the highly acclaimed The Social Eating House.

Meet up hotspot?

During the day try a flat white at Flat White on Berwick Street – regularly raved about this café offers a trendy refuel in central Soho.  Soho House Kitchen and Bar on Old Compton Street is the ultimate place to be.  Offering French – American style food, and cocktails on tap, you’ll never want to leave.

Property – what’s on offer?

Soho has a real mixture of residential property to offer.  As estate agents in Soho will know, hidden above the shops there are some incredible apartments with rooftop gardens.  Many of Soho’s streets date back a long way and so properties tend to offer character and history to their occupiers.

As estate agents will tell you, with such a centralised location and an expansive residential portfolio, Soho is an incredibly desirable place to live.  For families, schools are within easy walking distance (e.g. Soho CofE Primary School, St Marylebone CofE Bridge School) and attractions such as Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery are only a short distance.  Young professionals benefit from the huge number of thriving businesses in the area, especially in creative areas such as marketing and television.  Furthermore, due to the large number of restaurants and bars in the area, Soho provides its residents with a social, community feel.

 

For more information about property in Soho and Covent Garden, contact Davis Brown Estate Agents, Fitzrovia.

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