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Cool and Quirky Restaurants in London

Cool and Quirky Restaurants in London

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There’s no shortage of cool restaurants in London. So why settle for something mediocre? 

If you’re bored of the standard dining experience and want to visit a restaurant that offers something a little different – read on. 

From dining in the dark and rainforest-themed rooms, right through to egg-shaped toilets and beyond.  It’s time to get your knives and forks at the ready as we take a jaunt through the  quirky restaurants in London you need to try.

 

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Cool and Quirky Restaurants in London

Sketch 

Soho

Sketch’s vibrant pink interior looks as though it’s been taken straight from a Wes Anderson film. 

Self-described as an “artist-conceived gastro-brasserie”, Sketch’s walls are filled with 91 artworks by celebrated British artist David Shrigley – forming the largest collection of drawings Shrigley has exhibited. 

Although it serves up a wide selection of delicious food (it’s one of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants, don’t you know), the restaurant is renowned for its famous bathroom. 

You know, the one that contains multi-coloured glass and has white, egg shaped toilet cubicles that has somehow become one of the must-visit selfie spots in London. 

If you’re looking for quirky Michelin star restaurants in London – then Sketch is the place to go. 

Park Row

Piccadilly Circus

Located amongst the hustle and bustle of Soho, Park Row is London’s first DC-inspired restaurant, created in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC.
Described as a “melting pot of some of the finest creative minds and storytellers from the world of food, film and magic”, Park Row is batman-themed and is a must see for all comic book fans.
Even if you aren’t familiar with the franchise, Park Row offers an exciting dining experience. It is set over an extensive floor plan –  which includes a Grade II listed Art Deco dining room – there’s even a secret door hidden in a bookcase.

Bob Bob Ricard

Soho

Located in one of the city’s trendiest areas, Bob Bob Ricard in Soho provides one of the most glamorous dining experiences in London, serving up British and Russian-inspired cuisine to a diverse clientele in it’s luxurious all-booth dining room. 

It’s a smaller version of a grand salon, and has elements of fun that will surprise and delight you throughout, such as the quirky “Press for Champagne” button at every table. Bob Bob Ricard is one of the top quirky restaurants in London, and is the perfect place to add a little glitz and glamour into your day. 

Bustronome 

Victoria

Fancy eating a gastronomic meal on a double decker bus? Of course you do. 

Well, this is exactly what’s on offer at Bustronome, a unique dining experience that allows you to see some of the most iconic sights of London whilst enjoying a beautifully prepared meal. 

It’s the perfect opportunity for sight-seeing whilst satisfying a hungry stomach – and makes for a lunch or dinner you won’t forget in a hurry.

Dans Le Noir

Farringdon

Dans le Noir is a stalwart of the city’s dining scene – it’s been open since 2006, which is practically ancient by London restaurant standards. 

Now in a new location, you can still dine in the dark. The restaurant is designed to “revolutionise your perception of taste by temporarily releasing you from the omnipresence of sight, and the weight of its influence over the choices you make”.

Yes, you read that right – this unique restaurant serves up a range of food and drink in the pitch black – allowing you to experience your sensations with intensity. 

From trying new foods and flavours with friends and family, to taking part in one of their sensory workshops – Dans Le Noir is easily one of the most quirky restaurants in London.

Top Hat Bar & Restaurant

Fitzrovia

Fan of a good old board game? Head on down to Tottenham Court Road where you’ll find Top Hat Bar & Restaurant in – a spot that is charmingly inspired by the famous London Monopoly board and just downstairs from the cool Monopoly Lifesized experience

Satisfy your hungry stomach with one of the quintessentially British dishes on offer, and wash it down with a cocktail from a menu that is inspired by the Monopoly Board’s famous locations. Each cocktail even comes with its own story! 

If you’re looking for fun restaurants in London, then this life-sized version of one of the most famous games of all time is a sure-fire hit. 

Rainforest Cafe

Piccadilly

Step into the wild at the Rainforest Cafe, a unique dining experience that recreates the sights and sounds of the amazon rainforest. 

From tropical showers to eye-catching waterfalls – watch as the stunning jungle surroundings are brought to life with special effects and lifelike animatronics as you enjoy an extensive menu of American and international cuisine. It’s one of the city’s prettiest restaurants.

The Rainforest Cafe is one of the most lively restaurants in the capital and worth going for the decor alone. 

Munich Cricket Club

Victoria/Canary Wharf

Complete with weekly live Oompah bands, German beers served by the stein and a selection of classic Bavarian food – the Munich Cricket Club provides a year-round Oktoberfest experience (proust!). 

With steins, schnitzel and small and sharing plates available at reasonable prices, Munich Cricket Club has a diverse range of foods on offer to help you soak up the beer. 

It is one of the cheaper quirky restaurants in London – plus there are outposts in both Canary Wharf and Victoria.

Inamo

Soho/Covent Garden/Camden

Experience Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Jorean cuisine at one of Inamo’s three sites located in Soho, Covent Garden and Camden. 

In addition to getting rave reviews for their uber-fresh sushi that is served to share, the restaurants are also known for the interactive projections shown on the table surface – enabling you to graffiti your tabletop, be entertained by retro games, a live chef-cam feed or discover the surrounding neighbourhood.

Stunning visuals and equally amazing food? Sign us up.

Bodega Negra

Soho

La Bodega Negra

Serving up bold and bright Mexican food within intricately and eye-catchingly decorated rooms in Soho, La Bodega Negra is one of London’s most exciting nights out.

It’s set in a secret cellar, and has an atmosphere that is informal yet glamorous – making it the perfect secret spot to visit with a friend or even a cheeky little date. 

Catch up over a menu of some bangin’ Mexican food , or kickstart your night out with music and a margarita at the restaurant’s bar.

Bunga Bunga

Battersea/Covent Garden

You know that you’re in for a fun evening when a restaurant is named after Berlusconi’s famously naughty parties. 

Bunga Bunga can be found in two London locations and offer an unforgettable dining experience that goes beyond food and drink.  

Sing your heart out at karaoke after filling up on the Italian feast at the Battersea venue, or see a spectacular variety of live entertainment at Covent Garden whilst you eat and drink. Whichever venue you decide to go to, Bunga Bunga provides a dining experience where fun is absolutely on the menu.

Madera Restaurant 

Marylebone

Boujee, chic and ever-so’Grammable, Madera has established itself as one of the go-to trendy restaurants in London. 

Enjoy sweeping views of the city’s iconic landscape whilst you feast on the fresh flavours of Mexican cuisine at the Treehouse London’s experimental restaurant. 

Madera reimagines Mexican food and cocktails at nearly all hours of the day, but it’s at night that it really shines when the cool crowd come to see and be seen. 

Circus London

Covent Garden

When you’re trying to find fun and quirky restaurants in London, what could be more fitting than a circus-themed one? 

Expect the unexpected at Circus London, an unusual cabaret restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of Covent Garden. 

Your dining experience is taken up a notch by performances from aerialists, contortionists, hand balancers, fire-breathers, hula-hoopers – bringing all the fun of the circus to your table

Archipelago

Fitzrovia

From exotic meats to a side portion of insects – if you like trying unusual food then Archipelago is the place to go. 

This flamboyant restaurant is charmingly decorated with Buddhas, palms, peacock feathers and artefacts from across the globe – Archipelago is just as renowned for its decor as it is it’s highly-unique menu. 

Embark on an uncharted culinary journey, sampling everything from seared zebra, african crocodile and kangaroo fillet, where all of their ingredients are ethically sourced to ensure a guilt-free dining experience. 

PS. Yes, they also offer conventional chicken and fish dishes for the less brave.

The Piano Works

Piccadilly Circus/Farringdon

The Piano Works is London’s only non-stop live music venue where you – the audience – decide the repertoire for the evening. Knock back a selection of their amazing drinks menu to the swinging sounds of their in-house bands and performers, who will bring your favourite song to life after you’ve requested it on a napkin. A must-visit for music lovers

Beach Blanket Babylon

Notting Hill

Beach Blanket Babylon may well be one of the original quirky restaurants in London.

Where else can you eat and drink in a stunning English townhouse kitted out in Rocco elegance in Notting Hill. 

Since being established in 1990, Beach Blanket Babylon has made a name for itself as one of the classiest places to go in the capital for a glamorous lunch, weekend brunch or dinner.

Check out their cocktail menu and stop for a quick drink at the bar, or plan a more elaborate dining experience with friends and family in their magnificent private dining room.

Practical Tips for Visiting Fun Restaurants in London 

  • Book ahead to avoid disappointment. It’s also worth checking out a restaurant’s website or social pages to see if they’re hosting any special events. 
  • Some of these restaurants are closed on Mondays. Always check in advance. 
  • Restaurants usually change their menus on a seasonal basis to keep things interesting, and kitchens can be restricted by what ingredients they have in stock. If you have any particular dietary requirements or allergies, always check in advance as they may not be able to cater for you.
  • Some restaurants discussed here don’t allow children – always check their policy. These can usually be found on their website or social media.

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