Soho’s a great place to work, not least because we have some of the UK’s best bars and restaurants right on our doorstep. In fact, visitors to Soho are spoiled for choice – there’s a baffling array of local gems to choose from. To save you having to find out the hard way, we’ve picked out some of our favourites. Any glaring omissions? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Rapha, Brewer Street. If you like bikes and aren’t short of a bit of cash, you’ll be in heaven – for the rest of us though, this is just a great coffee shop with some fantastic cakes too: a roomy, stylish shop floor with some of the best coffee in Soho. Get in for a world-class flat white and leave before the urge to spend £200 on a jersey sets in…
Honorable mention to: Gelupo (Archer Street), Ginger and White (Silver Place).
Bocca di Lupo, Archer Street. Conveniently located right underneath our office, Bocca di Lupo (and sideline Gelupo) ticks a lot of boxes – expect tasty, authentic food, a buzzy atmosphere and sensible prices. Book early and ask for a seat at the bar, where you’ll be able to see the chefs working their magic.
Honorable mention: Ba Shan (Romilly Street), Ceviche (Frith Street).
Papaya, St Anne’s Court. A Soho institution, we commend this local Thai takeaway for several things. Firstly, the food might not be healthy, but it’s the perfect thing for a Friday lunch. Staff are friendly and quick, and they’ve stubbornly refused to raise prices over the three years we’ve been here, meaning that you’ll still get a hearty meal and change for a fiver. Insider tip: don’t be put off if you see a queue snaking round the corner – you’ll be amazed at how quickly it moves.
Honorable mention to: Rio (Brewer Street), Jumbo (Brewer Street).
The Lyric, Great Windmill Street. The Lyric is a controversial winner – it’s certainly not the fanciest bar in London, nor is it quite the closest to our office. However, it does have a certain something: a fantastic selection of beers, friendly staff, a roaring fire in winter and a beer garden (of sorts) in summer. The addition of a loyalty card (buy 9 pints, get one free) sets this one apart as a winner.
Honorable mention to: Mizuwari (Old Compton Street), Archer Street Bar (Archer Street).Read More