French House Pints Day


Last week the French House pub in Soho hosted its annual 'pints day' on April 1st. This may not sound particularly unusual but this historical London boozer has only ever served its pints in half measures in keeping with its history as a French drinking house (Charles De Gaulle allegedly drew up his Free French call-to-arms during lunch upstairs). After the war it became known as a bohemian hangout for many of Soho's late and great painters, writers and debauched dandies. It now contains a rag tag bunch rich in character who were a joy photographing in the street outside the pub, all of whom I knew from a brief stint working behind the bar. I was outflanked by the the official French House picture taker, Peter Clark, who specialises in black and white documentary photography. It was a strange phenomenon to be photographing whilst taking a photograph, probably stranger still for the subject. Below you can see him in action, and further down you can see the picture I took from this scene.