Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D

Road in/near Soho, existing between 1886 and now

 HOME  ·  ARTICLE  MAP  STREETS  BLOG 
(51.51237 -0.13099) 

Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D

MAP YEAR:1750180018301860190019502020Remove markers
Road · Soho · W1D ·
August
18
2020

Shaftesbury Avenue is a major street in the West End of London, named after Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury.

Shaftesbury Avenue runs in a north-easterly direction from Piccadilly Circus to New Oxford Street, crossing Charing Cross Road at Cambridge Circus. From Piccadilly Circus to Cambridge Circus it is in the City of Westminster, and from Cambridge Circus to New Oxford Street it is in the London Borough of Camden.

Shaftesbury Avenue was built between 1877 and 1886 by the architect George Vulliamy and the engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette to provide a north-south traffic artery through the crowded districts of St. Giles and Soho. It was also part of a slum clearance measure, to push impoverished workers out of the city centre; although the street’s construction was stalled by legislation requiring rehousing some of these displaced residents, overcrowding persisted. Charles Booth’s Poverty Map shows the neighbourhood makeup shortly after Shaftesbury Avenue opened.

It is generally considered the heart of London’s West End theatre district, with the Lyric, Apollo, Gielgud and Queen’s theatres clustered together on the west side of the road between Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross Road. At the intersection of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road there is also the large Palace Theatre. Finally, the north-eastern end of the road has another large theatre, the Shaftesbury Theatre.

The former Saville Theatre is on Shaftesbury Avenue; this became a cinema in 1970, first known as ABC1 and ABC2, and since 2001 as Odeon Covent Garden. Another cinema, the Soho Curzon, is located about halfway along the street.

Between 1899 and 1902, no. 67 Shaftesbury Avenue was the location of the Bartitsu School of Arms and Physical Culture, which is the first commercial Asian martial arts training school in the Western world.

Shaftesbury Avenue is also a boundary of London’s Chinatown. The number of Chinese businesses on the street has been on the increase.

In the evening, street artists gather on the pavement outside the HQ of ICE - International Currency Exchange and Raphaels Bank (previously the home of Natwest) at the Piccadilly Circus end of Shaftesbury Avenue, and produce portraits for the tourists.




Main source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Further citations and sources



Shaftesbury Avenue from Piccadilly Circus in 1949

Shaftesbury Avenue from Piccadilly Circus in 1949
Chalmers Butterfield

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.
Garrick Yard Garrick Yard, together with the more familiar Garrick Street to the northeast of here, both took their names from the Garrick Club which commemorates the famous 18th century actor, David Garrick.
Leicester Square Leicester Square, while indeed a square, is also the name for a tube station.
L’Escargot L’Escargot is one of London’s oldest restaurants.
Wyld’s Great Globe Wyld’s Great Globe was an attraction situated in Leicester Square between 1851 and 1862.

NEARBY STREETS
Adam and Eve Court, W1D The court was named for the nearby Adam and Eve tavern.
Adelaide Street, WC2N Adelaide Street was named for Queen Adelaide, Consort to King William IV.
Agar Street, WC2N Agar Street is named after George Agar, who built the street in the 1830s with John Ponsonby, Earl of Bessborough
Air Street, SE18 A street within the W1B postcode
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 Courtyard, W1J The courtyard is named after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, who in 1791 purchased Melbourne House which stood on this site.
Archer Street, W1D Archer Street was Arch Street in 1675, Orchard Street in 1720 and Archer Street by 1746.
Arne Street, WC2E Arne Street was named after the 18th century composer Thomas Arne, who was born near here.
Babmaes Street, SW1Y Babmaes Street was originally called Wells Street.
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, W1F Beak Street is named after Thomas Beake, one of the Queen’s messengers.
Bear Street, WC2H Bear Street is a streetname with two possible derivations.
Bedforbury, WC2N Bedforbury is one of the streets of London in the WC2N postal area.
Bedford Chambers, WC2E Bedford Chambers is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Bedford Street, WC2E Bedford Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Bedford Street, WC2R Bedford Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2R postal area.
Bedfordbury, WC2N Bedfordbury is one of the streets of London in the WC2N postal area.
Berners Street, W1D 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.
Betterton Street, WC2H Betterton Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Bourchier Street, W1D Bourchier Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
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.
Brydges Place, WC2N Brydges Place is one of the streets of London in the WC2N postal area.
Buckingham Street, WC2N Buckingham Street is named after George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, 17th century courtier, who acquired York House which formerly stood on this site; his son sold the area to developers on condition that his father and titles were commemorated on the new streets.
Cambridge Circus, WC2H Cambridge Circus is the intersection of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road.
Cape Yard, E1W 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, E8 Carlisle Walk is a road in the E8 postcode area
Carriage Hall, WC2E Carriage Hall is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Cecil Court, WC2H Cecil Court is a pedestrian street with Victorian shop-frontages.
Centre Point House, WC2H Residential block
Chandos Place, WC2N Chandos Place is one of the streets of London in the WC2N postal area.
Chapone Place, W1D Chapone Place is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Charing Cross Mansions, WC2H Charing Cross Mansions is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Charing Cross Road, WC2H Charing Cross Road is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Chesham House, W1B Residential block
Ching Court, WC2H Ching Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Church Place, SW1Y Church Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Covent Garden, WC2E Covent Garden, is the name of a district, but also the name of the central square which formerly hosted a fruit-and-vegetable market.
Covent Garden, WC2H Covent Garden is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
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.
Cranbourn Street, WC2H Cranbourne Street was named after local landowner the Earl of Salisbury, Viscount Cranbourn (Cranbourne) after the town in Dorset.
Dansey Place, W1D Dansey Place is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Darblay Street, W1F Darblay Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F 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.
Denmark Place, WC2H Denmark Place is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Denmark Street, WC2H Denmark Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Duck Lane, W1F Duck Lane is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Dudley Court, WC2H Dudley Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Dufours Place, W1F Dufours Place is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Duncannon Street, WC2N Duncannon Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2N postal area.
Durham House Street, WC2N Durham House Street was the former site of a palace belonging to the bishops of Durham in medieval times.
Eagle Place, SW1Y Eagle Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Earlham Street, WC2H Earlham Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Earnshaw Street, WC2H Earnshaw Street was at first called Arthur Street.
Endell Street, WC2H Endell Street, originally known as Belton Street, is a street that runs from High Holborn in the north to Long Acre and Bow Street in the south.
Excel Court, WC2H Excel Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Falconberg Court, W1D Falconberg Court is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Falconberg Mews, W1D Falconberg Mews runs off of Sutton Row.
Flaxman Court, W1F Flaxman Court is a road in the W1F postcode area
Flichcroft Street, WC2H Flichcroft Street is a road in the WC2H postcode area
Flitcroft Street, WC2H Flitcroft Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Floral Street, WC2E Floral Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
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.
Garrick Street, WC2E Garrick Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
George Court, WC2N George Court is named after George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham.
Germyn Street, SW1Y Germyn Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Gerrard Place, W1D Gerrard Place is one of the streets of London in the W1D 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.
Goslett Yard, W1D Goslett Yard is a road in the W1D postcode area
Goslett Yard, WC2H Goslett Yard is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Grape Street, WC2H Grape Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Great Chapel Street, W1F Great Chapel Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Great Marlborough Street, W1F Great Marlborough Street was named after John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.
Great Newport Street, WC2H Great Newport Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
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.
Greek Court, WC2H Greek Court is a road in the WC2H postcode area
Greek Street, W1D Greek Street leads south from Soho Square to Shaftesbury Avenue.
Greens Court, W1F Greens Court is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Ham Yard, W1D Ham Yard is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Haymarket, SW1Y Haymarket – site of a former market selling hay until the 1830s.
Heathcock Court, WC2R Heathcock Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2R postal area.
Henrietta Street, WC2E Henrietta Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Hobhouse Court, WC2H Hobhouse Court is named after Sir John Cam Hobhouse, Victorian MP and arts patron.
Hog Lane, WC2H Hog Lane was a lane that went from St Giles’ leper hospital (set up in the 12th century) to the monument to Eleanor at Charing Cross.
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.
Hop Gardens, WC2N Hop Gardens is one of the streets of London in the WC2N postal area.
Hopkins Street, W1F Hopkins Street is a road in the W1F postcode area
Horse and Dolphin Yard, W1D Horse and Dolphin Yard is a road in the W1D 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.
Irving Street, WC2H Irving Street is named after Henry Irving, the popular Victorian actor.
Jermyn Street, SW1A Jermyn Street is a road in the SW1A postcode area
Jermyn Street, SW1Y Jermyn Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
John Adam Street, WC2N John Adam Street is named after John Adam, who built the Adelphi development with his brother Robert in the 1760s.
John Street, SE11 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.
King Street, WC2E King Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Kingly Court, W1B Kingly Court is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Langley Court, WC2E Langley Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Langley Street, WC2H Langley Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Leicester Place, WC2H Leicester Place is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Leicester Square, WC2H Leicester Square is a central tourist attraction of London.
Leicester Street, WC2H Leicester Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H 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.
Lisle Street, WC2H Lisle Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Litchfield Street, WC2H Litchfield Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Little Newport Street, WC2H Little Newport Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Livonia Street, W1F Livonia Street was originally Bentinck Street, family name of owner the Duke of Portland.
Long Acre, WC2E Long Acre is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
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.
Lower Regent Street, SW1Y Lower Regent Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y 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.
Maiden Lane, WC2E Maiden Lane is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Manette Street, W1D Manette Street in Soho is named after the character from Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.
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.
May’s Court, WC2N May’s Court is a road in the WC2N postcode area
Meard Street, W1F John Meard, the younger was a carpenter, later a landowner, who developed the street.
Mercer Street, WC2H Mercer Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Monmouth Street, WC2H Monmouth Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Moor Street, W1D Moor Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Neal Street, WC2H Neal Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Neals Yard, WC2H Neals Yard is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
New Compton Street, WC2H New Compton Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
New Row, WC2N New Row is one of the streets of London in the WC2N postal 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.
Newport Court, WC2H Newport Court was laid out approximately on the site of the courtyard of Newport House.
Newport Place, W1D Newport Place was named after Mountjoy Blount, Earl of Newport (Isle of Wight), who owned a house on Newport Street in the 17th century.
Noel Street, W1F Noel Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Norris Street, SW1Y Norris Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Nottingham Court, WC2H Nottingham Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Odhams Walk, WC2H Odhams Walk is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Old Compton Street, W1D Old Compton Street is a road that runs east–west through Soho.
Orange Street, SW1Y Orange Street is a road in the SW1Y postcode area
Orange Street, WC2H Orange Street gets its name from William III, Prince of Orange - the reigning king when the street was built.
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 Street, W1D This is a street in the W1D postcode area
Oxford Street, W1F This is a street in the W1F postcode area
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.
Phoenix Street, WC2H Phoenix Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Piccadilly Circus, W1B Piccadilly Circus is a road in the W1B postcode area
Piccadilly Circus, W1J Piccadilly Circus is one of the streets of London in the W1J postal 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
Piccadilly, W1S Piccadilly is one of the main London streets.
Poland Street, W1F Poland Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Portland Mews, W1F Portland Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Princess House, W1W Residential block
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.
Romilly Street, W1D Romilly Street is a small street that runs behind Shaftesbury Avenue and takes its name from lawyer Samuel Romilly.
Rose Street, WC2E Rose Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E 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.
Saint Giles High Street, WC2H This is a street in the WC2H postcode area
Saint Martin’s Lane, WC2N Saint Martin’s Lane is a road in the WC2N postcode area
Saint Martin’s Court, WC2H Saint Martin’s Court is a road in the WC2H postcode area
Saint Martin’s Place, WC2N Saint Martin’s Place is a road in the WC2N postcode area
Sandringham Court, W1F Sandringham Court is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Seven Dials, WC2H Seven Dials was built on the site of the Cock-and-Pie Fields, named for a nearby inn.
Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H Shaftesbury Avenue was named after Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, Victorian politician and philanthropist.
Shelton Street, WC2B Shelton Street is a road in the WC2B postcode area
Shelton Street, WC2H Shelton Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Sheraton Street, W1F 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.
Shorts Gardens, WC2H Shorts Gardens is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Silver Place, W1F Silver Place is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Slingsby Place, WC2E Slingsby Place is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area.
Smiths Court, W1D Smiths Court is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
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.
Sounding Alley, E3 Sounding Alley is a road in the E3 postcode area
St Albans Street, SW1Y St Albans Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
St Anne’s Court, W1F St Anne’s Court is an alleyway that connects Dean Street and Wardour Street.
St Giles High Street, WC2H St Giles High Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
St Jamess Market, SW1Y St Jamess Market is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
St Martins Court, WC2N St Martins Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2N postal area.
St Martins Lane, WC2H St Martins Lane is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
St Martins Lane, WC2N St Martins Lane is one of the streets of London in the WC2N postal area.
St Martins Place, WC2H St Martins Place is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
St Martins Place, WC2N St Martins Place is one of the streets of London in the WC2N postal area.
St Martins Street, WC2H St Martins Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Stacey Street, WC2H Stacey Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Sutton Row, W1D Sutton Row has existed since 1681.
Swallow Street, W1B Swallow Street honours Thomas Swallow, lessee in 1540 of the pastures on which the road was built.
The Gallery, E20 The Gallery is a road in the E20 postcode area
The London Pavillion, SW1Y The London Pavilion is a building on Piccadilly Circus.
The National Gallery, WC2N The National Gallery is one of the streets of London in the WC2N postal area.
Thomas Neal Centre, WC2H Thomas Neal Centre is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Thomas Neal’s shopping centre, WC2H Thomas Neal’s shopping centre is a road in the WC2H postcode area
Tisbury Court, W1D Tisbury Court is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Tower Court, WC2H Tower Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Tower Street, WC2H Tower Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H 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
Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H This is a street in the WC2H postcode area
Walker’s Court, W1D Walker’s Court is one of the many passageways which in past years was known as ’Paved Alley’.
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.
Wedgewood Mews, W1D Wedgewood Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Wedgwood Mews, W1D Wedgwood Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Wells Street, W1D Wells Street - ’Welses Lane’ - is first recorded in 1692.
West Street, WC2H West Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Whitcomb Street, WC2H Whitcomb Street - named after William Whitcomb, 17th century brewer and property developer.
Wilder Walk, W1B This is a street in the W1B postcode area
William IV Street, WC2N William IV Street runs from Charing Cross Road to the Strand.
Winnett Street, W1D Winnett Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Winsley Street, W1D Winsley Street is a road in the W1D postcode area
Winsley Street, W1W Winsley Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
York Place, WC2N York Place marks the location of a house on this site.


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.


LOCAL PHOTOS
On This Day in London: 2 November
TUM image id: 1509553463
Bilingual Wardour Street
TUM image id: 1526420734
Newport Court streetsign
TUM image id: 1530109678
Print-friendly version of this page