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French Restaurants in London

London French restaurant: cross-channel competition

French cuisine is synonymous with haute cuisine, and exerts a powerful influence over the world’s top chefs and kitchens. French gastronomic traditions are on UNESCO’s list of the world’s 'intangible cultural heritage', but French cuisine is often derided for its unimaginative richness. This misses the subtlety that French cuisine is capable of and indeed, much of this derision originates from the British, France’s traditional enemies. These days, however, you can find many top French restaurants in London, and some – such as that of Soho-based masterchef Joël Robuchon, the most Michelin-starred chef in history – say that London has long overtaken Paris as the world capital of cuisine.

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Côte Covent Garden - St Martin's Lane

Côte Covent Garden - St Martin's Lane

Covent Garden
French££££
5.1/62255
Côte Covent Garden - St Martin's Lane
Côte Covent Garden - Tavistock Street

Côte Covent Garden - Tavistock Street

Covent Garden
French££££
5.2/61861
Côte Covent Garden - Tavistock Street
Côte Windsor

Côte Windsor

Centre
French££££
5.1/61697
Côte Windsor
Côte Sloane Square

Côte Sloane Square

Chelsea
French££££
5.1/61423
Côte Sloane Square
Côte Barbican

Côte Barbican

Barbican
French££££
5.0/6969
Côte Barbican
Côte Guildford

Côte Guildford

Town Centre
French££££
5.4/61119
Côte Guildford
Côte London Bridge - Hay's Galleria

Côte London Bridge - Hay's Galleria

London Bridge
French££££
5.1/6867
Côte London Bridge - Hay's Galleria
Côte Richmond

Côte Richmond

Richmond
French££££
5.1/6839
Côte Richmond
Côte Tunbridge Wells

Côte Tunbridge Wells

Center
French££££
5.2/6902
Côte Tunbridge Wells
Côte Kingston

Côte Kingston

Kingston upon Thames
French
5.1/6893
Côte Kingston
Côte Soho

Côte Soho

Soho
French££££
5.2/6727
Côte Soho
Côte Wimbledon

Côte Wimbledon

Wimbledon
French££££
5.2/6733
Côte Wimbledon
Côte Amersham

Côte Amersham

Amersham
French££££
5.3/6844
Côte Amersham
Côte St Christopher's Place

Côte St Christopher's Place

Marylebone
French££££
5.3/6688
Côte St Christopher's Place
Côte Chislehurst

Côte Chislehurst

Chislehurst
French££££
5.4/6734
Côte Chislehurst
Côte Welwyn Garden City

Côte Welwyn Garden City

Town Centre
French££££
5.3/6828
Côte Welwyn Garden City
Côte Oxford Circus - Market Place

Côte Oxford Circus - Market Place

Oxford Circus
French££££
4.9/6596
Côte Oxford Circus - Market Place
Côte Reigate

Côte Reigate

Reigate
French££££
5.3/6652
Côte Reigate
Côte Kensington

Côte Kensington

Kensington
French££££
5.2/6732
Côte Kensington
Côte Godalming

Côte Godalming

Godalming
French££££
5.2/6696
Côte Godalming
  1. 1.

    Top French restaurants in London: and less expensive ones too

    You can find a London French restaurant or at least a restaurant heavily influenced by French cuisine in almost any part of London. For a true French gastronomic and hospitality experience, though, you’d want to seek out top French restaurants in well-heeled districts such as Chelsea and Kensington, which is a traditional French expatriate stronghold. Don’t be afraid to check out more relaxed brasseries and bistros found throughout London, where you can find French home-style cooking and simple dishes such as slow-cooked cassoulet at prices that won’t result in you having to cancel that trip to the Riviera you’ve had planned all month.
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    What to expect in a London French restaurant

    While French-influenced dishes are 'de rigeur' on even the plainest British café menus, proper French gastronomy is strictly codified. Top French restaurants in London will sport an extensive 'kitchen brigade' and an attentive 'dining room brigade' of highly-trained, professional kitchen and wait staff. These restaurants might serve French haute cuisine, the upper, gourmet end of French hospitality. Simpler bistro-type settings are far more relaxed, with chalk boards or staff proclaiming the offering. Many a London French restaurant will serve French 'nouvelle cuisine', a typically modern style of French cookery that rejects many French culinary traditions as over-complicated and overdone.
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    Finding a London French restaurant using Quandoo

    There are heaps of top French restaurants in London, but a search using Quandoo will serve up bars and bistros that follow French tradition, too. Many are intimidated by French cuisine, thinking is always beyond their budgets. Far from true, you can use Quandoo’s price filter to find a London French restaurant that’s comfortable. As for districts, well-heeled boroughs will be replete with top-dollar top French restaurants in London, but French restaurants are artfully sprinkled across London like so much finely-milled black pepper, meaning its likely there’s a French bistro or two near you for coffee, brunch, lunch or a romantic dinner date.