Wandsworth definitely has a reputation as a yummy-mummy destination than a cool location for bars and restaurants – but tucked away and hidden in the centre of Wandsworth Common is Le Gothique, which bucks the trend. While perhaps best known as a popular wedding venue, Le Gothique has far more to offer than just for brides and grooms. Their French chefs provide an excellent menu including traditional favourites such as moules frites (steamed mussels and fries) and another highlight has to be their wide-ranging cheese platter, the perfect accompaniment when sitting in their garden with a glass of red. The wine selection is another plus, mixing quality with reasonable prices.
Le Gothique is housed in the beautiful Royal Victoria Patriotic building in a location which has had a rich and varied history from its original beginnings as a girl’s orphanage and later being taken over by MI5 during World War 2 who kept Rudolph Hess there for two nights upon his arrival in England. Though a French restaurant is a much tamer use for the building, it’s certainly retained its atmosphere and charm. So now that it’s summer, Le Gothique is great venue to head to for a relaxed drink in its tranquil surroundings. (Words: Lucy Palmer)
For more info, visit: www.legothique.co.uk