Today I am doing my first London Guide here on the blog. I have now been living in London for more than one and a half years and feel like I know a bit about the place. An area which I love going to is Soho. This is because it has so much energy and contains good stores, food of all kinds and also nightclubs. I have grown quite familiar with the area since I arrived in London and wanted to share some of the must go places if you come to visit!
Liberty- First of all, at the top of Carnaby Street and below Oxford Street we have liberty. Liberty is a luxury department store quite like Harrods, it is intricately designed and has some great brands. My favourite thing about the place is the beautiful flower shop and display at the entrance which I photographed in the first photo. Inside Liberty you can find all kinds of presents, stationary, designer clothing, shoes, bags, and anything your heart desires. Even if you don't buy anything, taking a look around is definitely an experience in itself.
Carnaby Street/Kingly Court- Carnaby street is one of the best streets to find some fun shops, and grab some food by. Shops include mainly high street brands like Adidas, Cheap Monday, Brandy Melville, multiple shoe retailers, MAC, Monki, etc. Basically they have it all. If you walk down the street you will come to an opening to the right, which is Kingly Court. When walking in there for the first time I really did not expect to find what was inside. Kingly Court is a semi-hidden gem with a bunch of restaurants, ranging from healthy food places like the Detox Kitchen and Whyte & Brown to Burger and pizza. I really recommend Whyte & Brown to anyone who loves chicken of all kinds. The whole place is based around chicken, prepared in all kinds of ways. Inside Kingly Court there is a cosy vibe with lights hanging around the square and little decor like the bus in picture five. There are also little cute sayings on the walls like the, "Please Smile at Strangers". There are also bars in this specific area if you are looking for a place to have some drinks! Right outside Kingly Court a new restaurant called Island poke has recently opened. It is basically raw sushi in a bowl, and tastes like heaven.
Clubbing in Soho- Around here you can also find a lot of good night life. My personal favourites are Toy Room and Cirque Le Soir. To be honest, Cirque is not for the faint hearted. There is a lot going on in there, but can be fun if you are not afraid of masked midgets... Toy Room is located right below Oxford Circus, and is also a really good time.
Wardour Street- Wardour Street is another large street in Soho. The best bar located here, is 100 Wardour Street, which has great cocktails and a relaxed atmosphere. On Wardour street you can find my recent favourite bakery L'eto (picture 8) and also Yorica, which serves Vegan froyo. The coconut one is the best. I am always one to go for the chocolate flavour, but trust me on this one! Wahaca, a really good Mexican place, is also located at the bottom of Wardour Street. Tip: Get the Classic Margarita (it is simply the best).
And Everywhere Else- I would advice you to just take a stroll around the area. There are countless little shops, bakeries, and galleries in the area. It is so rich with different cultures, and is really a dynamic area. If you have time, walk down all the way to Piccadilly Circus and go to whole foods. Even if you don't want to buy, they usually have sample stands set up. So go grab some free little snacks! If you are feeling fancy, head for dinner at the Ivy, and enjoy a luxurious dinner surrounded by beautiful decor. (picture 10)
Hope you enjoyed some of these tips and that you go walk around Soho if you come visit London. Please let me know if you know any other amazing places around the area, so I can go check them out sometime.