Le Café du Marché is a characterful wedding venue set in a French restaurant in Smithfield, and offering an authentic taste of France in the centre of London.
Tucked away down a cobbled mews in historic Smithfield, close to Barbican and Farringdon, Le Café du Marché is an authentic and atmospheric French restaurant, run by the same family for over thirty years.
Our high-ceilinged first floor private dining room, Le Grenier “the attic”, has high ceilings, large windows and characterful oak panelling, creating a rustic French atmosphere in the centre of London. The room is self-contained with its own entrance, bar, toilets, and kitchen. The light and airy space seats up to 62 people for lunch or dinner and up to 120 for canapés, but is also cosy enough to suit smaller groups too. The Le Rendezvous seats up to 35 and benefits from the background live jazz that plays in the main restaurant.The whole restaurant can be hired for parties of 150 to 300 people.The venue can be decorated to make your wedding day truly personal.
Renowned as an atmospheric and convivial French restaurant. Our menu features authentic, provincial French cuisine and makes the best of fresh and seasonal ingredients from the markets. Our ever-popular classics include soup de poison, la cote de boeuf with sauce béarnaise; braised beef bourguignon and confit of duck. For dessert choose from mousse au chocolat, seasonal fruit tart and classic French cheeses. Private dining menus can be adapted to suit the occasion and your guests, from a three-course set meal for £38.50 per person, bowl food, a finger buffet from £18.95 per person or a selection of canapés such as croque monsieur, duck rilette or caramelised onion croustade.
Perfect for Francophiles of those who would like a stylish French twist on their magical day, we have some fun ideas to choose from:
Welcome your guests with our house aperitif, Kir Royale.
Create the ambience of a French café with live jazz or blues music or even an Edith Piaf tribute, Oriana Curls.
We can work with our flower suppliers to create a stunning display of French wedding flowers to adorn your tables.
Swap a traditional wedding cake for an outrageously delicious French wedding desert - a croquembouche or croque-en-bouche - a pyramid of caramel covered profiteroles! Traditionally the bride and groom to cut off the top with a sword while the bridesmaids hold up the corners of the tablecloth to catch the pieces!
Les dragées are traditional French wedding favours, delicious sugar-coated almond which we import from especially from France. Alternatively, try nougatine – a moreish nougat with honey and nuts.
Our personal and tailored events service will ensure your event runs smoothly. We’re a small family run team and understand how important it is to get all the details right on your wedding day!