Luc’s is as committedly French as Leadenhall Market is charmingly English, but the laid-back appeal of both market and bistro makes them natural companions.
Above the ornate shopping arcades, Luc’s zinc-topped bar and Parisian prints conjure a “bustling atmosphere” that’s enhanced by close-quarters seating and a fragrant trail of garlicky snails and baked Camembert.
Uncomplicated but carefully handled mains might include roast hake with pancetta and sauce vierge, entrecôte steak (“very good”) or Toulouse sausage with Puy lentil broth, while tuna niçoise is “excellent for a lighter lunch”.
Capable staff help to make the experience a “pleasant” one – something to be valued just as much as the useful prix-fixe and blowsy puddings (try the îles flottantes scattered with pink praline).
The wine list, put together with help from respected supplier Le Caves des Pyrene, is an all-French affair with the focus on small producers and regional gems.