It’s La Fête Nationale on 14 July and French bistros and bars in the UK will also be toasting the anniversary all week
If you’re not in France to celebrate Bastille Day this year, you can still mark the occasion in true Parisian style by heading to one of London’s best-loved French bistros.
France’s National Day falls on Sunday 14 July when celebrations take place across the country in honour of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789 and the start of the French Revolution.
In London, the festivities have already started at charming French bistro Petit Pois, in Hoxton Square, which is serving St-Germain cocktails, French Negroni, Normandie Spritz (red grape juice and sparking wine) or Plum Blossom (Vieille Prune and lemon thyme soda) with oysters, steak tartare, foie gras or grilled asparagus, starting at £10, all week until Sunday.
Petit Pois is open from noon to 11pm, Monday to Saturday and noon to 10pm on Sunday. Large plates include Steak Frites and Sole Meunière.
At Café Boheme, in Old Compton Street, diners can enjoy a St-Germain Spritz (elderflower liqueur, sparkling wine and sparkling water) or a Boheme Spritz accompanied by charcuterie, crudités and toasted sourdough bread for £11, until Sunday.
The restaurant, inspired by the 19th-century poets who used to meet on Old Compton Street, will also host live French music sessions kicking off the big day this weekend.
Café Boheme is open from 8am Monday to Friday and from 9am Saturday and Sunday. Main courses include omelette, Toulouse sausage and Quiche Provençal.
Meanwhile, East London cocktail bar Coupette, in Bethnal Green Road, is also serving cocktails including the Diamond Spritz, St-Germain with pear cider and the White Sbagliato, with Poire Williams over sparkling wine. Enjoy a cocktail with an aged French Comté cheese and chutney board for £8.
On Bastille Day, Coupette will also welcome guest bartender and cocktail connoisseur Thibault Mequignon, from the world-famous Parisian bar Danico, bringing authentic French flair to the celebrations.
Coupette is open from 5pm, Monday to Sunday.
Other French restaurants pulling out all the stops for Bastille Day include Brasserie Zédel, in Sherwood Street, which is welcoming an accordionist playing a medley of French classics in the afternoon; Brasserie Blanc has launched a limited edition Boeuf Burger’non, a beef burger topped with onion rings, bacon and Bourguignon sauce, which will be available until 19 July and Côte Brasserie is running a Bastille Day competition offering one lucky diner the chance to win a trip to Paris.