Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Corner of Greek and Romilly Streets

Occupying the turquoise building above is Y Ming, a restaurant serving traditional Northern Chinese cuisine.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Spice of Life

It is thought that there has been a tavern on the site of The Spice of Life since around 1750, although its present incarnation was built in 1898.

It was known then as The Cantons, and this name can still be seen in the building's stonework as well as on the flags held by the rooftop gargoyles overlooking Cambridge Circus.

The tavern underwent a few name changes over the next 80 years, becoming The George and 13 Cantons, The Scots Hoose, and then finally The Spice of Life, apparently a reference to a line in the Willam Cowper poem ‘Task'; “…variety's the very spice of life / that gave it all it's flavour…”.

As well as being a listed building, The Spice of Life also has an esteemed musical heritage.

In the 1960's and 1970's The Scots Hoose (as it was called then) was a popular venue for folk musicians, and saw many great acts of the time, such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, Bert Jansch, The Strawbs and Sandy Denny performing here.

Then in the heyday of punk in the late 70's The Spice of Life became a regular haunt for many punk musicians and followers, including The Sex Pistols.

In the late 90's a thriving Jazz Club started up at The Spice, and has attracted many top acts, such as Jamie Cullum, Soweto Kinch and Jim Mullen.

-- The Spice of Life

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pizza and Beer

The two healthiest and tastiest items known to man. As found on Old Compton Street. A Melanie Italian Restaurant and Molly Mogg's Pub.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Three Greyhounds

The Three Greyhounds is a small pub on Old Compton Street near the entrance to soho.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Greek Street

Originally called Hogs Lane, it became known as Greek Street some time in the late 1600s. It was more than like named Greek Street for the Greek Church built around the same time as the name change.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Soho Books - Licensed Sex Shop

The first Soho Books was established on Brewer Street in 1993 and since then the group has grown from a single store to an independent chain with cult status in London.

The unique stores combine outstanding bookshops with licensed sex shops in a friendly, bright and welcoming environment.

On the ground floor of each store can be found an extensive range of book titles with a list of fields to match any store in the capital: advertising, art, architecture, children's storeies, cooking, design, erotica, health, history, photography and travel, to name just a few.

Whether it is fiction or fashion you are looking for, there are exclusive imports and one-off titles which would grace even the most particular of coffee tables. The stores also stock rare fashion and design magazines, as well as a great selection of art and gift cards.

--Soho Books

Sunday, August 10, 2008

LVPO and the Golven Lion

Visible are the LVPO and the Golden Lion, on the corner of Dean and Somilly Streets. Notice the Budweiser on the awning of LVPO. I didn't get a chance to step inside of this particular pub, but I'm guessing it's the Budweiser of the Austrian variety and not the American one.