The Tale of a Soho Strip Club Caller

Colin Vaines | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK
Colin Vaines

Quite how he ended up working for a strip club in London when he quite clearly had a family still in Liverpool was never adequately explained - or rather, the explanations were bewilderingly different every time, all delivered with the driest of scouse wit. But one constant with him was his love of movies, and desire to be involved in them.

A Star Among Soho Cafes

Colin Vaines | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK
Colin Vaines

Even at nearly 80, Mario was at his corner table every day of the week, an instantly recognisable figure with his mop of white hair and his "uniform" of black shirt and braces, working away at his accounts, greeting the regulars, and rising frequently - less so as he grew older and increasingly stooped - to come over and share some appalling joke.

My Life In Gay Soho

Colin Vaines | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Colin Vaines

So as I sit on my rooftop looking out at the rainbow flag flying proudly over a nearby pub, I raise a glass to all those smart businessmen and women who've made my neighbourhood such a lovely, stylish, inclusive and fun place to live. That's got to be worth the price I pay for that last twerk of the evening a few floors below me.

A Prince of Darkness Bids Goodnight To Soho

Colin Vaines | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK
Colin Vaines

Mr Bantock was the first manager of Blacks on Dean Street, and it was his recent death, along with other shocking events such as the legendary Gerry's launching a web site, that really made me feel like the times truly are a-changing for the "classic" Soho club scene.

The Twilight Years of a Soho Sex Courier

Colin Vaines | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK
Colin Vaines

One of those characters who could be anything from mid 50s to mid 70s under his unkempt, dirty beard and shock of unwashed, greying hair, Mikey told me he had been a part of the Soho sex trade since he was a teenage lorry driver, bringing in box loads of porn from Amsterdam, the fruit and veg of the performers buried under a mountain of actual fruit and veg.

Three Pimps and a Lockout

Colin Vaines | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
Colin Vaines

You don't very often see pimps visibly plying their trade in my neighbourhood these days, which is both a sign of Westminster Council's success in its relentless campaign to crack down on the sex trade, and, perhaps, an affirmation of what the local girls proclaimed loudly and with varying degrees of success in court, after the dodgy police raids of last December.

Howard Jacobson Interview: The Brave New Word of 'J'

Jason Holmes | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

The novel, set in a dystopia of the future, is a love story between loner artists, Ailinn and Kevern, and is a dark turn for a writer who has made his name by making others laugh. But behind every joke has not the impetus for its telling been borne of something more desperate and tragic?

Tea Time Is Bubbling Up in London

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

First thing I have to say, is that the interior and branding is really wonderfully executed, with a very cool vibe, and going a different direction than many of the bubble tea stores. The light grey walls are accented by lovely shades of green, blue, pink and yellow.

Pole Position - The Reality of Lapdancing Clubs in Today's Soho

Colin Vaines | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Colin Vaines

The ladies on the door of the lap dancing bar opposite my flat in Soho are all of a certain age. Their dress code is "smart casual" Top Shop, rather than the thigh-flashing micro skirts favoured by young East European girls in more up-market establishments, and they're all "real" women making a living, with a healthy sense of humour and cynicism.

Mark Powell and the Ibiza Connection: Time to Modernise

Jason Holmes | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

It's modernism in its purist form and the distilled vision of Mark Powell, a stylist and tailor whose sartorial individualism of thirty years standing has made itself known in places as far flung as New York City, Tokyo and Firenze.

This Week I Ate... The Princess Victoria and Polpetto

William Sitwell | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

There is a lovely homely feel to Polpetto. So many restaurants I visit I leave knowing I won't bother to return, so spoilt we are in London for choice that there is no point wasting time on anything that is less than great.

The Soul of Soho: Bar Italia Turns 65

Jason Holmes | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

You can still turn the corner into Frith Street from Shaftesbury Avenue and find a place where the world is at peace with itself. Bar Italia is a jewel set in the rusted London crown. It's the fruit of immigrant toil, a place that makes a laughing stock of Farage and his followers.

Five Reasons UK Creativity Is Vital

Tom Harvey | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Tom Harvey

For all of us, the small ways we are creative everyday are a far more important part of our life than we think. The houses we live in, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the entertainment we consume, these are all creative decisions we make ourselves, they reflect our taste, our own creativity.

James Rhodes' One Man Classical Music Revolution Gathers Pace

Victoria Sadler | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

It's not often that I get excited about a classical music concert. Too often they're staid and aloof. But it's all so different when James Rhodes is playing and this week sees him kicking off a packed schedule with a string of shows at Soho Theatre.


Tom Harvey | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Tom Harvey

As a country, our creativity is our strongest card. Witness the number of contracts and awards we win around the world, our architecture, film, television, theatre, fine art, games, music and advertising punches far above its weight, we are a tiny island, but a huge creative force.

About Soho

Tom Harvey | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Tom Harvey

From the early Huguenot crafts people to the celluloid film industry to today's global successes in digital effects, fashion, music and theatre, Soho remains an extraordinary place to live and work. If you're at all creative, then it's probably the best place to work in the world.

Is This What a Feminist Looks Like?

Sue Black | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sue Black

With an exhibition title like "Big Swinging Ovaries" it's probably obvious that artist Jess de Wahls is a feminist. What's less obvious is that "Big Swinging Ovaries" brings together art, feminism and recycling to create portraits of diverse female role models.

Why I Gave Up My Job as a Director to Become a Dominatrix

Jacky Donovan | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacky Donovan

As I indulge in this farcical cream cake throwing session with a well-known MP - a client with a choux fetish? - I reflect on what possessed me to leave my highly successful career as operations director to enjoy life as a dominatrix in charge of my very own London dungeon.

Review: Fleabag, Soho Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Holy Mother of God! Fleabag really is as good as they say. Winner of a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last month, the West-End transfer of this much-talked about show had me very excited. And boy did it deliver.

Review: James Rhodes, Soho Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The show itself was almost like a James Rhodes' mixtape - a collection of short pieces from a range of James' favourite composers. Indeed even the man himself hinted at such an approach when he stood up next to his piano and bashfully said that the theme he'd picked for the evening was "Love", surely the only true reason any mixtape has been made?

The London Novel Revived: 'Soho, 4am' by Nuala Casey

Jason Holmes | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Nuala Casey's debut novel set in London's famed bohemian quarter - concerns itself with four ordinary Londoners who get caught up in the cloying hysteria of 6 July 2005, the day Britain was announced as host of the Olympic Games. But as day breaks after a night of bacchanalia - the 4am in question - a day of infamy begins: 7/7, a date Londoners will never forget.

Where Have All the Markets Gone?

Russell Norman | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Russell Norman

Simply put, London is rubbish at food markets. Yes, we have Borough Market (inexplicably only open three days a week) and we have some very decent farmers' markets in suburban car parks, but there is nowhere in the capital that comes even close to the glorious Rialto Market in Venice or the sumptuous San Miguel Market in Madrid or the vibrant Cours Saleya Flower market in Nice.

LOOK: Shirtless Prince Harry Entices Punters Into Gay Bar

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK

A London gay bar is luring in drinkers with a topless mural of Prince Harry. Visitors to Soho’s Manbar are greeted by the royal’s six pack and...

Explore London: What to Do, Where to Do it

Party Earth | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK
Party Earth

Visitors to a city as vast and far-reaching as London may find themselves at a loss in terms of which popular neighborhoods are most essential to visi...

Which Table-Dancing Tory Broke His Foot In Soho Fall?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Politics

A Tory Minister has broken his foot table-dancing at a bar in London's Soho, according to his office. Mark Harper, the minister for Immigration, ha...