Saturday, 17 December 2016

Rest & Be Thankful No.1 An Hourly Emergency Bulletin for West End Xmas Shoppers #XmasInLondon #shoppingishell @FrenchHouseSoho

For those of you out and about today on the busiest shopping day of the year… TIME TO TAKE A BREAK from the hell of Oxford Street & surrounding environs! Head for…

The French House, 42 Dean Street, W1 (Tube: Leicester Sq/Piccadilly Circus)

Somewhere in the realm of dreadful folk songs there’s a “comedy” ditty – as funny as an orphanage on fire – about “The Pub With No Beer”. And while the French House certainly isn’t that – try Becks, Leffe or Budvar by the bottle – they won’t serve you a pint. Why? Is this the fabled and erroneous French rudeness? Nope, they just don’t serve ‘em is all. Take this perfect opportunity to adopt a when-in-France approach – go for a Pastis, or a Breton cider. For the lil’ ol’ wine drinkers, try a perfectly acceptable bottle of Merlot for around the £20 mark or, for around the same price, a half bottle of Chablis. This legendary, wooden panelled single room bar (a haunt of de Gaulle and his Free French comrades during WWII) is bedecked with pics and cartoons of the ghosts of barflies past and is simply a London legend. Vive le French House. 

Christmas 2016 With London Walks…

On Christmas Day there are TWO London Walks: 

Walk up an appetite with The Christmas Morning 1660 Walk – meet at 11:00a.m by the big tree in Trafalgar Square

Walk off the pudding with The Christmas Day Charles Dickens Walk – meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square at 2:00pm

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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