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Our History

David and Jean Viala, original proprietors of French restaurant Mon PlaisirMon Plaisir is London’s oldest Family run French Restaurant where Aline et Alain Lhermitte  supported by their loyal team keep on welcoming you. Established by the Viala brothers during the ‘forties’, it was acquired by Alain Lhermitte in 1972 and has steadfastly continued the tradition of serving top quality authentic French cuisine, with friendly service to this day.

Mon Plaisir - French restaurant in LondonThe founders and original proprietors of Mon Plaisir’s restaurant in London’s Covent Garden, were David and Jean Viala. The first photograph of David and Jean (see right) was taken circa 1957.

Mon Plaisir was originally smaller but just as busy, with our freshly prepared traditional French cooking, proving popular in London’s West End.




Since the Lhermitte family acquired Mon Plaisir, they have added additional dining rooms so that more people can enjoy the Mon Plaisir dining experience.

Our four rooms each have very different settings, from cosy and intimate, to larger rooms for group bookings and special occasions.

Choose from our 1940’s themed front room, the colourful back, the contemporary themed area next door and the upper floor overlooking the bar. 



Bar at Mon Plaisir - London's finest French restaurant

The famous bar that came from a Lyonnais brothel, is now a permanent feature in our London restaurant. 

Our restaurant is filled with hidden gems, with traditional French artifacts and artwork lining every wall. On your next visit, have a look, you never know what you may find.

For an authentic dining experience in London that is genuinely French, there is no better place than Mon Plaisir!