So twenty years (just under by 2 or 3) later, it’s my third time back to SoHo to find some changes. There are no drug dealers. At least not in broad daylight. The thieves are more cautious nowadays. I think you need to be completely smashed for someone to be able to get away with robbery as there are so many cameras. It was winter of 2012, when I left the formal ball at Hult International Business School. I was wearing a Black Westwood Tux, with flamboyant 18K Gold rings. I should have known to hop in a cab. I was literally a few blocks from the tube when I left. If I walked briskly I could make the last train around midnight. At the entrance to the tube, I reached in to my pocket for my wallet, when I was punched in the back of the head. It did not hurt. I think I was too drunk. I only had a small change purse, with a credit card, my Oyster (tube) card, ID, and about 10 quid. They tried to steal it thinking it had money in it. I was in the process of getting the tube card out, but had the credit card in my fingers. The three guys pummelled me, trying to get the wallet, which was useless to them, while I managed to hold on to the credit card. I had three pieces of a card, in my hand while I swung back and started yelling. People noticed and the thieves ran. The tube was closed now, and I tried about eight cabs who would not take my three pieces of credit card. My head was spinning, and I barely got home safe. It’s a gay neighbourhood, so there are tons of straight guys who want to take advantage of their homosexual admirers. Do not dress wealthy late at night, under the influence and expect to be safe traveling via tube.
Old Compton Street is pretty fun, I must admit. There is the infamous G-A-Y bar with all it’s prissy boys, some broke chavs, and older horny blokes that chase them around the club. The music is very Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, and over the top Pop. I can do a drink there before I want to leave. There are lots of pubs there Compton’s of SoHo, Village, and the Admiral Duncan (where a nail bomb set-off by a Neo-Nazi killed 3 and injured 12). There are several sex shops like CloneZone, SoHo Original Books, and Janus. At the end of the block, there are live female sex shops. One night I stumbled in for a drink, and got a striptease from a Japanese dancer. It was pretty fun, but not worth the money. I like this neighbourhood, because it is centrally located, minutes from City, near Camden and all the neighbourhoods. I live 5 minutes away. It’s in the centre of the city if that makes a difference. I’m a city boy, always staying around the heart of the metropolis. My favourite place here is Costa Coffee where I sit outside, people watching reading on my iPad for hours.