For the best part of a century Soho was London’s louchest district, home to the sex, film and music industries and glamorous and grubby in equal measures.
It may have cleaned up its act in recent years, but Soho is still a major draw for singers and musicians, many of whom will perform during Soho Music Month in June.
Soho Music Month will celebrate the district’s rich musical heritage – The Stones, The Who, Hendrix and Bowie all started out with gigs in area – with a series of events in Soho and neighbouring Carnaby.
There will be jazz sessions at The Duck & Rice and The Blue Posts and PLATFORM LDN will host and an emerging talent night, sponsored by nme.com, and Afro Swing, grime and soul gigs. Click here to find out more.
On Saturday, 16 June, female founders of independent record labels will take over Berwick Street with a selection of vinyl stalls selling the very best of their roster.
If none of this floats your boat you could pay a visit to the iconic jazz venue Ronnie Scott’s in Frith Street. Ronnie Scott’s wasn’t the first jazz club to open in Soho – that honour belongs to Club Eleven where bebop jazz was first played in the UK 1948 – but it’s one of the best.
Ronnie Scott’s, opened by saxophonist Ronnie Scott in 1959, has played host to many of the greats: Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker and Nina Simone.