Cafe Boheme

Bar / Café
Cafe Boheme Cafe Boheme in London’s Soho is a trendy French joint with great cocktails, traditional food, & a late license. Party late in London with Party Earth. London England 51.513308 -0.130638
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Party Earth Review Any love-hate relationship between England and France is hidden at Cafe Boheme, which – from the sidewalk on in – could as easily belong on a side street in Montmartre as it does in London’s hopping Soho district. Despite... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Northern, Piccadilly Lines: Leicester Square; Central, Northern Lines: Tottenham Court Road

  • Phone:

    020 7734 0623

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  • Hours:

    M–F 8am–3am, Sa 9am–3am, Su 9am–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Cafe Boheme Review

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Cafe Boheme in London’s Soho is a trendy French joint with great cocktails, traditional food, & a late license. Party late in London with Party Earth.

Any love-hate relationship between England and France is hidden at Cafe Boheme, which – from the sidewalk on in – could as easily belong on a side street in Montmartre as it does in London’s hopping Soho district.

Despite opening in the early 90s, the space has a distinctly vintage feel. The stools and booths are deep red leather, the mosaic floor is speckled black and white with the occasional missing tile, and the cozy zinc bar is frequently garnished with platters of croissants and little jars of jam.

A French coffee paired with a pastry provides a boost of caffeine and carbs for the local media workers and trendy shoppers beginning their day in the café area, while afternoons see lots of business hashed out over garlic-drenched escargot and coq au vin in the more formal dining room.

The space doesn’t truly come alive until evenings, when trendy couples and exuberant groups of gay gents share carafes of wine and classic cocktails on the patio, which provides prime people-watching opportunities long into the night.

Red-tasseled lamps switch on as stylish party girls sip Chartreuse Swizzles and Autumnal Punch, their voices growing ever louder as booming conversation and/or the weekend live music – which can vary from gypsy swing to French jazz – echoes through the room.

Sophisticated but unpretentious, Cafe Boheme’s late-night liquor license means the party can continue long after the pubs have closed. And it does, mon ami.It does.

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Tip from Adriana:

Cafe Boheme does not take reservations, so if you want dinner, go early to get on the waiting list. The menu is small, but the food is worth waiting for!

  • Crowd

    Local Soho film and media industry types, trendy couples, posh party girls, stylish gay boys, Francophiles, area theatergoers, and anyone in need of one more cocktail after most pubs have closed, mid-20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music on most Saturdays and Sundays from 4–6pm featuring a varied and often Latin-inspired lineup, including Brazilian samba, gypsy swing, Cuban fiesta music, British blues, and French jazz.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small but traditional French bistro menu including Toulouse sausages, hamburgers, salmon nicoise, sea bass, coq au vin, and lemon sole meuniere. Brunch items include French toast, eggs Benedict, and duck rillette.

    Breakfast offered daily 9am–noon, brunch menu offered Sa–Su noon–5pm.

    Limited late-night menu available M–Sa 11:30pm–2:30am.

  • Prices

    Breakfast £2–£11, brunch £3–£19, starters £3–£22, entrées £7–£19, desserts £6.

    Beer £2.50–£3.50 or £9/jug, wine £5–£7.50/glass or £13–£50+/bottle, cocktails £8.50, champagne £7.50–£10/glass or £36–£80/bottle, coffee liqueur £6.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Trendy casual: skinny jeans, button-downs, blazers, working girl with a twist, cocktail dresses, heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursday or Friday evenings after sundown for the requisite people-watching and to get the London weekend started Parisian-style, or Saturdays and Sundays to check out the live music.

  • Close By

    Arbutus (63-64 Frith Street) is a modern French “gastro-bistro” that attracts a similar crowd looking to spend, and eat, a little more.

Cafe Boheme User Reviews

Average rating:
Where else was I going to get a Kir?
Alex R. Apr 22, 2013
Having read some of the reviews on Cafe Boheme I was a little confused as to what people might have expected from a french bistro near Soho? I had to stop and think about my star rating as I had toyed with chipping off a star based on previous assessment, however I've stuck with two but maybe with a disclaimer saying 'as long as you like the French'. I have to admit that some of the other patrons were a little assuming of my friend and I as we had entered Cafe Boheme after a long hot day trudging in search of a drink that would serve to quench our Saharan thirst but we let it slide, while we envied their money, they envied our youth and that seemed to be comfortable enough for all parties. We sat outside and enjoyed the dusk as is customary when enjoying a half-pint of beer in Paris (we assumed) and shared a game terrine. I know what you're probably thinking, beer and pate on toast don't sound like anything special but I guess that's what the Parisian experience is all about, enjoying the little things to their maximum... and in some cases getting charged a fortune for it. I should say that the game terrine was divine though with an abundance of textures and salty sweet medleys, it really was the perfect accompaniment to our beers that went down with ease. Cafe Boheme does 'The French Thing' so well, better than many of the other impersonators in London. The decor was precise right down to the old clock behind the bar, the food as I observed was typically bistro and presented in such a way and there was a bottle of Pastis on the shelf what more do you need? They did make one error that I have learned since visiting Paris, an imperfection that I was grateful for. When you order a Kir in Paris it is served in a glass that is smaller than Champagne flute and at twice the price, when you order a Kir in Cafe Boheme it is served in a wine glass big enough to bath in, 'winner winner chicken dinner' as we say in England.
Too French
Sam R. Dec 10, 2012
I’m English. Its in my DNA to hate the French. So when I was dragged here for some "vin rouge," I wasn’t too happy about it, but was open to liking the place. Cafe Boho is what I expected: pretentious and overpriced. I have to admit I liked the pineapples though. That was a great touch.
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