De Hems

Bars and pubs , Pubs Chinatown
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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This famous old Dutch pub was once a refuge for homesick Dutch sailors, then later became a rallying point for the Dutch Resistance during World War II.

Dotted with retro beer ads and faux Dutch Masters, it now attracts punters savvy about their Benelux brews, with taps offering the likes of Hoegaarden, Lindeboom, Franziskaner, Früli and Leffe. The bottled options fill one of the venue’s natty menus: Kwak, Delirium Tremens and Chimay all come in their own logoed glasses, although the gift-wrapped Bacchus is pretty enough without.

The food menu mixes English and Dutch cuisines, along with the kind of bar snacks – bitterballen, loempia – you might find in any Amsterdam café.


Venue name: De Hems
Address: 11 Macclesfield Street
Opening hours: Open 10am-midnight Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served 10am-10pm Mon-Sat; noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square/Piccadilly Circus
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3 / 5

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I like this place. It's pretty chilled out, although it does get pretty busy at times and isn't huge. They've got a great selection of beers and all of the staff are very knowledgeable. 


I'm from Holland and could not wait to visit a Dutch pub in London. I didn't expect a lot, since it is never really Dutch. Until I walked in and the waiters started to talk Dutch to me immediatly! A bit of a shock, but it was great. I could finally eat the snacks that I love so much, which aren't able to get anywhere else in London. The atmosphere was really good. Polite people. Drinks are good, also finally dutch/belgium ones that we can't get anywhere! And as I said, the food is great.


Great beers (Rochfort 8 and La Trappe),bitterballen and smiling staff.


A great pity that a once proper business has fallen so deep. Nothing to do with the Dutch in all but name. Nicholson's destroyed it. I wish I could run it. There is certainly a market for a real Dutch pub in London and there has been at least one since the 16th century. At the moment: not recommended.


I went here yesterday based on its appearance in TimeOut London 2012. It was completely average. The staff were nice enough but I certainly wouldn't go as far as to recommend this place.


The staff was rude and unprofessional. They also refused to serve a customer despite having valid ID. As an experienced bartender, I would not suggest coming here.


Great selection of beer, but let down by very rude and obnoxious staff who clearly have no clue what how to provide customer satisfaction. Not coming back.