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Top 10 Best French Restaurants in London

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French: Guide to London’s Top 10 Best Restaurants. The English and the French have enjoyed a love-hate relationship that has endured through the ages. However, while the French suffer the Rosbifs with more than a pinch of disdain, we Brits remain admiring of our continental neighbours for one thing in particular: their cuisine. French restaurants have retained their lasting popularity in the capital, and this is not set to change anytime soon. However, the discerning diner hoping to forage for the best of culinary Gallic charm must take note. For, despite our proximity to the land of cheese, wine and la joie de vivre, there are scores of restaurants that are but pale imitations of the real thing. Read on for the best London has to offer in continental eating…

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Image of Le Gavroche by Michel Roux jr

Mayfair
Bar / Restaurant
French

Arguably one of the capital's best known French restaurants, Michel Roux Jr's Le Gavroche is an exceptional eating experience. Sitting defiantly at the high end of London's dining spectrum, the restaurant settles for nothing less than the best -hence its two Michelin stars.

Image of Galvin at Windows

Mayfair
Bar / Restaurant / Hotel
French

Mayfair, French cuisine - 28 floors upstairs, and you will find Windows, the bar & restaurant, offering some of the best views over London whilst dinning. During the day you can sit and enjoy the food whilst taking in the stunning views of London. Food is served throughout the day. Perhaps even more impressive from Windows is London by night - an awesome kaleidoscope of city lights.

Image of Mon Plaisir

West End
Restaurant
French

Mon Plaisir enjoys its reputation as London's oldest surviving French restaurant. It's immensely popular with the good and the great, who vouch for the traditional French cooking and outstanding service. High-class Parisian cooking in the heart of Covent Garden.

Image of Clos Maggiore

West End
Restaurant
French

Clos Maggiore epitomises romance in the way only the French can. The best seats are in the magical room at the back of the restaurant, a world apart from the hubbub of Covent Garden. The wine list is staggeringly extensive, and with its retractable roof, intrinsic glamour and attentive service, it is little surprise that this classy establishment is a hit with the theatre set.

Image of L'Etranger Restaurant & Vins L’Etranger

Kensington
Bar / Restaurant
French

L'Etranger, offers an unusual take on classic French cooking with a distinct Japanese influence. The elegant Gloucester Road based restaurant is well worth the trip west, not least for its exceptional wine list.

Image of L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

West End
Restaurant
French

Located next door to The Ivy in Covent Garden, L'Atelier de Robuchon is situated in a three story building consisting of a ground floor restaurant L'Atelier, first floor restaurant called La Cuisine and on the top floor Le Salon Bar. Senses are aroused as head chef Olivier Limousin and his team create modern French classics before your eyes. Interaction is welcomed and dishes - in large or tapas-size portions - are often prepared to diners? specifications.

Image of Bistro Aix

Crouch End
Restaurant
French

Tucked away in Crouch End, a pocket of North London known for pubs, 3-wheeler prams and over-priced coffee shops, Bistro Aix is an intimate Provençal restaurant that hasn't changed since it opened in 2002. Clad with Degas-style paintings and the warm glow of candlelight, the all-French team serves classic dishes and biodynamic wines sans ego. Scallops to start is compulsory but it's the filet of beef rossini with foie gras, bordelaise sauce and sautéed chard that instantly transports you to heady evenings in the South of France. Add wine and Bistro Aix becomes the quintessential Parisian locale you've always wanted on your doorstep.

Image of Bleeding Heart Tavern

City of London
Bar
Gastro

Bleeding Heart is an elegant French restaurant in the City of London, renowned for being the most romantic dining destination in the City, as well as a fine venue for business lunches. Held in high regard by the press and surrounding corporate offices, Bleeding Heart serves stylish modern French food from a seasonally-changing a la carte menu. Set in a historic cobblestoned courtyard, Bleeding Heart also offers a buzzy and busy French bistro with a lively, more informal atmosphere.

Image of Bellamy's

Mayfair
Bar / Restaurant
French

Presenting French brasserie-style cuisine with a contemporary edge, critically acclaimed Bellamy's Restaurant has a fresh oyster bar and shop. At Bruton Place in Mayfair, Bellamy's serves up simple French classics alongside an exclusively French, impeccable wine list. With charming service, the cosy dining room has a wonderfully elegant brasserie feel.

Image of L'Escargot

Soho
Restaurant
French

L'Escargot is the oldest and most celebrated French restaurant in London. Situated in Soho, this beautiful restaurant has been the haunt of the good and the great for almost one hundred years and is an especially admired retreat of stars of stage and screen. Coco Chanel visited shortly after the restaurant opened, and it was a regular haunt of Maurice Chevalier. John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson would often dine here after a show; it was also a favourite of Princess Diana.

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