Claude Bosi at Bibendum
“Modern French cooking in an iconic building” - AA Inspector
LONDON SW3, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
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This fabulous post-Art Nouveau building in Chelsea was once the UK headquarters of the French tyre company, Michelin, and Bibendum himself (featuring in the exuberant stained glass of the dining room) is their famously pneumatic mascot. The ornate pillared entrance leads into the ground-floor, all-day Oyster Bar (offering spectacular seafood platters as well as the eponymous mollusc), while upstairs you’ll find the beautiful dining room, surely one of the airiest and most elegant in London. Home to Claude Bosi’s modern French cooking since 2016, classical techniques and seasonal ingredients underpin reassuringly precise presentation, and perfectly timed dishes deliver every promised flavour with elegant simplicity. Most meals begin with a ‘Bibendum egg’ – a white eggshell in a beautiful silver eggcup, filled perhaps with artichoke purée topped with creamy coconut foam and a dusting of vanilla powder. Lunch might offer new season girolles with peanut, sesame and crème fraîche, before Cornish cod white miso and English peas, followed by black leg chicken with black olive and feta. To finish, something from the ice cream trolley with warm madeleines and honey. If your whole party is willing, you might choose the ‘taste of the season’ or ‘Classics’ menu, and feast on Orkney scallops with brown butter dashi and lemon caviar, or Cornish turbot à la Grenobloise. The impressive wine list is mainly French and Italian.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 2
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Monday and Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.15
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9.45
- Cuisine style: Modern French
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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