Soho

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Coordinates: 51°30′47″N 0°08′06″W / 51.513°N 0.135°W / 51.513; -0.135

Soho 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 for sex shops as well as night life and film industry. Since the early 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 in the west.[1]

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History

The area of Soho was grazing farmland until 1536, when it was taken by Henry VIII as a royal park for the Palace of Whitehall. The name "Soho" first appears in the 17th century. Most authorities believe that the name derives from a former hunting cry.[2][3][4][5] The Duke of Monmouth used “soho” as a rallying call for his men at the Battle of Sedgemoor,[6] half a century after the name was first used for this area of London.

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