Soho has been called the heartbeat of London since it's filled with so much energy. Soho makes up part of London's "West End”, which is the city's entertainment and theatrical hub. There are clubs and bars all over Soho, including many LGBTQ-friendly clubs. Mixed with all the shops and cultures that come together here it really feels unique from the rest of London. And for those more inclined to the written word than clubbing, this is a hot spot for bibliophiles thanks to the neighborhood's collection of great bookstores.
No matter what kind of food you want, you’ll be able to find it. And sometimes the ubiquitous food carts on the street taste better than the high end restaurants you can find elsewhere.
Creative, unique people can be found on its streets at all times of the day. Models, actors, and singers often try to live here because there are many agencies and work opportunities. This adds to the bohemian vibe that seems to attract so many people.
All this cool adds up to an expensive neighborhood. There aren’t that many places to live because people tend to stay and its popularity has pushed up prices faster than the rest of London. In fact, rent prices are rising by as much as 10% a year. As buildings, factories, and even stores go up for sale they are being converted to apartments to meet demand. You do have a lot of housing options here, including stunning lofts, but they all go pretty quickly.
This is really a place for single professionals or couples as it's not particularly family friendly. (If you are looking for a home big enough for a family, you will likely drop a few million pounds.) Another problem is that there is absolutely no parking here so you will need to rely on public transportation. Thankfully, buses and trains are plentiful and this is an extremely walkable neighborhood.
The City: 3 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 6.2 miles / 30-60 minutes by car / 35 minutes by transit
Southwark: 4 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit / 20-25 minutes by bike
Westminster: 2.2 miles / 10-20 minutes by car / 20-25 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by food / 15 minutes by bike
Shoreditch: 3.6 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 30-40 minutes by transit / 25 minutes by bike