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The rich and famous beat a path to this Soho spot

At a glance

Bar menu
Open all year
Free Wi-Fi

This legendary Soho watering hole was known as the Maison Francais a hundred years ago; it was patronised by General de Gaulle during the Second World War, and later by Dylan Thomas, Francis Bacon, Dan Farson and many other louche Soho habitués. Run by Lesley Lewis for nearly 30 years, the small, intimate and very atmospheric bar only serves half pints of Theakston, Meteor, Kronenbourg and Guinness. The upstairs is a second bar, offering more informal drinking space; this area is also used as an art gallery. Bar food is served only from Monday to Friday.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 12-11 (Sunday 12-10.30)
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12-4

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Budweiser Budvar, Kronenbourg, Leffe, Meteor, Theakston, Guinness
  • Real ciders: Truman's Côte Breton Brut

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Free Wi-Fi

Getting here

Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus; Tottenham Court Road; Covent Garden. Pub at Shaftesbury Avenue end of Dean Street

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020 7437 2477 020 7437 2477
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