Carnaby Street, W1F

Road in/near Soho, existing between 1686 and now

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Carnaby Street, W1F

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Carnaby Street became the heart of Swinging London.

Carnaby Street was probably laid out in 1686, deriving its name from Karnaby House, which was built in 1683 to its east. A market, Carnaby Market, opened in the 1820s.

The first Carnaby Street boutique, His Clothes, was opened by John Stephen in 1957 and was followed by I Was Lord Kitchener’s Valet, Gear and others.

By the 1960s, Carnaby Street was popular with followers of the mod and hippie styles. Many fashion designers such as Mary Quant moved to the street. Various underground music bars such as the Roaring Twenties opened in the nearby streets. Bands such as the Rolling Stones, Small Faces and The Who appeared at the Marquee Club around the corner in Wardour Street.

On 15 April 1966, Carnaby Street featured on the cover of Time magazine. The article within extolled the street’s role in Swinging London.

Carnaby Street was satirised by The Kinks in their 1966 hit ’Dedicated Follower of Fashion’: "Everywhere the Carnabetian Army marches on, each one a dedicated follower of fashion".

In 1973, the street was pedestrianised.
Westminster City Council erected two plaques - 1 Carnaby Street dedicated to fashion entrepreneur John Stephen, who began the Mod fashion revolution and 52-55 Carnaby Street dedicated to pop group The Small Faces and their manager Don Arden.



Main source: Carnaby Street - Wikipedia
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Othello takes a bow
On 1 November 1604, William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello was presented for the first time, at The Palace of Whitehall. The palace was the main residence of the English monarchs in London from 1530 until 1698. Seven years to the day, Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Tempest was also presented for the first time, and also at the Palace of Whitehall.

Reg Carr   
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Campbellite Meeting
In 1848 the Campbellites (Disciples of Christ) met in Elstree Street, where their congregation was presided over by a pastor named John Black. Their appointed evangelist at the time was called David King, who later became the Editor of the British Millennial Harbinger. The meeting room was visited in July 1848 by Dr John Thomas, who spoke there twice on his two-year ’mission’ to Britain.

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Birth place (1894 - 1894)
Violet Trefusis, writer, cosmopolitan intellectual and patron of the Arts was born at 2 Wilton Crescent SW1X.

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Tisbury Court Jazz Bar (1989 - 1989)
Jazz Bar opened in Tisbury Court by 2 Australians. Situated in underground basement. Can not remember how long it opened for.

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Buckingham Street residents
Here in Buckingham Street lived Samuel Pepys the diarist, Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling

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Binney St was previously named Thomas Street before the 1950’s. Before the 1840’s (approx.) it was named Bird St both above and below Oxford St.
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Jessie Doring   
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Tisbury Court Jazz Bar
Jazz Bar opened in Tisbury Court by 2 Australians. Situated in underground basement. Can not remember how long it opened for.

Christine Clark   
Added: 20 Feb 2021 11:27 GMT   

Number 44 (1947 - 1967)
The Clark’s moved here from Dorking my father worked on the Thames as a captain of shell mex tankers,there were three children, CHristine, Barbara and Frank, my mother was Ida and my father Frank.Our house no 44 and 42 were pulled down and we were relocated to Bromley The rest of our family lived close by in Milton Court Rd, Brocklehurat Street, Chubworthy street so one big happy family..lovely days.

Linda    
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Pereira Street, E1
My grandfather Charles Suett lived in Periera Street & married a widowed neighbour there. They later moved to 33 Bullen House, Collingwood Street where my father was born.
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Birth place
Violet Trefusis, writer, cosmopolitan intellectual and patron of the Arts was born at 2 Wilton Crescent SW1X.

Source: www.violettrefusis.com
Born here
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Born here
My dad 1929 John George Hall

   
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Giraud Street
I lived in Giraud St in 1938/1939. I lived with my Mother May Lillian Allen & my brother James Allen (Known as Lenny) My name is Tom Allen and was evacuated to Surrey from Giraud St. I am now 90 years of age.

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Campbellite Meeting
In 1848 the Campbellites (Disciples of Christ) met in Elstree Street, where their congregation was presided over by a pastor named John Black. Their appointed evangelist at the time was called David King, who later became the Editor of the British Millennial Harbinger. The meeting room was visited in July 1848 by Dr John Thomas, who spoke there twice on his two-year ’mission’ to Britain.
NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Adam and Eve Inn The Adam and Eve was an inn on Oxford Street.
Admiral Duncan The Admiral Duncan is well-known as one of Soho’s oldest gay pubs.
De Hems De Hems has become a base for London’s Dutch community, serving bitterballen and frikandellen.
Oxford Circus Oxford Circus, designed by John Nash in 1811.
Piccadilly Circus Piccadilly Circus was built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly.
Queen’s Theatre The Queen’s Theatre is located in Shaftesbury Avenue on the corner of Wardour Street.

NEARBY STREETS
Adam and Eve Court, W1D The court was named for the nearby Adam and Eve tavern.
Air Street, W1B Air Street’s name is believed to be a corruption of ‘Ayres’, after Thomas Ayre, a local brewer and resident in the 17th century.
Air Street, W1B Air Street was the most westerly street in London when newly built in 1658.
Albany, W1S The Albany is an apartment complex in Piccadilly, divided into apartments in 1802.
Archer Street, W1D Archer Street was Arch Street in 1675, Orchard Street in 1720 and Archer Street by 1746.
Argyll Street, W1F Argyll Street was named after John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, owner of the land in the 18th century.
Avery Row, W1K Avery Row was probably named after Henry Avery, an 18th century bricklayer who built this street over the Tyburn Brook.
Barlow Place, W1S This is a street in the W1J postcode area
Bateman Street, W1D Bateman Street was named for Sir James Bateman, local landowner and Lord Mayor of London in the 1670s.
Batemans Buildings, W1D Batemans Buildings is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Beak Street, W1B Beak Street runs roughly east-west between Regent Street and Lexington Street.
Beak Street, W1F Beak Street is named after Thomas Beake, one of the Queen’s messengers.
Berkeley Square House, W1J Residential block
Berkeley Square, W1J Berkeley Square was originally laid out in the mid 18th century by architect William Kent.
Berners Place, W1T Berners Place is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Berners Street, W1D William Berners completed building in 1763 what is today Berners Street.
Berners Street, W1T Berners Street runs from the junction of Oxford Street and Wardour Street to join up with Mortimer Street and the former Middlesex Hospital.
Berwick Road, W1F Berwick Road is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Berwick Street, W1F Berwick Street commemorates the Duke of Berwick, an illegitimate son of James II.
Blenheim Street, W1S Blenheim Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Bourchier Street, W1D Bourchier Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Bourdon Place, W1J Bourdon Place is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Bourdon Street, W1J Bourdon Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Boyle Street, W1S Boyle Street was built on a piece of land called the Ten Acres to discharge some Boyle family debts.
Brewer Street, W1D Brewer Street runs west to east from Glasshouse Street to Wardour Street.
Brewer Street, W1F Brewer Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Bridle Lane, W1F Bridle Lane is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Broadwick Street, W1F Broadwick Street runs west-east between Marshall Street and Wardour Street, crossing Berwick Street.
Brooks Mews, W1K Brooks Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Bruton Lane, W1S Bruton Lane is a road in the W1S postcode area
Bruton Place, W1J Bruton Place is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Bruton Street, W1J Bruton Street is a location in London.
Bruton Street, W1S Bruton Street is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Burlington Gardens, W1J Burlington Gardens, with houses dating from 1725, was laid out on land that was once part of the Burlington Estate.
Cape Yard, W1D A street within the W1D postcode
Carlisle Street, W1D Carlisle Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Carlisle Walk, W1D Carlisle Walk is a road in the E8 postcode area
Cavendish Place, W1G Cavendish Place is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Cavendish Square, W1G Cavendish Square was laid out in 1717–18 at the beginning of the transformation of Harley family lands in Marylebone.
Cavendish Street, W1G Cavendish Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Chapone Place, W1D Chapone Place is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Chesham House, W1B Residential block
Clifford Street, W1S Clifford Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Coach And Horses Yard, W1S Coach And Horses Yard is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Conduit Street, W1S Conduit Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Cork Street, W1S Cork Street, on the Burlington Estate, was named after Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork.
Coventry Street, W1D Coventry Street is a short street connecting Piccadilly Circus to Leicester Square. On the London Monopoly board, it was named after the politician Henry Coventry, secretary of state to Charles II.
D’Arblay Street, W1F D’Arblay Street is a location in London.
Dansey Place, W1D Dansey Place is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Dean Street, W1D Dean Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Denman Street, W1D Denman Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Dering Street, W1S Dering Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Duck Lane, W1F Duck Lane is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Dufours Place, W1F Dufours Place is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Eagle Place, SW1Y Eagle Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
East Street, W1T East Street is one of the streets in the Twickenham postal district.
Eastcastle Street, W1D Eastcastle Street was originally called Castle Street East.
Eastcastle Street, W1T The portion of Eastcastle Street to the east of Wells Street originally belonged to the Berners Estate.
Evelyn Yard, W1T Evelyn Yard is a road in the W1T postcode area
Falconberg Mews, W1D Falconberg Mews runs off of Sutton Row.
Farringdon Street, W1J Farringdon Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Flaxman Court, W1F Flaxman Court is a road in the W1F postcode area
Foubert’s Place, W1F This is a street in the W1F postcode area
Fouberts Place, W1F Fouberts Place is named after a Frenchman who had a riding school here in the reign of Charles II.
Frith Street, W1D Frith Street is named after Richard Frith, a local builder.
Ganton Street, W1F Ganton Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Gerrard Street, W1D Gerrard Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Glasshouse Street, W1B Glasshouse Street is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Golden Square, W1F Golden Square is a historic Soho square, dating from the 1670s.
Graftan Street, W1S Graftan Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Grafton Street, W1S Grafton Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Great Castle Street, W1B Great Castle Street was begun in 1722.
Great Castle Street, W1W Great Castle Street was one of the main streets of the Harley Estate.
Great Chapel Street, W1D Great Chapel Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Great Marlborough Street, W1B Great Marlborough Street runs east of Regent Street past Carnaby Street towards Noel Street.
Great Marlborough Street, W1F Great Marlborough Street was named after John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.
Great Pulteney Street, W1F Great Pulteney Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Great Windmill Street, W1F Great Windmill Street has had a long association with music and entertainment, most notably the Windmill Theatre.
Greens Court, W1D Greens Court is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Grosvenor Hill, W1K Grosvenor Hill is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Ham Yard, W1D Ham Yard is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Hanover Square, W1S Hanover Square was created as the ’Whig’ square with Cavendish Square being the ’Tory’ square.
Hanover Street, W1S Hanover Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Hanway Place, W1T Hanway Place is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Hanway Street, W1D Hanway Street was named after Major John Hanway.
Hanway Street, W1T Hanway Street is a location in London.
Harcourt House, W1G Residential block
Harewood Place, W1C Harewood Place is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Haunch Of Venison Yard, W1K Haunch Of Venison Yard is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Heddon Street, W1B Heddon Street is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Heddon Street, W1B Heddon Street is a road in the W1S postcode area
Henrietta Place, W1G Henrietta Place is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Hills Place, W1F Hills Place is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Holland Street, W1F Holland Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Hollen Street, W1F Hollen Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Holles Street, W1C Holles Street runs north from Oxford Street, on the east side of the John Lewis store.
Hopkins Street, W1F Hopkins Street is a road in the W1F postcode area
Ingestre Court, W1F Ingestre Court is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Ingestre Place, W1F Ingestre Place is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
International House, W1S Residential block
John Prince’s Street, W1G This is a street in the W1G postcode area
John Princes Street, W1G John Princes Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
John Street, W1F John Street is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Kemp’s Court, W1F Kemp’s Court is situated in the heart of Berwick Street Market where a line of stalls stretch down both sides of the road.
Kingly Court, W1B Kingly Court is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Kingly Street, W1F Kingly Street is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Lancashire Court, W1K Lancashire Court is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Lexington Street Cos, W1F Lexington Street Cos is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Lexington Street, W1F Lexington Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Linen Hall, W1B Linen Hall is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Little Marlborough Street, W1B Little Marlborough Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Little Portland Street, W1W Little Portland Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Livonia Street, W1F Livonia Street was originally Bentinck Street, family name of owner the Duke of Portland.
Lower James Street, W1F Lower James Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Lower John Street, W1F Lower John Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Lowndes Court, W1F Lowndes Court is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Macclesfield Street, W1D Macclesfield Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Maddox Street, W1S Maddox Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Margaret Court, W1W Margaret Court is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Margaret Street, W1B Margaret Street is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Margaret Street, W1G Margaret Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Margaret Street, W1W Margaret Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Market Place, W1W Market Place is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Marlborough Court, W1F Marlborough Court is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Marshall Street, W1F Marshall Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Marylebone Passage, W1W Marylebone Passage is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Mason’s Arms Mews, W1S Mason’s Arms Mews is a road in the W1S postcode area
Mayfair Mews, W1K A street within the W1S postcode
Meard Street, W1D John Meard, the younger was a carpenter, later a landowner, who developed the street.
Medici Courtyard, W1S Medici Courtyard is a location in London.
Mews Yard, W1K Mews Yard is a road in the WC2H postcode area
Mill Street, W1S Mill Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Morley House, W1W Residential block
New Bond Street, W1J New Bond Street is the northernmost section of what is simply known as ’Bond Street’ in general use.
New Burlington Mews, W1B New Burlington Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
New Burlington Place, W1S New Burlington Place is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
New Burlington Street, W1B New Burlington Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
New Burlington Street, W1B New Burlington Street is a road in the W1B postcode area
Newburg Road, W1F Newburg Road is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Newburgh Street, W1F Newburgh Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Noel Street, W1F Noel Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Old Burlington Street, W1J Old Burlington Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Old Cavendish Street, W1 Old Cavendish Street is a road in the W1 postcode area
Old Compton Street, W1D Old Compton Street is a road that runs east–west through Soho.
Oxendon Street, W1D Oxendon Street, after Sir Henry Oxendon, husband of Mary Baker, daughter of Robert Baker who built the former Piccadilly House nearby.
Oxford Circus Avenue, W1F Oxford Circus Avenue exists on a lot of London maps but doesn’t exist.
Oxford Circus, W1B Oxford Circus was originally called Regent Circus.
Oxford Street, W1C This is a street in the W1A postcode area
Oxford Street, W1D This is a street in the W1D postcode area
Oxford Street, W1D This is a street in the W1F postcode area
Palladium House, W1B Palladium House is a grade II listed (in 1981) Art Deco office building located on the corner of Great Marlborough Street and Argyll Street.
Panton Street, W1D Panton Street was named after Colonel Thomas Panton, local property dealer of the 17th century.
Peter Street, W1F Peter Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Piccadilly Circus, W1B Piccadilly Circus is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Piccadilly Circus, W1B Piccadilly Circus is a road in the W1B postcode area
Piccadilly Place, W1J Piccadilly Place is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal area.
Piccadilly, SW1Y Piccadilly is a road in the SW1Y postcode area
Poland Street, W1D Poland Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Poland Street, W1F Poland Street is a location in London.
Pollen Street, W1S Pollen Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Portland Mews, W1F Portland Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Princes Street, W1B Princes Street is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Princess House, W1D Residential block
Ramillies Place, W1F Ramillies Place is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Ramillies Street, W1F Ramillies Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Rathbone Place, W1T Rathbone Place honours Captain Rathbone who was the builder of the road and properties thereon from 1718 onwards.
Regent Place, W1B Regent Place is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Regent Street, W1B Regent Street is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Regent Street, W1B Regent Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Regent Street, W1B This is a street in the W1J postcode area
Richmond Buildings, W1D Richmond Buildings is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Richmond Mews, W1D Richmond Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Royalty Mews, W1D Royalty Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Rupert Court, W1D Rupert Court was named for Prince Rupert of the Rhine, the First Lord of the Admiralty when the court was built in 1676.
Rupert Street, W1D Rupert Street – after Prince Rupert of the Rhine, noted 17th century general and son of Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of King James I.
Sackville Street, W1S Sackville Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Sandringham Court, W1F Sandringham Court is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Savile Row, W1S Savile Row is known worldwide for gentlemen’s tailoring.
Sheraton Street, W1D Sheraton Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Sherwood Street, W1F Sherwood Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Silver Place, W1F Silver Place is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Smiths Court, W1D Smiths Court is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Soho Place, W1D Soho Place lies within the postcode.
Soho Square, W1D In its early years, Soho Square was one of the most fashionable places to live in London.
Soho Street, W1D Soho Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
South Molton Street, W1K South Molton Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
St Anne’s Court, W1F St Anne’s Court is an alleyway that connects Dean Street and Wardour Street.
St George Street, W1S St George Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
St Georges Square, W1S St Georges Square is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Sutton Row, W1D Sutton Row has existed since 1681.
Swallow Place, W1B Swallow Place is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Swallow Street, W1B Swallow Street honours Thomas Swallow, lessee in 1540 of the pastures on which the road was built.
Tenterden Street, W1S Tenterden Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
The London Pavillion, SW1Y The London Pavilion is a building on Piccadilly Circus.
Tisbury Court, W1D Tisbury Court is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Townsend House, W1D Residential block
Upper James Street, W1F Upper James Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Upper John Street, W1F Upper John Street is a road in the W1F postcode area
Vigo Street, W1S Vigo Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Walker’s Court, W1D Walker’s Court is one of the many passageways which in past years was known as ’Paved Alley’.
Walkers Court, Walkers Court lies within the postcode.
Wardour Mews, W1F Wardour Mews is a cul-de-sac off of Portland Street.
Wardour Street, W1D The part of Wardour Street south of Shaftesbury Avenue runs through London’s Chinatown.
Wardour Street, W1F Wardour Street is a street that runs north from Leicester Square, through Chinatown, across Shaftesbury Avenue to Oxford Street.
Warwick Street, W1B Warwick Street is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Wells Street, W1D Wells Street - ’Welses Lane’ - is first recorded in 1692.
Wigmore Place, W1U Wigmore Place is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Wilder Walk, W1F This is a street in the W1B postcode area
Winnett Street, W1D Winnett Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Winsley Street, W1D Winsley Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Winsley Street, W1D Winsley Street is a road in the W1D postcode area


Soho

Soho is a world-famous area of the City of Westminster and part of the West End of London.

The name "Soho" first appears in the 17th century. Most authorities believe that the name derives from a former hunting cry. James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, used "soho" as a rallying call for his men at the Battle of Sedgemoor on 6 July 1685, half a century after the name was first used for this area of London. The Soho name has been imitated by other entertainment and restaurant districts such as Soho, Hong Kong; Soho, Málaga; SOHO, Beijing; SoHo (South of Horton), London, Ontario, Canada; and Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires. SoHo, Manhattan, gets its name from its location SOuth of HOuston Street, but is also a reference to London’s Soho.

Long established as an entertainment district, for much of the 20th century Soho had a reputation as a base for the sex industry in addition to its night life and its location for the headquarters of leading film companies. Since the 1980s, the area has undergone considerable gentrification. It is now predominantly a fashionable district of upmarket restaurants and media offices, with only a small remnant of sex industry venues.

Soho is a small, multicultural area of central London; a home to industry, commerce, culture and entertainment, as well as a residential area for both rich and poor. It has clubs, including the former Chinawhite nightclub; public houses; bars; restaurants; a few sex shops scattered amongst them; and late-night coffee shops that give the streets an "open-all-night" feel at the weekends. Record shops cluster in the area around Berwick Street, with shops such as Phonica, Sister Ray and Reckless Records.


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BT Tower
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Tottenham Court Road (1927)
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Leicester Square (1880)
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Entrance to Pickering Place
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Tottenham Court Road, W1T
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In the neighbourhood...

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The Prince of Wales Theatre in 1903 shortly before its demolition for the building of the Scala Theatre in 1904.
Credit: Caroline Blomfield
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Transmission
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Piccadilly Theatre (2007)
Credit: Turquoisefish
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The Queen’s Theatre in the West End (2011), then showing the musical "Les Misérables"
Credit: Andreas Praefcke
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Musicians waiting for work on Archer Street.
Credit: Musicians Union
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Tottenham Court Road, W1T
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Bilingual Wardour Street
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Waterloo Place (1913)
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Wells Street, W1
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Walker’s Court stretching away from the photographer.
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