The Bright Lights of Soho

There used to be a time when walking through Soho, you’d be bombarded by neon lights. They’d be offering sex, toys or girls, girls girls! But as chain restaurants, shops and Crossrail have sent the rent prices soaring we now see a more sanitised scene.

I recently popped into Lights of Soho, the art gallery and members Club that’s trying to bring back Soho’s fun.

Lights of Soho

Like moths to a flame, the shop front of Lights of Soho is irresistible

Lights of Soho, now in its third year, is a private member’s bar and club, hosting light-art exhibitions. The good news is it’s completely free and open to the public six days a week 10am-6pm

Lights of Soho

The current exhibition (they generally last for 6 weeks) features work from Chris Bracey; ‘The Neon Man’ and founder of Walthamstow’s God’s Own Junkyard and you can catch it until 27 January.

This is the kind of thing you can expect…

Lights of Soho
Lights of Soho

Downstairs there’s a bar and suitably cosy dance floor

Spilling out onto Brewer Street, these jazzed-up lampposts light the way.

Lights of Soho

If you fancy brightening up a dark wintery day, pop into Lights of Soho (they also serve coffee, food and cocktails) to soak up a bit of neon light.

Visiting

You can find the premises at 35 Brewer St, Soho but at present their battling against business rate and rent hikes.

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