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Want to know the best sex shops in Soho?
Situated in the heart of the West End of London, Soho has along association as the capital’s sex district. Bordered by Regent Street, Oxford Street, Leicester Square and Charing Cross Road, the district is just one square mile but is home to many risqué venues including strip clubs, gay bars and sex shops.
In this piece, we summarise those sex shops that are located in the Soho area.
6 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 8HL
Founded in 1994, this British brand is well-known internationally for its sexy range of lingerie. From humble beginnings, the Soho store was the first premises to open but you can now find branches across Europe, the U.S.A, China and the United Arab Emirates. There are also a further five stores in London.
Agent Provocateur is the brainchild of Joseph Corré, the son of the eccentric British fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood.
Though the Soho store is small by comparison to some of the larger outlets, you can find a good range of lingerie, swimwear, nightwear and boudoir accessories. They sell a stylish collection of whips, cuffs, chokers and body chains.
The Broadwick Street branch is open as follows:
- Monday to Saturday: 11.00am to 7.00pm
- Sunday: 12.00pm to 5.00pm
79 Wardour St, Soho, London W1D 6QB
Now a staple name on the high street, Ann Summers opened its first shop in 1970, not far from Wardour Street, in Marble Arch. In the 1980s, the company introduced a party plan product which took the brand into peoples homes. Over the decade, Ann Summers achieved a notorious reputation and cemented itself as a household name synonymous with saucy underwear and sexual aids.
The Soho store is one of over 140 outlets in the UK and supplies a good range of bedroom accessories, toys and lingerie as well as novelty items.
It is a popular sex shop in Soho and attracts a mainstream audience particularly women.
The shop is open as follows:
- Monday to Friday: 11.00am to 11.00pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 12.00pm to 8.00pm
35 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 5JX
The UK’s first gay sex superstore, Clonezone’s roots are humble in the extreme. Owners originally touted their trade from a wheelbarrow that they pushed around the Soho gay clubs and bars on Friday and Saturday nights. In 1984, demand for their products was so high that they opened this shop in Old Compton Street.
The company now has several UK shops as well as a presence in Germany and Austria.
The Soho store remains the flagship venue for the brand and, though a small unit, they stock an impressive range of gay sex toys, fashion, fetish wear and gifts. Like a Tardis, the shop conceals a huge selection of brands. It can get a little intimate when the shop is busy so be prepared to rub shoulders with other customers when you browse!
Clonezone Soho is open as follows:
- Monday to Wednesday: 11.00am to 10.00pm
- Thursday to Saturday: 11.00am to 11.00pm
- Sunday: 12.00pm to 9.00pm
28 Peter Street, Soho, London W1F 0AL
An archetypal basement sex shop in the heart of Soho, Eros Movieland stocks a great range of classic porn from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
From the moment you descend down the staircase from the main passage of Peter Street, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. It’s a nostalgic shop that has a really interesting mix of titles and also sells Viagra, Cialis, Jellies and Kamagra products.
They stock a selection of gay content media including Colt Books.
Fifty & Dean
50 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4UB
Occupying a prime spot on the corner of Old Compton Street and Dean Street, Fifty & Dean is a popular store in Soho for all things fetish. Though many reviews focus on their sex toys for men they also stock essentials for women including vibrators, love eggs and lingerie/costumes.
This fully licensed sex shop is modern and inviting with a large open window display showcasing their range. You can find some unusual brands on offer here including some exclusive products you wont find anywhere else.
A good spot to find supplements, lubricants, sex toys and fetish accessories as well as clothing and underwear.
Fifty & Dean is open daily from 11.00am to 10.00pm.
99A Charing Cross Rd, Soho, London WC2H 0DP
Standing on the site of the old Lovejoys, the chain adult entertainment group, Harmony on Charing Cross Road is a reasonable sized sex shop. They also have a flagship store on Oxford Street which opened to much furore in 2004. The company has gone on to become one of the UKs most popular online brands.
Though their Soho venue has recently moved they have been operating in the district for over 20 years.
Harmony sells a great range of products including sex toys, bedroom essentials such as lube, condoms and performance enhancers as well as gifts, lingerie and bondage gear.
The store is open as follows:
- Monday to Saturday: 10.00am to 12.00am
- Sunday: 10.00am to 11.00pm
5-7 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0DR
Prowler began trading in 1997 and is a gay sex shop in the heart of Soho. It occupies a commanding location on the corner of Rupert Street and Brewer Street.
You can find a huge range of toys, stims, DVDs and clothing on sale with Prowler widely being known as the largest store of its kind in Soho.
Opening hours for the Soho shop are as follows:
- Monday to Wednesday: 11.00am to 9.30pm
- Thursday to Saturday: 11.00am to 10.00pm
- Sunday: 12.00pm to 8.00pm
29-31 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0RT
Simply Pleasure is a UK chain store which has stores from as far afield as Devon, Hull, Swansea and Darlington.
They sell a mainstream collection of products including massage oils, lubricants and sexual enhancers as well as dildos, vibrators and sex toy kits. You can also find fetish and bondage equipment such as spankers and ticklers, handcuffs and restraints plus sex machines and furniture.
The Brewer Street shop is open as follows:
- Monday to Thursday: 10.00am to 12.00am
- Friday and Saturday: 10.00am to 1.00am
- Sunday: 10.00am to 11.00pm
Soho Original Books
11/12 Brewer Street, Soho, London, WC1F 0SF
Soho Original Books has been open since 1993 and has achieved something of a cult status in the city. Not only does it stock a huge range of erotic and hardcore reading material but they also sell regular fiction and non-fiction titles. The company was founded on the principle of combining a licensed sex shop with a bookshop and, as such, the basement stocks a pretty healthy range of saucy toys, DVDs and treats.
You can find brands such as OhMiBod, Lelo, ToyJoy and Fleshlight as well as the latest innovations in sex toy design such as the Silhouette Line from California Exotics, the Super Hung Heroes from Doc Johnson and Pipe Dreams Mega Bator sleeve suspension system.
The shop also stocks rare fashion and design magazines plus adult art. They also supply and produce their own range of titles, ‘Soho Books Presents…’.
There run several shops in Soho as well as in Islington and Farringdon. All of their stores are
Soho Original Books (Brewer Street) is open as follows:
- Monday to Saturday: 10.00am to 1.00am
- Sunday: 11.00am to 11.00pm
Up West British Adult Store
8 Green’s Ct, Soho, London W1F 0HH
Green’s Court epitomises the Soho of most visitors imaginations. It’s a narrow alleyway with an uneven bricked pathway that runs between tall buildings which block out the natural light. It’s not hard to imagine Soho in Victorian days when you traverse the street.
The British Adult Store is a million miles away from this image and is a modern retail outlet with a bright and vibrant interior. They sell a good range of high-tech toys, DVDs and classic bedroom accessories. It’s not a large shop but it is a friendly one and attracts a good selection of visitors including tourists.
The store is open seven days a week from 9.00am to 11.00pm.
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