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The Editor’s Note: Women’s Month Special

We’re back again with another season of the Editor’s Note IG Live! Join our editor-in-chief, The Soho Girl, as she unwraps the latest press samples landed on her desk – make that kitchen table – and speaks to their entrepreneurial founders Thursday via the ‘gram!

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Climbing the Great Wall of China, And Life’s Other Challenges | Editor’s Note

The Soho Girl ushers in the Year of the Ox reflecting on her childhood visit to Beijing China where she got her first bite of the travel bug…

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Y before Ming: Meet Christine Yau, The Woman Running Yming Chinese Restaurant

Behind the facade of Yming, the iconic blue building on Greek Street and Soho’s oldest Chinese restaurant, is its inspiring owner Christine Yau. Voted The Mulan Award winner for Community Woman of the Year, as well as taking on the role of Vice President of the London Chinatown Chinese Association. Iram Khawaja and Kesh Wang took the opportunity to find out about her 35 year history in this neck of the woods.

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Prepare for The Lunar New Year 春节 with The Chinese Foodie | My Soho Times

With Chinese New Year (also known as Lunar New Year) around the corner, we asked London-based blogger and Instagramer, Erica Tang @thechinesefoodie to share her top tips on celebrating the New Year – whether you’re out and about (for a stroll of course) or staying in!

I was born in Hubei, China. I moved to London 4 years ago to study, and I now work in the city. My partner is British, we actually met in China, and we cook & eat Chinese food at home mainly, as we used to when we lived there. Working from home since covid has given me a lot more time to cook, to rediscover some of the comfort foods I used to be able to get from street stands in Wuhan, by actually attempting to make them from scratch at home. Before the pandemic, my partner and I used to go to the theatre after work, have meals out in restaurants and Chinatown, and the Soho area has many of our favourite places. 

2021 is a Year of the Ox

February 12th 2021 – January 31st 2022.

Erica Picks

China Exchange provides ample opportunities to understand China, Chinese culture and Chinatown. I’ve been to a few events there, including a rare screening of the 1987 film Ping Pong (filmed in Chinatown). They also organise exhibitions about Chinese art, the history of Chinatown London etc.

www.chinaexchange.uk

Keep an eye on Chinatown’s special festive decorations when the time comes! There’s usually a parade across Chinatown, Trafalgar Square and the West End. Shops and restaurants will also have their own promotions and perhaps special meals to help you celebrate!

(Due to COVID the celebrations will be taking place online. On 14 February, you can enjoy an extravaganza of past Chinese New Year performances in London from home).

Grab a few buns from Bun House – to me they are the best buns in town. The lamb bun is my fav savoury and the custard bun is my fav sweet. Other interesting snacks include Jianbing from Pleasant Lady, and Cantonese pastry from Chinatown Bakery.

Photo by @the.soho.girl | The Pleasant Lady

Milk tea is my go to drink whenever I’m in the Chinatown / Soho area. So many fine choices to choose from including Biju, Xinfutang, Kova, Yi Fang, Woo Tea… And if you love matcha as I do, Tsujiri London is the place for tasty matcha desserts and drinks!

Pictured: matcha desserts from Tsujiri London

I love Four Seasons’ Hog Maw Chicken soup and roast duck. Food House Chinatown has amazing BBQ skewers, grilled fish and hot pot. Jinli, Er Mei and Barshu all do nice Sichuan food. There are so many choices for a lovely festive meal in Chinatown, Soho.

Pictured: Barshu

Erica’s Lamb & Coriander Dumpling Filling

Ingredients list:

  • Approx 300g lamb mince
  • Chopped coriander (I used 2 handfuls)
  • Chopped spring onion whites (1 handful)
  • 1.5-2 tbsp spice water (pre-boil with some star anise, sichuan peppercorn, and cumin)
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp cooking wine,
  • Some finely chopped ginger

Steps:

1. Mince in oil, add 1-2 tsp spice water, stir in one direction for 1-2 mins.

2. Repeat step 1 a few times until stringy (you can use chopsticks or a fork but I find it easy to just use my hand).

3. Add in the other ingredients and seasoning and mix well.

4. Wrap with store bought wrappers or make your own (for 100g flour use 50-60g water, plus a pinch of salt).

5. Boil or pan fry and serve with some vinegar and chilli oil

Enjoy!

Follow @thechinesefoodie for more recipes and honest reviews!

How will you be celebrating Chinese New Year? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!

This article was originally published in the Winter issue of My Soho Times.

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Future Incubators and Accelerators Conference addresses the use of technology help solve the challenges the world faces due to Covid-19

Florence Keelson-Anfu shares highlights from the Future Incubators and Accelerators (FIA) Conference 2020 where keynote speakers and panellists discussed how technology can help us solve the challenges the world faces due to COVID-19, and how this may shape the role of incubators and accelerators in 2021 and beyond. The virtual conference took place on Wednesday, 16th December, 2020.

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3 Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Kickstart Your Dry January | My Soho Times

Whatever your your reasons for giving up alcohol – a New Year’s resolution for a healthier you, or to simply detox from weeks of festivities – join millions around the UK start 2021 with the alcohol-free challenge, Dry January. We’ve selected these three drink brands we think you’ll love!

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Behind the Scenes of Soho Is Open Christmas Video | My Soho Times TV

Here we go again – another lockdown… However we couldn’t have predicted the move into Tier 3, and swiftly into Tier 4, just days after filming our Christmas campaign celebrating Soho being open again in time for Christmas…

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Giving Back this Christmas | My Soho Times

The Tier 4 lockdown in London and Southeast announcement has left a grey cloud over our heads. However, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining – it’s up to us to see it!

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Brunch at Blacks: Soho’s Oldest Members’ Club | My Soho Times

Brunch is latest food craze to hit the capital, and it has comfortably found a home in London’s foodie capital – Soho! If you’re looking for a unique and exclusive venue to for a brunch date over the weekend – we highly recommend booking at table at Blacks to try their stunning new Brunch menu!

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Sneak Peek Inside the Winter Issue | My Soho Times

“Choose a career you love and you’ll never work a day in your life…”

Well, whoever gave that advice forgot the small print – you’ll work double as hard!

Photo credit: Clancy Gebler Davies

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Someone of Soho Lights Up Oxford Street this Winter | My Soho Times

Someone of Soho

By Richard Piercy

If you’re heading to the Westend for the Christmas shop, be sure to venture into ‘Soho end‘ of Oxford Street for an informal introduction to 100 people with a connection to Soho, via the Someone of Soho digital exhibition on the Flannels building. The giant installation on the corner of Poland St and Oxford St displays black and white portraits with first names and a signature hashtag: the work of photographer Richard Piercy.

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My Soho Times winter Gift Guide 2020

We’ve been busy putting together this special gift guide ahead of our winter issue – just in time for our spirits to be lifted as lockdown 2.0 ends! You’ll find a selection of diverse gifts and ideas to for that perfect present – be it for your loved ones, friends… or a treat for yourself this winter!

We’re proud to once again support Centrepoint and the work they do for young homeless people. Make a difference in the life of a young homeless person this winter by giving a donation.

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Everything included has been tried and tested (we started the festivities a little early this year) so we’re confident you’ll find something you love, or will love to give!

Don’t forget to show yourself some love too! Our Winter issue cover star & fave self-love style guru, Gok Wan, shares 4 simple tips to help you stay switched on in the coming winter months!

Gillian Smith, Contributing Editor’s Note

The most magical season of the year is upon us once again, even though it hardly seems a year since last Christmas, with everything that’s happened over the past 10 months or so. With that in mind and in the wake of the second lockdown, making up for lost time seems to be the order of the day right now.  

So if you’re looking for a little help to make your Yule cool, look no further than the My Soho Times Winter Gift Guide.  It’s all in here… and I’m not going to spoil the surprise by giving away too much. Unlike some of the amazing independent retailers in our guide.  So grab yourself a copy or download it now… and join in the countdown to Christmas!

My Soho Times winter gift guide front cover: The Carnaby Christmas installation ‘Choose Love in Carnaby‘ | @carnabylondon. Cover photo: Tareq Mooradun | @tmnikonian. Double page spread photo: David Parry

We hope you enjoy this special edition we put together to inspire the gift of giving, supporting local and independent businesses, and celebrating our joint achievements of getting through a very challenging year… to be in the present.

Season’s greeting from us at My Soho Times!

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Behind the Scenes of Soho Is Open | My Soho Times TV

And here we have it – the soft launch of My Soho Times TV! And idea which the second lockdown almost put to bay, until we realised it’s now more than ever that we need to reach audiences visually via our digital platforms.

We partnered with BoomCityTV to produce Soho Is Open (for take away), and film our winter issue interview with Tony Philips aka Tony the Soho Tailor.

Head over to our YouTube channel for more short vids from the businesses we featured. Don’t forget to Subscribe and comment!

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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!

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The Survival of Berwick Street Market | My Soho Times

Another lockdown. And once again the only visible evidence that a market exists on Berwick Street is the Soho Dairy stall standing alone without its peers. Before lockdown 2.0 Robin Smith gave us a glimpse of what’s happening to the West End’s oldest market…

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My Soho Times Influencer Network

My Soho Times Influencer Network is a complimentary service for influencers allowing us to connect brands with nano to mid-tier influencers and content creators who’ve built a reputation for their expertise on a specific topic.

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“As a fashion designer, I explore and raise awareness of social issues worldwide…”

As part of our Soho Female Founders series we caught up with Sarah Hollebon, a Savile Row trained tailor and mental health activist, in her studio just off Carnaby Street…Continue reading ““As a fashion designer, I explore and raise awareness of social issues worldwide…””

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A Taste of the Orient London | My Soho Times

We invited filmmaker Ivo Belohoubek to be our guest blogger and share his experience dining at the Orient London in China Town… Real people – real opinions – about real food!

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Meet chef Nieves Barragan: “Sabor means Flavour” | My Soho Times

Ivo Belohoubek speaks to Nieves Barragan about gaining a Michelin Star for Sabor, growing up in her mum’s kitchen and giving back…

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My Soho Times Fundraiser is now LIVE!

When I created My Soho Times as a blog in 2012, the main objective was to share my experience living in the bustling heart of London… By 2015 I decided I didn’t want it to be just about me, but rather the amazing people who LIVE WORK PLAY (interpret the latter as you wish!) in Soho!

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Back to Biz: A Guide for Entrepreneurs and Freelancers

With a decade’s worth of experience working with SMEs and startups, Lua Cooper – Founder & Principal Consultant at Greengage, shares some advice on simple ways to get your business back on track again.

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Overcoming the Lockdown Blues | My Soho Times

Whether it’s the lockdown blues, or end of summer slump you’re battling with, Lydia Johnson, founder of London Clinic of Hypnotherapy, shares these steps to help you get your mojo back!

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Soho’s Urban Biodiversity | My Soho Times

Dr Luke Dixon of Urban Beekeeping shares insight into Soho’s often unspoken biodiversity and tips on how we can do our part to save the bees…

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Mark Powell: The Art of Looking Dapper | My Soho Times

As the spring sun arrives, we look back on our winter issue to the man who graced our first issue front cover… Mark Powell shares The Art of Looking Dapper.

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Ray Jones is The Talent Banquer | My Soho Times

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The Soho Girl in conversation with Ray Jones at L’Escargot

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Welcome Back to the West End’s Theatre

The West End is opening back up, and that means theatre is back! Tim Baros shares some recommendations on the shows that should be on your radar… it’s been a long lockdown and there’s nothing more West End than attending a real live show! 

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Where Have All of Soho’s LGBT Bars & Clubs Gone?

The final step of England’s roadmap out of lockdown is in sight – 19th July! With Soho being the hub of London’s LGBTQ+ scene once offering a diversity of nightlife entertainment, Tim Baros questions the disappearance of some of Soho’s most infamous and discreet gay and lesbian venues… “where have all of Soho’s LGBT bars & clubs gone?

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VOX City Walks | My Soho Times

So… our precious freedom is finally here and the urge for a city break is strong.  I think it’s fair to say most of us are keen to get out and about, see the sights, and then sit at a table sipping a drink watching the world go by, continental style.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas | My Soho Times

Dads are notoriously difficult to buy presents for! With that in mind and with Father’s Day just around the corner, we’ve put together some ideas for great gifts to mark this special occasion for any father figure in your life…

Galvin at Windows

With stunning views over London (spot the arches of Wembley Stadium in the distance on a clear day), the award winning Galvin at Windows Restaurant nestled on the 26th floor of the Hilton Park Lane is the perfect is the ‘wow’ factor for a special Father’s Day celebration.

Join in Galvin at Window’s 15th Anniversary celebrations this month with a spectacular five-course birthday menu curated by the five Head Chefs past and present; Chris and Jeff Galvin (Chef Patrons), André Garrett (2006 – 2013), Joo Won (2013 – 2020) and Marc Hardiman (current). Transport your palette over the years of Galvin at Windows alongside unforgettable wine pairings and a special collaboration with Perrier-Jouët Champagne. The exclusive birthday menu is available until 26th June.

www.galvinatwindows.com/whats-on

Restaurant Kits

Take the stress out of a night out by making Father’s Day memorable with a night in! Choose from a wide range of DIY kits from your favourite restaurants delivered straight to your door – nationwide!

Whether it’s Gordon Ramsay’s classic beef wellington, juicy bao buns or Corazon’s Carne Asada Taco Kit (pictured), Restaurant Kits have got all your bases covered and ready to go!

Get 10% off any kit using code MYSOHOTIMES10 at checkout http://www.restaurantkitsuk.com

Crosstown x James + Jake

To celebrate Father’s Day, Crosstown have launched a selection of curated gift boxes, featuring their award-winning doughnuts, cookies, ice cream, and specialty drinks, alongside premium skincare products from James + Jake.

Customers can choose from Crosstown’s menu of sweet treats and build their perfect gift box by adding drinks such as craft beers, specialty wine (from the likes of St. JOHN Wines and Gusbourne), fresh ground coffee and Prana Chai from Melbourne, Australia. A luxury gift box option includes premium body wash and moisturiser from British brand James + Jake, which is packed with essential oils and vitamin-rich ingredients.

www.crosstown.co.uk

Azuaya Skin Care range

Azuaya makes caring for your skin simple. Their unisex skin care range is vegan, cruelty free, organic. Made from ethically sourced ingredients used by the indigenous people of the Amazônia, combining the most potent anti-ageing plants of the Amazon such as Guaraná, Muru Muru and Buriti to give you luxurious yet completely natural skincare.

Get a great deal on their Azuaya Youth Extending Glow Cream & Rejuvenating Hydra Serum bundle!

www.azuaya.com

Baked Bites Babe

Looking for a sweet treat to sugar coat Father’s Day? Look no further than the Baked Bites Babe’s Father’s Day gift box! There’s enough for you and dad to share; 2 kinder cookie doughnuts, 2 kinder brownies and 2 vanilla bean biscuits topped with fondant. Complete with a gift box, ribbon and card.

A box of 12 includes 4 of each treat (double the amount shown). www.bakedbitesbabe.co.uk

Hummingbird Bakery

Delight dad with Mile High cupcakes and Red Velvet Cheesecake cupcakes! Mile High is a famous American recipe featuring an intensely rich chocolate sponge with a salted caramel filling. It also features your favourite Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting, which also gets a special spoonful of chocolate chip cheesecake baked in.

Box contains six cupcakes (three Mile High and three Red Velvet Cheesecake). Father’s Day range also available in Made Without Gluten and Vegan.

http://www.hummingbirdbakery.com/collections/fathers-day

Sixes Cricket Club

Have a family-filled ‘ball’ at the newly opened Sixes Cricket Club in Fitzrovia. Make an event of Father’s day with sports, drinks and food all in one venue!

http://www.sixescricket.com

The King of Soho

Gift the Spirit of Soho!

Did you know Soho has its very own Gin? Launched in 2013 by Alex Robson and Howard Raymond, The King of Soho encapsulates the spirit of London’s most dynamic entertainment district… homage to the life and legacy of the original King of Soho, Paul Raymond.

The King of Soho London Dry Gin & Variorum Gin (a pink berry edition) available at Gerry’s Wines and Spirits, Old Compton Street.

www.gerrys.uk.com

Aloha65

Your dad doesn’t fit neatly into a box – and neither should his drink!

Aloha65 is neither a “gin” or “vodka”. It’s a spirit drink infused with fresh pineapple, lemon, ginger, scotch-bonnet chillies and carefully selected herbs and spices. Delicious as a shot, a refreshing long-drink, or a unique heart of a great cocktail, Aloha 65 is all-natural, vegan, and lower in alcohol than many of the usual suspects. Original and mould-breaking, it’s an invitation to live life to the full.

http://www.aloha65.com

Soho Pin

Nothing quite shows the love of London’s most dynamic area then wearing it on your chest with pride. Gift your dad one (or both!) of our metal badge pins. Available exclusively via My Soho Times fundraiser.

https://gofund.me/a50467a8

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Clemmie’s Big Spring Clean: For the Mind, Body, and Home

With it being a year since the first lockdown, most of us have spent more time in our homes than ever before. So we could all probably do with a little (or large) Spring Clean – but why should our homes get all the attention? Surely our bodies and minds deserve a little spruce up too – especially after the year we’ve all had?

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With it being a year since the first lockdown, most of us have spent more time in our homes than ever before. So we could all probably do with a little (or large) Spring Clean – but why should our homes get all the attention? Surely our bodies and minds deserve a little spruce up too – especially after the year we’ve all had?

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Shake up post-lockdown with Shake Shack’s Crispy Shallot Burger – all 100% vegan!

There’s definitely light at the end of the tunnel now that lockdown restrictions have eased! To celebrate being able to eat out with friends again, we invited vegan model, actress and skater @estellethegazelle to try the Crispy Shallot Burger; a bespoke vegan patty created in collaboration with Chef Neil Rankin, topped with smoky cheddar, beer-marinated crispy shallots, lettuce, and tangy Dijonnaise sauce on a toasted potato bun – all 100% vegan.

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