De Hems, Soho

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FancyaPint?'s review...
FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
De Hems is a popular pub for people to meet when out for a night on the town. Named after a Dutch sailor, who bought the place in the late 19th Century, it wavered in our affections after a change of ownership diluted the unique Dutchness on offer here a while ago. However, thankfully, the company in charge saw sense and quickly returned the pub to a format of continental beers - as well as Cask Marque ales - accompanied by a Low Countries menu (Bitterballen, Frikandel etc). Always one of the most popular pubs in Soho and especially if the Netherlands national team is on the telly, the ground floor bar quickly becomes standing room only. So, we'd advise getting here early or take a look upstairs, if you're anxious to find space for you and your friends.
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14 Jul 2010
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Mind-bending beers, but don't get hit with buying too big a round or you might need to speak to your bank manager first. Staff helped out picking a nice beer.
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21 Jun 2009
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We were in shock with service!!! It was low level!!! Barman couldn't manage the situation, then manager came OVER and done worse!!! He couldn't understand that foot was bad, he just said, that we have to leave the place!!! We were 10 people - we gave them around £100 bill, but they get stuck with £3 nachos plate :) they didn't recover or gave us money back about non-happy food!!! We couldn't believe what we are hearing!!! We are from 26 to 32 years old men / girls and this was the first time that we had this kind of treatment !!! We are not coming back!!! EVER!!!

Contact details
11 Macclesfield Street, Soho, London, W1D 5BW
020 7437 2494
Opening times
All Week (except Sat)
Please check opening times with the pub before making a special journey.
Style of pub:


Wine tasting - beer tasting
Beer festival - monthly


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De Hems takes its name from a Dutch seaman who bought the pub in 1890.  The pubs history is strongly linked to the Dutch community and the Dutch Resistance who met here during the Second World War. A music business haunt in the 1960s and it was said that a place in the charts could be bought in the old Oyster Bar. At the turn of the new century, the venue hosted a comedy club - the Oranje Boom-Boom Cabaret, which included the debut of The Mighty Boosh.  Today is an eclectic beer emporium swimming in Dutch History specialising in Dutch, Begium and Craft beers from all over the world. Offers a range of Dutch favourites including Bitterballen and Frikandellen. It is also London's only Dutch Bar holding big Dutch community events like Sinterklaas and Koningsdag.