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Brian Clivaz’s datedly glamourous old-timer provides a “cosseting” and “romantic” refuge from Soho, and its slightly “formal and traditional” style would also suit a business occasion; under new owners for a year now, the Gallic cuisine is proving “reliable”.
Under new ownership, this venerable Gallic classic, in the heart of Soho, has been transformed into a temple of theatricality (or, if you prefer, high camp); a full assessment will have to wait until next year’s survey.
This Soho “classic” is certainly well suited to a “delightful set lunch”, and it offers a “good-value pre-theatre menu” too; some reporters also tip it for romance or as a top foodie destination, but the volume of feedback of late has been surprisingly limited.
Set in the heart of Soho and conveniently located near the great theatres of London, L’Escargot has been at the epicentre of London life for almost a century. It has regularly been voted one of the best restaurants in London and is famous for its bourgeois French cooking. Snails, not surprisingly are a speciality of the house; the menu changes seasonally and centres on your French favourites including Lobster bisque, Salade Nicoise, and Coq au Vin. There is an excellent wine list with many reasonably priced bottles.
L’Escargot is one of the top restaurants in Soho and has been host to stars of stage and screen for many years. Previous clients include, Coco Chanel, John Giulgud, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Ralph Richardson, Judy Dench, and the late Princess Diana.
Pre-theatre and post theatre dining is popular and theatre and dinner packages are available.
The private rooms at L’Escargot are ideal for private parties whether they be special celebrations, pre or post theatre meals, business meetings, or corporate entertaining.