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Eddi McPherson

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Words Cary Gee Photography Etienne Gilfillan “Everyone was welcome, and being famous made no difference. I knew Francis and was more than friends with Lucien!” Eddi McPherson arrived in Soho with a plan. “It was 1959 and I was going to the ‘Big City’ to become a famous singer, and live happily ever after.” Like many before her, and countless others since, Eddi soon discovered that Soho contains enough crooked alleys to confound even the most determined…
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Gosh! Comics

Interview & Photography Etienne Gilfillan “We’ve benefited enormously from the custom of those working in the creative industry that keeps Soho buzzing” With a 30-year track record in the industry and enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff, Gosh! is one of London’s must-visit stores for anyone who loves the medium of comics. Stocking everything from European bandes dessinées to superhero graphic novels, stylish children’s books to cutting-edge small press publications, Gosh! has something for everyone. Journal spoke to owner Josh Palmano…
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Tom Baker

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Words Kirk Truman Photography Joseph Lynn “Back home, there was a big punk scene with a lot of people customising their own clothes, so I think thats where the seed was planted…” Tom Baker and I are talking music, clothes, Soho and everything in-between. We’re on D’Arblay Street, mid-afternoon, as he shows me around his studio space. He’s strikingly tall and cooler than cool, and his voice has a Northern twang that’s music to my ears. “You…
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Sparks

Words & Portraits Etienne Gilfillan “Jacques Tati wanted us to be characters in a movie” On a warm September night, just minutes away from bustling Soho, the prestigious ICA is hosting a launch party for the release of Sparks’ latest album, Hippopotamus, which has just rocketed into the Top 10 in the UK. The room, dotted with palm trees, is bathed in a cool blue light that evokes the feel of a swimming pool and echoes…
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Centre Point

Words Kirk Truman Illustrations Ross Becker “…a celebration of everything that makes London a world-class city.” Here, in the few square miles which make up the West End, there is little that rises above 10 storeys. The Post Office Tower and Senate House are among the most familiar beacons in this part of London, though there is perhaps one architectural fixture that’s even more instantly recognisable. Sitting on the borders of Fitzrovia and Soho, Centre Point has…
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Mercedes Grower

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Words Kirk Truman Portraits Joseph Lynn “You’re feeling stuff which is enormous – it’s like being hit with a double-edged sword…” If you knew where it would end, would you ever begin? Breakups. They’re a pain in the ass, and have a habit of being weird, powerful and at times life-changing – sometimes all three. For Mercedes Grower, how we slam the brakes on in a relationship became the inspiration behind her first independent film project.…
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Wild at Heart

Words & Portraits Etienne Gilfillan With its fantasy Tudor architecture and majestic doors flanked by two Imperial Guardian lions crouched among baskets of geranium, sweet pea and red roses, Liberty’s entrance always makes me think of the set of some silent Hollywood epic. It’s somehow rendered even more cinematic by the stylish female figure tending the blooms of this grand store’s floral emporium, Wild at Heart. You can’t miss Astrid Haynez, the store manager, and you certainly…
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Daniel Lismore

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Words Kirk Truman Portraits Joseph Lynn “Soho became a playground to me. I’d walk around the area in awe…” It is mid-afternoon in Dean Street’s Groucho Club when Daniel strides up to the first floor to meet me. Strikingly tall, with impossibly long wavy brown hair, he’s draped in a long grey coat and insists that, today, he is dressed down. I suspect, though, that no day is really a dress-down day for the inimitable Mr Lismore.…
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Teddy Ondo Ella

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Words Kirk Truman Portraits Etienne Gilfillan “For me, it was about creating a beautiful label with the right clothes to help tell the story of my Gabonese culture…” We first meet at Marylebone’s Ivy Cafe, going on to wander through the backstreets of the neighbourhood, crossing the border into Fitzrovia. We pass window after window, discussing London’s high streets, men’s and women’s fashion, Paris, New York and the eternal, magnetic pull of the metropolis. Teddy Ondo…
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Betsy

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Words Pippa Brooks Portraits Etienne Gilfillan “…I get a kick out of the journey, the challenge and all that makes me tick.” Betsy strides into the room in silver platform heels, photo-ready with immaculate hair and make-up, and immediately launches into a major anecdote about her recent experiences during Paris Fashion Week. ”There was Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell… the most eccentric, glamorous people EVER! So we had dinner and I sang for…
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Fenella Fielding

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Words Robert Chilcott Portraits Etienne Gilfillan “Of course, being dressed as a prostitute meant that everybody was terribly interested to have a word with you and so forth…” The husky, seductive voice is unmistakeable after all these years: no one else sounds like Fenella Fielding, who remains a unique and much-loved figure of British stage and screen. You can hear for yourself: she’s currently reading her memoirs at a Saturday matinee residency at the Phoenix Artist Club…
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Vulgar Tongues

Words Cathi Unsworth Portraits Etienne Gilfillan “Cant – thieves’ slang – is the oldest slang we have, and Soho in the past was never short of characters who were living on the far side of the law…” Soho and its environs, with its hostelries, clubs, ‘vaulting academies’ and nefarious street trades, can be credited as one of the greatest sources of slang. Through its ‘rookeries’, teeming with ‘jades’, ‘footpads’ and ‘mollies’, once strolled a venerable…