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Retro Soho: you won’t believe what the West End looked like in the ’30s

Posted at 1:30 pm, April 16, 2013 in Photos of London
Soho then and now - how the West End looked in the 30s

Believe it or not, there was a time when Soho wasn’t all bijou coffee shops, media agencies and ‘specialist interest’ bookshops. It’s always been a throbbing hub of arts, entertainment, gastronomy and smut, but through the years it’s also been a whole lot more. Mozart lived there. John Logie Baird debuted a little invention called ‘the television’ there. And, in the 19th century, John Snow (not the newsreader) saved hundreds of local residents from cholera and got a pub named after him.

To see exactly how much Soho has changed across the decades, check out our magical, time-travelling gallery.

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