Le bonheur est dans les pres vallonné

We have a French woman staying with us at the moment, who's noted what also strikes us about Brockley - that there are a lot of French speakers around.

Judging by the amount of French we hear on the train, when we drop our son at school or go to Hilly Fields, France and the Francophone nations have contributed a large chunk of the local population.

And yet, with the honourable exception of Degustation, there's relatively little evidence of their influence over the area. So, are you French? If so, why did you end up in Brockley and when can we expect bistros and cafe culture?