London is not short of places to eat out, but we all know that there’s more to dining than just the food. To celebrate the unique restaurant experiences the city has to offer we’ve rounded some of the most unusual, the most spectacular and the most sophisticated. From eating in an igloo to dinner and a show, via a Mary Poppins tea and tours of a Michelin-starred kitchen, there’s no excuse to have a dull meal again.
The London Cabaret Club Book The London Cabaret Club
3-course dinner, half a bottle of wine and a full cabaret show experience £105
The London Cabaret Club combines high-end dining experiences with an exciting live cabaret production. Set around distinctly British themes, the shows celebrate the rich heritage of British culture, past and present, whilst the sophisticated menu features the likes of scallops ceviche with ginger and yuzu, fillet of beef with carrot purée and nasturtium, and a Pimm’s cheesecake with candied cucumber.
The Phoenix Arts Club Book The Phoenix Arts Club
Dinner and a show! 2 courses for £16.95 or 3 courses for £20.95
Tucked away down a side street, The Phoenix Arts Club is found in the original dressing and rehearsal rooms of The Phoenix theatre. On the menu you’ll find European classics, including the modestly titled ‘world’s best chicken Kiev,’ with bacon, sautéed greens and creamy mash.
Quirky restaurant experiences
inamo Camden Book inamo Camden
Igloo tasting menu £39.95
Famed for their interactive dining tables, inamo are the masters of unique dining experiences. Their latest innovation sees their winter igloos transformed for the summer and hidden away on the roof.
Down below, you can also book a spot in their secret garden, swathed in wisteria and fairy lights.
Caboose Book Caboose
3-course BBQ meal in an American railway cabin £35
Housed in a derelict train carriage on Brick Lane, Caboose becomes your own private venue for the night, where you can bring your own booze and even control the sound system… The menu is all about slow-cooked, American barbecue, with mouthwatering burgers and meat platters followed by indulgent desserts.
Afternoon tea experiences
sketch Gallery Book sketch
Afternoon tea at sketch
One of London’s most photographed dining rooms, sketch Gallery serves an afternoon tea that is as delicious as it is photogenic. Dainty sandwiches, macarons, scones and pastries are all given the signature sketch treatment, creating one of the most sought-after afternoon teas in London.
aqua shard Book aqua shard
Mary Poppins afternoon tea £49pp or £66pp with a glass of Veuve Clicquot
Practically perfect in every way, the Mary Poppins tea at aqua shard brings PL Travers’ iconic character to life on the 31st floor of London’s tallest building. Served against a backdrop of the capital’s skyline, guests are taken on a playful journey down memory lane, with teatime classics given a Poppins twist.
Kitchen tour experiences
Alyn Williams at The Westbury Hotel Book Alyn Williams at The Westbury
5 courses, champagne on arrival, canapés, a kitchen tour £54
Michelin-starred Alyn Williams at The Westbury Hotel offers contemporary fine dining in a stunning 5-star hotel. Follow 5 sublime courses with a tour of the kitchen, giving a unique insight into the workings of a world-class restaurant.
Corrigan’s Mayfair Book Corrigan’s Mayfair
5-course chef’s tasting menu, glass of champagne on arrival, canapes and kitchen tour £74
Richard Corrigan’s eponymous restaurant in Mayfair serves quintessential British and Irish cooking worthy of 3 AA Rosettes. Creative dishes on the chef’s tasting menu include line-caught cod with stuffed courgette flower, spring Welsh lamb with sweetbread and artichoke, and Gariguette strawberries with a choux bun, strawberry mousse and sorbet.
Oblix West at The Shard Book Oblix West at The Shard
3-course lunch, a glass of wine & fast track tickets to The View from The Shard £56
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the view from Oblix West, on the 32nd floor of The Shard, is about as good as it gets. But they’ve taken things up a level – to level 72 to be precise, with fast track tickets to the top floor of London’s tallest building on offer following your meal.
Bokan 37 Restaurant Book Bokan 37
6-course tasting menu and half a bottle of house wine £70
Offering astounding views across London from its 37th-floor setting, Bokan 37 Restaurant presents award-winning European cuisine made using the finest British produce. What’s more, guests can head to the bar on the 38th floor for an extensive list of wines and cocktails, or the pinnacle 39th-floor open air roof terrace.