Galvin La Chapelle
“A fantastic setting for classic-meets-modern French cooking” - AA Inspector
LONDON E1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's view
Sweeping stone archways, marble pillars and arched windows soaring 30 metres to the roof rafters of the converted red-brick Victorian St Botolph‘s girls’ school provide a suitably jaw-dropping setting for the Galvin brothers’ high-flying City venue. The cooking rises to the occasion, conforming immaculately to the Galvin genre: polished classical French cuisine buffed up with a light, modern gloss. Uncluttered, fine-tuned and pretty on the plate it is too – a fish cake of cod brandade poshed up with the luxury of lobster chunks and bisque foam being a case in point. Main course is another winner, matching roast suprême of Landes chicken with heavenly buttery mash, fresh peas and chard, crisp onions, trompette de mort mushrooms and a fathoms-deep jus, while fish dishes could see Cornish red mullet teamed with celeriac and wasabi, apple consommé, razor clam and hazelnut. To finish, top-drawer pastry skills distinguish a roast provençal apricot tart served with elderflower and rosemary custard.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 110
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: false
- 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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