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French House

  • Bars and pubs
  • Soho
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
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Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

If you like to drink in places where the history’s as important as the drinks list, the Grade II-listed French House should be on your list. Charles de Gaulle used the pub as a workplace during World War II; Dylan Thomas and Francis Bacon both drank here… the list goes on.

The interior reflects both the Gallic connection and its long standing in this most exciting of London neighbourhoods. It’s small, memento-filled, and very crowded when the place is busy. You may end up joining the regulars on the pavement outside, but that’s just part of the French House experience. Food is served during the daytime only, and beer, famously, is served only in halves. This is Soho history. Come and suck it up.

Written by Richard Ehrlich

Details

Address:
49 Dean Street
London
W1D 5BG
Transport:
Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube
Opening hours:
Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served Bar noon-4pm Mon-Fri. Restaurant noon-3pm, 5.30-11pm Mon-Sat
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