Laurent and Thierry Gardinier’s guide to London

Olivia McLearon
05 December 2016

The French brothers who own Les 110 de Taillevent in Paris and London along with Paris’s two-Michelin starred Le Taillevent, on their guide to the best the English capital has to offer

Aside from the food produced by our wonderful chef Raphael Grima at Les 110 de Taillevent, one of our other favourite French restaurants in London is Frenchie in Covent Garden.
Laurent: I also love the Typing Room in Bethnal Green. They have an unusual wine list and a great line-up of events. Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden and The Greenhouse in Mayfair also both have excellent wine lists.

10 Greek Street has a great selection of accessible wines. Ask for their ‘little black book, which is a handwritten list of rare wines. Sager + Wilde in Bethnal Green is a great restaurant, with a very diverse wine list. You can always get a great cocktail at 69 Colebrooke Row, too.
Laurent: For cocktails, I like the Experimental Cocktail Club in China Town.

We both love to explore east London, around Hackney and London Fields. Hill & Szrok in Broadway Market is a great spot in that area – it’s a butchers by day and a restaurant at night. My perfect day would start with a run along the River Thames, followed by breakfast at The Wolseley. Then Borough Market to discover new products.
Thierry: I love all the large parks and greenery in the south of London. I’d also recommend afternoon tea at Brown’s Hotel, then a visit to the Chuan Spa at the Langham Hotel – followed by dinner at Les 110 de Taillevent.

We both like to shop in Marylebone or New Bond Street. Hedonism Wines is a great shop for all wine lovers.

My favourite London hotel is The Chiltern Firehouse. It’s a brilliant hotel and has an interesting story behind the building. It caters for any time of day/occasion, whether it’s a cosy afternoon drink by the fireplace or a light bite on the terrace.
Thierry: The Ham Yard hotel is a great place to stay – the interiors are beautiful.

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