Soho’s answer to the great British summer fete comes to St Anne’s Churchyard on Wardour Street this Sunday, offering all the best bits of a festival with none of the associated horrors of leaving London, drinking warm beer or living in a tent.
Hosted by the Soho society (essentially a much cooler version of your average residents’ association by virtue of it being in one of the capital’s more eccentric districts) and now in its 44th year, the event showcases a side of London unlike any other. And with the unique character of Soho under sustained threat, there couldn’t be a better time to support this endlessly creative community .
Highlight of the day is the ‘Waiters’ Race’, in which uniformed waiting staff from local establishments run through the streets balancing glasses of fizz on trays. A fixture since the ‘50s, It’s worth the trip into town for this surreal sight alone.
Entry to the fete is free, with more information available here.
By Abi Silvester