Walking through the deep, dark depths of Soho at night, the glare of neon lights guides your way from Old Compton Street to Golden Square and beyond. In amongst the sex shops, opposite London Fashion Week’s new home of Brewer Street car park is Lights of Soho, a gallery-slash-coffee shop.
Inside, people were nestled with their Macs, sipping on coffee while I poked my head in out of curiosity to see what was hanging on the walls and from the ceiling. Curated to show the unconventional side of love, installations play on the history of the venue (which used to be a brothel) with signs for girls, girls, girls and ‘nude encounters’.
Commentary on modern dating is obvious with signs such as ‘Love at first swipe’ and ‘Hey you look familiar, did we do it?’ just reminding me of the copious dating stories I hear from friends and the terrifying world of online dating which holds so many opportunities, but seemingly even more weirdos.
Takes on the traditional symbols of love are made seductive or unsettling; hearts holding animal skulls to come-and-get-me bites of a lip. It’s all rude, some of it’s crude, but it’s also fun and kitsch without being stupid.
Looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day? Take a peek and get some ideas of what to do when you get home.