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24 Hours of French Culture in London

Are you looking for a breath of French air in London? Geographically, France is just a stone's throw away from the English capital, but it can seem like a million miles away when you're there and many crowded tube stations. 

London is diverse to its core, with a plethora of cultures and cuisines scattered through the streets. While it may be difficult to find your way around, it may be easier to locate your favourite spots.

There are plenty of charming French cafes, wine bars and shops in London for you, and luckily for you - we do! Discover our unique guide to London and get the most from it in 24 hours. 

French London in the Morning
Few things connote French lifestyle more than a fresh breakfast hand-baked Viennoiserie and coffee. There are many places to go in London, there are several excellent ones in the city awaiting your discovery. 

We love At Antoinette on Covent Garden, which is built to replicate the childhood memories of the owner's home in Lyon, the capital of French food. The cafe serves authentic dishes of local ingredients, including an irresistible selection of tartines and delicious pastries - a magnificent start to the day. magnificent start to the day. 

If you do not have time to sit down, head to Dominique Ansel London, which is between Victoria and Belgravia, and pick up a fresh croissant, gold chocolate pan a couple of fluted, the likes of which you'll struggle to find elsewhere in the UK the chocolate or a couple of fluted, the likes of which you'll struggle to find elsewhere in the UK.

French London in the afternoon
After breakfast, London's shopping districts and shops in the United Kingdom. In Mayfair, you can find the retailer of Parisian designer Sonia Rykiel, while in Pall Mall you can discover Best in Antiques, a treasure-trove of curated French antiques including classical paintings, sculptures and homeware.

If you're in Notting Hill during the day, do not miss Amie, a multi-brand living in London, who could not stand out from their favourite Parisian labels. The team at Amié is a French designer for their loyal customer base, so anyone is welcome to shop.

French London in the evening
As the day draws in and the street lights begin to shine, you might want to head back to your hotel and prepare for the evening ahead. The Sofitel London St James is an ideal retreat - spend an hour or so in the tranquil surroundings of this Grade II listed hotel and soak up a little of its unmistakably French style. 

When it's time to take on an evening in the capital, head of the hotel and towards Cabotte, a French wine bar and restaurant located in the very heart of the city. Two Master Sommeliers founded Cabotte, so you can expect an exquisite wine list and, of course, beautiful French cuisine to suit. 

After dinner, take the tube to South Kensington and make your way to Ciné Lumière, the charming independent cinema of the French Cultural Institute. The adventures are a variety of new releases and retrospective favourites, with one thing in common - all movies shown at Ciné Lumière are French, foreign or independent. 

After the credits roll, head back to your hotel, if you are not too tired of your day in London, enjoy a nightcap in the comforting atmosphere of the St James Bar before going upstairs to drift from dreamy reality to a peaceful sleep. 

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