In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Lesley Lewis and Noel Botham as the proprietors of the legendary Soho pub The French House
49 Dean Street, London, W1D 5BG
As it does every year, the French House in Soho will celebrate Bastille Day on 14th July. But this year there is additional cause for celebration as it marks the Twentieth Anniversary of Lesley Lewis and Noel Botham taking over as the famous pub's proprietors. In its 95-year history, the pub has had only two previous landlords, Victor Berlemont and his son Gaston (still a fondly-remembered Soho character). It was on Gaston's retirement in 1989 that Lesley and Noel took on the difficult task of modernizing one of Soho's most beloved institutions while maintaining its unique atmosphere - something they have achieved to the delight of the pub's past and present regulars.
A number of those regulars are the subjects of a series of outstanding photographic portraits by the acclaimed photographer John Claridge and they will feature in a major exhibition "Faces of the French House" which portrays the pub through the faces and memories of its patrons. As part of Lesley and Noel's twentieth anniversary celebrations, a representative selection of Claridge's portraits will be on display in the bar and restaurant of the French House.
Some of these faces will be familiar far beyond the confines of Soho - the actors George Baker, Burt Kwouk and Freddie Jones, and the writer and fashion icon Molly Parkin amongst others - and they are all united by a devotion to the French House. Each portrait will be accompanied by a short statement from its subject describing his or her own special relationship with the French House and with Soho.
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FACES OF THE FRENCH HOUSE is sponsored by Ricard and runs at the French House, 49 Dean Street, London W1.