Soho is the centre of London's restaurant scene. Reflective of the people who live and cook here, it's like a treasure chest of dishes from all over the world - from British pork belly and Israeli hummus to Burmese noodles, Taiwanese buns, and Spanish tapas. It's also one of the hardest, most competitive areas to run a restaurant, because everyone wants theirs to be successful. Over the last 8-10 years London has seen an incredible restaurant boom, and much of this started in Soho. On this tour, Soho: Food to Queue For, I want to show you the great places that have been instrumental in that boom. Along the way, I'll tell you what they serve, why people like them, and I'll also recommend a few places that people in the industry love to visit.
Tour cover photo of Ducksoup restaurant by Chiron Cole
Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, Apollo Theatre London, Gielgud Theatre, Sondheim Theatre
If you're coming from Piccadilly Circus tube, head up Shaftesbury Avenue and Rupert Street will be the second right hand turning. Our starting point, The Palomar Restaurant, is situated on your left about a hundred feet down Rupert Street.
Places to stop along the way:
You can stop in several of the places on the tour for coffee or food. Otherwise, about 5 minutes in, you'll be able to sit on a bench in Golden Square. At the end of the tour, it's a 2-minute walk to Soho Square, which also has benches in it.
Best time of day:
Mid- to late- morning or mid- to late- afternoon, and go with an appetite. You'll be seeing lots of places to eat at which you can either stop at along the way, or come back to after the tour.
Opening times for all stops below:
Monday-Saturday: 12-2:30pm, 5:30-11pm
Sunday: 12:30-3:30pm, 6-9pm
St James Tavern
Friday, Saturday: 11am-12am
Monday-Saturday: 12-2:30pm, 5:15-10:30pm
Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
Monday-Thursday: 12-3pm, 5-11pm
Friday, Saturday: 12-11pm
Bob Bob Ricard
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 12:30-3pm, 6pm-12am
Thursday, Sunday: 12:30-3pm, 5:30pm-12am
Friday, Saturday: 12:30-3pm, 5:30pm-1am
The Sun & 13 Cantons
Monday-Wednesday: 12-3pm, 5:30-10pm
Thursday: 12-3pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm
Friday, Saturday: 12-10:30pm
Berwick Street Market
Duck and Rice
Friday, Saturday: 12-11:30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday: 11:30am-11pm
Honest Burgers Soho
Monday-Saturday: 12-3pm, 5-11pm
Sunday: 1-3:30pm, 5:30-10pm
Monday-Thursday: 12-3pm, 5pm-12am
Friday, Saturday: 12pm-12am
Monday-Thursday: 12-2:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm
Friday, Saturday: 12-10:30pm
10 Greek Street
On this tour you'll be crossing lots of roads, some busier than others, so do please take care when doing this each time. Do also keep an eye on your belongings. Soho is a busy part of London.
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