The first time I went to this pub was during the World Congress in 2007. A group of us were wandering around the Chinatown/SoHo area after the day’s festivities and stumbled upon it after being disappointed that so many places closed early. De Hems is open until midnight all days of the week save for Sunday. What a happy surprise as this is a wonderful pub.
With rather bold gold lettering on the facade of the building you can’t miss it. There’s a few tall round tables just outside the front door for anyone looking to hang outside and enjoy their beer, but if there’s no room outside there’s a very good chance you’ll find a place inside. The floor plan is welcoming and open, with tables throughout. There’s at least one big table at the back, and I’m sure you could get creative and push a couple together to accommodate a crowd.
One of my favorite things here is the staff. Every time I’ve gone in, the bartender I’ve talked to has been friendly and welcomes questions. If you’re not sure what to try, they are full of suggestions, and they’ve got quite the selection to pick from. When I was there, they had Leffe Brune and Blonde along with Früli, Lindeboom and Oranjeboom on tap and more bottled beer than I could attempt to list off. If you’re looking for food they’ve got you covered there with a good mix of English and Dutch pub grub in the £7-10 price range.
Easily tube accessible from Leicester Square (0.2 miles), Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles), Covent Garden (0.3 miles) and London Charing Cross (0.4 miles) on the edge of Chinatown. Next time you’re in London you should stop by and enjoy a pint!