278 Restaurants in London: French

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 St Paul's

City of London
French££££
5.1/6748
Côte St Paul's

Côte St Albans

Town centre
French££££
5.1/61016
Côte St Albans

Côte London Bridge - Hay's Galleria

London Bridge
French££££
5.1/61559
Côte London Bridge - Hay's Galleria
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Côte Chislehurst

Chislehurst
French££££
5.3/61218
Côte Chislehurst

Côte St Katharine's Docks

St Katharine's and Wapping
French££££
5.1/6660
Côte St Katharine's Docks

Côte St Christopher's Place

Marylebone
French££££
5.3/61129
Côte St Christopher's Place

Côte Windsor

Centre
French££££
5.1/62729
Côte Windsor

Côte Charlotte Street

Fitzrovia
French££££
4.9/6677
Côte Charlotte Street

Côte Blackheath

Blackheath
French££££
5.2/6868
Côte Blackheath

Côte Marylebone

Marylebone
French££££
5.1/6640
Côte Marylebone

Côte Marlow

Bisham
French££££
5.1/6995
Côte Marlow

Côte Wimbledon

Wimbledon
French££££
5.3/61190
Côte Wimbledon

Côte Bluewater

Surroundings
French££££
5.5/61000
Côte Bluewater

Côte Woking

Woking
French££££
5.3/61086
Côte Woking

Côte Welwyn Garden City

Town Centre
French££££
5.2/61259
Côte Welwyn Garden City

Côte Amersham

Amersham
French££££
5.3/61431
Côte Amersham

Côte Esher

Esher
French££££
5.4/6884
Côte Esher

Côte Richmond

Richmond
French££££
5.1/61363
Côte Richmond

Côte Kingston

Kingston upon Thames
French
5.2/61545
Côte Kingston

Côte Barnes

Mortlake and Barnes Common
French££££
5.0/6232
Côte Barnes
  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.