When you walk along the King’s Road or around South Kensington, you’re likely to hear as much French being spoken as you do English; especially when you step into The Kooples. So needless to say, there’ll be a few celebrations going on today to celebrate Bastille Day in 2011.
Here are a few local tips on places to check out:
1. Kensington Palace Gardens Bastille Day Ball. This event will take place behind the French Ambassador’s residence and will be in aid of charities such as Médecins du Monde, For a Child’s Smile/Pour un Sourire d’Enfant, Centre Charles Péguy and others which are supported by the Fédération des Association Françaises en Grande-Bretagne (FAFGB). Tickets are £30 each and no tickets will be sold on the gate. To find out more and to book tickets, click here.
2. Le Colombier is one of the best restaurants in the area and if reservations aren’t already booked up, this would indeed be the finest place to dine for Bastille Day. 145 Dovehouse Street, London SW3 6LB. 020 7351 1155.
3. The French Martini at PJ’s on Fulham Road is one of my favourite local cocktails. It consists of Stolichnaya vodka, shaken with black raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice served straight up. PJ’s also make a fabulous French 75. Delish! PJ’s, 52 Fulham Road, London , SW3 6HH.
4. Chelsea Brasserie on Sloane Square will be serving a celebration menu, which consists of 2 courses for £19.75. This includes a glass of Ricard or a glass of Kir Royal. The added bonus is this menu will continue until 31st August for lunch (12pm to 3pm) and dinner (6pm to 7.30pm). 7-12 Sloane Square, SW1W. 0207 881 5999
5. La Brasserie is offering a 2 course set menu for £23.50 and a 3 course set menu for £29.50, specially designed for today’s celebrations. 272 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2AW. 0207 581 3089.