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Did you know Soho was part of King Henry VIII 's hunting grounds? When a hunter spied a deer, he yelled "Tally-Ho!", but with a smaller prey, the cry became "So-Ho!" The area, convenient for excursions from St James’s Palace, was then largely wooded. Green Park is a remnant of that hunting ground.

Did you know that Marlboro cigarettes are named after Great Marlborough Street in Soho? They were first manufactured there, the brand – contrary to its macho cowboy image now – originally launched for women.

Did you know that London’s first disco was La Poubelle, a French operation that naturally started in Poland Street in Soho? It opened in 1959

Did you know that the first ever person to appear on television was office boy William Taynton, grabbed by Logie Baird off Frith Street, in Soho, to act in his experiment in 1925? Taynton was paid half-a-crown, or 12.5p in new money, the first TV appearance fee in history.

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Famous Soho people:

Dante G Rossetti
Samuel Romilly
William Blake

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Brit Quote:
Business today consists in persuading crowds. - T S Eliot
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Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer announce engagement - 1981, Lawrence Inquiry Published - 1999
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