The most unique, unusual & quirky restaurants in London

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With official estimates placing the number of restaurants in London at between 16,000 to 18,000, we’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out in the capital. But this also means that picking where to go, whether it’s a casual Friday night or special occasion, can be a particularly difficult task.

Personally, I love a restaurant that offers something a little different, and luckily we’re not running short on unique and quirky restaurants in London.

From unusual locations and fun interiors to exotic menus and singing and dancing waiting staff, here are some of the best restaurants with a difference in London…

 

 


Quirky and unusual places to eat in London


 

Dinner on the tube at Underground Supper Club

London Tube Restaurant Underground Supper Club

One of the coolest restaurants in London for both tourists and locals alike, Basement Galley’s Underground Supper Club gives you the unique opportunity to eat on the London tube without getting the side-eye from fellow passengers for stinking out the carriage with your dinner.

Underground Supper Club is located in a decommissioned 1967 Victoria Line tube carriage (sorry, it doesn’t move!) at Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, with the original interior remaining almost untouched other than the addition of dining tables.

The Supper Club is run by Nick Atkins and Head Chef Beatriz Maldonado (Bea) who originally hails from Bogotá in Colombia and has created a menu of delicious dishes featuring local favours from her home in South America.

Make sure to book in advance as the venue only seats 35 diners each evening.

Find out more and book dinner on the tube here.

 

 

Enter through a sex shop at La Bodega Negra

La Bodega Negra's sex shop entrance in Soho London

This unusual London restaurant made waves in the Capital’s dining scene when first opening due to its secret entrance at the back of a sex shop in Soho. A fun way to surprise your friends or an unwitting date.

Once you’ve managed to find your way inside, the mysterious underground, candle-lit restaurant has a Mexican-themed menu consisting of quesadillas, tostadas, tacos, ceviche and plenty more, as well as an extensive drinks menu of tequila and mezcal straight up or in a cocktail.

Find out more and book here.

 

 

Eat lunch in the loo at The Attendant

Attendant Coffee London

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Another of the most unusual places to eat in London is in a former Victorian public toilet.

The Attendant in Fitzrovia is a 19th-century men’s toilet which was abandoned in the 1960s and transformed into an underground cafe, still intact with the original Doulton & Co porcelain urinals which have been transformed into elegant single-seater booths, where you can enjoy your morning coffee or grab a sandwich for lunch.

Don’t worry, it has undergone a thorough cleaning since its day as a men’s bathroom!

Find out more here.

 

 

Dine in the dark at Dans Le Noir?

 

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Ranked among the 10 most original restaurants in the world, Dans Le Noir? in Clerkenwell is a unique dining experience where you enjoy your meal in pitch darkness, waited on by staff who are all registered blind.

The experience, in which diners don’t know exactly what they’re eating until after leaving the dining room, ‘allows us to re-evaluate our perception of taste while reclaiming our senses, to reinvigorate our relationship with the world and others and to experience a surprising encounter with something different’.

While simple tasks such as navigating the room and picking up your cutlery are a struggle at first, Dans le Noir? is certainly one of the most interesting restaurants in London for everything from a unique first date idea to a birthday surprise for a friend.

Find out more and book here.

 

 

Naughty Italian-inspired entertainment at Bunga Bunga

Performers singing at Bunga Bunga, unique restaurant in London

Out of all of the cool places to eat in London, Bunga Bunga has always held a special place in my heart, ever since my first visit when the waiters broke out into a rendition of ‘Be Our Guest’ from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (yes, Disney fangirl right here!) mid-service.

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden is an underground restaurant and bar hidden through a secret entrance in the ground floor family pizzeria BungaTini. After navigating your way through a meat locker and past the ‘Butcher’ you descend down a Sistine Chapel style staircase to find a world of Italian-themed food and entertainment.

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden Emperors Box, long table with candles

Bunga Bunga has elaborate table settings, delicious Italian sharing dishes and metre-long pizzas, creative cocktails and, most importantly, themed musical dinner shows including ‘Big Phat Roman Wedding’ and ‘Burlesquoni’ which feature renditions of well known musical numbers and other popular songs with fun (and usually naughty) twists.

Bunga Bunga will always be one of my favourite restaurants with entertainment in London.

Find out more about my experience and book here.

 

 

Dinner in The Clink at Brixton Prison

The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton

Photo credit: The Clink at HMP Brixton

The Clink is certainly one of the most unique restaurants in London, being located inside of the old governor’s house at HMP Brixton – a Category-C prison.

Not only is the restaurant located within the prison, but all of the food at The Clink is also cooked and served by prisoners who are training for NVQs in Food & Beverage Service, Professional Cookery and Food Hygiene. Therefore by eating at the restaurant, you are helping people take their first steps towards a new life.

The Clink Brixton prison restaurant in London

Photo credit: The Clink at HMP Brixton

To enter the restaurant, a complete security check is performed on you 72 hours in advance (no last-minute bookings here!), there is airport-style security on arrival and items such as mobile phones and cigarettes must be left in lockers outside of the main dining area. Plus no alcohol is served alongside the food.

But don’t let these things put you off visiting. Not only is The Clink one of the most unique dining experiences London has to offer, but all of the meals are delicious and high-quality, with the restaurant consistently placed in the Top 10 in London on TripAdvisor.

Find out more and book a table at The Clink Restaurant here.

 

 

Try exotic dishes at Archipelago

Unusual looking dish at Archipelago restaurant in London

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Describing itself as the capital’s ‘culinary portal to world cuisine’, Archipelago in Fitzrovia is one of the most interesting and unusual restaurants in London for those who aren’t afraid to try new foods.

Their unconventional menu features exotic dishes from around the world such as seared zebra, kangaroo fillet, sweet-chili smoked python carpaccio, pan-fried crickets and African crocodile. And don’t worry – all of these ingredients are ethically sourced!

Plus, it’s not just the food that makes Archipelago one of the most unique places to eat in London. Their extravagant yet cosy interior will transport you far away from the UK, with giant peacock feathers, dwarf palm trees and exotic artifacts such as golden buddhas and colourful tapestries adorning each table.

Find out more and book Archipelago here.

 

 

Get climbing at The Jam

Multi-level tables at The Jam on Kings Road London

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Often referred to as the ‘treehouse restaurant’ or ‘bunkbed restaurant’, The Jam’s multilevel booth seating arrangement makes it one of the most fun restaurants in London for kids and kids at heart.

Sat on Chelsea’s prestigious Kings’s Road, the Jam’s unusual seating, some of which requires climbing a wooden ladder to access, isn’t exactly what you’d expect from this high-end area of the city, but once you taste the food you’ll see why it has become a local favourite.

The Jam’s Italian menu features a range of delicious sourdough pizzas, as well as an offering of other small and large plates including bruschetta, calamari, gnocchi, risotto, steak and plenty more. Plus a great wine and cocktail menu.

Find out more and book the Jam here.

 

 

Play games on your interactive table at Inamo

Inamo's Interactive Table in London

Inamo is a small chain of contemporary pan-Asian restaurants in Soho, Covent Garden and Camden, serving Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Korean cuisine.

But what makes Inamo really stand out from the crowd is that it’s home to the world’s first interactive table ordering and entertainment system, with the menu projected onto your table where you can order your food, watch the chefs at work in the kitchen and play retro games with your table mates.

Don’t miss this great deal for unlimited Asian tapas and sushi at Inamo for £27.50 per person, or unlimited food plus unlimited wine or beer for £42 per person.

 

 

Enjoy afternoon tea on a bus with BBakery

BBakery Afternoon Tea Bus, quirky restaurants in London

When it comes to funky places to eat in London, restaurants on public transport are always a big hit.

After Underground Supper Club, another of my favourite unique London restaurants on public transport is BBakery’s Afternoon Tea Bus – a classic Routemaster red bus which takes you on a tour of central London’s main attractions while serving up high tea, featuring sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones.

BBakery also runs fun themed afternoon teas, from a Paddington tea to celebrate the release of the new film, to spooky Halloween teas and festive Christmas teas.

Find out more about my BBakery experience or book your own here.

 

 

Or maybe a luxury 6-course dinner on a bus instead

If afternoon tea isn’t enough, hop on board Bustronome’s special London dinner bus where you can enjoy a special gourmet 6-course meal with wine pairings whilst touring the capital’s top attractions.

The ultimate luxury dining experience with a unique London twist!

Book your 6-course dinner with Bustronome here.

 

 

Dine in the sky with London in the Sky

London in the Sky unique restaurant in London

London in the Sky is a unique restaurant suspended in the sky next to the O2 Area in North Greenwich.

With every guest strapped safely into their seat, the 22-seat Sky Table is raised 100 ft off the ground. You’ll then get to enjoy amazing views over London while enjoying fantastic food and drink. The unusual venue runs various sessions throughout the day, so you can pick from breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.

London in the Sky is a summer dining experience so only runs from July to September each year.

Book your dinner in the sky experience here.

 

 

Feast like a king at Medieval Banquet

Medieval Banquet unfortunately closed its doors for good in late 2020 – I’m currently on the lookout for something similar to fill the void of one of my absolute favourite quirky restaurants in London.

Performers in medieval dress at Medieval Banquet London

There are plenty of immersive themed London restaurants, from murder mysteries to prohibition jazz clubs, but one of my favourites involves heading back in time to the Medieval period at the Medieval Banquet in St Katharine Docks.

Join King Henry VIII at his royal banquet, set in a themed underground venue with a whole host of knights, jesters, contortionists, singers and musicians to entertain you throughout the evening. And if you really want to get fully immersed, you can hire your own themed costume on-site and join in with the action.

The food is also fit for a king, with platters of meat, pate, cheese and pickled vegetables for the table, followed by roast chicken in traditional medieval sauce with roasted potatoes and vegetables, and finally, slabs of fruit-filled pie with cream for dessert. Plus plenty of ale and wine to fuel your night!

Book your Medieval Banquet experience here.

 

 

Dine in year-round igloos at Coppa Club

Coppa Club Igloos

While the famous Coppa Club igloos originally graced London with their appearance as a special Christmas pop-up a few years back, the unique London dining experience was such a big hit that they now have a year-round presence.

Sat on the bank of the River Thames overlooking majestic Tower Bridge, the igloos can be booked for private dining or drinks for groups of up to 8 people.

Read more about my experience at Coppa Club Tower Hill when the igloos first opened.

 

 

Eat on London’s canals at Barge East

Barge East at Hackney Wick London quirky restaurants

And finally, eat on the water at Barge East, a unique floating bar and restaurant on a 114-year-old Dutch barge, with charming rustic decor and an outdoor deck overlooking the East London skyline where you can enjoy their luxury British menu designed by head chef Stefano Campione.

Find out more and book a table here.

 

 

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Emily is a born and raised London girl, starting life in the north of the capital then moving down to Fulham in the south west. She has a masters degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from University College London and now works as a freelance travel writer, digital marketer and VA, splitting her life between London and travelling the world.

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