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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published February 24th 2019
An oasis of calm in Central London

When you live in the city, you will undoubtedly end up here at some point - as famous as most of the celebrities that hang around these parts, let me tell you the story of Soho Square...

A cute, square-shaped piece of land (sometimes known as a garden), with a very Shakespearian looking hut bang in the middle of it - Soho Square has attracted locals and travellers alike to its green grass and flowers for centuries.

So let's start off with the obvious - the hut. Though the building looks to be centuries old, it was actually built in 1895, and refurbished in the late 2000s for use by the gardeners - so now you know. The 'hut' is actually based on a Tudor design, and lies at the centre of a traditional Tudor garden layout - the statue of Charles II standing proudly in front. Funnily enough, it is believed that the original layout of the Square, in its previous guise as Soho Fields had Charles II slap bang in the centre of the park, where the hut is now, placed on the top of a fountain with figures representing different rivers, of course including the Thames, placed around the figure.

Ok, enough history, as for now Soho Square is nothing short of an oasis of calm in a rapidly built up and noisy part of London. Surprisingly, the coldness and lack of human contact is forgotten about, commonly found as people barge along Oxford Street and the nearby tube station Tottenham Court Road - people sit and laze around, read their newspaper and, most importantly, talk to each other - nothing short of a miracle in this part of town.

Soho Square then, the place to chill for a minute while London goes on doing its thing.

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Why? An oasis of calm in the London chaos
When: Seasonal daylight hours (as in will close when the light begins to fade)
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Where: Soho Square, Soho, W1D
Cost: Free
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