Anyone who has ever sat people watching in Soho Square will understand why it’s such a special area. The mix of characters – old school dandies to teens dancing in neon shorts, media runners carrying 50 lattes to power-walking studio execs, foodies searching for a restaurant without a queue to lost tourists – never fails to remind me why I love London. It’s such a great chunk of London that it has inspired two exhibitions currently on display.
Yelp Captures Soho is a Soho-specific project where over the last few months all the amateur Instagrammers out there have been snapping away at West End life. Submissions were judged by a professional panel and the best entries will be on display in bookshop/cafe/gallery The Society Club. The show opens tonight: RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, see thesocietyclubsoho.wordpress.com.
Elsewhere, photographer Pete Zelewski has lovingly captured the cacophony of faces who grace the streets in his People of Soho project which is on show at the Freud Cafe Bar and Gallery until May 26. For info, see petezelewski.com.
Like Soho? Here are some great photos of it then and now.