Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July

NOTCOMICS: Today, July the 4th, is England's Independence Day. The day in which the government in its infinite wisdom has stated that pubs can open again. Bars, restaurants, the lot. Some have, some haven't. So I took a walk-with-cycle down Soho's Old Compton Street and a few surrounding offshoots – a Dean Street here, a Frith Street there, even a little bit of Wardour Street. Tonight is probably going to be bedlam but, as they have pedestrianised the area, at least one can walk down it. Here's a video and a tonne of photos. Consider this From One Side of Old Compton Street To The Other for those who miss the old shakycam video walkaround of comic book conventions of Bleeding Cool passim.

Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July
Soho on England's Independence Day, 4th July.

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And while I was at it, I did a little video about the Parliamentary pubs in Westminster for a friend. To find them far more closed than in Soho – almost all of them, anyway.

About Rich Johnston

Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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