France and England have a long relationship, and this is reflected in the cross-channel influences which can be found in both of the nation’s capital cities. If you’re on the lookout for a slice of French culture or scenery while staying in London, then here’s a few spaces which will make you feel like you’re in Paris…
Described as a ‘Cabaret en Francais’, the Soiree Pompette provides old-fashioned entertainment with a classic French flair. The French-speaking staff are happy to help out as you test your language skills, and there’s a wide range of different acts performing each month, including everything from bingo to magicians and musical performers. Visitors staying at a local spa in Paddington are sure to enjoy a fun evening out while they’re in London, as well as the chance to win a variety of great prizes at each event.
Blanchette Brick Lane
This remarkable French bistro in Shoreditch first opened in 2016, and has since developed a strong following with French expatriates living in London thanks to the authenticity of the dishes and the equally authentic ambiance, which recreates the joys of dining in Paris like nowhere else in the city. The menu has been created with a modern approach, inspired by Southern French cuisine. The décor recreates the Belle Epoque era of Paris, which mingles seamlessly with the urban surroundings of trendy Brick Lane. For guests at the Chilworth Hotel eager to experience a real taste of French cuisine, this is a great place to begin.
The French Institute
Institut Francais (the French Institute) is part of a worldwide web of similar institutions dedicated to promoting French language and culture. The London branch was founded in 1910 and includes a wide range of facilities which are perfect for both homesick French citizens and those visiting London who are keen to immerse themselves in the French way of life. The venue includes a multi-media library and a cinema specialising in French films, as well as a French-speaking children’s library. We highly recommend a trip here as the perfect relaxed occasion following a massage in Paddington.
Billing itself as a restaurant, piano bar and jazz club, Toulouse Lautrec provides French cooking and live music throughout the week in an unassuming district of London. Named after one of the leading lights of the Parisian artistic scene in the early 20th century, the venue champions live music whilst offering a delightful menu of traditional French dishes and a fantastic wine list. With private hire bookings available, this is a fantastic space for those who yearn for the bright lights of Paris.
For visitors who want to learn how to communicate in French before a trip to Paris, the Alliance Francaise is a great place to start. The company has had a base in London since 1884, accumulating a wealth of experience in language teaching for many different purposes.