Tis the season…
The winter season is a great time for reflection. With our official ‘coming out’ and the new roaring 20s just around the corner, this couldn’t be a more fitting time for us to launch. It’s been a whirlwind of a journey since the summer of 2019 when I took on the challenge of turning my long standing blog into a lifestyle magazine (and accepting that I cannot be the Carrie Bradshaw of Soho)!
So it’s with the greatest of pleasure, much enthusiasm (plus a healthy dollop of blood, sweat and tears), that I welcome you to the 1st issue of My Soho Times magazine.
We kicked off the season curating our cover story, The Art of Looking Dapper – spotlighting Menswear designer Mark Powell. For foodies, Michelin Star chef Nieves Barragan of Sabor Restaurant speaks about her connection to London with a particular fondness for Soho (on a side note, the grilled octopus is a must-try!) Call me a bit of a Scrooge but I decided to go more festive than Christmassy. Festive is a way of life – Christmas is only one day a year. That said, we snuck in a Holiday menu, paid Mr Mullan’s General Store a visit (Soho’s very own Santa’s one-stop-grotto for your gifts!), and we crossed over to Bloomsbury to experience The London Cabaret Club scene!
Faith is an important part of many people’s lives and we become more aware of it this time of the year – even as the capital gets ready to party. So we’ve highlighted some ways to make that soul connection; from church to meditation, refuge at Soho Recovery Centre, and 50 years of the Radha Krishna Temple – come to Soho, all ye faithful!
And so as 2019 comes to a close, we’re using our 2020 vision to predict the next decade of our little corner of London. That’s quite a challenge for the crystal ball, and the truth is, no-one knows exactly what the future holds in these turbulent times. For us here at My Soho Times, it’s an exciting time to launch and be part of a new decade – and an iconic one at that! For us the 20’s look hopeful. We want to be a voice for small businesses and a conduit for the larger ones to give back to our community. Our tagline LIVE WORK PLAY embodies in just three words what Soho and neighbouring areas mean to so many of the hundred of thousands of people who pass through these streets daily… My Soho Times is Yours too!
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank this issue’s amazing contributors, all those who’ve supported us from the very beginning, as well as the ones who’ve only just jumped on board. It’s an exciting time to be a Soho gal – the future is looking bright!
This editor’s note was published in My Soho Times autumn 2019 (pilot). View the magazine online CLICK HERE!
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