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Lights of Soho: Brewer Street Illuminati

This is one of SEEN’s favourite haunts. If you’re visiting London and want to experience something of old-school Soho, then get yourselves to Lights of Soho at 35 Brewer Street. A gallery and bar by day and a private Members’ Club in the evening, this space is a feast for the eyes.

This is one of SEEN’s favourite haunts. If you’re visiting London and want to experience something of old-school Soho, then get yourselves to Lights of Soho at 35 Brewer Street. A gallery and bar by day and a private Members’ Club in the evening, this space is a feast for the eyes.

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Lights of Soho not only displays vintage neon and light art (some of which reflects the notoriety of old Soho) but also regularly showcases the best in modern neon and light art, which is well-served by its pared-back minimal interior. The art is often funny and thought-provoking, yet also profound and occasionally moving, as though the bright colours draw you in only to fell you with their message.

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Artists such as Chris Bracey (the King of Neon), the playful yet sinister Herr Nilsson, and creator of the haunting ‘Echo’, Caroline List all sell or exhibit their work here. Lights of Soho takes commissions should you wish to try your own hand at a piece of neon art design. The gallery also regularly collaborates with bands, DJs and other creatives for evenings of music and a new exhibition. Mumford and Sons recently showcased art and photographs by practitioners from South Africa.

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The roster of events is ever-changing so it’s worth checking in regularly to see what’s going on. The downstairs space is worth a look too. Quirky corners abound; it’s cosy, comfortable and intimate, the perfect place to get to know new people, take meetings, or even just wander around on your own. The drinks are lovely and the staff very friendly and welcoming. SEEN has always found it to be an uplifting experience to visit.

Lights of Soho
35 Brewer Street
Shop
London
W1F 0RX
+44 20 7183 2003
lightsofsoho.com

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