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: 1 March 2015

The Soho Society
Annual General Meeting
Friday 13 March 2015

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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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Franz Joseph Haydn plaque
Franz Joseph Haydn, 18th Century Austrian composer and musician, lived for a year at No.18, Great Pulteney Street, Soho. In October 2014 the Haydn Society of Great Britain launched a fund-raising campaign to erect a commemorative blue plaque at that address. The campaign ended on Monday 24 November with the target of £5245 being successfully raised.
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The plaque will be unveiled by Sir Neville Marriner on Tuesday 24 March 2015 at about 12:00 noon.
Address: 18 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, London W1F 9NE. [VENUE LOCATION MAP]

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
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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