My Nighttime Adventures In Soho, London

Nighttime came by quick, after my wonderful meal of eating chipotle for dinner. Yeah, I know I’m supposed to eat British food. However, I never knew what was it exactly that the English ate. So, I picked what was the most familiar. Regardless, it was time to explore London at night. The neighborhood where I was staying at on this trip was Soho. To not be so reckless, I only explored Soho. Well, at least that was the plan.

An Alley in Soho photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

Soho in London reminded me like the one in New York City. The one in Nyc is a lot more spacious. Both have a party atmosphere. Where all the singles in their 20’s and 30’s hangout. Usually, looking like hipsters. The music was loud and each building felt like it’s own party. Passing by them was similar to when you have cars blasting music drive past you. It was clear this was one of London’s nightlife hubs. Everybody was enjoying life.


Walking into Soho’s nightlife photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

Kept walking back and forth without care. The lights and music were beautiful. I saw restaurants from all different types of cuisines. From Japanese to Mexican, this was the spot. The one thing that stood out and kept popping up was the theme of sex. This area is very sexualized. I actually didn’t do much research on the neighborhood. I just saw it was near restaurants that were open late.


A sex shop in Soho photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

The further I went, it became more clear what this neighborhood was about. There were a lot of sex shops. I’m so glad I came here without my little cousins. That conversation would have been awkward for me. There was a restaurant that I mistook as a Mexican sex club. It had two Mexican styled skeletons out front taking off their clothes. It is called La bodega Negra. It wasn’t until I googled it afterward I found out what it was.


Shaftesbury Avenue photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

Eventually, I ended up on Shaftesbury Avenue. At the time, I didn’t know it was a famous street in London. As shown in the picture, this is home to London’s longest-running musical, Les Misérables. Taking all this in, it was definitely an experience. It was exciting and eye-opening. My adventures in London were just starting. I couldn’t wait for what this city had in store.

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  1. I was in London five years ago for a short period of time.

    My trip was mostly in Bristol- The adult choir at my family church was in residence at Bristol Cathedral. Usually a day trip was planned: to places in and around Bristol. This pilgrimage actually began in London with Windsor Castle.

    My family decided to go up two days early. It would help us get used to the time change and to get more out of London. Due to going up early, my mom and I were able to see Les Mis- that was my dream. My dad and sister got their own nighttime adventure while my mom and I were watching Les Mis. Les Mis fit perfectly into what I was doing in England in the first place- so went from Valjean’s Spiritual Journey to My Own

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