Think you’ve discovered everything the London dining scene has to offer? If you fancy exploring the kookier side of dining, we have a selection of unusual restaurants in London that define the epitome of quirky. Check out these off-the-wall eateries to indulge in dinner with a difference.
1. The Rainforest Cafe Book The Rainforest Cafe
Bringing the jungle to London, The Rainforest Cafe sees diners surrounded by magnificent rainforest animals, including mechanical butterflies and orangutans, as well as elephants, alligators and parrots. The setting may well distract you from the menu, which is packed with international classics.
2. sketch Lecture Room Book sketch Lecture Room
sketch Lecture Room
Day-glo Art Deco surroundings couldn’t get more sophisticated than sketch Lecture Room, and with 2 Michelin stars for its innovative French cuisine, the vibrant artistry continues into the food. With all the creativity you would expect from the former House of Dior, sketch exudes an eclectic-mad-hatter fashion feel in it glorious technicolor design. Perhaps its most absurd quirk is its lavatorial one, as there are few places in London that have such surreal toilets. Think futuristic dinosaur space eggs manned by Victorian maids: it has to be seen to be believed.
3. Galvin La Chapelle Book Galvin La Chapelle
Galvin La Chapelle
Having dinner in a converted church makes for an awe-inspiring setting, and Michelin star-awarded Galvin La Chapelle is also arguably one of London’s most beautiful dining rooms. Dining under the 100-foot high vaulted ceiling in this Grade II-listed church will mean all of your prayers are answered, especially when it gets to luxurious signature dishes from the Galvin brothers, like Dorset crab lasagne and chateaubriand.
4. Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
Unsurprisingly, the menu at Bubba Gump is devoted to shrimp. Themed on the classic film Forrest Gump, this is the first UK site for the famous American brand, bringing its inimitable food and decor across the pond. Alongside the super-fresh, sustainably-sourced shrimp dishes, the Bubba Gump menu is filled with home-cooked Alabama-style main courses.
5. Bunga Bunga Book Bunga Bunga
A pulsating restaurant and entertainment venue, Bunga Bunga is the ultimate party-vibe destination in London. Enjoy nautical-chic dining at the famed boat table while taking in the sounds of Bunga Bunga’s plethora of live entertainment acts, and feast on eclectic Italian sharing menus. The cocktails are a must, with mixes inspired by Italian icons, and served in kitsch Toby jugs.
6. The Yacht Book The Yacht
When eating on land is a little too run of the mill, take to the water. The Yacht is all about glitz, glamour and sophistication, with an added touch of nautical quirkiness, boasting a menu of classic British and European dishes, as well as a cool Art Deco-style cocktail lounge.
7. Dans le Noir
Dans le Noir
Dining in the dark represents a journey into the unknown at Clerkenwell favourite Dans le Noir, the British venue of the Parisian restaurant concept where you’ll find (or not) the dining room blacked out completely. The concept centres around eating your meal in pitch-black darkness, so you can leave behind food-based prejudices and open your mind by solely having a sensory focus on taste and smell. If you dare to take a stab in the dark, go for the French-inspired cuisine on the surprise ‘chef’s special’ menu, served by the blind waiting staff at this famously unusual London restaurant.
8. inamo Book inamo
Cyber-dining at inamo has a futuristic vibe, with the world’s first interactive ordering system, allowing you to order from virtual touch-screen menus projected onto the tables. Popular with first-daters looking for an ice breaker, interactive jinks include a chef cam of the boisterous kitchen, battleship games and an order-your-own-taxi button. Fusing an east-meets-west vibe on its menu, you’ll find Pan-Asian creations like miso yuzu salmon and rich ribeye steak cooked on sizzling hot black stone.
inamo can also be found in Camden and Covent Garden.
9. Trader Vic’s Book Trader Vic’s
A tiki bar and restaurant, Trader Vic’s adds an exotic twist to Mayfair’s Park Lane. Expect an eclectic collection of global flavours, alongside tropical cocktails served in signature glasses and an exotic atmosphere decked out with authentic artefacts and trappings from around the world.
10. Caboose Book Caboose
Ever dreamed of dining in a derelict train carriage on Brick Lane? Ok, perhaps not, but throw in mouth-watering barbecue food and full control of the sound system and you have an evening like no other. Bring your own booze, and relax whilst the chefs prepare all manner of meat platters, burgers and desserts in front of you. All whilst secretly berating your choice of music.