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OTHER FRENCH RESTAURANTS NEAR THE CITY

BLEEDING HEART
Hidden away in the famous Bleeding Heart Yard near Hatton Garden, this is an atmospheric warren of candle-lit dining rooms, with superb French food, a wine-list to match, and a nice al-fresco space for summer dining. Bleeding Heart Yard, Greville Street, EC1N 8SJ. www.bleedingheart.co.uk

CLUB GASCON
A real humdinger of a restaurant that brings lashings of rustic French romance – as well as Michelin stars – to its Clerkenwell location, round the corner from Smithfield Market. The prices are as “haute” as the cuisine, but it’s worth it. 47 West Smithfield, EC1A 9DS. www.clubgascon.com

LE BOUCHON BRETON
A recent newcomer to Spitalfields, Le Bouchon Breton is a welcoming bistro in the classic French vain. There’s strong pedigree in the shape of chef Nicolas Laridan, who previously ran the kitchen at Le Gavroche. Seafood galore, as well as strong, hearty mains. 8 Horner Square, Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6EW. www.lebouchon.co.uk