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Night 'Out' in Soho - Eat, Drink and be Merry Venue Information

Updated: Jan 8


Soho features a variety of dining, nightlife, and shopping options, with Greek, Dean, Frith, Beak, Wardour and Old Compton streets being its epicentre of activity - day and night.

This short 'Concierge styled' overview video is designed to give you a flavour of the area, whilst the rest of this blog is focused on providing you with guidance and a 'tasting menu'.

Eat, drink and be Merry Maps of Soho

Restaurant Search

Pubs and Bars Listing

Things To Do Listings

Eat, Drink and be Merry Theme Suggestions

Food Links

Nothing brings people together like good food, so where do you go in this part of London that will cater to your taste and pocket and provide the ambience you want?

The art of finding and recommending the perfect place to eat can be tricky as there is so much variety in London, and tastes and budgets vaFindingand get around this, I have provided the most common links to help you find, select and book eating venues – just add the location into the search.

Open Table London – They pride themselves in bringing together people and the restaurants they love in the moments that matter, giving you dining options, experiences, and offers.

The Fork – This is a Tripadvisor company that relies as much on its communities of users as its communities of restaurateurs. You can search on price, cuisine, rating, and special offers.

Hardens – This is probably the UK's most comprehensive independent restaurant guide, with reviews written by its members. It ranks each place by its food, services and ambience and has extensive search capabilities.

Design My Night This site is designed to help you discover and unlock secret, new and unique city experiences, from events to bars and restaurants, but it is also a site to help plan and book online. It has categories for restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, and 'what's on'.

Afternoon tea This is an Afternoon Tea guide to help you find the 'perfect venue for afternoon tea' in London and the UK. It provides descriptions, offers, booking facilities and an extensive search option.


Drinking Locations

Special Google Maps

Soho Google Maps link with a selection of pubs, bars and entertainment venues.

This link has adverts.


Soho Charing Cross Road side

The Montagu Pyke was a cinema now a JD Wetherspoon – 105-107 Charing Cross Road

The Coach and Horses 2- Old Compton Street - Shepherd Neame

The Cambridge 93 Charing Cross Road

Spice of Life – Music in the basement – 6 Moor St - McMullen

The Three greyhounds 25 Greek Street

The Royal George – 133 Charing Cross Road

The Flying Horse (was the Tottenham) – 6 Oxford Street

The Coach and Horses Soho – 29 Greek Street Fullers

The Royal George 133 Charing Cross road

The Dog and Duck 18 Bateman Street

The Crown and two Chairmen – 31-32 Dean Street

The Toucan – Guinness – 19 Carlisle Street

Nellie Dean 89 Dean Street

The French House – 49 Dean Street – serves beers in half pints

Golden Lion. 51 Dean Street

The Ship 116 Wardour Street - Fullers – music

The George 1 D'arblay Street (upper Wardour St)

Admiral Duncan 54 Old Compton Street - Gay pub

Compton's 51-53 Old Compton Street Gay Pub

Duke of Wellington 77 Wardour St Gay Pub

West Wardour St – Regent Street

Blue post – 22 Berwick Street

Brewdog Soho 21 Poland Street

White Horse 45 Rupert Street - No-frills corner pub – Sams Smiths No website

Star and Garter 62 Poland Street – Traditional pub – no website

John Snow – 39 Broadwick Street - Yorkshire Ales – no website – cholera epidemic

Duke of Argyll – 37 Brewer Street – no website Old school pub

The Lyric Soho 37 Great Windmill Street – little Victorian pub

St James Tavern 45 Great Windmill Street

The Queen's Head Piccadilly – 15 Denman SSohot

The Glasshouse Stores – 55 Brewer Street- compact classic pub - No website

Son and 13 Canton Soho – 21 Great Pulteney Street – (nr Beak Street ) - Fullers

Old Coffee House 49 Beak Street – traditional family-run pub – no website

The Crown – 64 Brewer Street

The White Horse 16 Newburgh Street near Carnaby Street

The Argyll Arms – 18 Argyll Street near Owebsitereet

O'Neill'S neat Carnaby Street 37-38 Great Marlborough Street

The Clachan – 34 Kingly Street

The Shakespeare's Head – 29 Great Marlborough Street & Carnaby Street

Ganton Arms – 18-20 Ganton Street – modern British pub

The Shaston Arms 4-6 Ganton Street near Carnaby Street

The Red Lion – 14 Kingly Streett Traditional pub no website

Leicester Arms – 44 Glasshouse Street

Glassblower 40-42 Glassbower Street


East Soho Area

Simmons Bar 17 Manette Street (near TCR station)

Bar Termini 7 Old Compton Street ( near Charing cross rd) specialise in Negroni's

Swift Soho – 12 Old Compton Street (upstairs and downstairs bar) and whisky

Greek Street

21 Soho – Comedy coffee cocktails – 21 Soho Square

Wun's Tea Rooms and Bar – Asian dishes and cocktails 23 Greek Street

Soho Zebrano 18 Greek Street – (Clubby)

Be at One – 17 Greek Street

Martinez ( members cocktail club) 49 Greek Street

Simmons bar Soho 2 Bateman Street

Thirst – late night cocktail 53 Greek Street

The little Scarlet Door. 12-13 Greek Street

Belate-nightreek Street

Simmons bar Greek St – 7 Greek Street

Milroy’s of Soho – Whiskies 3 Greek Street

Louche Soho 5 Greek Street – Music and Cocktails

Frith Street

Negroni’s – 15 Frith St - Specialist in negroni

Circa Soho. – 62 Frith Street – Soho Gay bar

Garlic and Shots 14 Frith Street

Ronnie Scott'sMilroy's 47 Frith St Jazz club

Bar Soho 23-25 old Compton st

She Soho LGBT Women. 23a Old Compton St

G-A-Y 30 Old Compton St

Zima Karaoke and Bar – Russian -45 Frith St

Dean Street

Soho Theatre Bar – Soho Theatre – Dean Street

The Piano Bar Soho Hotel – 16 Carlisle Street (live Jazz music)

The London Gin Club 22 Great Chapel Street

Wardour St

Soho Residence 83-85 Wardour Street

Amici 187b Wardour Street

Simmons Bar Oxford Street – 203 Wardour Street

The Den 100 Wardour Street

Village Soho (Gay bar) 81 Wardour Street

Rupert Street bar – 50 Rupert Street - gay bar

Freedom Bar – 60-66 Wardour Street - gay bar

Yard Bar – 57 Rupert Street

West of Wardour st – Regent st

Nq64 – Arcade Bar 53 Berwick Street

Barrio Soho 6 Poland Street Latino flavour

Violets – 19 Berwick Street

Archer Street. 3-4 Archer Street - team are all talented professional performers from West End shows, song & dance

Lucky Voice – 52 Poland Street – Karaoke

The Thin White Duke – 22b Great Windmill Street – Coffee and cocktails

Be at One Piccadilly Circus – 20 Great Windmill Street

Jack Solomons Club – 41 Great Windmill Street – site of an old boxing gym - speakeasy

Abajo 47b Great Marlborough Street - bar with live music

Bar Americain part of Zedel - 20 Sherwood Street - art deco American bar

Green Bar – Hotel Café Royal 15 Glasshouse Street

Simmons Bar Piccadilly – 4 Golden Square

Nightjar Kingly Court – 49-51 Carnaby Street - Jamaican Rum and Jazz

Antidote Wine Bar & Shop 12a Newburgh Street – near Carnaby Street

Aqua Spirit – 5th Floor 240 Regent St (30 Argyll Street)

Flare C]arnaby – 14-16 Ganton Street - near Carnaby Street

Ain't nothing like the Blues bar – 20 Kingly Street near Carnaby Street – Blues band and bar

Bar Crispin – 19 Kingly Street - all-day natural wine bar and restaurant

Cahoots Ticket Hall and Control room – 5 Kingly Street – Carnaby

Be at One – Regent Street 10 Beak Street


Things to do

Soho Theatres

Dominion Theatre 268-269 Tottenham Court Road

@sohoplace – 4 Soho Street

Soho Theatre 21 Dean Street

Phoenix Theatre – Charing Cross Road

Prince Edward Theatre Old Compton Street

Palace Theatre 113 Shaftesbury Avenue

Nearby Theatres

Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place

Sondheim Theatre 51 Shaftesbury Avenue

The Gielgud Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue

The Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue

Lyric Theatre 29 Shaftesbury Avenue

Piccadilly Theatre 16 Denman Street

Criterion Theatre 218 -223 Piccadilly

The Price of Wales Theatre Coventry Street

The Harold Pinter Theatre – Panton Street

Other Things To Do Around Soho

The Photographers' Gallery Turner house 16-18 Ramillies Street

Berwick Street Market – Berwick Street is a traditional market with stalls selling foods and fashions alongside independent shops and pubs open 8:00 -18:00 except Sunday

The Crystal Maze Live Experience – 22-32 Shaftesbury Avenue

The London Palladium 8 Argyll Street

The Comedy Store 5 Great Newport Street

BODY WORLDS London 1 Piccadilly Circus

Casinos south of Soho

Empire Casino 5-6 Leicester Square

The Hippodrome Casino Cranbourn Street

Grosvenor Casino – The Rialto – 3-4 Coventry Street

Cinema near Soho

Cineworld Leicester Square – 5-6 Leicester Square

Vue Cinema London 3 Cranbourn Street Leicester Square

ODEON Luxe – 24-26 Leicester Square

ODEON Luxe West End – 38a Leicester Square

The Prince Charles Cinema – 7 Leicester Place

Picturehouse Central – Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Windmill street

Curzon Soho 99 Shaftesbury Avenue

Soho Churches

St Anne's Church 55 Dean Street - 17th century Soho Parish Church

St Patrick's Catholic Church 21a Soho Square

French protestant Church of London 8-9 Soho Square

Our lady of the Assumption & St Gregory The presbytery, 10 Warwick Street

Church of Notre Dame de France RC 5 Leicester Place

Chinese Church in London – 166a Shaftesbury Ave

St Martin-in-the-Fields. Trafalgar Square


London Eat Drink and Be Merry Themes

Hello good times neon sign
Hello good times neon sign
The British celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal once said:
"To me, food is as much about the occasion, the location and the company as it is about the taste."

And since Photoruns is about exploring new things, you could also be adventurous and try new ways to discover menu items that are outside your comfort zone but will grow your palate.

So here are a few Photorun 'occasion' ideas that may help your 'eat, drink and be merry' London quest. Please let me know which one you like or if you have better ones.

Breakfast Lotto

When you do a photorun, seek out some breakfast locations and number them. Then select one at random and try it out. You can even do this with items on the breakfast menu and let chance dictate your selection - or some of them.

Foodie Vows

This is based on the victorian rhyme that symbolises luck for a bride on her wedding day, but in this version, it is to do with food and drink. You can do this for a whole meal or at a location or venue.

  • Something Old – have the food and drink that you know you will like.

  • Something New – try something that is new to you and that you want to try

  • Something Borrower – taste or drink something you have been recommended to try

  • Something Blue - Select something spontaneously - out of the blue. It's best to have a trigger for spontaneity, like a specific colour.

Tipple Tours

There are so many pubs and bars in London that you can easily create your tour based upon your favourite tipple, for example, a Negroni, Whisky or Guinness tour. The aim is to select a drink type, investigate the venues, and have your favourite tipple in each. An alternative is to try out the different variations in just one venue!

Around the World in 8 Hours.

Phileas Fogg is the protagonist in the 1872 Jules Verne novel "Around the World in Eighty Days", where he visited eleven nations to complete his adventure. The aim is to map an 'around the world' route and have something to eat or drink that comes (or is connected to) each of your destinations - in the proper order. Top marks if you match Phileas Fogg's eleven places.

Letters from London

The objective is to choose a letter, word or name and visit venues with the letter(s) in the correct order. Alternatively, you can select based on your menu and drink choices.

Horses for courses

As the name suggests, this is about discovering the best place for each course for your perfect meal - which could be three courses or more if you include the drinks before, during and after.

Groundhog Food Tours

This is a take on the film Groundhog Day, but this time it is about having your favourite menu item each day at different venues, so you can compare and contrast the same dish and then rank them.

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