WAH NAILS

4 Peter St, Soho, London W1F 0AD, United Kingdom
Piccadilly Circus Tottenham Court Road

Manicures, cocktails and virtual reality? Yes, WAH Nails isn’t any ol’ salon. Not only is it probably the coolest place to get your nails done in town, but also one that has thought about every little part of the experience – there are phone chargers in each station, built-in gel lamps, tv screen and wireless headphones. What more could you want?

LINA STORES

18 Brewer Street Soho W1F 0SH
Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square

Lina Stores is a bit of a Soho veteran. They’ve been making fresh pasta on the site for over 70 years and the Italian Deli is still going strong. They import and sell authentic Italian produce, and continue to make pasta, cakes, hot dishes and sandwiches on site. It’s some of the best pasta around, oh and they do some mighty fine coffee too!

YAUATCHA

15-17 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 0D
Oxford Circus Tottenham Court Road

It’s no secret that Yauatcha is one of our fave restaurants in London and we could eat Dim Sum all day long, so we suggest diving straight in to their Taste of Yauatcha set menu. It gives you a good flavour of the place and includes THOSE Baked Venison Puffs – but whatever you do save room for those Macarons!

ALEX EAGLE STUDIO

6-10 Lexington St, Soho, London W1F 0LB
Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square

Alex Eagle Studio contains a little bit of everything and is an Instagrammer’s paradise. Inside you can expect to find clothes from Eagle’s own label, alongside designers KÉJI Denim, Le Kilt, Vita Kin and Courrèges. There’s also some cool jewellery, art and furniture- it’s pretty much a one stop shop!

BAR ITALIA

22 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4RF, United Kingdom
Tottenham Court Road Leicester Square

Bar Italia is a Soho institution and not much has changed since it opened in 1949. Serving up a damn fine cuppa joe, this Italian cafe is an old favourite and open until 5am everyday it will keep you going all night long…

LIGHTS OF SOHO

35 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0RX, United Kingdom
Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square

Lights of Soho literally lights up Brewer Street in the best way possible. The art gallery come members club is filled with neon goodness and shakes up some damn fine cocktails too. Whether you’re up for checking out the art, taking a few snaps or having a bloody good drink, Lights of Soho is a must visit.

PHONICA RECORDS

51 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7LZ, United Kingdom
Oxford Circus Tottenham Court Road

Soho is filled with loads of amazing record shops, but Phonica is our fave because they do it all, you’ll be able to find everything from rare soul 7″s to library soundtracks to big room house and techno 12″s. And if you don’t believe us Four Tet, Floating Points and Caribou are all regular customers!

AXEL ARIGATO

19-23 Broadwick Street, London W1F 0DF, United Kingdom
Oxford Circus Tottenham Court Road

It might look like an art gallery, but Axel Arigato is actually a shop. Their minimalist sneakers are displayed on marbled pedestals, stone podiums, and mirrored surfaces, and the store also stocks unusal Japanese magazines, books and objects. Yes, this one is more than a little bit special.

PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA

7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BP, United Kingdom
Leicester Square Piccadilly Circus

The Prince Charles Cinema might technically be in Leicester Square, but that’s basically Soho and it’s one of the best places in town. Classy it’s not – let’s face it the place started out life as a porn cinema, but today the cinema screens a good mix of blockbusters and arthouse films with lots of all-nighters and double bills. And it’s cheap as CHIPS, like seriously get their £10 yearly membership and catch a £1 film every single week and at least £2.50 off every other ticket!

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STREET FOOD UNION

Rupert St, Soho, London W1D 7PF, United Kingdom
Leicester Square Piccadilly Circus

Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, rain or shine, street food traders take over Rupert Street and there is no better place to grab lunch. When we’re feeling healthy we get a huge box of salad from Radical Roots and when we’re feeling a bit naughtier Duck ‘n’ Roll or Slingin’Po’Boys tick all the boxes. Come hungry!

TAP COFFEE

193 Wardour Street, London W1F 8ZF, United Kingdom
Tottenham Court Road Oxford Circus

TAP Coffee is much more than a place to grab a cuppa joe. As well as carefully sourcing the beans to make sure you get the best cup of coffee, their bright and open space is great place to work from, catch up with friends or just enjoy a pastry with your morning paper – it’s a good all rounder and place you can easily lose a few hours.

THE FRENCH HOUSE

49 Dean Street, London W1D 5BG, United Kingdom
Tottenham Court Road Leicester Square

The French House is like no other pub in London and filled with Soho veterans. Don’t expect music, TVs or mobile phones here, just half pints of beer (they refuse to serve pints) and wine by the glass (or bubbles if you’re feeling extra fabulous!). It’s old school and will get you talking to the locals – and we’re usually propping up the bar with a glass of red!

GOSH! COMICS

1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR, United Kingdom
Tottenham Court Road Piccadilly Circus

Gosh! Comics is a must visit for any comic-book nerd. With a huge range of graphic novels and prints, you could easily spend hours browsing here and we bet you don’t go home empty handed – we never do.

KRICKET

12 Denman Street, London W1D 7HH, United Kingdom
Piccadilly Circus

We don’t just like Kricket – we love it! Their Indian small plates take some beating; our faves include Indian Keralan Fried Chicken, Cornish crab meen moilee and Duck leg Kathi roll. Oh and they do some bloody good Indian inspired cocktails too, so make a night of it and eat until you can’t eat anymore…

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MACHINE-A

13 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0RH, United Kingdom
Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square

Machine-A blurs into the background on Brewer Street, but it’s a shop worth visiting. The concept store stocks all the coolest threads including Raf Simons, Gosha Rubchinsky, Aly, Maison Margiela and A-Cold-Wall – oh and they have Ken on the curtains of their dressing rooms, what more do you want?!

DEAN STREET TOWNHOUSE

69-71 Dean Street, London W1D 3SE, United Kingdom
Tottenham Court Road Leicester Square

Whether you’re looking for a slap up meal, a relaxing brunch, cocktails or a room to rest your head Dean Street Townhouse does it all. The 4 storey Georgian townhouse is every bit British and a little bit swish, but perfect for those special occasions.

THIRD SPACE

67 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9ZN, United Kingdom
Piccadilly Circus

Third Space really does have it all from hypoxic chamber to a swimming pool, 75sqm of climbing wall to a suspended glass floor training area. It’s a swishy gym and a place to burn some serious calories, but memberships don’t come cheap so be prepared to dig deep!

BAR TERMINI

7 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 5JE, United Kingdom
Tottenham Court Road Leicester Square

Bar Termini is an all time fave of ours – the tiny cocktail bar come coffee shop brings a little slice of Italy to Soho. They keep the coffees simple and Negronis come out of bottles, but believe us they’re some of the best in town! With a jazz soundtrack and top notch service, this place is pretty bloody spesh.

THE PALOMAR

34 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DN, United Kingdom
Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square

Getting a table at The Palomar might not be easy, but it’s SO worth the effort. The menu brings together the cultures of Southern Spain, North Africa and the Levant and their Stone Bass Machluta and Jeresulam Mix of chicken liver, heart & veal sweetbread al-ha-plancha are must orders.

MURDOCK LONDON

83 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 9ZN, United Kingdom
Piccadilly Circus Oxford Circus

Murdock keeps us in ship shape condition pretty much all the time. The barbers has an old school vibe and won’t only sort your beard and barnet out, but also do full on facial treatments with a good old scrub,  hot towels, beard oil, moisturiser and cucumber eye cream – and it’s SO worth treating yourself to one.

EVELYN’S TABLE

28 Rupert St, London W1D 6DJ, UK
Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square

Evelyn’s Table is a 15-seat affair in the basement of Soho pub The Blue Posts. 11 of the 15 seats are at a counter around the kitchen and this is where you ideally want to be, so you can see the chefs in action and chat with them throughout the meal. It’s hard to get a ressie here but it’s well worth the effort because the food, like smoked eel,served with super soft potato blinis and beetroot; brill with celeriac puree and mushrooms; and tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream, is incredible.

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YOLKIN

24 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DQ, UK
Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square

Serving the same picture perfect macaroon ice-cream sandwiches, scoops, milkshakes, soft serve and ice-cream cakes, Yokin has opened up a permanent location in Soho. You can still expect those daily changing whacky flavours – minced pie, biscoff, milo and HK French toast – and queues. But now that they’re no longer just a pop-up, they won’t sell out quite so fast.

THE GOOD EGG

Kingly Court, Kingly St, London W1B 5PW, UK
Oxford Circus

The Good Egg is undoubtedly one of our fave spots, especially their second branch in Kingly Court, with a much bigger space and a bigger menu. The flatbreads, fresh and warm out the oven with an incredible array of dips including marinated aubergine and green whipped feta; the ZFC, The Good Egg’s take on fried chicken; and the PBJ ice cream are not to be missed. This place is one good egg!

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SALON 64

14 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AG, UK
Tottenham Court Road

Salon64 is the salon and ‘social hub’ of the future. Set over two floors, it has a bar serving up Vagabond coffees and cocktails, a style bar which features jewellery box mirrors for anyone to swing by and refresh their face whilst in Soho, and fire pits which is where hair is cut, coloured and styled. The fire pits come with charging stations –  heck yeah! – so you can make sure you’re phone is charged up for all those selfies and social updates.

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BREDDOS

26 Kingly Street, London W1B 5QD, UK
Oxford Circus

The menu at Breddos is a creative take on Mexican cuisine with a few Asian influences thrown in to many of the dishes. You can’t go wrong with the Breddos classics such as the Baja Fish and the Masa Fried Chicken tacos but we also rate the lamb neck barbacoa, juicy tender meat served with house salsas and tacos, and the whole octopus with black vinegar, Sichuan pepper. And don’t forget about dessert, hello churros ice cream sandwich.

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JUGEMU

3 Winnett Street, Soho, London W1D 6JY, UK
Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square

Jugemu is one of those places that you’d walk right by without noticing if you weren’t looking for it. Inside it’s very authentic: tiny, with just a few stools around the counter and a couple of tables and the day’s sushi menu is scrawled on oblong bits of paper and hung up over one wall. The food is fantastic. Ordering is done via tick box menus and it’s a good idea to order quite a bit as dishes are all on the small side. Our faves are the prawn dumplings, the takiyoki – chunks of octopus fried in balls of batter – the duck teriyaki, and the eel omelette. You’re gonna want to save room for plenty of sushi too.

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XU

30 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DL, UK
Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square

Run by the team behind Bao, Xu is a traditional Taiwanese gem – without a fluffy bun in sight. The stunning dining room is inspired by 1930s Taipei, a beautiful mix of ornate wood panels, rich dark greens, and soft art deco lighting. The tomato and smoked eel ‘Xiao Tsai’, pan fried pork soup dumplings and the taro dumplings stuffed with Taiwanese sausage and Iberico pork collar marinated in char siu are on our order list every time. Xu is also big on tea, with many rare Taiwanese infusions on the menu so finish off with a coal baked 10 year Oolong.

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BLACKLOCK

24 Great Windmill St, London W1D 7LG, UK
Piccadilly Circus

Located in the basement of an old brothel in the heart of Soho, Blacklock has been serving up piles of juicy tender meat for several years now. They’ve become pretty famous for their ‘all in’ Sunday Roast for just £20 per person you’ll be presented with a huge platter of beef, lamb and pork, giant Yorkshire puddings, perfectly crispy roast potatoes, heritage carrots and sprouting broccoli. What’s more, at the bottom you’ll find three thick fingers of bread, soaked full of gravy and juices – a genius move. Also on the menu are their ‘cocktails for a fiver’ – what else could you ask for?

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CLAW

21 Kingly St, London W1B 5QA, UK
Oxford Circus

These street sea-foodies put down their first perm spot in Soho and they’ve been serving up CLAW faves like crab mac & cheese, lobster rolls and grilled oysters, as well as newer creations like trout reubens and KFC…that’s kimchi fried soft-shell crab. Wash down all that sweet sweet seafood with a coupe of samphire G&Ts.

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OI POLLOI

1 Marshall Street, Soho, London W1F 9BA, UK
Piccadilly Circus Oxford Circus

Starting by mixing lesser known outdoor labels like the Swedish company Fjallraven with the more familiar Barbour, Oi Polloi became a one stop shop for clothing brands were different in design, unusual, a little more than just functional. They have since turned their sights on more contemporary menswear labels, scouring the globe both East and West introducing us to a plethora of new labels such as Sassafras, Nanamica and Beams.

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