Neon lights

When you take away the neon, and look at the unlit signs, the layering of text creates an amazing depth – something you might never notice when you see it lit up. 

This image, from Brewer Street, sums that up perfectly, especially when you look at the sign against the backdrop of the peeling paint and plaster.

This image, from Brewer Street, sums that up perfectly, especially when you look at the sign against the backdrop of the peeling paint and plaster.

The 3D nature of neon signage creates interesting effects when the sunlight hits it at the right time – rounded lettering with an unexpected jagged shadow.

The 3D nature of neon signage creates interesting effects when the sunlight hits it at the right time – rounded lettering with an unexpected jagged shadow.

Distressed effects

Peeling paint, posters and stickers create a rich textured effect in these images with half-formed words against layers of paper, wood or brass from Lexington Street and Denmam Street.

Vintage typography at Berwick St market.

Vintage typography at Berwick St market.

We like the combination of the vintage – signs, scales and text engraved on the wood – with the modern QR codes on the boxes!

We like the combination of the vintage – signs, scales and text engraved on the wood – with the modern QR codes on the boxes!

Architectural details

n old-fashioned lift in Golden Square (how many of you recognise this one?).

n old-fashioned lift in Golden Square (how many of you recognise this one?).

The awning of The Palace Theatre, the steelwork appears almost fluid.

The awning of The Palace Theatre, the steelwork appears almost fluid.

We like the simplicity of the old sign with peeling lettering – you almost don't notice the beer bottle resting on the ledge of the lamppost!

We like the simplicity of the old sign with peeling lettering – you almost don't notice the beer bottle resting on the ledge of the lamppost!

The unexpected

The juxtaposition of elements in this image, taken from Walkers Court, is fantastic – the toy car in the old-fashioned window in the arch with the dirty wall against the crisp brickwork and neon lighting.

The juxtaposition of elements in this image, taken from Walkers Court, is fantastic – the toy car in the old-fashioned window in the arch with the dirty wall against the crisp brickwork and neon lighting.

The beautiful interior of St Patrick's Church is not one of the first things that comes to mind with Old Soho. But the ornate dome with the sunlight streaming through against the simple wooden pews reminds there is more to Soho than you might think.

The beautiful interior of St Patrick's Church is not one of the first things that comes to mind with Old Soho. But the ornate dome with the sunlight streaming through against the simple wooden pews reminds there is more to Soho than you might think.