about Soho

I always feel that London is the centre of the world, although I am sure the inhabitants of New York or Paris would disagree. Soho is at the centre of London, and the centre of Soho is Berwick Street. Soho has always been notorious for prostitution, and the southern end of Berwick Street seems at the centre of this.

There are 3 walk ups in Berwick Street. A 'walk up' is a place that some people call a brothel. It is not really a brothel because only one woman works as a prostitute in a flat. That is why walk ups are not illegal. There is also a 'maid' there who looks after the prostitute. She is usually an older woman.

I say 3 walk ups maybe I should say 6. Each doorway leads to two flats on upper floors. Often in Soho there is a shop or restaurant on the ground floor and walk ups on upper floors. Soho is also known for good food. There is a street market (mainly food) at the southern end of Berwick Street.

In Peter Street at the southern end of Berwick Street there are another 3 (or 6) walk ups, and round the corner in Green's Court are another 2. There used to be even more walk ups near the southern end of Berwick Street, before the redevelopment on the corner of Berwick Street and Peter Street. Blore Court had a walk up where some of the best prostitutes in Soho worked, Angie, Ritzy and Sandy. There was also a brothel called Les Girls in Blore Court. There's another brothel in Duck Lane called Soho Cottage. I seem to remember that there were also walk ups on the northern side of the east of Peter Street.

70A Berwick Street is where the legendary Italian beauty Claudia worked.

Walkers Court is a sleazy alleyway with sex shops but no walk ups. Nearby Tisbury Court must be the sleaziest alleyway, it had a sex shop, a walk up, and Soho's only remaining peep show. Dotted around Soho are other walk ups, including the area south of Shaftesbury Avenue that is Chinatown. In Lisle Street are 3 walk ups, probably the sleaziest ones in Soho. The only other walk ups in London are in Shepherd Market outside Soho in Mayfair, where there are just a few.

There are also brothels, such as Soho Cottage. Brothels can be found all over London. One area of prostitution I have no experience of is phone card prostitution. You can see in central London lots of cards in public telephone boxes. There is a picture of a scantily clad female (sometimes a transexual male) and a phone number. I know they are more expensive than the walk ups so I haven't investigated this area.

I have had a little experience of the Chinese medical establishments that are found all over London but especially in Soho and Chinatown. They offer herbal medicine, acupuncture and massage. At some places and with some girls for an extra amount of money you can have a 'happy ending' to your massage. The masseuse will masturbate you to orgasm. It is difficult to know where you can get this service and how much you will end up paying.

At most walk ups the minimum price is £20. In some places that is for straight sex. Other services cost more. There is a list on the wall of services offered and their prices. You could have oral, straight sex with oral, or straight sex in different positions.

In other places they seem to go by time not the activity. £20 will buy you 10 minutes with the prostitute. 20 minutes however could be £50. In my favourite walk up the pricing system is simpler. It is £20 for each 10 minutes you spend, irrespective of the activity.

You will be asked to give an extra £2 to the maid. She will open the door to you. She may sit with you if the prostitute is busy. Or suggest you come back later.

I expect that most men will spend more than this minimum amount. Some men will want to spend the minimum amount the first time they see a particular woman. If they like her they can go back another time and spend more money. If you do your research you can find out which are the ones you will probably like best. Different men will have different preferences. Some may prefer a friendly older woman, some may prefer an energetic young one. A tall slender blonde, or a raven-haired oriental? Something for everyone.

A man may be approached in the street by someone who will offer to take him to a flat where there are girls. These people are called touts. At best they will take you to a walk up and ask you for payment for their service on the stairs. They have no connection to the prostitute in the walk up. Many walk ups have notices saying 'No Touts' and asking men to not hand over any money on the stairs. Money paid to a tout does not pay for the services of a prostitute. It is money wasted, because it is easy to find a walkup yourself. At worst you will be robbed on the stairs or somewhere else secluded.

Another thing to watch out for are the clip joints. These are places where you are invited in by a woman at street level. You are invited to go down the stairs to see a show. I'm not sure if all such places are clip joints, but I'm not going to go down the stairs and find out. They will insist that you buy a drink and charge you a large amount of money for it. If you try to leave without paying them, they will threaten you. There are a couple of places like this in Tisbury Court, and one round the corner in Rupert Street. Soho Live Girls is definitely a clip joint. There are also lots of touts near the corner of Tisbury Court and Rupert Street.

Then there are the clippers. These are women who pretend to be prostitutes. They take men to a doorway and tell them they need to hand over money and meet them later somewhere else. They don't turn up.

It may seem from what I have stated that Soho is full of people trying to rob you. However, I never have any problems in this regard. The women in walk ups are usually friendly and eager to please. Don't accept invitations from anyone you see in the street. You can check on the PunterNet field reports for Soho for recommendations and what suits you personally, or read the Soho Walk Up thread on the PunterNet forum.

If you want to know where Tisbury Court is, there is an Ann Summers shop on the corner of Wardour Street and Tisbury Court, near the western end of Old Compton Street.

Some people think that male touts are pimps, and female touts and clippers are prostitutes. It is an easy mistake to make. People also tend to think that the clip joints and walk ups are brothels. Another mistake is to think that the maids are madams.

UPDATE July 2013:
  • the walk ups at 4 Old Compton Street, 41 Frith Street and 11 Berwick Street have closed
  • in December 2013 about half the flats were closed after police raids, a few of these re-opened
  • the former clip joint Soho Live Girls in Tisbury Court has closed and re-opened as something else - this might have been the last of the clip joints
  • Les Girls and Soho Cottage aren't there any more
  • there is a brothel in Old Compton Street
This menu is typical of Soho walk ups. If you can't read it clearly, I have replicated the information below.
MENU
10 minute service
straight sex£20
sex + oral£30Extras
sex + positions£30Poppers £5
sex + full strip£30Uniform £10
sex + vib£35Position £10
oral£20Full strip £10
hand relief£20
water sports£35
spanking (given)£30
...
20 minutes£50
Dreamtime£55These services
30 minutes£65have the
40 minutes£85extras from the
1 hour£130list above
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All services are with condom
No anal or french kissing or 69
here is another one