“ 49 Dean Street / U-Bahn: Leicester Square. „
The French House is something of a Soho institution. It's past it's glory years now where regulars were the likes of Francis Bacon but still is an entertaining place to have a drink while in Soho... if you can get in. The first thing you will notice about The French House is that it is tiny with very few tables. If you are longing for a seat you'd be better off looking elsewhere as it is usually busy.
They serve a wide variety of drinks all of which are usual pub fare. The one distinguishing feature is that you cannot drink a pint of beer here as they only serve half pints. This goes back to some licensing agreement from yesteryear so fable has it.
A drink in The French is bound to be entertaining and you are likely to meet someone of interest. Please enter with an open mind as you can get all sorts there. The expected media and creative crowd tend to be the norm but oddballs are abound too. Careful if you go in at about 4pm on a weekday as you may be accosted by numerous sozzled and occasionally cantankerous persons of an uncertain age.
Upstairs they have a glorious restaurant serving classic dishes cooked to perfection. Booking is mostly necessary for evenings but worthwhile.