Pride 2008 - London
Soho is an area in the centre of the West End of London,
England, in the City of Westminster.
It is an entertainment district which for much of the later part of the 20th
century had a reputation for its sex shops as well as its night life and film
industry. Since the early 1980s the area has undergone considerable
transformation and is now a fashionable district of upmarket restaurants and
media offices with only a small remnant of "sex industry" venues in
the west of the area. The main gay area of London
is located in Soho, centred around Old Compton Street.
Soho has an area of approximately one square mile
and may be thought of as bounded by Oxford
Street to the north, Regent Street to the west, Leicester Square to
the south and Charing Cross Road
to the east. However apart from Oxford
Street, all of these roads are nineteenth century
metropolitan improvements, so they are not Soho's
original boundaries, and it has never been an administrative unit, with
formally defined boundaries. The area to the west is known as Mayfair, to the
north Fitzrovia, to the east St
Giles's and Covent Garden, and to the south St
James's. According to the Soho Society, Chinatown, the area between Leicester Square to
the south and Shaftesbury Avenue
to the north is part of Soho, although some
consider it a separate area.
Soho Pride shouldn’t be
compared to London Pride as they are very different events. London Pride or
“National Pride” as it’s also known attracts people from all over the UK. Soho Pride
is much lower key and aimed towards London
locals only. There isn’t a parade or any political protests; it’s just a Sunday
afternoon street party. Gaydar Radio did a
fantastic job running the main stage in Soho Square and QX Magazine
had a second stage in Rupert Street.
Soho Pride is a great day out and we’re already looking forwards to next year!
2 days, 2 parties: The day before
Soho Pride my boyfriend Erick, our friend Cleo and I held a daytime pool party
in our apartment here in London.
Watch the video and see the photos from the weekend.
Web site: www.SohoPride.net