Soho Square bomb shelter may become up-market restaurant

Soho Square, London

Soho Square, London Image by Sam / CC BY 2.0

A bomb shelter used by Londoners during World War II could soon become a subterranean restaurant as it goes on sale for £175,000.

The air-raid bunker under the gardens of London's Soho Square in the heart of the West End is currently a 3200 sq ft brick and concrete shell where hundreds of locals sought refuge from the ferocity of the German Blitz.

Westminster Council is offering a long lease on the shelter, the Evening Standard reports, and it is attracting interest from a number of restaurant groups as well as gym and music venue operators.

“The restaurant market in central London is so hot at the moment that anything new and interesting is going to be well received,” explained David Hooper of agents GVA, which is handling the letting.

The agents described the “Soho Bunker” as “an opportunity for a suitable use to take an interesting space...and create a real destination.” However it is considered unlikely that it will be allowed to open as a bar.

The shelter was one of the many constructed in haste around central London in and after 1939 following the outbreak of war.

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