Save Soho campaigning to save legendary quarter from redevelopment

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Save Soho campaigning to save legendary quarter from redevelopment

Celebrities such as Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Izzard have joined forces to air their concerns over the redevelopment of Soho. 
 
The group were prompted to protest after the closure of Madame Jojo’s cabaret club, which has been part of the fabric of Soho for many years. 
 
Save Soho say their aim is: “To protect and nurture iconic music and performing arts venues in Soho that are disappearing at a terrifying rate.
 
The closures are an attack on Soho’s vibrant creative history and enduring character.” 
 
Founder of Save Soho, Tim Arnold, said: “Soho has always depended on building around and adding to what has gone before, not by demolishing it.”
 
The campaign has drawn attention to the 30,000 square metres of office and creative space lost in Soho since 2011.
 
It is claimed that the area has gained twice that in residential property. Those opposed to the residential gentrification of the area say they are concerned the “creative fabric” of Soho will be eroded past a point it can ever be regained.

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