The district of Soho (from an old hunting cry), bounded on the west by Regent Street, on the north by Oxford Street, on the east by Charing Cross Road and on the south by Shaftesbury Avenue, is a part of London which means different things to different people. For the businessman Soho is a good address. Its convenient central situation has led a wide range of businesses to establish themselves here - film companies, publishers, sound recording studios, record companies, exporters and agencies of all kinds.
Transit: Underground: Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road.
Leicester Square, long famous as a center of entertainment, is built around a small garden laid out by Albert Grant in 1874. In the center of the garden is a statue of Shakespeare, and at the corners are busts of four famous local residents - Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Hogarth and Dr John Hunter. There is also a statue of Charlie Chaplin. The square is named after Leicester House, built here by the second Earl of Leicester in 1631. The square is a pedestrian precinct. Around the square and in the immediately surrounding area are some of London's largest and best known cinemas. On its south side is the Half Price Ticket Booth and on the opposite side is the Swiss Centre with a mechanical clock which performs on the hour.Off Leicester Square to the north is London's Chinatown.
Transit: Underground: Leicester Square.
Half Price Ticket Booth (Leicester Square)
The Half Price Ticket Booth at Leicester Square is open Mon.-Sat from noon - 2 p.m. for matinees, 2:30-6:30 p.m. for evening performances on the same day. Tickets are sold at half the regular box office price plus £1 service charge for tickets with a face value of £5 or less, or £1.50 for all other tickets. Tickets are limited to four per person, cash only.
The legendary Carnaby Street in Soho was the mecca in the 1960's for young "beat" and "pop" fans of every country in the world. At that time Hippies, Flower Power and idiosyncratic movements of all kinds dominated the scene. Today many fashion boutiques, souvenir stalls and shops selling jeans still recall the flavor of that period. Now the area is being revitalized and is a fun place to visit.
BBC Experience (closed)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart House
The family of Mozart arrived at this house when the musical prodigy was only eight. They stayed for a period of six months and Mozart gave a recital of his works in the house.
Chinese New Year in Soho
Chinese New Year celebrations take place in Soho at the end of January / early February.
This attractive square was laid out by King Charles II and later became home to the Duke of Monmouth.
Berwick Street Market
Lisle Street Chinatown
Numerous stalls, shops and restaurants provide a sampling of the Orient.
Old Compton Street
This is Chinatown's main shopping street.
Map of London Attractions