If you fancy a fun-packed week­end en­joy­ing the best of France, Lon­don is the place to be in Jan­uary 2018

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A win­ter’s day in Lon­don… the aroma of freshly baked crois­sants, the pop of cham­pagne corks, the siz­zle of gar­lic in a pan and the plink of a gui­tar as melodic chan­sons fill the air. Yes, The France Show is back for 2018, bring­ing with it the best of France for three days. There are plenty of rea­sons to come to Lon­don Olympia and get your French fix, here are just some of them…

Glo­ri­ous gas­tron­omy

The chance to in­dulge in great food and wine is one of the rea­sons we all love trips to France so much. It’s also one of the big­gest rea­sons to come to The France Show. From en­joy­ing the first flaky pain au choco­late of the day to squeez­ing in time for a fi­nal coup de cham­pagne be­fore you head out into the Lon­don evening, there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­joy French food all day long. The France Show’s res­i­dent food and wine ex­perts are chef Guy Wol­ley and Sun­day Tele­graph wine writer Susy Atkins – don’t miss them as they pro­vide in­spi­ra­tion for a French themed menu live on stage. Wine buffs should also keep an eye out for Susy at the Cave à Vins where she’ll be tak­ing tak­ing France Show vis­i­tors on an in­for­mal wine tour. If you’re par­tial to an éclair or a tarte au cit­ron, don’t miss mas­ter patissier Éric Lan­lard as he cre­ates mouth­wa­ter­ing cre­ations in front of the au­di­ence (Sun­day only).

Travel in­spi­ra­tion

One of the most won­der­ful things about France is its va­ri­ety of land­scapes, from dra­matic moun­tain peaks to gen­tle coun­try­side and some of the most stun­ning coast­line in the world. Even if you know France well, there are still cor­ners to dis­cover and sights to be­hold. At the show you can talk to those in the know from tourist boards, tour com­pa­nies and trans­port op­er­a­tors to plan new and ex­cit­ing ways to ex­plore the coun­try on your next trip across the Chan­nel. Want to get ac­tive? Try a cy­cling hol­i­day or a laid-back camp­ing trip amid na­ture. You can also brush up on your French with one of the lan­guage learn­ing spe­cial­ists

En­ter­tain­ment ga­lore

The Flavours of France Stage is the heart of the show; it’s where the crowds gather to watch en­ter­tain­ers, chefs, singers and, of course, the leg­endary France Show can­can dancers. This year sees some new names tak­ing to the stage. Tour de France fans should come along on Sun­day 28 Jan­uary; it’s when the sports jour­nal­ist, broad­caster and best-sell­ing au­thor Ned Boult­ing will be live on stage. His one-man show Bike­ol­ogy sold out at this year’s Ed­in­burgh Fringe and his ap­pear­ance on the Flavours of France Stage prom­ises to evoke the thrills of one of the world’s most gru­elling cy­cling races. For less heart-pop­ping ex­pe­ri­ences, come along and lis­ten to writer Peter May (Fri­day only) and jour­nal­ist Lind­sey Tra­muta (Fri­day and Satur­day) Based in France, crime writer May en­thralls read­ers with his pop­u­lar se­ries The Enzo Files about Toulouse-based foren­sic ex­pert Enzo Macleod, while Paris-based Tra­muta’s pop­u­lar life­style blog Lost in Cheese­land has gained her fans all across the world. Bring­ing a vin­tage taste of Paris all week­end long, jazz chanteuse Ori­ana will be per­form­ing with her band The Charm­ers.

Home com­forts

If you’re tempted to en­joy the French life­style more per­ma­nently, the France Show is also home to the French Prop­erty Ex­hi­bi­tion, where es­tate agents will be on hand with thou­sands of tempt­ing prop­er­ties for sale in France. If your ca­sual browse turns into a con­crete plan, don’t miss the free ex­pert-led sem­i­nars which shed light on ev­ery­thing you need to know about buy­ing prop­erty and liv­ing in France, from tax and le­gal ad­vice to mak­ing a liv­ing.

All un­der one roof

The show is also home to one of the UK’S largest French mar­kets, so don’t for­get to stock up on de­li­cious re­gional good­ies – from jams and cakes to cheeses, breads and saucis­son – and other artisan sou­venirs of your visit. Around the show there are plenty of spots to re­vive with a tasty crèpe or glass of wine and drink in the at­mos­phere. If you love France, you’ll love The France Show. A bi­en­tôt!

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