The Soho Society, London

The Soho Society, St. Anne's Tower, 55 Dean Street, London W1D 6AF, U.K.
A company limited by guarantee, registered in England No.07899282.
Registered with the Charity Commission No.1146589.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7439 4303
The Soho Society © 2008-2015
Updated: 25 November 2015

Dear Reader,  

We hope that you will enjoy visiting this web-site. Perhaps you have also read the latest edition of our quarterly magazine, The Soho Clarion.
Have you considered joining the Soho Society, or rejoining if your membership has lapsed? If you live, visit or work in this remarkable London village there is every reason why you should be a member of the local community society. Started in 1975, when much of Soho's residential property, small businesses and crafts people were threatened with eviction to accommodate uncontrolled office development, the Society has kept to its original promise to make the Soho Village a better place in which to live, work, trade or visit - and to enjoy.
We urge you to join now and to help this voluntary Society to maintain the ethos of this very special and remarkable London village with a difference.
From the present Soho community and the spirits of Soho residents of the past - Karl Marx, Hogarth, Logie Baird, Caneletto, Mozart, Darwin, Dreyden, Theodore King of Corsica, de Quincey, John Snow, Dorothy L. Sayers, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Hazlett, Casanova, and many others ....
Leslie Hardcastle, President

Autumn 2015, No.162
click for the Soho Clarion page
published quarterly
Articles include:
Chair's Letter: From St Anne's Tower, Soho: Proposed Monico Development, Running a Business In Soho, Soho Entrepreneur, Thank You: Sarah Perry, Richard Beatty; Soho News; Soho Health; Soho Village Fête, Waiters' Race, Soho Society Hospitality Benevolent Fund; We're Watching: Licencing and Planning; Soho Map; Soho Neighbourhood Forum; Museum of Soho; Soho Foodies; Exhibitions Soho; Literary Soho; Crossword; Soho Housing; #SAVETHEYARD Again!
Obituaries: Alan Wakeman, Doreen Saddleton, Lee Stevens;
Births: Audrey Mae Beatty to Richard Beatty and Florence Knight,
   Lola Riha Meehan to Adrian Meehan and Cynthia Riha,
   Parker Lilley to Sandra Schembri and Taylor Lilley;
Marriage: Bob O'Dell and David Gleeson.


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Unveiling of Joseph Haydn plaque, 24 March 2015

Moments after this photograph was taken the blue curtain was pulled aside and the plaque commemorating Joseph Haydn was revealed. The crowd was addressed by Mr. Denis McCaldin, Chair of the Haydn Society of Great Britain, and by Sir Neville Marriner. [more].

Events in and near Soho
West End's Chinese Community Centre
35th Anniversary Dinner
Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, SW1
Monday 2nd November : 6.45pm to11pm
The 41st Soho Village Fête
St Anne's Garden, Wardour Street, Soho, W1
Sunday 5 July, 12 noon - 6pm
EFFECT Dinner - Lusophone Theme
St Anne's Community Hall, 55 Dean Street, Soho, W1
Friday 17th April, 7:00-9:00pm
Unveiling of Plaque to Joseph Haydn
Tuesday 24 March 2015
See panel above
EFFECT Dinner - Italian Theme
St Anne's Community Hall, 55 Dean Street, Soho, W1
Friday 20th March, 7:00-9:00pm
The Soho Society - Annual General Meeting
St Anne's Community Hall, 55 Dean Street, Soho, W1
Friday 13th March, 6:30-8:30pm
Chinese New Year of the Sheep
Sun 22 February 2015
International Fashion Showcase
NCP Car Park, Brewer Street, Soho W1
Friday 20ᅳTuesday 24 February
EFFECT Dinner - Lebanese Theme
St Anne's Community Hall, 55 Dean Street, Soho, W1
Friday 20th February, 7:00-9:00pm
Jazz On Burns' Night
Gerry's Club, 52 Dean Street, Soho, W1
Tuesday 27th January at 8:00pm
EFFECT Dinner - Scottish Theme
St Anne's Community Hall, 55 Dean Street, Soho, W1
Friday 23rd January, 7:00-9:00pm
Re-opening of the Star Cafe, Great Chapel Street
Later in 2014 or early 2015
Soho Theatre, various dates


The Soho Society's web-site aims to reflect and illustrate the ever-changing face of Soho. The principal aims of the Society are to protect the interests of residents and businesses and to enhance the environment which we all share. [ more ]

Thank you, Microsoft
Microsoft, in a recruitment advertisement for a Technical Program Manager, gave Soho an accolade: "We are lucky to be located in the heart of Soho surrounded by all the inspiration found in one of the greatest neighborhoods in the world."
Click here for the advert.

Soho Square GP Practice
Public Meeting
Wednesday 21 January 2015, 6:00-8:00pm
Soho Square Health Centre
1 Frith Street, Soho W1D 3HZ


CONTACT: Soho Square Patients Participation Group

The Soho Society
40th Anniversary Reception at the House of St. Barnabas, Soho
Guests were entertained by the inimitable Ruby Venezuela, shown here wearing a stunning Cake Dress complete with forty candles
Photograph taken by Emer O'Brien © 2013


Suggest an asset of community value in Soho
The Soho Society need your help to create a list of the buildings, open spaces, facilities and organisations that contribute to life in Soho. In appropriate cases we will attempt to use the new planning powers that are available to list and protect these community assets for the future by giving a 6 month breathing space for alternatives to be explored before they can be sold. We need to go beyond mourning what we have lost, and make clear what we value and want to protect.
Click here to nominate a community asset.

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who for several years
provided hosting and server space
for this web-site.
In June 2011 Kell Gatherer took over that role.

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