French Restaurants in London
London is bursting with wonderful French venues, whether you’re looking for classical French dining, a buzzing live music venue, lunch with a view, or an elegant wine bar.
One thing’s for certain – you’ll find plenty of mouth-watering food and drink on offer in London.
Whether you hail from France or just fancy the taste of Paris, we’ve picked 5 of our favourite places in London to eat and drink, French style. Santé!
La Poule au Pot
A Belgravia institution, La Poule au Pot’s charming, atmospheric and wonderfully romantic interior hasn’t changed much since the 60s, and you can dine alfresco when the sun comes out.
Expect classic French cooking – starters include la soupe à l’oignon gratinée, snails or scallops, followed by Dover sole Meuniere, hearty bouillabaisse, or rabbit with white wine, garlic and herbs, alongside the house dish la poule au pot (chicken in a pot).
Comforting desserts include chocolate mousse, tarte tatin, crème brulee, and a great selection of French cheeses. The wine list is suitably French, with bottles, half bottles and magnums available. Not especially cheap – but certainly cheaper than a flight to France.
The French House
This most iconic of Soho watering holes sees actors, writers, artists and wits rub shoulders with royalty, bohemians and the film world. Regulars over the years have included Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, and rumour has it that Dylan Thomas once left the manuscript for Under Milk Wood under a chair.
With thirty superb champagnes and wines by the glass, plus a no music, no machines, no television and no mobile phones rule, The French House is a haven for conversationalists and a firm favourite among some of the best-known names in showbusiness. Beer (house lager) is only sold in halves, and they serve Breton cider, along with more Ricard Pastis than anywhere else in the UK. The wine list – predominantly French, of course – is the star, with glasses starting around £3 – £4.
A unique 1930’s Parisian style live music brasserie, you can expect to listen to Gypsy jazz guitar and Gypsy Swing, Django Reinhardt style, at Le QuecumBar. Dishes tend to include French brasserie classics such as frog’s legs, snails, Coq Au Vin, Boeuf Bourguignon, oven baked garlic Camembert with French bread, and Belgian Cabonade Flandes (beef cooked in Belgian Flandes sour beer, in celebration of Django’s birth place). There’s a decent wine list, including wines both for quaffing or for lingering.
For classic, elegant French cooking with spectacular rooftop views of the City, you can’t beat Coq D’Argent. It’s not cheap, but the set menu is good value, with dishes such as Burgundian ‘Petits Gris’ snails with garlic and parsley butter, free range chicken suprème with Emmental, black truffles, artichoke and celeriac purée, or lavender and honey slow cooked lamb shank with pomme purée, followed by a dark chocolate and passionfruit mirroir.
Or head to the bar for artisanal charcuterie and French Farmhouse cheese platters and glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc with a view.
The oldest patisserie in London, this cosy two-storey 1871 French patisserie, vintage tea parlour and pop-up art space offers cream cakes, pastries, fondant fancies, croques and quiches, and all sorts of delicious treats baked fresh on the premises daily.
Squeeze onto one of the few small tables on the pavement at this Soho institution if the weather is nice, and watch the world go by as you nibble on a mid-morning flaky almond croissant.
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