The History of Soho in London

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Soho History

Historic Soho

The History of Soho in London
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On Broadwick Street there is a mural representing the many characters that haunted Soho, including the famous writer Dylan Thomas. The John Snow memorial is also located here, Snow was credited with identifying the cause of cholera as been waterborne and originating from the water pump on Broadwick Street.

Notable historic buildings in Soho include St James Church, which was designed by Christopher Wren and built in 1684, the House of St Barnabas is a grand Georgian house that was built in 1846 and the London Palladium Theatre, which is a world famed variety theatre is located here. St Patrick’s Church is a stunning red brick building with an impressive spire.

History of Soho

It was not until the end of the 1500’s that Soho developed into a commercial area, up until then it had been used as a hunting ground by Tudor Royals, the hunting cry ‘Soho’ eventually becoming its name. In the 17th and 18th a large number of French expats came to the area, accompanied by the French was their love of music, nightlife and fashion.

Soho became a well-known place for Jazz artists in the 1920’s, with the infamous Café de Paris and Ronnie Scott’s. By the mid 19thC Soho was synonymous with theatre, music and the sex trade, London’s sex industry has predominately been situated around this area for roughly 200 years.

Modern Day Soho

Diverse, multicultural and fun-filled, this atmospheric area is now known for its party vibe. Entertainment and nightlife are central to the Soho experience, as is it’s array of unique and risqué shops. The iconic West End is situated here and thousands of visitors flock here to see the show. Soho is known for its extensive Gay and Lesbian scene and the Pride of London celebrations focus in and around the area.