FRENCH

Where London - - Dining -

Alain Du­casse at the Dorch­ester

Ex­quis­ite food and a set­ting to dress up for from this Miche­lin-starred chef. ££££. Tue-Fri L& D; Sat D. You must book. www.alain­d­u­casse-dorch­ester.com. The Dorch­ester, Park Lane, W1K 1QA. T: 020-7629 8866. E6. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

Aubaine

Com­bi­na­tion of a Parisian sa­lon and a Provençal bistro. ££. Daily B,L & D. www.aubaine.co.uk. 260-262 Bromp­ton Rd, SW3 2AS (and branches). T: 020-7052 0100. F5. Sta­tion: South Kens­ing­ton.

Blanchette

Clas­sic bistro serv­ing clas­sic and in­ven­tive French food. Ex­cel­lent char­cu­terie plates, homemade ter­rines and cheese. ££. Daily L & D. www.blanchette­soho.co.uk. 9 D’Ar­blay St, W1F 8DR. T: 020-7439 8100. D7. Sta­tion: Ox­ford Cir­cus.

Bel Canto

Waiters (mu­sic stu­dents) per­form opera while you dine in a restau­rant dec­o­rated with mu­si­cal in­stru­ments. Two-course set D £54; three-course £59. £££. Wed-Sat D. www.bel­can­tolon­don.co.uk. Corus Ho­tel Hyde Park, 1 Lan­caster Gate, W2 3LG. T: 020-7262 1678. E4. Sta­tion: Lan­caster Gate.

Boundary

Sir Ter­ence Con­ran’s mod­ern French restau­rant, lo­cated in trendy Shored­itch. £££. Tue-Sat D. www.the­bound­ary.co.uk/restau­rant/food. 2-4 Boundary St, E2 7DD. T: 020-7729 1051. Off map. Sta­tion: Shored­itch High Street.

Brasserie Joël

This French brasserie serves clas­sics such as tuna tartare and tourne­dos Rossini. ££. Mon-Fri & Sun L& D; daily D. www.brasseriejoel.co.uk. Park Plaza West­min­ster Bridge, SE1 7UT. T: 020-7620 7272. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo/ West­min­ster.

Brasserie Zédel

Bustling French brasserie and bar. £-££. Daily L & D. www.brasseriezedel.com. 20 Sher­wood St, W1F 7ED. T: 020-7734 4888. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Ce­leste

Daz­zling French-in­spired cui­sine in an el­e­gant din­ing room at The Lanes­bor­ough ho­tel. £££-££££. Daily B,L & D. www.lanes­bor­ough.com. The Lanes­bor­ough, Hyde Park Cor­ner, SW1X 7TA. T: 020-7259 5599. F6. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

Clos Mag­giore

Ex­quis­ite din­ing room with one of the best wine lists in London. ££-£££. Daily L & D. www.clos mag­giore.com. 333 King St, WC2 8JD. T: 020-7379 9696. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Club Gas­con

Imag­i­na­tive Miche­lin-starred French cui­sine from Gas­cony and an award-win­ning wine list. £££-££££. Tue-Fri L; Mon-Sat D. www.club­gas­con.com. 57 West Smith­field, EC1A 9DS. T: 020-7600 6144. D9. Sta­tion: Far­ring­don.

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

The highly re­garded Galvin brothers’ clas­sic Parisian-style bistro. ££££. Daily L & D. www.galv­in­restau­rants.com. 66 Baker St, W1U 7DJ. T: 020-7935 4007. D6. Sta­tion: Baker Street.

Les 110 de Taillevent

Con­tem­po­rary French din­ing by the same team as the fa­mous Taillevent restau­rant in Paris. More than 100 glasses of wine are of­fered by the glass. £££. Daily L & D. www.les-110-taillevent­lon­don.com. 16 Cavendish Square, W1G 9DD. T: 020-3141 6016. D6. Sta­tion: Ox­ford Cir­cus.

L’Es­car­got

This el­e­gant es­tab­lish­ment is London’s old­est French restau­rant – it was es­tab­lished in 1927. ££. Mon-Sat L& D; Sun L. www.lescar­gotrestau­rant. co.uk. 48 Greek St, W1D 4EF. T: 020-7439 7474. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.

Le Pont de la Tour

Stunning river­side restau­rant serves clas­sic French dishes in a 19th-cen­tury former tea ware­house. £££. Daily L & D. www.lep­ont­de­la­tour.co.uk. 36D Shad Thames, SE1 2YE. T: 020-7403 8403. Off map. Sta­tion: London Bridge.

Sketch

Five restau­rants and bars un­der one roof. Head to the Gallery – a stylish gas­tro brasserie with one-of-a-kind fur­ni­ture – or the Lec­ture Room & Li­brary, which is Miche­lin-starred. Af­ter­noon tea in the Glade lounge. £££. Mon-Sat D. www.sketch.uk.com. 9 Con­duit St, W1S 2XG. T: 0870-777 4488. E7. Sta­tion: Ox­ford Cir­cus.

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