In 2007 I swapped my journalist’s desk for a shop counter in Soho. It’s been a strange love affair with the historic eccentricity of a small corner of London and its world wide notoriety. Behind every doorway there is a story but these stories may well be lost forever as Soho is changing. Property tycoons salivating at the ‘Crossrail effect’ erect pristine luxury flats and office spaces as the attic bedsits and pokey basements turn to builders’ rubble. Soho is more than just an area of London: it’s an idea, it’s a cultural tradition, it’s an experience which gets under your skin. I hope you enjoy reading these stories from Soho. Take them away and cherish them, for if we we are not careful it may well cease to exist.