We've hunted down the best people in the know, who can share their insider tips on Soho in our new series Soho Suggests.
Discover what the locals have to say about their favourite places in London’s most vibrant destination. Explore their tips on the best spot to pick up a coffee, where to shop for trainers, late-night cocktails, alfresco hangouts, most interesting historic spots and more. This insider guide might give you some suggestions to try when you are next in Soho.
The Team at Museum of Youth Culture
Museum of Youth Culture is currently hosting a pop up in Carnaby filled with memorabilia, ephemera, photography, music and photo booths from Soho and Carnaby in the ’70s and ’80s. The team behind the museum concept are not only passionate about music but also about Soho. They have teamed up to put together a list of their favourite hot spots to go and enjoy themselves in our busy streets of Soho. The Museum of Youth Culture pop-up will be available to view throughout #SohoMusicMonth until the end of July. Head to the teams’ suggested hotspots in Soho this week. Don’t fancy any of them? Alternatively, pop into 57 Carnaby Street to check out their latest pop-up location and don’t forget to tag us in your snaps @ThisisSoho.
🍸 Archives Manager, Lisa der Weduwe’s favourite spot is Garlic & Shots on Frith Street; the last Metal bar left in Soho!
Image by @garlicandshotslondon
🎵 Creative Projects Manager, Jamie Bret loves a trip to the record shop Phonica on Poland St, the shop has an incredible sound system that leaves you shamelessly asking the staff what record they're playing every time. I've discovered so much music there from Polish Techno to contemporary UK Garage.
Image by cult_image2020
👟 Museum Director, Jon Swinstead feels inspired every time he walks into Vans in @CarnabyLondon. Their in-store archive exhibited in collaboration with old school Vans collector Pillowheat demonstrates the importance of collecting brand histories, showing all the flaws and quirks that make streetwear history.
Jamie quotes, “Of course the team at Museum of Youth Cultures’ overall favourite spot has to be our new pop-up at 57 Carnaby St celebrating the iconic music history of Soho with a vintage photo booth, subculture posters and gifts, a Soho club flyer exhibit and of course a piece of the original Carnaby psychedelic floor! Open throughout July, 7 days a week.”
Image by 'Caron Malcolm / Museum of Youth Culture
Head to their Instagram to take a look at some famous spots in Carnaby and Soho over the years: @museumofyouthculture
Want to nominate a Soho expert to share their insider tips or perhaps you can provide some insight yourself? Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow @ThisIsSoho for the latest news, events and promotions in Soho.