Because there is a very large French community here in London, Bastille Day is widely celebrated throughout the city at various locations. Here are our 5 top picks:
Eating is a major part of people’s day to day life, so what better way to celebrate Bastille Day then with some classic French cuisine.
- Brasserie Zedel, just off Piccadilly Circus (20 Sherwood Street, London, W1F 7ED), a grand Parisian brasserie transported into the heart of London is one to visit. They are reviving their annual offer of a meal on the housefor anyone willing to dress up ‘French Style’!
If you’re looking for something sweeter try:
- Dominique Ansel’s bakery (17-21 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia/Victoria London, SW1W 9RP) who has just been named the World’s Best Pastry Chef, 2017 (creator of the Cronut!). He has just launched The ‘Frenchie Religieuse’ – a double-decker cream Puff of Nutella cream and meringue just in time for Bastille Day!
- Another French delicacy sold in London is the Merveilleux cakes, which can be found at ‘Aux Merveilleux’ in South Kensington (88 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LQ). This French delicacy is very popular in France and has since become well-loved in London too! A perfect treat for you and your family/friends this Bastille Day.
If your looking for somewhere to relax after all this French cuisine try the ‘Cine Lumiere’, rated one of the 11 best independent cinemas in London. Part of the Institut Français, right in the heart of stylish South Kensington (7 Queensberry Place, London SW7). Showcasing French, European and world cinema it is a popular choice for foreign film lovers.
Borough Market is also a great place to be on Bastille Day, with Parisian bands in and around the market you’ll feel like you’re in Paris! It’s perfect for all the family with loads of free activities including: art portraits, street performances, face painting, live music, snail racing (can you get any more French?) and many more. Not forgetting the amazing selection of food and drink you can find there.