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London Soho and West End Neighbourhood Guide

This is the heart of London's nightlife and entertainment scene. If you plan on shopping, dining and taking in a show, this is where to stay. There are no shortage of eating and drinking options either. Oxford St is packed full of the world's retail brands. The downside is that you're going to be sharing it with thousands of other Londoners and tourists.

Best Hotels in Soho and West End


€ € €CharmCosyTraditional

In London's Theatreland, in the heart of the West End, this 4-star boutique hotel offers beautiful rooms with antique furniture and free Wi-Fi. There is a 24-hour front desk and a library lounge. The unique ... Read more

Covent Garden Hotel

€ € € €ComfortableTraditionalUp Market

Situated in the heart of London’s theatre district, Covent Garden Hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Royal Opera House, and surrounded by some of London’s best restaurants, bars and nightlife. A fully equipped gym ... Read more

Hotel Café Royal

€ € € €DesignIndoor PoolLuxModernSpaUp Market

Café Royal has reopened as a luxury 5 star hotel in the heart of central London. With Mayfair to the west and Soho to the east, the hotel is positioned on Regent Street, within a ... Read more

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Best Restaurants in Soho and West End


€ €Sri LankanTrendy

Reviewed by: Cheese & Biscuits - EataCity - EataCity - Picky Glutton - Samphire and Salsify - The Guardian - The Independent -

Hoppers features Sri Lankan food, fresh flavours in a cool, lively restaurant and a low price point that’s proved a huge hit in London. The team behind the restaurant also run two Michelin starred Indian ... Read more


€ €Anytime Cosy MealCasualJapaneseLunch

Reviewed by: Cutlery Chronicles - EataCity - Her Fav Food - London Foodie - Marina O'Loughlin - The Gaurdian - Skinny Bib -

Koya was a Japanese restaurant with an udon bar attached. Unfortunately, chef Junya Yamasaki decided to return to Japan and closed the restaurant. But the udon bar has been kept open. Koya Bar serves very ... Read more

Best Scotish game meats and whiskey

Mac and Wild

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Reviewed by: EataCity - Grace Dent -Evening Standard -

We love Mac & Wild...A lot! They have a strong farm to table ethos accompanied by generous booze list. Mac & Wild could be described as a Scotish game restaurant. All the venison they serve ... Read more

The Palomar

€ € €DesignFavouriteFoodie DateFusionMiddle Eastern

Reviewed by: Cutlery Chronicles - EataCity - Food Expectations - London Eater - Picky Glutton - Samphire and Salsify -

Take a seat at the bar and chat to Papi over plates of what is described as "the food of modern day Jerusalem. A menu influenced by the rich cultures of Southern Spain, North Africa, ... Read more


€ €AsianBaoCosyModernSharing Plates

Reviewed by: EataCity - London Eater -

What started as a small food truck has now become hugely popular little bao restaurant in London's super competitive Soho restaurant scene. And for good reason. Little Twainese steamed bao buns served with tasty ingredients ... Read more

Best Spanish Tapas


€ €SpanishTapas

Reviewed by: Cheese & Biscuits - EataCity - Marina O'Loughlin - The Gaurdian -

Barrafina is for people who like good Spanish tapas and very long queues. One of the Barrafina branches (there are three) holds a Michelin star, reward for excellent Spanish tapas in the heart of London. ... Read more

Flat Iron

€ €Casual LunchGood ValueHipSteak

Reviewed by: EataCity - London Piggy - Matt the List - Picky Glutton -

The name Flat Iron refers to a cut of beef steak...and that is what you're going to get at Flat Iron: Steak. Really good steak. Everything is paired back, the decor, the menu, the prices. ... Read more

Best Fancy Russian street food and vodka

Zima Bar

€ €FunOpen Late

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Located in the basement of a Soho townhouse is Zima Bar, London's first (and only) Russin street food restaurant. Headed up by Russian superstar chef Alexei Zimin, Zima Bar will open your eyes to modern ... Read more


€ €CasualDinner With FriendsGood ValueMeaty

Reviewed by: EataCity - Grace Dent -Evening Standard - Matt the List - Picky Glutton -

Behind an unassuming black and glass door, a modern wooden stair case leads diners down to Blacklock, one of Soho's newest restaurants and a meat eater's dream. Blacklock's menu is pretty simple; charcoal grilled chops. ... Read more

Bob Bob Ricard

€ € €ChampagneFunGlamPamper Night Out

Reviewed by: EataCity - London Eater - London Foodie - Marina O'Loughlin - The Gaurdian -

Dine like a Russian oligarch. BBR mixes Russian favourites with some of Britain's best. All served in elegant plush surroundings of leather seats and dapper waiters. Tables come with a champagne button - push it ... Read more

Brasserie Zédel

€ €Comfortable DinnerFrenchHistorical

Reviewed by: EataCity -

A walk down the stairs from the small unassuming cafe at street level reveals the grand art deco dining room of Brasserie Zédel. High ceilings, ornate chandeliers and suited waiters serve well priced ... Read more

Chotto Matte

€ € €Dinner With FriendsFusionJapaneseLivelyPeruvian

Reviewed by: EataCity - London Foodie - The Dim Sum Diaries -

London could well be described as the fusion food capital of the world. So when you hear Peruvian-Japanese fusion, naturally you would think this is a London thing. But actually it's a Peru thing. Japanese ... Read more

Ember Yard

€ € €Dinner With FriendsInformalLong LunchModernSpanish

Reviewed by: EataCity - Food Expectations - London Eater - London Piggy - Picky Glutton -

The Basque country in northern Spain has a tradition of BBQ meat and this is where Ember Yard draws most of its inspiration from. Mixed with dishes from around Spain and Italy; it's not very ... Read more


€ €BrunchGroup DinningIndianLivelyModern

Reviewed by: Cutlery Chronicles - Dips Dines - EataCity - Her Fav Food - London Foodie - Samphire and Salsify -

Described as a Bombay cafe, Londoners have really taken to Dishoom, such that there are now a few of them around town. Indian food in London has a bit of a bad wrap, considered cheap ... Read more

Little Social

€ € €BritishDesignFormalModern

Reviewed by: EataCity - Food Expectations - London Piggy - Samphire and Salsify - Wrap Your Lips -

Chef Jason Atherton runs restaurants in most corners of the world; Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Sydney, Shanghai, New York and a bunch in London. You'd think by now the quality might have dropped and he ... Read more


Boozy Tasty SnacksCasualLivelyModern Dinner

Reviewed by: EataCity - London Foodie - Marina O'Loughlin - The Gaurdian - Samphire and Salsify - Wrap Your Lips -

Brick walls, exposed lighting, loud music, and a loud menu to match. Spuntino is part of a bigger group of restaurants, but it's the cooler younger brother. Open late in the weekends, it's where to ... Read more

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Best Bars in Soho and West End

Bar Américain

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Reviewed by: EataCity -

Located below an unassuming looking cafe at street level and beside the very grand and opulent Brasserie Zédel. Bar Américain is a comfortable art deco bar; a great place for a pre-dinner or post-dinner cocktail. Read more

Gordons Wine Bar

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Reputedly London's oldest wine bar. There's no power, candles light the underground cavern. The wine list is pretty good too. Read more


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Reviewed by: EataCity -

Located in the centre of Chinatown behind a small black door (look for the doorman with a clipboard), Opium serves up nice cocktails in a Chinese inspired, multi-level yet intimate bar. Our preference is level ... Read more

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Best Cafes in Soho and West End

Foxcroft and Ginger

Great CoffeePastries

Reviewed by: EataCity - London Foodie -

Split over two floors, offering some light food and good coffee with comfortable tables downstairs. Read more

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Best Food Market in Soho and West End

Berwick Street Market

Reviewed by: EataCity -

This is a collection of street food vendors. Check out the website for a list of who is here and when. It serves most of the office folk so is best visited Mon-Fri. There isn't much here in weekend. Read more

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What to See and Do in Soho and West End

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