Galvin La Chapelle
“Very stylish French cooking in a jaw-dropping space” - AA Inspector
LONDON E1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's view
This Grade II listed building might look like an old church, but it began life as the gymnasium in a Victorian school. The high arched and beamed ceiling is properly stunning, and the whole place, with its sophisticated, almost masculine feel, is the perfect setting for the spot-on classical French cooking. The wine list is a mighty, French-led affair, and there’s a champagne trolley if you’re in the mood for fizz. A beautifully balanced dish of duck magret comes with silky smooth pumpkin purée and tender braised chicory, while apple tarte tatin is a true classic – and a triumph, with perfect crisp pastry and melt-in-the-mouth apples.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 110
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 24–26 December and 1 January
- Wines over £30: 271
- Wines by the glass: 21
- Cuisine style: French, European
- 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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