Fodor's Expert Review The French House

$$$ Soho French Fodor's Choice

Striking black-and-white photos of legendary regulars like artists Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud beam down at this disarmingly charming old-school hangout that was the former unofficial London headquarters for the Free French in exile during World War II. Set on the first floor of the famous pub of the same name and run by a former cabaret artist, you can sip Ricard pastis or bargains from the all-French wine list before embracing superb French bistro classics like salt cod beignets, calves brain with brown butter, or braised navarin of lamb with cheesy aligot mashed potato.

French Historical Romantic Service Lively Prix-Fixe Lunch Dinner Dessert $$$ LGBT Fodor's Choice Coffee Outdoor Views

Quick Facts

49 Dean St.
London, Greater London  W1D 5BG, England


Known For:
  • Storied home to Soho's artists, writers, and bohemians
  • French bistro classics like whole roast garlic bulb on toast
  • No music, no phones, and no laptops policy
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No dinner Sat., Reservations essential

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