Renowned as one of the liveliest districts of London, Soho is a top destination for nightlife, restaurants and culture. It’s long been at the heart of the capital’s LGBTQIA+ community, in particular, the bars around Old Compton Street. It’s also at the heart of theatreland, with many West End shows playing at the stunning period theatres within Soho’s midst. Fashion too has blazed some trails here, especially on Carnaby Street during the 1960s. Nowadays there are several Sohos to be found across the globe (notably the neighbourhood in New York). But this was, and remains, the original.
Ham Yard Hotel
Step away from the urban sprawl and into an urban oasis; the tree-filled garden at Ham Yard features a bronze sculpture centrepiece by Tony Cragg. Inside you’ll find eclectic interiors by designer Kit Kemp, with vintage elements, bold patterns, bright colours and an array of art. Each room has its own personality, alongside handmade mattresses, rain showers and custom-designed furniture. Dine in a rooftop terrace bar, the Mediterranean-inspired Orso restaurant and take drinks in the bar. Guests also have access to a screening room, a spa and a fitness centre, plus a bespoke hat service where you can design their own headwear.
Hotel Café Royal
Come here to sample two-Michelin-starred French cuisine by Alex Dilling in the restaurant, or to stay in a suite formerly occupied by legends like Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill and David Bowie. Michelin-starred chef Albert Adrià (believed to be the world’s finest pastry chef) also chose Hotel Café Royal as his only non-Spanish endeavour, where you can order sweet treats and champers. As soon as you arrive into the lobby, you’ll be dazzled by a 700-pound Murano glass chandelier. And the holistic well-being centre provides sound healing and Watsu water therapy.
The Soho Hotel
This residence may be among the bright lights of London’s theatreland and nightlife hub, yet it’s tucked out a view in a peaceful pocket of the district. Kit Kemp has created the colourful interiors, with bright prints and a cool Britannia vibe. Guests at The Soho Hotel have the benefit of an onsite boutique cinema with two funky screening rooms, a beauty spa, a library and a drawing room and access to a Nintendo Wii. Bedrooms come equipped with a fully stocked mini-bar, a Tivoli Radio, a Bluetooth Bose unit, Frette bed linen and RikRak bath and body products.