Soho Area Guide
Once the sleazy underbelly of the West End, Soho has successfully reinvented itself as a central London village and creative and media hub at the heart of the West End. It has been rediscovered by a new generation of young professionals who live and work in this very metropolitan district. Soho covers just one square mile, so so the residential property market is small, and the mix of early Queen Anne and Georgian houses, warehouse conversions and new build apartments are in high demand, and residents tend to stay out.
Many more new developments are planned however, particularly around Tottenham Court Road station, due to the planned new Crossrail station which will enhance the area’s already excellent transport links.
There is a lively night economy, based around the many bars, restaurants and private members’ clubs (from the Groucho to Soho House). Soho was at the heart of London’s theatre and restaurant revolution, and offers a host of celebrity chefs’ signature restaurants as well as a diverse range of cuisines, including those in Chinatown.
Carnaby Street is a thriving shopping centre with welcome echoes of its former Swinging Sixties’ culture, whilst Old Compton Street is a lively focal point for Soho’s gay community. All of central London is within walking distance, with bustling Oxford Street, desirable Marylebone village and the green expanse of Regent’s Park all just a stone’s throw away.
There is a tube station at each of Soho’s four corners (Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road) offering access to five tube lines.