On a rare break from the rain today, when trying to find a square of grass to eat my lunch on, I stumbled upon ‘Soho Stories’ in Soho Square.
I took the earphones and audio guide style unit so that I could listen to people telling their stories. I heard tales from the old days of Groucho Club by Bernie Katz, dating anecdotes from Boris Johnson’s sister and a man reading a story from his iPad, about his true love that got struck down by lightning (I kid you not!).
The event, which is running daily between 1 and 2 pm for the rest of the week, is to launch and promote a new phone app ‘Soho stories‘, a GPS-based phone app celebrating 60 years of Bohemian Soho. As you wander around Soho with the app, it uses GPS to pinpoint your location, then whispers relevant hedonistic histories in your ear. Surprisingly it’s produced by the National Trust who are embracing the risque topics for tourism. I’m sure it will cause a bit of a stir with their more traditional members.
As a bonus, I also spotted two BT ArtBoxes.