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. 

Paola Pizzoli - Samaritans - Mental Health Awareness week 

To raise awareness of Mental Health Awareness Week, we decided to have a chat with Paola, the Outreach, Partnerships & Events Coordinator at Samaritans. The organisation is passionate about encouraging people to talk about their mental health, that is why they have shared with us their top 5 tips to help a friend, also known as SHUSH. They have also provided us with some of the best spots to sit and chat about these 5 tips over a hot coffee. Check out the best coffee spots below for you and your friend in need, to find a place of comfort this week.

5 Tips to help a friend in need:
1. Show you care
2. Have patience
3. Use open questions
4. Say it back 
5. Have courage 

We hope these tips will help you or your friend in need, not just this week but forever more. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Samaritans if you feel like you can’t talk to someone. Contact Samaritans at 116 123 today if you need someone to talk to, or email jo@samaritans.org


1. Flat White.

Located on Berwick Street, Flat White is a hot spot for friendly gatherings over a coffee or an avocado toast. Sit outside and soak up the sun while you support your friends this week.


2. My Place Soho.

Also on Berwick Street, in the heart of london, this is the perfect place to get cosy. Whether you visit for an expert cup of coffee or a deliciously baked pastry, you will be sure to find your feet here.


3. The Breakfast Club.

The beating heart of all things breakfast, stop here for a simple cuppa or hang out for an all-day-breakfast meal. You won’t regret heading here, with the bubbly atmosphere and brightly coloured building, you’ll leave with a satisfied stomach.

4.  Bar Italia.

The well-celebrated Italian cafe, Bar Italia is hugely popular due to its great coffee and lively atmosphere. With an atmosphere full of life, this cafe has become a hotspot for latecomers, party goers and musicians throughout the years and continues to be a major hotspot in Soho today.

Image: @baritalia

5. SAID.

The Italian chocolatiers and hospitality experts at SAID will be delighted to invite you and your friends in for a delicious dark chocolate cantucci to dip into your hot coffee. You certainly won’t come out of SAID feeling hungry.

Image: @saiddal1923uk

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