What comes to mind when you think of France? Maybe it’s the smell of fresh bread in the air, or the sight of Parisian locals in striped tops and little beret hats. Perhaps it’s the luxurious rows of shops, interspersed with delicate umbrellas and romantic cafés.
Whatever it is that makes France particularly ‘French’ for you, chances are you can find it in London too. After all, isn’t London renowned as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world?
The best of French food
When we think of France, we think of exquisite dinner plates and high-end menus – and there’s plenty of that in London. For a traditional French delicacy (like snails) you can try one of the high street chains, or you can choose to opt for the luxury dining experience as depicted in the Park Grand London Kensington; with its elaborate décor and attentive service. The menu may stray from the classic dishes found in a typical French restaurant, but the experience is up there with the best in France.
The best of French romance
Onto romance now – the staple trait of the Frenchman in many Hollywood movies, and the mainstay of so many couple’s trips to Paris. Does a day go by when there isn’t at least one proposal in front of the Eiffel Tower?
If you’re visiting with your loved one, seek out the romantic hotel packages in London and indulge yourselves in the luxury offered by some of the city’s top hotels. From spa packages to dining deals and more, the centre of London boasts some of the most romantic hotel breaks this side of France, so do as the French do and celebrate your love in style.
Take a stroll, then enjoy a coffee – just like the French do
The French are famous for their love of a good coffee by the river, and why should we be any different in London? We have the river, we have the landmarks, and we have the coffee! In fact, what we have is the British staple of afternoon tea, and we could go so far as to say that our afternoon tea tradition is even better than the French love of croissant and pastry… too far?
Check out the various afternoon tea’s available in the city to find one that takes your fancy, although we highly recommend seeking out one of the themed afternoon teas that has been designed around a story, or else the iconic Indian High Tea which is available in the Park Grand Restaurant, for something completely unique which fuses together the best of two completely different cultures.
The best of French designers
The French are some of the best dressed in the world, and Paris Fashion Week is just as prominent on the fashion calendar as London’s version. Brands and designers such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Louboutin, and Dior are all products of Paris and France’s vibrant fashion scene and guess what? They’ve all made their way to London too.
As a city, we love to embrace and channel the best from around the world, and our love of fashion is no different. For somewhere that brings together the best in French design, without travelling to Paris, London is the place to go.