The French House


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 Street
London Chinatown
+44 20 7437 2477
Yelp Reviews

4.0 out of 5 based on 50 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The French House

2.0 out of 5 1 September 2016
by Sarrin K.

Went in near closing time. Asked for their recommended wine, which ended up being terrible.

After 10 minutes, they had us put the remainder of the wine in plastic cups to drink outside after they closed.

I guess if you just have to go to a pub, this isn't the worst. But don't get the wine!more

3.0 out of 5 9 April 2016
by Sally L.

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

2.0 out of 5 18 March 2016
by Kristine T.

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

4.0 out of 5 1 November 2015
by Liane T.

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

5.0 out of 5 21 October 2015
by Kris U.

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

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