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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published March 10th 2015
The king of Soho streets
Today we're going to take a little walk - so pack your things as I guide you through one of the most iconic London streets of all - welcome to Wardour Street....

Where to start...well let's begin with the importance of the street itself, as it basically cuts through all of the important areas of Soho - from Leicester Square, through Chinatown and all the way to Oxford Street. On its path you can find a plethora of iconic buildings, restaurants and places to drink and socialise, even the odd world class theatre or two...

The first place to mention of note is the legendary Wong Kei - once described as "the rudest restaurant in London", though this was many years ago now; you may be happy (or indeed sad) to know the staff are as friendly as any other these days. Across Shaftesbury Avenue you will find Queen's Theatre - home to Les Miserables, the longest running play in the west End - ever.

From here we get right into the heart of Soho, as we pass St Anne's Church on the right, and the rather appealing gardens that many a worker in the area use as their lunchtime picnic spot. Continuing on past the crossroads of Old Compton Street and Brewer Street you will find another great Soho institution - Bar Bruno - which is one of the best Italian cafe's for home made Italian grub, and English breakfasts, at really reasonable prices you are ever likely to find.

A little bit further takes you to La Floridita, which was once the home of the legendary Marquee Club, but is now a popular late night cocktail bar and club. As we continue on there is the wonderful Princi Italian buffet style diner, and a whole host of media companies before we land at Oxford Street, where just across the road you can see one of the most important music venues in the land - the 100 Club.

You will no doubt find many more things to distract you, but I can only describe so many - go discover...
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Why? A walk along an iconic street.
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Where: Wardour Street, London
Cost: Free to walk
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