Soho and Fitzrovia are two of London's most vibrant and bohemian neighbourhoods. Divided geographically only by Oxford Street, they can both boast a fascinating and occasionally dark history.
In this book, author Johnny Homer takes readers on an engaging tour of these areas. Today, Soho is at the centre of the capital’s Theatreland and entertainments scene. Here are the theatres, shops, clubs and restaurants, together with the streets, squares and alleyways that bring the city to life during the day and at night. Soho has long been London's playground, a place of illicit pleasure, high and low culture, pubs, brothels and gangland feuds. It is a unique melting pot of cultures and influences, and the location of iconic places such as Carnaby Street, Ronnie Scott’s jazz club, the Windmill Theatre and home to ‘Private Eye’ magazine.
Fitzrovia is perhaps more refined; a district of fashion houses, advertising agencies and the BBC. Its history is fascinating and colourful. In the past it had a bohemian reputation, and was home to authors including Virginia Woolf and George Bernard Shaw. Discover more about famous residents and notable venues such as the Fitzroy Tavern, the UFO Club where Pink Floyd were the house band, and the landmark Post Office Tower.
From Karl Marx to Mozart, Casanova to Jimi Hendrix, the inventor of television to the man who introduced the espresso machine into England, ‘A-Z of Soho and Fitzrovia’ offers an irreverent historical guide to London's liveliest locality. But be warned, once you enter you will never want to leave.
Johnny Homer is a journalist, broadcaster and brewery tour guide. He was born and bred in central London and over the years has written for a variety of different newspapers, magazines and websites. He has also been a staff journalist with Oracle Teletext, as editor of the daily BeatBox music magazine, the Press Association and Northcliffe Media, the latter as Sports Editor of the Canterbury Times series of newspapers. He is a regular and long-standing contributor to BBC London’s Robert Elms show.