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: 20 May 2015


 The Chinese Community Centre
Soho, London W1

Dear Supporters,

Our landlord, The Hippodrome Casino, has put the Chinese Community Centre in an invidious situation, by making application for a New Premises Licence under the Gaming Act 2005 to be sited at 10-14 Cranbourn Street.

Following our recent campaign to halt the proliferation of betting shops in Chinatown and WCC's permission to Joe Jennings (Harrow) Limited, (3-5 Wardour Street W1D 6PB - WCC No. 15/00686/LIGN), to operate the 10th betting shop in the area we have reached a decision that objecting to the Hippodrome's application will serve no useful purpose.

This decision was made in acknowledgement of the type of application, from a gaming centre to betting shop, which WCC was unable to refuse Joe Jennings (Harrow) Limited, according to current legislation. We are advised the same decision will be the likely outcome for The Hippodrome Casino's application.

We should like to assure our supporters that we propose to continue the fight to get the Government to change the law and reduce the stakes on FOBTs, which would bite into booking shop profits and in turn, help to reduce the number of betting shops.

Any comments you have would be helpful.
With kind regards,
Cindy Hacker
Trustee, Chinese Community Centre
Please support the Fairer Gambling campaign to stop the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs)(aka B2 machines):

The Gay Hussar Restaurant
2 Greek Street, Soho

BBC Radio 4 in its The World Tonight programme
which was broadcast on Monday 6 April 2015 at 10:00pm
gave a report on The Gay Hussar Restaurant.
Listen Again. Approximate timing: 10:20pm-10:25pm.

Rupert Street, Soho
Yard and former Stables

The Evening Standard e-newspaper for Wednesday 11 March, page 4,
reports that Westminster councillors have rejected a proposal
to excavate a basement and build flats in the last surviving
Victorian stable yard in the area.

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

Spring 2015, No.160
click for the Soho Clarion page
published quarterly
Articles include: From St. Anne's Tower: Chair's Letter. A Clarion Call for Soho. Let's get Creative. We talk to six of Soho's artistic community: Vanity Von Glow, Matilda Ibini, Jesse Bernard, Olivia Whitworth, Iona, Holly Lander & Orla Bennett. Soho News. Soho Radio. We're Watching: Planning, Licensing, Berwick Street. Your Soho: The Battle for Soho GP Practice; The Soho Society Needs Your Help. Museum of Soho: Huguenot Soho. Soho Foodies. Arts: Unexpected Guests. 60 Second Interview. Spring Exhibitions. Crossword. Photo Quiz. Soho Obituaries: The Rev. Fred Stevens, Matt Cogger, Mary Henry. Campaign: #SAVETHEYARD.

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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
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.


Earlier campaigns
A Tribute to
The New Piccadilly Cafe
Denman Street

narrated by Pinkietessa
"N for No-more Piccadilly Cafe. Yes, it's gawn, the caff, the building, even the block has been razed to the ground due to Westminster's Development Plans."
Click here for video
See also: Pinkietessa's A to Z of London
We thank Henry Helliwell
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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