There’s a famous French idiom that goes a little something: “Pour bien cuisiner il faut de bons ingrédients, un palais, du coeur et des amis.” That roughly translates in English to mean: “To cook well you need good ingredients, a palace, a heart, and some friends.” While I agree with about 75% of that quote, I’m not completely sure that I concur with the whole palace part. There’s plenty of good cooking to be found outside of palaces and France – as a nation that A) invented the very concept of a restaurant, and B) famously hasn't gotten along with royal families in palaces – is somewhere the whole democratisation of food and good cooking is vitally important.
Restaurants are an integral part of French culture and the French gastronomy scene is, as a result, one of the most well respected in the world. You don’t, however, have to hop on the EuroStar for your only chance to sample French fine dining and bistro fare. London has long been a melting pot of different cultures and it's home to a number of très chic French eating establishments.
From petit cafés to eye-wateringly expensive high-end restaurants, London contains pretty much the whole gamut of French cuisine. What I’ve taken the trouble to do is sift through the miasma of options out there (sampling more onglet and gougères than any sane man should consume) to present you with our list of London’s best French restaurants. Or, rather, the best restaurants in London for sampling French-ish food.
The good bulk of these restaurants are as French as escargot and Notre-Dame though a few others earn their French passport due to their sensibilities and attitude. They're still worthy of inclusion, though, thanks to their unique takes on Francophone cooking. These are the best French restaurants in London, Mob. Bonne dégustation.