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Soho is a world-famous area of the City of Westminster and part of the West End of London.


Soho: Apollo Theatre · Be@One · Blocks Cafe · Blue Posts · Blue Posts · Brewer Street · Carlisle Arms · Chappell of Bond Street · Chesham House · Cirque Du Soir · Club 49 · Coach And Horses · Coach And Horses · Comptons Of Soho · Crown · De Hems · Dean Street · Dog & Duck · Duke Of Argyll · Duke Of Wellington · Frith Street · Garlic & Shots · Glasshouse Stores · Golden Lion · Golden Square · Graphic Bar · Jamies Italian · Leicester Arms · Les Cousins · Lyric · Meard Street · Nellie Dean · O’Neill’s · O’Neills · Old Coffee House · Partisan Coffee House · Piccadilly Theatre · Pillars Of Hercules · Prince Edward Theatre · Prince Of Wales Theatre · Red Lion · Regent Street · Royalty Theatre · Shakespeare’s Head · Shampers Wine Bar · Soho Parish CofE Primary School · St James’ Tavern · Sun & 13 Cantons · The Clachan · The Crown & Two Chairmen · The Glassblower · The John Snow · The Kings Arms · The Life Goddess · The O’ Bar · The Queen’s Head · The Shaston Arms · The Ship · The Toucan · The Yard Bar · Three Greyhounds · Townsend House · Veeraswamy · Waxy O’Connors · Waxy’s Little Sister · West End Children’s Centre · White Horse · White Horse · Windmill Theatre
The name "Soho" first appears in the 17th century. Most authorities believe that the name derives from a former hunting cry. James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, used "soho" as a rallying call for his men at the Battle of Sedgemoor on 6 July 1685, half a century after the name was first used for this area of London. The Soho name has been imitated by other entertainment and restaurant districts such as Soho, Hong Kong; Soho, Málaga; SOHO, Beijing; SoHo (South of Horton), London, Ontario, Canada; and Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires. SoHo, Manhattan, gets its name from its location SOuth of HOuston Street, but is also a reference to London’s Soho.

Long established as an entertainment district, for much of the 20th century Soho had a reputation as a base for the sex industry in addition to its night life and its location for the headquarters of leading film companies. Since the 1980s, the area has undergone considerable gentrification. It is now predominantly a fashionable district of upmarket restaurants and media offices, with only a small remnant of sex industry venues.

Soho is a small, multicultural area of central London; a home to industry, commerce, culture and entertainment, as well as a residential area for both rich and poor. It has clubs, including the former Chinawhite nightclub; public houses; bars; restaurants; a few sex shops scattered amongst them; and late-night coffee shops that give the streets an "open-all-night" feel at the weekends. Record shops cluster in the area around Berwick Street, with shops such as Phonica, Sister Ray and Reckless Records.

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THE STREETS OF SOHO
Air Street, W1J A street within the SE16 postcode
Bateman Street, W1D Bateman Street was named for Sir James Bateman, local landowner and Lord Mayor of London in the 1670s.
Batemans Buildings, W1D Batemans Buildings is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Battle Bridge Lane, SE1 Battle Bridge Lane is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Beak Street, W1B Beak Street runs roughly east-west between Regent Street and Lexington Street.
Beak Street, W1F Beak Street is named after Thomas Beake, one of the Queen’s messengers.
Bellenden Road Business Centre, SE15 A street within the W1F postcode
Berwick Road, W1F Berwick Road is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Berwick Street, W1F Berwick Street commemorates the Duke of Berwick, an illegitimate son of James II.
Bourchier Street, W1D Bourchier Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Brewer Street, W1D Brewer Street is a road in the W1D postcode area
Brewer Street, W1F Brewer Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Bridle Lane, W1F Bridle Lane is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Carlisle Street, W1D Carlisle Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Carlisle Walk, E8 Carlisle Walk is a road in the E8 postcode area
Chapone Place, W1D Chapone Place is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Dansey Place, W1D Dansey Place is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Darblay Street, W1F Darblay Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Dean Street, W1D Dean Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Denman Street, W1D Denman Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Duck Lane, W1F Duck Lane is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Dufours Place, W1F Dufours Place is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Flaxman Court, W1F Flaxman Court is a road in the W1F postcode area
Foubert’s Place, W1F This is a street in the W1F postcode area
Fouberts Place, W1 Fouberts Place is one of the streets of London in the W1 postal area.
Fouberts Place, W1F Fouberts Place is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Frith Street, W1D Frith Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Ganton Street, W1F Ganton Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Gerrard Place, W1D Gerrard Place is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Gerrard Street, W1D Gerrard Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Glasshouse Street, W1B Glasshouse Street is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Golden Square, W1F Golden Square is a historic Soho square, dating from the 1670s.
Goslett Yard, W1D Goslett Yard is a road in the W1D postcode area
Goslett Yard, WC2H Goslett Yard is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Great Marlborough Street, W1B Great Marlborough Street is a road in the W1B postcode area
Great Marlborough Street, W1F Great Marlborough Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Great Pulteney Street, W1F Great Pulteney Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Greek Court, WC2H Greek Court is a road in the WC2H postcode area
Greek Street, W1D Greek Street leads south from Soho Square to Shaftesbury Avenue.
Greens Court, W1F Greens Court is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Ham Yard, W1D Ham Yard is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Heddon Street, W1B Heddon Street is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Holland Street, W1F Holland Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Hollen Street, W1F Hollen Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Hopkins Street, W1F Hopkins Street is a road in the W1F postcode area
Horse and Dolphin Yard, W1D Horse and Dolphin Yard is a road in the W1D postcode area
Ingestre Court, W1F Ingestre Court is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Ingestre Place, W1F Ingestre Place is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
John Street, SE11 John Street is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Kingly Court, W1B Kingly Court is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Kingly Street, W1B Kingly Street is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Leicester Place, WC2H Leicester Place is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Leicester Street, WC2H Leicester Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Lexington Street Cos, W1F Lexington Street Cos is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Lexington Street, W1F Lexington Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Linen Hall, W1B Linen Hall is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Lisle Street, WC2H Lisle Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area.
Little Marlborough Street, W1F Little Marlborough Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Livonia Street, W1F Livonia Street was originally Bentinck Street, family name of owner the Duke of Portland.
Lower James Street, W1F Lower James Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Lower John Street, W1F Lower John Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Lowndes Court, W1F Lowndes Court is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Macclesfield Street, W1D Macclesfield Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Marlborough Court, W1F Marlborough Court is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Marshall Street, W1F Marshall Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Meard Street, W1F John Meard, the younger was a carpenter, later a landowner, who developed the street.
Moor Street, W1D Moor Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
New Burlington Street, W1B New Burlington Street is a road in the W1B postcode area
New Burlington Street, W1S New Burlington Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Newburg Road, W1F Newburg Road is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Newburgh Street, W1F Newburgh Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Newport Place, W1D Newport Place was named after Mountjoy Blount, Earl of Newport (Isle of Wight), who owned a house on Newport Street in the 17th century.
Noel Street, W1F Noel Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Panton Street, W1D Panton Street was named after Colonel Thomas Panton, local property dealer of the 17th century.
Peter Street, W1F Peter Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Portland Mews, W1F Portland Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Regent Place, W1B Regent Place is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Regent Street, SW1Y Regent Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Y postal area.
Regent Street, W1 Regent Street is one of the streets of London in the W1 postal area.
Regent Street, W1B Regent Street is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Regent Street, W1J This is a street in the W1J postcode area
Richmond Buildings, W1D Richmond Buildings is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Richmond Mews, W1D Richmond Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Romilly Street, W1D Romilly Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Royalty Mews, W1D Royalty Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Sandringham Court, W1F Sandringham Court is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Sheraton Street, W1F Sheraton Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Sherwood Street, W1F Sherwood Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Silver Place, W1F Silver Place is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Smiths Court, W1D Smiths Court is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
St Anne’s Court, W1F St Anne’s Court is an alleyway that connects Dean Street and Wardour Street.
St. James’s Close, SW17 A street within the W1B postcode
Sutton Row, W1D Sutton Row has existed since 1681.
Swallow Street, W1B Swallow Street honours Thomas Swallow, lessee in 1540 of the pastures on which the road was built.
The Queen’s Walk, WC2R The Queen’s Walk is a road in the WC2R postcode area
Tisbury Court, W1D Tisbury Court is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Upper James Street, W1F Upper James Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Upper John Street, W1F Upper John Street is a road in the W1F postcode area
Walker’s Court, W1F This is a street in the W1F postcode area
Walkers Court, W1F Walkers Court is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area.
Wardour Mews, W1F Wardour Mews is a cul-de-sac off of Portland Street.
Warwick Street, W1B Warwick Street is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Wedgewood Mews, W1D Wedgewood Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Wedgwood Mews, W1D Wedgwood Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.
Wilder Walk, W1B This is a street in the W1B postcode area
Winnett Street, W1D Winnett Street is one of the streets of London in the W1D postal area.



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I was born in a prefab on Saunders street SE11 in the 60’s, when I lived there, the road consisted of a few prefab houses, the road originally ran from Lollard street all the way thru to Fitzalan street. I went back there to have a look back in the early 90’s but all that is left of the road is about 20m of road and the road sign.

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VIEW THE SOHO AREA IN THE 1750s
The 1750 Rocque map is bounded by Sudbury (NW), Snaresbrook (NE), Eltham (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
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VIEW THE SOHO AREA IN THE 1800s
The 1800 mapping is bounded by Stanmore (NW), Woodford (NE), Bromley (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
Outside these bounds, the 1800 map does not display.

VIEW THE SOHO AREA IN THE 1830s
The 1830 mapping is bounded by West Hampstead (NW), Hackney (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Chelsea (SW).
Outside these bounds, the 1830 map does not display.

VIEW THE SOHO AREA IN THE 1860s
The 1860 mapping is bounded by Brent Cross (NW), Stratford (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Hammermith (SW).
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VIEW THE SOHO AREA IN THE 1900s
The 1900 mapping covers all of the London area.

 

Soho

Soho is a world-famous area of the City of Westminster and part of the West End of London.

The name "Soho" first appears in the 17th century. Most authorities believe that the name derives from a former hunting cry. James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, used "soho" as a rallying call for his men at the Battle of Sedgemoor on 6 July 1685, half a century after the name was first used for this area of London. The Soho name has been imitated by other entertainment and restaurant districts such as Soho, Hong Kong; Soho, Málaga; SOHO, Beijing; SoHo (South of Horton), London, Ontario, Canada; and Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires. SoHo, Manhattan, gets its name from its location SOuth of HOuston Street, but is also a reference to London’s Soho.

Long established as an entertainment district, for much of the 20th century Soho had a reputation as a base for the sex industry in addition to its night life and its location for the headquarters of leading film companies. Since the 1980s, the area has undergone considerable gentrification. It is now predominantly a fashionable district of upmarket restaurants and media offices, with only a small remnant of sex industry venues.

Soho is a small, multicultural area of central London; a home to industry, commerce, culture and entertainment, as well as a residential area for both rich and poor. It has clubs, including the former Chinawhite nightclub; public houses; bars; restaurants; a few sex shops scattered amongst them; and late-night coffee shops that give the streets an "open-all-night" feel at the weekends. Record shops cluster in the area around Berwick Street, with shops such as Phonica, Sister Ray and Reckless Records.
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