Where To Get Authentic French Food In London, According To French Londoners

Annie Simon Annie Simon - Commercial Editor


Fancy some truly authentic French food? Look no further!

Tanqueray’s brand-new Blackcurrant Royale gin, made with rich French blackcurrants and infused with vanilla notes, is a glorious homage to France. And to honour this delicious France-inspired addition to the flavourful range of Tanqueray gins, we thought we’d ask French Londoners where they go to find a taste of home in the Big Smoke.


We got loads of helpful replies from French Londoners spilling the tea (or thé, if you will), and sharing some of the most delicious and authentic spots in the city. So, if you’re in the market for some fantastic French food, then book yourself a table at one of these restaurants and cafes tout suite!


We got so many votes for this Bermondsey bistro, which serves up a changing daily menu of French classics.


Expect delicious, rustic fare at Borderlaise in Tooting Broadway Market. It’s a sharing concept bistro – sort of like French tapas.

Patisserie Saint Anne

If you’re craving some of those buttery pastries that France is famous for, look no further than this Hammersmith bakery.

La Poule au Pot

This charming Belgravia restaurant decorated with festoons of dried flowers and bric-à-brac offers an authentic re-creation of “paysan” France, and is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two.

Le Relais de Venise

This restaurant only offers one set menu starring the best steak-frites in town served with a secret house sauce.


For a quintessentially Parisian dining experience, head on down to Soho bistro, Blanchette.

Brasserie Zedel

Another popular vote, Brasserie Zédel in Piccadilly serves up French food in a glamorous art deco setting.

La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

Wine and dine like the French at this stylish wine bar in Neal’s Yard.

Mon Plaisir

You can’t go wrong with London’s oldest French restaurant.

Philippe Conticini

This boutique Camden bakery is the place to go for perfect pastries and beautiful baked goods from an award-winning French pastry chef.

Chez Elles Bistroquet

This rustic chic restaurant serves authentic French cuisine with an occasional side of live music – charmont!

Chez Antoinette

Enjoy food inspired by owner Aurelia’s grandmother, Antoinette. This is authentic French cooking at it’s finest.

Galvin Restaurants

You know you’re guaranteed to get a mouthwatering French meal at one of the Michelin-starred Galvin restaurants.


In the heart of Soho, occupying a converted townhouse lies a vibrant French restaurant serving fine-dining classics.

Le Beaujolais

This rustic wine bar and restaurant declares itself a bastion of all things French and promises guests an authentic taste of France.


Founded by two Master Sommeliers, this wine bar and restaurant offers some rare and unusual Burgundy wines with your French fare.


This Epicurie & Bar is an ode to Francophone Gastronomy. You can enjoy tasting sessions and masterclasses here as well as cheese and charcuterie!

La Petite Maison

A visit to this lovely restaurant will transport you straight to the glamorous shores of the French riviera.


For modern French cuisine, get yourself down to this elegant Covent Garden restaurant.

The Floating Boulangerie

A French couple sells delicious pastries and freshly baked bread from a houseboat on the canal. We love it.

Maison Puget

This boulangerie, patisserie and salon du thé on Portobello Road is an authentic taste of France.

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

It’s the three Michelin stars for us. If you’re celebrating a special occasion or just fancy a fancy French meal – the haute cuisine of Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is for you.

La Petite Ferme

La Petite Ferme promises the best of French bistro life this side of Lyon. And with choices like an “all you can eat” raclette on offer, we believe it!


Brought to you by the folks behind Casse-Croute, this traditional French restaurant is one of London’s loveliest.


Want to take a taste of France home with you after your delicious meal out? Why not whip up a tasty Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale cocktail for a post-dinner treat. Santé!

Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale is available to purchase here. 18+ only. Please drink responsibly, for the facts visit drinkaware.co.uk. Please do not forward to those under the legal purchase age for alcohol.

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