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Running through the heart of Soho, Old Compton Street is indelibly associated with London’s gay scene, but also brims with late-licence restaurants and music shops selling vinyl rarities.

Old Compton Street, Soho, London

Running through the heart of Soho, Old Compton Street is indelibly associated with London’s gay scene, but also brims with late-licence restaurants and music shops selling vinyl rarities.

Soho’s history is, of course, as storied as any part of London – in the 19th century, when Soho’s well-earned reputation for vice was most resolutely held, the most famous shop on Old Compton St was Wombwell’s Menagerie.

George Wombwell, a dwarf who was nearly always drunk, owned a cobbler’s shop on the street but it was his travelling animal show, which went all over Britain, that made him a very wealthy man.

More recently, in 1999, the Admiral Duncan pub, popular with homosexuals, was the site of a nail bomb attack that killed three people. Neo-Nazi David Copeland was tried and convicted.

Old Compton St, W1D
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