Soho (London)

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Soho (Greater London)
Location of Soho in Greater London
Map of Soho

Soho [ ˈsəʊhəʊ ] is a district in the West End of London in the City of Westminster . It is roughly in the area bounded by Oxford Street to the north, Regent Street to the west, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square to the south, and Charing Cross Road to the east. The southern part of Soho is home to Chinatown . West of Soho is Mayfair .

Soho is named after a hunting call that has been used as a place name since 1636.

Soho is home to a diverse cultural mix, including gay bars and erotic shops , pubs and street markets. It is considered the gay and lesbian district of London, especially in the Old Compton Street area .

On April 30, 1999, the English neo-Nazi David Copeland carried out a terrorist attack on The Admiral Duncan gay bar in Soho. A pregnant woman and two other people died in the pub, and 79 others were injured or maimed by the nail bomb .

Soho is mentioned in numerous lyrics by various bands ( The Pogues , Kinks , The Who , The Tiger Lillies , The 1975 , Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich , The Libertines , Bloc Party and others). The Tiger Lillies' album Cold Night in Soho from 2017 describes the childhood and youth of their singer and bandleader Martin Jacques in Soho. Soho is also the location of Bertolt Brecht's Threepenny Opera and the residence of Mr. Hyde in Robert Louis Stevenson's novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde . In addition, the former British game developer Team Soho - under whose direction, for example, the PlayStation 2 - third-person shooter The Getaway was created - was named after its headquarters in Soho.

Web links

Commons : Soho, London  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Estate and Parish History, Survey of London . Volumes 33 and 34: St Anne Soho (1966)
  2. Ben Bowling, Coretta Phillips: Racism, crime and justice . Pearson Education, Harlow 2002. ISBN 0-582-29966-7 . P. 111.
  3. 1999: Dozens injured in Soho nail bomb , BBC on this day, accessed June 15, 2014