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Soho?

We are going to London in a couple of weeks. Is Soho a must see or is it skippable? We have a pretty packed agenda so I'd love to cut something and that seems like the most obvious thing. Carnaby street looks cool as do some of the shops but what else is there to really do there? Skip or not?

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do you have an interest in film or music production? What has tempted you towards Soho? Then I can tell you if it is worth it. There are other things that people have found draw them to Soho that I haven't mentioned.

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We are interested in the LGBTQ pride (one of my children is gay). We also wanted to go to a vinyl music store. We have a passing interest in the 1960s music scene (but just passing). And my youngest daughter wants to go to Smiggle, which is in the area too. None of it seems like a big enough draw so I was just wondering if there is anything that makes soho a must do.

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Soho isn't a sight itself so much a collection of cool shops and tony ethnic restaurants. I rarely go to London without spending at least one evening in Soho, just for the restaurants.

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My preference would be to hit it early evening/late afternoon, take a wander, hit the couple places the kids want, then have dinner. There are lots of trendy chains and start-ups, great ethnic/Asian places, and decent people watching.

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I've always considered Soho a great place to stay while in London, but not a destination by itself. We based ourselves right next door in Covent Garden and loved the location. There are so many restaurants within a short walk that made it convenient after a long day of sightseeing. Every evening we'd walk around and people watch.

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Then it sounds like you have reason enough to go there. Easy to walk around, good Italian coffee at Bar Italia, plenty of food as above, but some of my favs didn't make it through covid. It isn't a big area. Some of the old vice shops are still around so if your youngest is quite young you might prepare yourself with a walk through in google streetview. Nothing aggressive at all but some of the windows are a bit much, just be prepared,

I like Soho a lot. And as I say it is lovely to get genuine Italian, served the Italian way.

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You could just go to a restaurant in Soho for lunch or dinner and wander through on your way to another site. I like Dishoom (Indian) and Dehesa (Spanish tapas) which both have locations near Carnaby St.