21 Dean Street London W1D 3NE
In an unassuming spot on Dean Street, in the heart of Soho’s media land, the splendid Soho Theatre is an exceptional venue for cutting-edge new theatre, cult comedy, opera-up-close and cabaret. There are three performance spaces – the 150-seat Soho Theatre, the 90-seat Soho Upstairs and the subterranean cabaret venue Soho Downstairs – which together stage at least four shows a night; booking in advance is not always necessary for the more intimate cabaret shows. This is a writing theatre, buzzing with creativity; in addition to the shows, they host writing workshops and run community and outreach programmes for young people and the over-60s. The lively late bar (which has free wi-fi) is a good place to spot young turks from the world of indie comedy – if you’re not seeing a show, though, you’ll need to be a member (£50 per year) to eat and drink here.