How To Celebrate Bastille Day In London

Oh la la! The 14th of July is just around the corner – and that’s a very important date in France. It’s the day of the “fête nationale” – a commemoration of the day revolutionaries stormed the Bastille prison in 1789, which would turn later into the French Revolution. To celebrate this National holiday, we asked our French Editorial Assistant Anne-Martine to show us how to bring the spirit of Bastille Day to the UK…

1. Have a apéro and people-watch on a terrace

 

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‘Bretons et berets at the ready! This Sunday, Brasserie Zedel will be celebrating Bastille Day by offering a complimentary dinner to anyone who arrives wearing Breton stripes and a beret. If steak tartare isn’t quite your thing, head to Cahoots – a 1940s-inspired bar hidden in an unused underground tube station. Expect French-inspired cocktails and oysters. If you have a sweet tooth, claim a free croissant using the password ‘JULY14’ at any Paul bakery. But if you really want to do like the French, just grab a cheese platter and a glass of wine with your friends, head to a local terrace restaurant and people-watch for hours…’

2. Buy some cute French-girl-cool accessories

This Sunday embrace the je-ne-sais-quoi of French style and go for a look that just screams effortless. One of Coco Chanel’s most famous quotes was: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” So try and keep your jewellery simple, just pick some of the accessories we selected above and pair then with a Breton top and a pair of straight-leg jeans. Simple yet chic…Voilà!’

3. Listen to the perfect French playlist

 

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‘French music is not just about Edith Piaf and Daft Punk. You can easily find discover a great playlist on Youtube or Spotify featuring the best of today’s music scene in France. I currently would recommend Angèle (you won’t be able to get enough of her hit Tout Oublier), Clara Luciani and Aya Nakamura. And don’t worry – you won’t have to end this French holiday by singing La Marseillaise, the French anthem…’