Soho is one of the areas in London that is close to my heart. It’s unmissable qualities are the perfect pit stop for anyone wanting to experience a slice of London. From its legendary nightlife to amazing shopping hotspots and hotels in Soho. Soho is relatively quiet during the day and busy in the evening with its dozens of bars and clubs. If you want to experience Soho like one of its locals then I recommend you visit these hidden gems below.
In the heart of the London’s West End is two minutes from Oxford Circus and has over 150 shops and 50 restaurants and bars. Carnaby Street is a must see with its musical heritage, awesome street style, cult lifestyle brands and fabulous places to get that much-needed refuel from all that shopping. Not to mention its colourful light displays over the festive period are a must see!
Located on Carnaby Street is the hub of food that is Kingly Court. It has 21 of the best international concept restaurants, bars and cafes situated in a vibrant energetic courtyard. It’s open air all year-long and covered over the winter months. There’s free WiFi, a public water station and two floors of yummy food and places to go for carefully crafted beers and cocktails.
My absolute favourite spot for a slice of indulgence is Crosstown Doughnuts. Each and every doughnut is rolled by hand and the jam, compotes, fillings, glazes, toppings all in-house too. They launched back in 2014 and now have over fourteen locations under their belt. Crosstown are also the well renowned for their yeast-raised sourdough base and in 2017 they created a vegan sourdough base! If you’re a first timer visiting I would suggest going for the original glaze.
Fluffy steamed bun anyone? If you’re after casual quick dining then this is the place for you. This Cantonese style cafe even has a late-night drinking den if you fancy a tipple with your buns. Steamed buns are fast becoming London’s trendiest food. The decor is traditional mixed with a modern twist, it’s a lovely taste of Cantonese in the heart of London. As well as the buns there’s the option to try their house chips, scrumptious chicken wings and not to mention their red choc bun made with dark chocolate, pigs blood and chilli.
Our final stop is Milkbar which offers that artisan coffee we have all come to love so much. Hidden among the streets of Soho Milkbar is the place for people who appreciate life’s pleasures – perfect coffee, tasty food, art and music. They offer all-day breakfast quick healthy lunches and your usual cafe treats. They serve coffee from Stockholm, Sweden and they also offer decaf.