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If you are looking for restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs, then you will find them aplenty here. Soho estate agents will be able to show you the best flats in the area, which is bordered by Oxford Street to the north, Charing Cross to the east, Shaftesbury Avenue to the south and Regent Street to the west.
Soho also features a number of independent shops and is neighboured by Fitzrovia, Holborn, Covent Garden, Mayfair and Chinatown. A number of tube stations serve the area, so your estate agents in Soho can advise you where best to look for a quick commute to work.
Many hundreds of years ago, Soho was a grazing farmland until it was taken by Henry VIII in 1536 to be used as a park for the Palace of Whitehall. It is thought that the hunters called “So Ho!” as they rode through the area and that is how it got its name. Today, Soho features an array of prime properties and while they are mostly flats you will find the occasional house for sale with estate agents in Soho.
In the 1670's and 80's, a 17th-century urban developer named, Gregory King created the Soho of today, in order to lessen the over-crowding population in the centre of London. During that period many settlers moved in, most of them were refugees fleeing from persecution in Europe including Greek Christians, French Protestants, Ottoman, as well as Russians, Italians, Germans and Poles. Due to its vibrant, and energetic atmosphere, Soho was established as the most cosmopolitan neighborhood of London in this period.
In the early 1900s cheap rents, cheap eating houses, theaters and music-halls, became a fashionable haven for writers, artists, poets and intellectuals. And by mid 19th-century, the district of Soho attracted many pubs, clubs and prostitutes. Until in 1959, the Government decided to ban street prostitution, sex-shops, and nefarious businesses. But that didn't stop Soho to grow and retain its vibrant cosmopolitan charm.
One of Soho's known history is the cholera outbreak in 1854, which recorded five hundred deaths in just a span of ten days. And on April 30, 1999 a well known gay pub, the Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street was bombed. Three people were killed in the blast (two of whom were heterosexual)and many were also injured. The reports said that a neo-Nazi, Dave Copeland planted the nail bomb. He is now serving three life sentences in prison for those people he killed and injured.
The Metropolitan Borough of Westminster was a metropolitan County of London. A Metropolitan Borough pertains to the characteristics of a chief town. They existed from 1900 to 1965, until it was abolished in1965, after which its area became part of the City of Westminster along with the Metropolitan Borough of Padding ton and the Metropolitan Borough of St Marylebone.
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This NHS pamphlet gives further information about local health services.
Great Chapel Street Medical Centre
13 Great Chapel Street, Soho, London W1F
Tel: 020 7437 9360
Soho Centre for Health and Care
1 Frith Street (off Soho Square) London W1D 3QS
Tel: 020 7534 6500
Soho Parish School is a small primary school for girls and boys aged 3-11. It is a Church of England voluntary aided school attached to the churches of St. Anne's, Soho and St. James's, Picadilly. The school has been in existence since 1871, and is located at 23 Great Windmill Street, London.
Soho Family Centre runs five main projects projects: a Bengali community project, a family drop-in, Chinese community project, and also includes child minding project which provides daycare in a group setting that allows local people to become child minders. And lastly is the pre-school education project, that serves twenty 3-5 year olds., and gives them a positive experience of group learning and equips them with confidence, self-esteem, language and math skills necessary to allow them to successfully transfer to formal schooling.
Charing Cross Library is situated in the heart of thetreland in London's West End. It is a busy library serving residents, commuters and the local Chinese community: the building also houses the Chinese Library and offers an excellent Chinese Library Service for the Chinese community. There is a music collection with a wide range of Cds, and an access to the Internet is provided free of charge.
The City of Westminster Archives extends from Marylebone and Paddington in the north to Pimlico in the south, and from Hyde Park and Knightsbridge in the west to Covent Garden in the east. It also includes Bayswater and Queen's Park, St John's Wood and Maida Vale, Belgravia and Mayfair, and St James's and Soho. Extensive collections relating to Westminster past and present can be found there.
Westminster Reference Library
335 St. Martin's Street, London WC2H 7HP
Tel: 020 7641 1300
The Soho Society is the amenity for local businesses, residents, workers and visitors, and was founded in 1972. It was established to make Soho, a better place to live in, work and visit, and to stop the developers in planning a wholesale demolition and redevelopment of the entire area. The Soho Housing Association is a community-based organisation, giving great importance on the involvement of tenants, other local residents and workers in running the Association. And is very much concerned in sustaining the local community, and are widening their remit to help contribute to the quality of life for the residents.
The Soho Caring Agencies Forum is a directory produced and was set up in 2001 by Reverend Clare Herbert of St Anne's Church, and Chris Best, the Chief Executive of Soho Housing Assocation. To provide information for residents living in Soho as well as for those working, learning and visiting the area. The Soho Caring Agencies Forum also provides links to other organisations, and are members of the Forum.
Oxford Circus Tube Station is a London Underground station in the city of Westminster at the north-west part of Soho. Serving Oxford Circus located at the junction of Regent Street and Oxford Street, with entrances on all four corners of the intersection. Today, Oxford Circus is the busiest London Underground station without interchange with National Rail trains.
Picadilly Circus Tube Station is a London Underground station. Today, it is one of the few stations which have no associated buildings above ground. It is located directly beneath Picadilly Circus itself, with entrances at every corner. Located in Travelcard Zone 1, the station is on the Picadilly Line between Green Park and Leicester Square and on the Bakerloo Line between Charing Cross and Oxford Circus.
Tottenham Court Road is a station on the London Underground, serving as an interchange between the Central Line and the Charing Cross branch of the Northern Line. It is located at St Giles' Circus, the junction of Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Street, New Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road and is in TravelcardZone 1. On the Central line, it is between Oxford Circus and Holborn, and on the Northern Line, it is between Leicester Square and Goodge Street.
Leicester Square Tube Station is a station on the London Underground, located on Charing Cross Road, a short distance to the east of Leicester Square. It is in Travelcard Zone 1, and is located on the Northern Line between Charing Cross and Tottenham Court Road, and the Piccadilly Line between Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden.
There are many gyms in the vicinity and a handy list is provided here.
Survey of London: volumes 33 and 34.
Visit London – London's official website.
Soundmap audio walks that takes you in Soho and around London .
“Pub Crawls of London” an article by SilkTork on Soho pubs.
One of London's famous smaller landmarks is a memorial water pump, with a plaque on Broadwick Street, dedicated to Dr. John Snow, who identified the cause of 1854 cholera outbreak in Soho. And not fifteen steps from the site of the pump is a pub called The John Snow pub.
The Carnaby Street known as the fashionable centre of 1960s associated with the “Swinging London” or “Swinging Sixties”.
Old Compton Street is the gay-est street in England, and core of London's gay community. It is also the home of some of London's film and video post-production houses. One notable pub on the street is the Admiral Duncan pub.
Wardour Street is the heart and soul of the British film industry, and is still the home of much of the current film industry, and famous for its associations with the music industry.
Leicester Square is centre of London's cinema land, and is the prime location in London for major film premieres. In the middle of the square is a small park, and at the centre of it, is a 19th century statue of William Shakespeare surrounded by dolphins.
Soho Square was laid out in 1681, and is universally regarded as the most fashionable and prestigious address of London media organisations. Today, it is a popular hangout and meeting place location for London's scene, emo youth, and many LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender/Transexual) people as it is in the heart of the gay village.
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