The French House in Soho started life as a gin parlour in the mid-19th century, but had become a wine bar by 1914. In the Second World War, the bar was taken over by Charles de Gaulle and his French forces, providing the nickname "the French pub". It's now a bohemian hangout where TV, recorded music and mobile phones are banned.
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The French House
49 Dean StreetLondon ChinatownLondonW1D 5BG
- +44 20 7437 2477
The pub is very small... Especially downstairs where my friends and I couldn't even enter due to the amount of people packed there at 8.30pm ! The good news is that there's a second bar upstairs and we even managed to find a table.
They have all kinds of different French drinks: cider, wine, beer... And at a very reasonable price.
I would definitely go back :)more
While I did have a great night out at this pub, I'm afraid I would not necessarily go back.
The venue itself is tiny so you most likely have to start by standing and hoping that someone would leave eventually do you can grab their seat. Since it was 4 of us out for St Patrick's day we slowly managed to get seats one by one at a rate of one new seat per hour but we did manage to all be seated...more
Second time there and I really like the feel about this place. It feels out of time both because of the decor, the no phone policy, the patrons, the staff, the building, well the entire place is like from somewhere else. It is definetely bohemian, anarchists looking due to its patrons. There is no music in there, just small bars, one downstairs, one upstairs. I heard they serve food but never...more
Lovely little pub. It's definitely tough to hang in there with a group due to the size, but it's still worth going to. They won't serve pints and they don't like mobile phones, but the drinks aren't expensive for central London. Staff work hard to get everyone served as quickly as they can. Clientele are a mix of all ages and types.more
Loved this pub! Our trek into SOHO to meet an ex-pat friend brought us here for after work pints. I gotta admit this pub was PACKED! But instead of the volume of people becoming a deterrent it actually adds to the ambiance and experience.
The crowd of regulars is what makes up the majority of French House's patrons and after work you'll be hard pressed to find a set inside. Thankfully you can...more