Your cart

Close

Total AUD

Checkout

Imprint

  • W&N
  • Sceptre
  • W&N
  • W&N
  • W&N
  • Sceptre

Soho: A Street Guide to Soho s History, Architecture and People

Dan Cruickshank

Write Review

Rated 0

History of architecture, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), History, British & Irish history

A deeply imaginative, street-by-street and meticulously researched biography of one of London's most vibrant and seductive districts

Soho - illicit, glamorous, sordid, louche, poverty-stricken, squalid, exhilarating.

One of Britain's best-loved historians, Dan Cruickshank, grants us an intimacy with centuries of rich and varied history as he guides us around the Soho of the last five hundred years. We learn of its original aspirations towards respectability, how it became London's bohemian quarter and why it was once home to its criminal underworld. The bars, clubs, theatres and their frequenters are described with detail that evokes the heart of the district.

The history of Soho is written in its surviving architecture. Cruickshank points out the streets that were the stamping grounds of criminal dynasties and directs our attention towards the homes of renowned prostitutes, revealing Georgian sexual mores and surprising visitors - amongst them eighteenth-century painter Joshua Reynolds, whose peculiar 'caprice' was simply drawing the girls. Soho has been home to characters as diverse as Mrs Goadby's girls to the Maltese mafia, and Cruikshank draws these threads together with kaleidoscopic verve.

Even as he mourns some of the changes, he pays testament to the district's resilience. He observes how the common denominator over the centuries is that it has always been a destination for immigrants: from French Huguenots to the East European Jewish community and recent Chinese diaspora - and that this is the foundation of its spirit and success.

Read More Read Less

Dan Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank is a regular presenter on the BBC best known for his popular BBC Two series THE BEST BUILDINGS OF BRITAIN and WHAT THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION DID FOR US. He is one of Britain's leading architectural and historic building experts.

This website uses cookies. Using this website means you are okay with this but you can find out more and learn how to manage your cookie choices here.Close cookie policy overlay