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Soho Palace Theatre, London, one of Soho's several entertainment venues OS grid reference TQ295815    – Charing Cross 0.5 mi (0.8 km)  SSE London borough Westminster Ceremonial county Greater London Region London Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town LONDON Postcode district W1 Dialling code 020 Police Metropolitan Fire London Ambulance London EU Parliament London UK Parliament Cities of London and Westminster London Assembly West Central List of places UK England London Coordinates: 51°30'47?N 0°07'52?W? / ?51.513°N 0.131°W? / 51.513; -0.131Soho is an area of the City of Westminster and part of the West End of London. Long established as an entertainment district, for much of the 20th century Soho had a reputation as a base for the sex industry in addition to its night life and as a location for the headquarters of leading film companies. Since the 1980s, the area has undergone considerable transformation. It now is predominantly a fashionable district of upmarket restaurants and media offices, with only a small remnant of sex industry venues. Soho is a small, multicultural area of central London; a home to industry, commerce, culture and entertainment, as well as a residential area for both rich and poor. It has clubs, including the former Chinawhite nightclub; public houses; bars; restaurants; a few sex shops scattered amongst them; and late-night coffee shops that give the streets an "open-all-night" feel at the weekends. Many Soho weekends are busy enough to warrant closing off some of the streets to vehicles; Westminster Council pedestrianised parts of Soho in the mid-1990s, but later removed much of it, apparently after complaints of loss of trade from local businesses. Record shops cluster in the area around Berwick Street, with shops such as Blackmarket Records and Vinyl Junkies. ^ British Cultural Identities – Page 130, Mike Storry – 2002
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