In a placid part of Primrose Hill, L’Absinthe reproduces the feel of a classic French corner bistro as unerringly as a scene from ‘Amélie’. Service is smiley and full of charm. 40 Chalcot Rd, NW1 8LS.
Capturing the France of imagination, Blanchette is a delightful rus in urbe in Soho, complete with bare brick walls, stripped furniture and objets d’art. 9 D’Arblay St,W1F 8DS.
Everything about this bistro speaks of warm, villagey ‘old France’. There are just 20 seats, plus plenty of dark wood and embossed wallpaper. 109 Bermondsey St, SE1 3XB.
What makes the perfect French bistro? A menu of timeless dishes? Discreet, flawless service? Red banquettes? Loads of big gold-framed mirrors? Gallic hospitality? Garnier has all this to spare. 314 Earl’s Court Rd, SW5 9BQ .
This modish bistro in a leafy suburb is packing ’em in with its take on Gallic greats: everything from rillettes to oysters and cassoulet, all presented in handsome 1930s style. 17 High St, E11 2AA.
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