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been open since 1927, in a grand old townhouse itself dating back to 1741, there’s no doubt that L’Escargot is a classic Soho institution. Walking inside is like going back in time and it still has a very old fashioned elegance (in a good way) with its dark panels, chandeliers and heavy curtains.

On the menu, there’s a selection of classic French dishes to match the interiors – think steaks, seafood and, of course, snails. We kicked off with a beautiful dressed crab on toast, spiked with fresh chilli, and some very non-French but very good mushroom arancini. Moving on to mains we had to try the Entrecôte steak frites, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, which certainly lived up to the billing, and we also had a lighter but no less satisfying dish of stone bass with wild garlic. Save room for dessert and the epic tarte tatin for two to share, you won’t regret it.

Classic cooking in a beautiful setting – L’Escargot is a slice of Soho history and long may it continue.

48 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4EF