Traditional French cuisine delves into complex tastes and intricate flavourings; using various meats, common fruits and locally grown fungi - such as the truffle.
So if you would like to try, or find a French restaurant in London, then use the Michelin’s Guide pick of the best French restaurants.
10 Cases is a modern bistro offering a compact choice of daily changing meals and a wine list to match.
16 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BD
(020) 7836 6801
L'Absinthe is a charming little restaurant offering the very best in French cuisine.
40 Chalcot Road, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 8LS
(020) 7483 4848
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester offers contemporary French cuisine, using fresh seasonal ingredients. Alain Ducasse has an extensive wine list with wines selected from some of best vineyards in the world to complement your meal.
The Dorchester Hotel, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QA
(020) 7629 8866
Angelus is a fine dining French restaurant offering quality French cuisine made with fresh seasonal produce. The decor is elegant with dark wood, chandeliers and elaborate mirrors and a private dining room is available overlooking the wine cellar.
4 Bathurst Street, Paddington, London, W2 2SD
(020) 7402 0083
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon is the sister restaurant of the L'Ateliers in Paris, Tokyo and Las Vegas. There are two dining rooms and a bar, where you can relax and sample quality French cuisine.
13-15 West Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9NE
(020) 7010 8600
Sofitel London St James, 8 Pall Mall, St James's, London, SW1Y 5NG
020 7389 7820
The Balcon, situated within the Sofitel London St James hotel, is a grand brasserie offering French-British cuisine overseen by head chef Vincent Menager. Menu highlights at The Balcon include braised Devon lamb; North Sea cod fillet, red lentil curry & spinach leaves; and smoked haddock kedgeree with organic soft boiled egg.
Open in the old Theatre Museum in Covent Garden, Keith McNally brings his New York brasserie Balthazar to London. The French brasserie-style menu is available for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, with brunch at the weekends.
4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7BN
(020) 3301 1155
Bar Boulud is a French-style bistro from award-winning chef Daniel Boulud. Like its sister restaurant in New York, Bar Boulud offers signature terrines and a charcuterie bar as well as a full bistro menu and an extensive wine list.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA
(020) 7201 3899
A sleek French bistro is not what you might expect to find on this strip of Tottenham Lane in Crouch End. Aix is North London's top French bistro, highlighting the elegant simplicity of the world's best home-style cuisine in a delightfully romantic setting.
54 Topsfield Parade, Crouch End, London, N8 8PT
(020) 8340 6346
East London's Bistrotheque mixes industrial with bistro styling to stunning effect with vaulted ceilings and painted brickwork. The menu is equally impressive, containing a mix of British and French dishes.
23-27 Wadeson Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9DR
(020) 8983 7900
Blanchette is a 60 seater, Parisian restaurant on Soho's D'Arblay Street. The interior has been designed with mismatched furniture, antiques and artwork with each piece telling a story. Blanchette's menu showcases creative and innovative twists on traditional French dishes while the drinks list offers regional wines and ciders from Normandy.
9 D'Arblay Street, Soho, London, W1F 8DS
(020) 7439 8100
The Bleeding Heart Restaurant is a great option for a business meal thanks to its traditional style interiors and quality food.
Bleeding Heart Yard, off Greville Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1N 8SJ
(020) 7242 2056
Choose from a range of traditional and contemporary French dishes at Le Boudin Blanc. Outside dining on the pavement area is available and private parties of up to 30 guests can be catered for on request.
5 Trebeck Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 7LT
(020) 7499 3292
Boulestin is a French restaurant by Joel Kissin on St James's Street.
5 St James's street, St James's, London, SW1A 1EF
Serving a predominately classic French menu, Boulestin comprise of a 60 seat bistro, a 30 seat casual dining area and Cafe Marcel.
(020) 7930 2030
This venue is now closed.
41 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2YQ
Brasserie Chavot is a restaurant in Mayfair by celebrated chef Eric Chavot. The menu showcases his signature style of classic and contemporary French cooking. Brasserie Chavot is Eric Chavot's first restaurant since his two-Michelin star stint at The Capital Hotel.
(020) 7183 6425
Reminiscent of a quintessential Parisian brasserie, Brasserie Gustave features Art Nouveau and Art Deco art work, leather banquettes and mahogany tables.
4 Sydney Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 6PP
Brasserie Gustave sees head chef Laurence Glayzer create classic French dishes such as moules marinieres; escargots la bourguignonne; and creme brulee as well as off-menu dishes.
(020) 7352 1712
Restaurant, 48-50 South End, CR0 1DP
Brasserie Zedel is an all day French brasserie opened by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King of The Wolseley.
20 Sherwood Street, Soho, London, W1F 7ED
(020) 7734 4888
Casse-Croute is a French bistro that is inspired by Chez Paul in Paris.
109 Bermondsey Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 3XB
(020) 7407 2140
Cellar Gascon is the wine bar of Michelin-starred south-western French restaurant Club Gascon. Both venues are owned and run by native Gascons Vincent Labeyrie and Pascal Aussignac. With its sophisticated chocolate brown decor, featuring leather banquettes and polished wood, Cellar Gascon is super stylish and provides the perfect location for both business lunches and fun-filled evenings.
59 West Smithfield, Barbican, London, EC1A 9DS
(020) 7600 7561