Stephen Fry's Plea To Soho Developers

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By James Drury Last edited 37 months ago
Stephen Fry's Plea To Soho Developers

Stephen Fry and co-founder of the Save Soho movement, Tim Arnold. Photo by Save Soho.

Stephen Fry and other representatives of the Save Soho campaign are to meet developers and representatives of Westminster Council on Monday night in a bid to preserve the area's artistic community.

Campaigners are hoping the presentation to Westminster Council’s Soho Steering Group will mean their voices will be part of the ongoing conversation around the redevelopment of Soho.

The movement, which has the backing of actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis and Gemma Arterton, was set up following the closure of Madam Jojo's, and other venues in the district, plus the imminent closing of Tin Pan Alley in Denmark Street.

Rising rents and the trend for offices and commercial space being turned into luxury apartments is extinguishing Soho's creative, bohemian vibe — the very thing for which it is world-renowned.

Save Soho recently produced a video to raise awareness of the plight, and it has the backing of Boris Johnson.

Last Updated 12 January 2015

William Morland

Manbar was also very recently shut down

Brian Neale

good for Stephen and the others keep some parts of old Soho i have walked through Soho a lot of times back in the 1960s through to the 1980s when i lived in london then to Kent