One of my favourite parts of London is Soho, which is right in the centre,
and includes picadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue, and Leicester Square.
One of the main reasons I like it is that it is always lively and colourful,
with people dashing
around going about their business, which is mainly
honest but not always.
The place is a bit of a mess, and the buildings are not the most beautiful in London,
but the streets are always interesting, with surprises around every
The name is derived
from a hunting call, "So Ho" that huntsmen
were heard to cry as they chased deer in royal
It has been a cosmopolitan area since the first
who were French Huguenots, arrived in the 1680's.
More French arrived escaping the revolution during the late 18th Century,
followed by Germans, Russians, poles, Greeks, and Italians.
Soho is packed with continental food shops and restaurants.
More recently there have been a lot of Chinese from Hong Kong.
Gerrard Street, forms the pedestrianised centre of London's Chinatown.
It has restaurants, dim sum houses, Chinese supermarkets,
and in February, there are the New Year celebrations.
paragraph 4 - Famous Sohoites
Many famous people have lived in Soho, including Mozart, Karl Marx,
and the poet T.S. Eliot. It has a reputation for attracting artists,
writers, poets, and people in the media.
Shaftesbury Avenue is in the
heart of London's theatre land,
and there are endless clubs, pubs, and cafés.
There are also street markets,
advertising agencies, clothes shops, music publishers,
and recording studios, which makes it an exciting place to live and work.
paragraph 5 - Wait for them to come
piccadilly Circus is like a magnet for young people from all over the world.
They like celebrating the freedom of youth on the steps under the statue of Eros.
It is said that if you wait long enough at piccadilly Circus,
you'll meet everyone you've ever known!
undoubtedly one of London's liveliest and most
chic areas, Covent Garden has a number of open-air cafÉs,
stylish shops and bars centred around the old piazza and central market area.
Although there are few clues
as to the area's history, the origins of Covent Garden are firmly rooted in medieval
times, when a local 'convent garden' supplied fruit and vegetables to Westminster Abbey.
The impressive covered central market was originally designed for this same purpose,
although it now contains an
array of small shops selling antiques, books, and arts and crafts.
Flanked on the piazza's north side by the
recently enlarged and refurbished Royal Opera House,
the central market area is also a popular venue for
the many street entertainers who perform
for the hordes of tourists that descend here during the summer months.
To the south are Jubilee Market (selling antiques, clothes and bric-a-brac)
and the child-friendly London Transport Museum. Slightly further afield,
the former warehouses on Neal Street prove to be an intriguing diversion,
while the fashionable (if a little contrived) collection of health food shops,
art galleries and restaurants of Neal's Yard are also worth a visit.
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