Excuse us for using a phrase that’s been done to death but this literally is a hidden gem, a couple of streets away from Leigham Court Road and Valley Road.
Supermarkets offering a wider selection of cuisine and the spike in internet food shops mean places like this are losing some relevance but we find delicatessens and local shops great to browse in. No shelf is the same and the individuality is what makes local towns so great.
Anyway, soapbox moment aside, Le Tour de France specialises in – you guessed it – French food and drink, with a nod to Belgian delicacies too; they stock Rochefort Belgian beer, little found in London town.
All their pastries are proved and baked on site every day, and they also stock a decent variety of meats, cheese and tarts on counter too. As a nod to changing dietary requirements you’ll find dairy-free and vegan cake options on offer.
Their shelves are a multicolour of tins, bottles and packets of classic French food.
The nicest touch for us was the artwork adorning the walls throughout the place – French, of course.
We stayed for breakfast but we’ll be back to stock up the essentials (cheese and wine, ahem).
Le Tour de France, 135 Sunnyhill Road, SW16 2UW.