The lowdown on the West End’s most deliciously decadent spot…
Why go there?
For the best (and occasionally the worst) of London.
What’s the vibe?
What’s your vibe? Whether you’re after a decent bowl of noodles (try Koya, on Frith St), or a dildo the size of which would make a blue whale feel insecure (at Prowler, on Brewer St) Soho’s got the right tickler for your fancy.
What’s that smell?
Broken dreams and poppers. Thank God for the Italians, however, whose delicious aromas waft from artisan chocolate shop Said (Broadwick St), fancy fast food joint Princi (Wardour St), classic deli I Camisa (Old Compton St) and ice-cream heaven Gelupo (Archer St).
How about a local delicacy?
Soho tends to turn honest people into abject food sluts, slobbering over steaks at Flat Iron (Beak St) or lobsters at Dean Street’s Burger & Lobster (because nobody ever has the burger, do they?). Bodean’s serves legendary barbecue on Poland Street, while nearby Social Eating House, from star chef Jason Atherton, is perfect for when someone else is paying.
Now I need a drink…
We’ll save you a spot on the bed at Friendly Society – a favourite gay bar at one end of buzzing Old Compton Street. For upmarket tipples pop into opulent Bar Américain (Sherwood St). For downmarket kicks visit Trisha’s – the friendly basement bar found behind an unassuming blue door at 57 Greek Street.
Where’s the party at?
Want to visit ‘London’s seediest VIP club’ according to the Daily Mail? Course you do! That accolade goes to deviant burlesque club The Box in Walker’s Court. Then you’ll inevitably end up at Balans restaurant (Old Compton St, open till 6am at weekends) when everywhere else has closed.
Where can I have a nice sit down?
Golden Square – an oasis in the middle of everything, with tables for some ping pong practice.
And if I only do one thing…
Go dancing on a Thursday at Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues – a weekly knees-up downstairs at Alpine-themed restaurant St Moritz on Wardour Street. Head upstairs first, because every fun do begins with a fondue.
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