France has a great deal to be proud of – baguettes, camembert and Gérard Depardieu to name but three things – so it's no wonder they like to make a big deal of their national day. Bastille Day (July 14) commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, so those looking to celebrate here could go and watch 'Les Misérables'. Or there's a more fun and more delicious option: wear a Breton-striped top (we know you've got at least three) and pop into a branch of family-run French bakery Paul and they'll give you a plain croissant complètement gratuit! (That's 'completely free' to us rosbifs.) If you can convince a friend to really commit you'll earn yourself a free meal, too, because any pair of diners to visit Le Restaurant de Paul (29 Bedford St, WC2E 9ED) wearing Breton-striped t-shirts and berets will be given a charcuterie platter for two and a glass of house wine each. Vive la France!
More details on how to celebrate Bastille Day with Paul on July 14 are available on their Facebook page.
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