The French consulate in London estimates that there are between 300,000 and 400,000 French people living in the British capital, making it the sixth largest French city in the world. And, as a cosmopolitan and integrated as London is, it is still possible to find small corners of the city where French is the first language, such as Le Beaujolais near Covent Garden, the oldest wine bar in London, or Maison Bertaux in Soho, a patisserie founded in 1871.

Taking inspiration from the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the traditional heart of the French community in London and home to the newly relocated Design Museum, the project combines the elegant, minimal style of London’s contemporary design scene with the formalised appearance of the French bistro.