Fans of fine dining will find lots to enjoy in London, with a wide range of dishes on offer at some of the city’s top restaurants. For those eager to try the latest in French cuisine, there’s even more to be excited about – Londoners are pretty partial to French food, so there’s lots of restaurants which specialise in just that. Here’s our rundown of the 5 best spots to check out during your stay…
The Bistro at the Bleeding Heart
A sturdy Gallic bistro styled to resemble a French farm house, here visitors will find 19th century French posters alongside authentic French stoneware, providing the perfect relaxed ambiance which quickly transports the diner to another country. The menu specialises in hearty dishes with plenty of appeal, including everything from coq au vin to steak. Staff here are noted for their attentiveness, so if it’s a relaxing dining experience you’re looking for, then this is a great place to start during your stay at hotels near Paddington Station.
Situated in the pleasant surroundings of Islington, this brasserie takes a traditional approach to dining. The space harks back to the famous cafe culture of Paris in the early 20th century, providing an authentic experience for guests staying at hotels near Paddington Station.
Visitors can look forward to art nouveau décor, and enjoy a menu which is every bit as traditional as the setting. There is an unmistakable sense of nostalgia about Bellanger, with shared booths available for social dining. Dishes are generously sized, with a particularly appealing dessert menu which includes everything from black forest gateau to crepes and yummy vanilla ice cream.
For those within easy reach of trendy Brick Lane, a visit to Blanchette is an absolute must. The staff here is fluent in French, so there are lots of opportunities to brush up on your language skills during your visit. Providing an authentic experience and dishes such as beef bourguignon, created with the finest ingredients, the restaurant takes a fun, relaxed approach to its surroundings (expect vintage posters galore) yet has lots of delicious treats to try.
Set within a delightful Victorian pub, The Coach has recently undergone a dramatic transformation into a pub dining room specialising in French cuisine. The menu has been created by noted chef Henry Harris, and features rustic Gallic fare which is both rich and tasty. A trip here is the perfect way to end a fun-filled day after sampling the best afternoon teas in London.
With a branch already in Paris, this restaurant has been carefully created to ensure an authentic Parisian dining experience in London. The décor is simple and bright, with each dish using British produce to create a range of French dishes. Head chef Gregory Marchand hails from Nantes, and has built a great name for himself working everywhere from the Savoy to Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain.