Looking back at My Soho Times Launch Party

You can’t launch a magazine in London’s party playground without throwing a party so My Soho Times threw not one, but two events to celebrate in Soho’s iconic Experimental Cocktail Club and the The Piano Bar Soho!

What started off as a blog by Kai (a.k.a the Soho Girl) is now an independently-funded shiny hyper-local magazine full of all things Soho lifesyle. Both venues filled up instantly with enthusiastic supporters who enjoyed treats sponsored by Crosstown and Tesco Dean Street Soho. The Soho Girl herself shone in a orange ankara print suit by Becca Apparel and friends, partners and contributors rubbed shoulders with Soho’s personalities including Mark Powell, George Skeggs aka Soho George, and friends from King of Soho, Groucho, and The Museum of Soho.

Ivo Belohoubek recalls both launch parties last winter…

Experimental Cocktail Club

Not your typical Chinatown establishment, the Experimental Cocktail Club is a gem hidden behind unassuming battered doors in Gerrard Street. It’s a place oozing with character, the shabby chic and minimalist décor is redolent of Soho’s bohemian past. Complimentary cocktails and music expertly mixed by DJ IAmAfrorisk on the desks loosened the crowd (and what a crowd it was) who came to show their support for My Soho Times and pick up their free copy – which I am sure will a collector’s item in the future. We couldn’t be more thrilled to host in such an iconic Soho spot, a location steeped in the legends of Soho’s artistic past. We proudly stand on their shoulders, and carry their legacy with My Soho Times.

The Piano Bar Soho

Properly warmed up and due to popular demand, the party continued a day later at the Piano Bar Soho on Carlisle Street, this time with the champagne flowing. Business and charity partners, advertisers and Soho personalities mingled to chat and talk turkey. The Piano Bar is an intimate venue with live music and a chilled atmosphere that easily makes you forget that you’re in the bustle of Soho. One of My Soho Times aims is to bring together diverse groups of people from artists to business owners, start-ups to media and the hospitality industry to showcase a community that understands and cares about Soho. Now that the scene is firmly set, rest assured there will be more events like this.

“I’ve not only launched a magazine, tonight i feel like i’ve launched myself as part of my Soho Community!”  -The Soho Girl

CLICK HERE for more launch party pictures on My Soho Times Facebook page! Photos by Crystal Forbes-muir and Freda Adu

Words by Ivo Belohoubek @dogoodfilmsworldwide

Special thanks to Experimental Cocktail Club and The Piano Bar Soho for supporting our launch events! And to everyone who’s been on board our journey so far and we look forward to more connections to come!

Look out for our winter issue coming out in December 2020! We’re still on the lookout to establish partnerships with local businesses. Please email Kai to request a partnership deck kai@mysohotimes.co.uk

This article was originally published in My Soho Times spring issue. Pick up our latest issue from My Place SohoB Bagel Bakery or Tesco Dean Street, or subscribe to have the latest issue delivered straight to your doorstep! CLICK HERE.

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