The Gay Hussar

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The Gay Hussar
Gay Hussar restaurant - November 2013.jpg
The Gay Hussar in 2013
Restaurant information
Established 1953
Food type Hungarian cuisine
Street address 2 Greek Street
City London
Postal/ZIP code W1D 4NB
Country United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°30′54″N 0°07′53″W / 51.5149°N 0.1313°W / 51.5149; -0.1313
Reservations +44 (0)20 7437 0973

The Gay Hussar is a celebrated Hungarian restaurant located at 2 Greek Street, Soho, central London, England.


Victor Sassie[1] was the founder of The Gay Hussar restaurant in 1953. Sassie was sent to Budapest in Hungary by the British Hotel and Restaurant Association when he was seventeen. He served his apprenticeship at the Gundel restaurant in Budapest. On his return to London in 1940, he established first the Budapest restaurant and then The Gay Hussar, which was to become popular with left wing politicians.[2] Diners included T.S. Eliot, Mortimer Wheeler, Aneurin Bevan, Barbara Castle, Ian Mikardo and Michael Foot.[3]

The restaurant was named in honour of the elite Hussars of the Hungarian army.[1] The name is also associated with the name of a popular Hungarian operetta, The Gay Hussars, by Emmerich Kálmán.

In October 2013 it was made known that the Gay Hussar was to be put up for sale due to hard economic times.[4] A petition was set up on appealing to any prospective new owners to keep the restaurant open.


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Coordinates: 51°30′54″N 0°07′53″W / 51.5149°N 0.1313°W / 51.5149; -0.1313