Soho Square, the small grassy patch in the middle of some of London’s priciest real estate, dates back to 1670.

In its early days the square was one of London’s most fashionable addresses, although it used to be called King Square and a statue of Charles II still stands in the middle of it.

Home to the London headquarters of a stack of media giants, including 20th Century Fox, Soho Square also serves as a way station between the humdrum of Oxford Street and the elegant dishevelment of Soho. It’s a leafy green oasis in the heart of the London swarm, and its location means it’s an interesting place to while away a lazy afternoon, as it attracts a mixture of tourists, creative types and Soho bohos.

On occasion it hosts curious displays of performance art, which can appear suddenly and without explanation.


» End of Soho St, W1D 4NR TUBE: Tottenham Court Road 

Verdict: Good for a picnic