The 14th July marks this French National Day and is celebrated throughout Europe annually. Whilst our French friends will likely be celebrating with balls, concerts, fireworks and parades, here are a few suggestions of some foodie ways to honour the day right here in London.
Celebrate Bastille Day at the Blind Pig
On the 13th July the oldest of the great Cognac houses, Martell, is teaming up with legendary cocktail bar The Blind Pig at Social Eating House to see in Bastille Day in style, with a Cognac focused cocktail menu and paired snacks. From 6pm and into the night with a special late licence until 2am, eight special Martell Cognac cocktails will be available to buy and will be on the Blind Pig menu for the rest of that week. Martell Cognac expert Matthias Lataille will also be doing a guest shift behind the bar from 7pm – 9pm, providing guests with classic cocktails and specialist Cognac know how.
Recently named as one of London’s top 5 restaurants of the moment by Conde Nast, Le Chabanais is the sister restaurant to the famous Le Chateaubriand restaurant in Paris, currently ranked No.21 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The Parisian inspired menu focuses on fresh European ingredients and the short drinks menu offers French inspired classic cocktails. Should you wish to celebrate authentically, without the flight to France itself, Le Chabanais is French at its finest.
For a twist on classic French cooking, make your way over to quintessentially Parisian restaurant Blanchette in the heart of Soho. The restaurant’s eclectic yet elegant design, interwoven with mismatched furniture and artwork renders the location a feeling of rustic home grandeur. Enjoy their menu full of creative and innovate adaptations of traditional dishes including chargrilled beef onglet with snails en persillade, salsify chips and red wine reduction; Ox Cheeks Bourguignon with Ventreche; warm confit of salmon and duck with puy lentils and herbs and prune and Armagnac clafoutis with crème fraiche.
To make the most of the sunny weather we’ve been having here in London lately, we suggest heading over to Coq D’Argent in the City. The restaurant serves classic French food in its magnificent rooftop setting and in addition to its restaurant, it hosts a less formal menu at lunchtime at their grill. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the French National Day than relaxing on their outdoor terrace in this verdant oasis in the heart of the Square Mile overlooking magnificent views of London.
Bastille Festival at Bankside and Borough Market
On Sunday 12th July, London’s historic food market are partnering with Bankside for the 8th year in a row to host London’s largest free Bastille Day Festival in celebration of all things French. Described as for “ food and drink lovers, culture vultures, thrill-seekers, shoppers, ‘street’ party animals, London’s French residents and avid Francophiles” the festival is set to be très bien.