Sunday, March 11, 2012

Inside The French House, Soho

     No television.  No cell phones please.  The French House, on Dean Street, serves beer in half-pints only, except on April Fool's Day. Its wine selection is large, & a lot of Ricard is downed.. Former regulars include Brendan Behan, Dylan Thomas, Lucian Freud, and (see above) Francis Bacon, and it's still known as a hangout for the arts and theater set. 
     The small barroom is worn & comforting, and the walls are lined with black and white photos of its earlier days. It's clubby.  Not un-friendly exactly (perfectly polite), but essentially a private party. There isn't much need for new faces, and you can't help but be jealous of the chosen.  I went in at lunch, and watched from a seat at the side of the room as a handful of locals - mainly older men - walked in and struck up muted, knowing conversations with the barman.  Nothing much but murmurs, and the clinking of a glass or two.  A perfect place to soften the realities of a two o'clock world.


Marty Wombacher said...

Sounds like a great place! No television and no cell phones sounds like a little slice of heaven! I'll check it out.

onemorefoldedsunset said...

Soho, London!

Marty Wombacher said...

Ha ha ha! I wondered why I had never heard of it!