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London French TV clip, a few addresses and “Bienvenue à Londres” to all!

The line up at the Institut Français- south Ken

The line up at the Institut Français- south Kensington

The conference Bienvenue à Londres last Friday gathered 6 speakers in the Salon of the French Institute with the sole objective to introduce our favourite city to new comers. We talked false friends, language tricks, cultural differences, culinary treasures and local secrets! All credit to the organisers, the room was packed.

Check out the clip done by Cedric from London French TV.

My task was to present British Gastronomy, a tall order in 15 minutes but obviously my number one subject, as you know from this blog! You cannot read my posts and not be convinced that London is the best place to be for food and drink! Especially right now and here is why:

In October, with the London Restaurant Festival in full swing, this town goes crazy about food – something very un-English some would say…  But crazy it goes indeed and there are some wonderful discounts around for the discerning palate. So here is a post about eating out rather than eating in!

WE just sampled the most wonderful food from l’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Covent Garden and were looked after by the most charming staff, from sommelier to doorman. The food was creative and beautiful and I loved the lush green plant wall, the exotic wood counter and the eccentric wall covering made of spices behind glass panels. I just regretted not being able to climb to the bar-terrace for a post dinner cocktail but weather not permitting at all.

Spice wall at Joel Robuchon

Spice wall at Joel Robuchon

SO before the end of the month, I urge you to go and try out the LRF offers and support the thriving restaurant scene out there. October is decidedly the best month to eat out, take my word for it – I have been out constantly!






October is a month for…

October is a month for :
… ringing up friends for dates in fun cocktail bars in Fitzrovia or Shoreditch,

… visiting the London Book Review bookstore and its cake shop in Bloomsbury,

… making the most of seasonal squashes and root vegetables everywhere,

… visiting IncrEdible Edibles on show at Kew Gardens !
Find the Kew app on your smart phone now to plan your visit.
I loved the humongous magic mushrooms sculpture display, enjoyed the vanilla orchid flavoured ice cream, marvelled at the sight of the dozen of chillies varieties in the lily pads house, browsed rows over rows of gorgeous marrow flowers, bright beet root and elegant kale leaves… Why have flower displays when you can have vegetable ones?! It’s all edible and wonderful at Kew until the end of the month.

Who wants roses when you can have veggies?!

Who wants roses when you can have veggies?!

And, last but not least: …celebrating all libras’ birthdays by booking into london restaurant festival! You have a choice of dates and themes ranging from the Shard Gourmet Odyssee, tapas tour, Japanese journey or Cicchetti trail. Lots of top restaurants in London are also offering special menus at fantastic prices. I am real lucky it’s my birthday month… I think I ll go Japanese this time. Sayonara!