London is one of the most internationally cultured cities in the world, with specialist restaurants offering specific cuisine from regions all over the globe, including France. Here is our top ten Best French Restaurants in London.
Located in Marylebone in London’s West End, L’Autre offers a modern French/European cuisine in a contemporary setting. While it’s interior design somewhat lacks in making a statement, one place it cannot be faulted on are it’s food offerings. A sister restaurant of Pied a Terre, the dishes here are exquisite, from their risotto with goat cheese, poached duck egg, to their Mackerel, crispy quinoa, scallop ceviche and roast suckling pig. A rather complex menu range, French food connoisseurs would do well to pay L’Autre a visit.
Nearest Station – Bond Street
Sun 12:00 – 15:30
Mon – Tue 12:00 – 14:30 Mon – Sat 18:00 – 23:00
Wed 9:00 – 14:30
Thu – Sat 12:00 – 14:30
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Situated in London’s West Street near Covent Garden, L’Atelier is within close proximity of the many surrounding theatres in the area. The restaurant is sure to provide an unforgettable experience, with a highly rated customer service and open kitchen downstairs. The design and atmosphere inside is beautiful and the menu far from disappoints, with tasty offerings such as langoustine ravioli, Scottish lobster and spit roast chicken to enjoy. Certainly one of the best restaurants in London for French food, although it’s on the pricier side of the spectrum.
Nearest Station: Leicester Square, Covent Garden
Mon – Sat: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Sun and all Bank Holidays: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
La Gavroche in upper Brook Street, Mayfair, is run by famous chef Michel Roux Jr and renowned for it’s fine dining and high quality service. As you would have likely guessed the prices here are premium and would appeal to those with fat wallets. Booking far in advance is a must to secure a place. Their roast squab pigeon, English cheeses, octopus and red rice are divine and the overall menu is impressive. While some may find the lower ground room’s dark decor and layout oppressive (claustrophobic even), the food is fantastic.
Nearest Station: Marble Arch
Mon – Fri 12:00 – 14:00
Mon – Sat 18:00 – 22:00
Le Petite Maison
Staying within the Mayfair area, La Petite Maison on Brook Mews is chic and offers a great selection of French and Spanish (Mediterranean) food. Prices are high (though not the highest on our list) so good for deeper pockets or special occasions. The restaurant itself is typically buzzing with a spacious dining room and big windows, the staff here also offer an efficient and slick customer service. Food here is excellent, the salted cod and potato Brandade in croquettes is delightful, as is their lentil salad and lamb chops.
Nearest Station: Bond Street
Sun 18:30 – 21:30
Mon – Fri 12:00 – 15:00
Mon – Sat 18:00 – 23:00
Sat – Sun 12:30 – 15:30
Dans Le Noir
Located in the charming Clerkenwell area, Dans Le Noir offers a great experience that’s very different from the norm. For one, you eat in the dark (you may need to use your hand to make sure you’ve eaten everything!), which with an open-minded crowd can offer up some funny moments! The food is exotic with international servings and the company service is highly rated.
Nearest Station: Farringdon
Sun 13:00 – 14:30
Sun – Sat 18:30 – 0:00
Sat 12:00 – 15:00
The Primrose Hill based restaurant, L’absinthe, provides a cosy, ambient atmosphere with charming customer service. Their foods are noteworthy too, offering classic French dishes like fish soup, hachis parmentier and chicken with tarragon sauce. Prices are substantially affordable, especially their lunch menu and wines which can be bought at great value.
Nearest Station: Chalk Farm
Sun 12:00 – 21:00
Mon 8:00 – 16:00
Tue – Fri 8:00 – 22:00
Sat 9:00 – 22:00
Decidedly romantic appearance, the Clos Maggiore in Covent Gardens is a spectacular modern French restaurant to visit. The blossom decorations, while fake they neatly surround the walls. With the addition of smartly placed mirrors, you can feel like you’ve just stepped into an enchanted forest from a classic fairytale. Again, prices here are good value and the restaurant is known for its selection of good wine and French cuisine. Enjoy tasty foods such as the Dorset Crab Dish, Gazpacho and foie gras terrine in one of the most romantic restaurants in London.
Nearest Station: Covent Garden, Charing Cross, Leicester Square
Mon-Sun 12:00PM – 2:30PM
Mon – Sat 5:00PM – 10.45pm
Sun – 5:00PM – 10:00PM
The Orrery restaurant in Marylebone is gorgeous and serene, with a rooftop terrace to complete it’s luxurious presentation. It’s also one of the most expensive on our list where even just a glass of wine is £9. However make no mistake, the menu on offer here is definitely worth it. From their seafood ravioli and lobster bisque, to the Salmon and chicken liver pate, this restaurant is one of the very best for French cuisine.
Nearest Station: Baker Street and Bond Street.
Mon – Sat: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm
French restaurant from chef Gorden Ramsey, Petrus in Kinnerton Street is another entry on our list with a striking interiors, with multiple windows and a glass encased wine room as the centrepiece. While expensive, the foods at this Knightsbridge based restaurant are exquisite, including the duck breast and potato pannise and half shallots. A well recommended place to wine and dine.
Nearest Station: Knightsbridge, Hyde Park Corner and Victoria.
Mon – Sat – 12pm – 2.30pm 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Last but certainly not least, the Roux restaurant is located in Parliament Square, inside the Georgian home of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. This modern French restaurant serves envious dishes such as prawn tortellini, Scottish Langoustine, Iberico pork chops and roast cod. Prices are about what’s expected in the area, pricey without being overly expensive.
Nearest Station: Westminster Tube Station
Mon – Fri: 12pm – 2pm, 6.30pm – 10pm