SOHO 1983: A GIRL’S GUIDE TO PEEP SHOWS, TOPLESS BARS & NUDE ENCOUNTERS

I’m just back from karaoke. I’m a wee bit drunk on a school night, so this is the perfect read for the mood I’m in…

Enjoy…

MULTIGLOM

Soho in the early 1980s was very different from the throbbing metropolitan hub we know today. Back then it was still sleazy, disreputable and not a fit place for a lone 28-year-old woman to wander on her own after dark, unless she wanted to get propositioned by scumbags. So naturally I wandered it, repeatedly.

There were some decent pubs and a bunch of screening rooms where film critics hung out, it’s true, but instead of streets full of drunk tourists stylish brasseries and boutiques selling upmarket lingerie, most of the area was a warren of topless bars, peep shows, clip joints and prostitutes, with a lot of the businesses rumoured to have been run by porn magnates, gangsters and/or shady foreign concerns.

At this point in my life, I was desperately trying to find work as a photographer or writer, so conceived the slightly demented idea of visiting as many…

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