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From live jazz to dining out or night clubbing, Soho has a reputation for entertainment. The area has been popular for restaurants since the 19th century, including the long-standing Kettner’s which was visited by numerous celebrities.
Soho Film and Media
Home to the independent British film industry
The independent British film industry is centred around Soho. The British headquarters of Twentieth Century Fox and the British Board of Film Classification offices.
In the 2010s, research commissioned by Westminster City Council showed 23 per cent of the workforce in Soho works in the creative industries.
The area to the west is known as Mayfair, to the north Fitzrovia, to the east St Giles and Covent Garden, and to the south St James’s. According to the Soho Society, Chinatown centred on Gerrard Street and containing several restaurants is part of the area.
Music & Clubs in Soho
From Denmark Street to Wardour Street
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club is located at No 46 Frith Street. Soho House private members’ club are located in Greek Street and Dean Street. Century private members’ club is located in Shaftesbury Avenue.
Nearby Denmark Street is nicknamed the British Tin Pan Alley due to its large concentration of shops selling musical instruments. Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and David Bowie have all recorded at studios on Denmark Street and Elton John wrote his hit “Your Song” in the street. Led Zeppelin’s first rehearsal in 1968 was in a basement studio on Gerrard Street.
Carnaby Street is a pedestrianised shopping street. Close to Oxford Street and Regent Street, it is home to fashion and lifestyle retailers, including many independent fashion boutiques.
One of the coolest destinations of 1960s Swinging London.
“Perhaps nothing illustrates the new swinging London better than narrow, three-block-long Carnaby Street, which is crammed with a cluster of the ‘gear’ boutiques where the girls and boys buy each other clothing…”
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