The French House has been the beating heart of Soho for over a hundred years. History has been made here. De Gaulle wrote his rallying call to his fellow countrymen in the bar upstairs. Dylan Thomas left his only copy of Under Milk Wood here. Artists Francis Bacon, Augustus John and Lucian Freud were regulars and today the French continues to attract and support the brightest creative lights, and Lesley Lewis, its landlady for over thirty years, actively encourages local artists and photographers, as well as contributing to the local and wider community.
It is Soho’s “village pub” but a village pub that welcomes everyone, from young to old, from regulars to newcomers, from royalty to rascals, a place where everyone is made to feel a friend and part of a family.
And friends and family look out for each other.
In these difficult and uncertain times, and until life gets back to normal for us all, the French House is looking to its friends, its fans, and it’s family for help. The French means so much to all of us. It’s not just an important piece of Soho history, it’s a resource for an entire community.
Thanks to our many friends and artists contributing their work, we are continuing our fundraising campaign with this French House Art Auction.