French cuisine, especially in London, can be pricey. Thankfully there are some restaurants, bars and bakeries for those on a budget. Here's a list of the best French eateries that are pas cher.
Primrose Hill's L'Absinthe is a very affordable restaurant, offering sandwiches and tartines for less than £5 and croque monsieurs and madames for £7 a pop.
They also have a French brunch every day from before noon for less than £6. As for the dessert, try their pain perdu, a classic for £3,50.
L’absinthe, 40 Chalcot Road, NW1 8LS.
Open every day from noon until 11pm
Aux Merveilleux de Fred
This classy bakery is a must among French expats and students attending the nearby Lycée Charles de Gaulle.
The staff welcome customers in French, which is good if you want to practice it, but switch quickly to English for those who need it.
The patisseries, croissants and brioches on offer are homemade. A meringue is £1.70, while the brioches are around £1.80. A great place to go to for teatime. Bonus: You can sit in and soak up the atmosphere.
88 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3LQ.
Open Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm
Malibu Bute Street
Malibu Bute Street, a favourite spot in 'Frenchtown', especially among families and students from Lycée Charles de Gaulle, is both a creperie and grocery.
For £5 you can have a crepe or a sandwich and a drink. There's also a selection of salads, tartiflette, quiche and plenty of French sweets.
29 Bute Street, SW7 3EY.
This French burger bistro (pronounce it bur-gué) opened in London in 2015; the burgers are French, homemade and most of them under £10.
If you want to add sides and a drink, it'll cost around £15 but the quality of the food makes up for the price.
19 Percy Street, W1T 1DY .
Open Monday-Saturday, noon-9.30pm
The waiters at Chez Antoinette are incredibly nice (who said French people were rude?) and genuinely care about providing a pleasurable service.
It's a small, cosy place frequented by the French community with retro touches — from the music to the decor. The restaurant is hidden downstairs in Covent Garden and serves tartines (open bread with filling) from £8.
Even if you splash out on the four-course pre-theatre menu, it'll still only set you back £14. We challenge you to find better-value French cuisine in central London.
30 The Market, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 8RE.
Open from Monday-Thursday, 10am-9pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-11pm and Sunday 10am-8pm.