I have recently received a few emails and comments asking me what to see and what to do in London so I thought some of you might find the post about my favourite spots quite useful. This time let's have a closer look at Soho. I hope I won't offend anyone but I must admit I hate overwhelming and overcrowded Oxford Street. During the weekends it's hard to move a few steps without walking into someone or someone bumping into you; it's so congested with people. But I DO love a place that starts just right behind it, diverse and lively, little streets of Soho. This entertainment district, that used to be well-known as a base for the sex industry, is full of restaurants, coffee shops, night clubs, theatres. It is also a great place to do some shopping, with its vintage shops, independent boutiques and Carnaby Street (Monki, Cheap Monday!). I could probably think of at least twenty places I like to visit while I am in Soho so let's divide it into potential parts and start with a few I have been visiting the most recently.
Vantra Vitao (25-27 Oxford Street) this organic/vegan buffet place is my latest discovery; delicious food (the lemon and poppy seed cake was scrumptious!), friendly staff, although it took us a while to get served;
VINMAG (39-43 Brewer Street, W1F 9UD) - emporium for a vast collection of vintage magazine back issues, prints, movie posters and gifts; really fun place to browse;
Yumcha (45 Berwick Street, W1 8SF) - with its selection of over 50 teas to choose from it's a MUST for all tea lovers. lovely, chilled ambience, friendly staff happy to give recommendations on the teas available;
Beyond Retro (58-59 Great Marlborough Street, W1F 7JY) one of my favourite vintage shops with a good selection of decently priced clothes;
The Coach and Horses (29 Greek Street,W1D 5DH) London's first vegetarian pub with lots of vegan options; loved their battered tofush and chips;
Wardour News (118-120 Wardour Street, W1F 0TU) a newsagent specializing in high-end fashion magazines and publications from all over the world; a heaven for photographers and fashion lovers;
Maoz (43 Old Compton, W1D 6HG) cheap and tasty falafel in the heart of Soho; I always go for falafels in a box with pita bread and great quantity of salad (fried aubergine, bulgur salad, hummus, tomato salad, cabbage salad, mushrooms etc.) and I always leave the place full and content. A quick and healthy spot to grab a meal on a budget;