Discover London: The Ultimate Guide to Spending a Day Out in Soho

Right at the heart of London lies Soho, a must-see spot known for its lively nightlife scene, trendy hang-out spots, and rich cultural history. What was once King Henry VIII’s hunting ground has gradually transformed into one of the city’s most popular entertainment districts, offering buzzworthy cafés, restaurants, swanky bars, boutique shops, theatres, and music venues in abundance. Since the amazing locations on offer feel endless, we’ve done all the hard work and whipped up the best spots for you - so you don’t need to! If you’re curious about our other Soho recommendations, you can plan more trips to the area by downloading the Bindy Street app today.

1. Begin With a Hearty Breakfast At My Place Soho

A cafe table with breakfast dishes, coffee, and juice on top

Start your day off strong (and by that, we mean with a cup of coffee) at My Place Soho. Known for its all-day dining menu and delicious coffee brews, this is the ideal eatery for a scrumptious morning meal, offering all of the classic breakfast dishes like a full English and light and fluffy American pancakes. Looking for something a little bit different? We recommend their mouth-watering kimchi toast or Turkish eggs served with sourdough bread, tzatziki, and chilli oil. While you tuck in, be sure to look up at the walls to admire the artwork made by locals and bask in the lively, community atmosphere - Soho charm in a nutshell.

Location: 21 Berwick Street, London W1F 0PZ

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2. Be Inspired by The Artistic Magic of House of MinaLima

A patterned wall covered in framed illustrations at MinaLima

Now that you’re feeling awake, it’s time to experience one of Soho’s cultural spots. Both an immersive art gallery and shop, the House of MinaLima showcases the work of Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, the team behind the graphic props found in the Harry Potter universe. As you browse through their goods, you’ll find charming wares  such as art prints, illustrated books, tote bags, and stationery - amazing gifts for any Harry Potter fan in your life! Even if you’re not a Potterhead, you’ll still be able to appreciate the striking artworks bustling with bold colours and magical motifs. 

Location: 157 Wardour St, London W1F 8WQ

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3. Experience a Century of History at Algerian Coffee Stores

Red and white shopfront of Algerian Coffee Stores with coffee on display

Once you’ve finished browsing MinaLima, continue your journey to Algerian Coffee Stores which can be identified by its bright red shop front. This very spot dates back to 1887 when an Algerian gentleman began trading single origin coffees of the highest quality. Today, the century-old shop is stocked with exclusive house blends, limited-edition coffees, and specialty teas that you’ve got to try at least once in your lifetime. Once you’ve grabbed yourself something special from the friendly staff, don’t forget to look at the old signs and photos hanging around the store; another sign of the store’s historic past.

Location: 52 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4QE

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4. Spend Your Lunchtime Dining at Kingly Court

Bustling courtyard with people on benches eating and drinking

After you’ve explored some of the area’s most iconic stores, it’s time to settle down with a scrumptious lunchtime treat. Walk on over to Kingly Court, a bustling foodie courtyard, where you’ll be spoiled for choice thanks to the variety of eateries cooking up a storm. Whether you’re craving comforting ramen from Shoryu, fresh Greek cuisine from The Life Goddess, or gourmet Kebabs from Le Bab, you’ll leave the courtyard with one very happy stomach. 

Location: Kingly St, Carnaby, London W1B 5PW

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5. Treat Yourself to Something Sweet at Italian Bear Chocolate 

Table covered in hot chocolates and chocolate cakes

Still have room left for a sweet treat? If that’s the case, then Italian Bear Chocolate isn’t far away. In case you haven’t yet seen this trendy location on your social media feed, this popular dessert parlour is drooled over for its signature hot chocolate blending milk, white, and dark varieties into a heavenly mixture. As if that weren't enough already, they also offer rich cakes drizzled in chocolate sauce, waffles, french toast, and ice cream. 

Location: 41 Broadwick St, Carnaby, London W1F 9QL

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6. Shop Until You Drop at Buzzy Carnaby Street

Sign reading "Welcome to Carnaby Street" above shops

No visit to Soho would be complete without a walk down bustling Carnaby Street. During the Swinging Sixties, the area was at the heart of popular youth culture and frequented by the likes of the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, and The Beatles, as well as glamorous style icons like Elizabeth Taylor and Brigitte Bardot. Today, you’ll find plenty of boutique stores from leading and independent brands, making this the perfect destination for a spot of shopping. Don’t forget to look up as you’ll notice sparkling Union Jack and rainbow shaped signs.

Location: Carnaby Street, City of Westminster, London W1F 9PS

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7. Catch A Live Music Set at Ain't Nothin' But The Blues Bar

Live music stage with a drum set and an empty mic stand

Since the nightlife in Soho is world-renowned, it’s time to step inside this classic live music bar when the evening starts to catch up with you. Known for being London’s original blues bar, Ain't Nothin' But the Blues is your chance to get up close and personal with quality Blues and Roots bands - seven days a week! With free entry until 20:30 on Friday and Saturday (and for the entirety of Sunday) be sure to drop by and discover skillful guitarists, soulful vocalists, and some of the best bands from the scene. 

Location: 20 Kingly St, Carnaby, London W1B 5PZ

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8. Tuck Into Speedboat Bar’s Terrific Thai Food

Thai stir fries, fried chicken, and curries arranged on a table

After an intense day of sightseeing, shopping, and spectacular live music, you may be starting to feel hungry again. For that very reason, we recommend dropping by the irresistible Speedboat Bar for terrific Thai food. Inspired by the country’s speed boat racers and Bangkok's neon-lit Chinatown, this eye-catching spot offers sensational stir-fries, curries, salads, and monthly specials that are packed with fragrant herbs and the freshest ingredients. To enjoy an extra special treat, we recommend ending your night with a Singha beer or the “world’s best whiskey and soda drink” from the bar - cheers!

Location: 30 Rupert St, London W1D 6DL

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Explore more of London’s top spots with our comprehensive Discover Soho guide or keep indulging your adventurous side by testing out our perfect day out in Peckham.  

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