- London Guide
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About: Soho is bordered by Regent Street, Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road. Prior to the great fire of London Soho was primarily farming and game land for the affluent inhabitants of London.
Among the first residents were Greek Christians and French Protestants. Many of the houses were constructed by Richard Frith whose name was given to Frith Street. In the early seventeen-hundreds many of the rich left their Soho mansions and the area was soon populated by writers, artists and Italian immigrants.
During the fifties a large influx of Chinese immigrants arrived and established the area that is now known as Chinatown. At the same time Ronnie Scott opened his first Jazz club and Soho became famous for its Jazz venues.
Soho became infamous for its red light districts, though over the last twenty years it has undergone somewhat of a makeover and now has plenty to offer to the less 'free-thinking' too.
The world famous Piccadilly Circus and Trocadero Centre are an experience not to be missed and there is much to be seen at the Berwick Street market. The pedestrianised Carnaby Street and the Chinese Restaurants at nearby Gerrard Street offer a fine evening's entertainment.