Whether you’re stopping over in London for one or two nights, or are enjoying a more extended respite in the capital, deciding how to spend your time can feel overwhelming. With so much excellent entertainment on offer, navigating your options is somewhat impossible if you aren’t familiar with the city.
The ideal night’s entertainment differs from person to person, and the most popular performances and experiences don’t appeal to everyone. If you’re looking to stray from the beaten track during and practice l'art de vivre in London, there are several French entertainment spots scattered around the city – if you know where to look, French London is ready for you.
L’Institut Français is a worldwide network which works to promote French language and culture and encourage cultural diversity. The institute settled into London in 1910 and has occupied the same space in South Kensington ever since.
The Institut français du Royaume-Uni
is home to a cinema – Ciné Lumière – a multimedia library, a children’s library, and a café-restaurant. If you’re looking for a relaxed French culture hit in London, this is the place to start. Grab a carefully brewed café crème, a croissant if you must, and spend a couple of hours in the sleek library – the perfect spot to plan the rest of your trip.
Wholly refurbished in 2008, Ciné Lumière
is one of London’s most popular repertory cinemas, showcasing French, European, and other World cinema throughout the year. Rain or shine, if you’re looking for an afternoon or evening of French entertainment in the English capital, see what’s on, sink into a plush chair, and while away the time at this unique venue.
Soirée Pompette is a variety entertainment night which takes place in an atmospheric cabaret hall on Exmouth Market.
Miss Pompette, the playful, accordion-playing coquette, is your host for an evening of live performances including an eclectic musical offering. Enjoy the spectacle alongside a selection of delicious wines and cheeses – French, of course.
A world-leading performing arts venue and creative organisation in Clerkenwell, Sadler’s Wells
is dedicated to all forms and aspects of dance – from the performative and experimental to the inspiration behind the movement.
The establishment enables artists from all backgrounds to create breathtaking dance, and aims to share the experience with a broad audience. Sadler’s Wells frequently lends its stage to French performers, with works from Ballet Preljocaj, Danse Élargie, and Boris Charmatz soon to be shown.
To elevate your time exploring French London, stay at Sofitel London St. James
and enjoy beauty and luxury from the moment you arrive.