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. This is a Coffee Shop (with cats) Book This is a Coffee Shop
London Cat Village
Hitting the capital in a storm of fur, This is a Coffee Shop (with cats) tops our list of weird and wonderful restaurants in London. Frazzled city folk can increase their endorphins amongst the mélange of moggies, who will be on hand whilst diners sip hot drinks from ornate glassware and graze on artisan desserts. This feline hideaway features rainbow-coloured bean bags and split-tree-trunk tables, and guests can watch the daredevil cats pad round on suspended walkways and wooden platforms.
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. Shaka Zulu
A tribal-themed setting provides the backdrop to Shaka Zulu, with the adventurous menu matching the audacious surroundings. From the traditional South African braai grill, sizzling game meats like springbok and zebra accompany ostrich and crocodile, alongside tropically exotic desserts. Love or loathe it, this place takes a tribal twist on chintz, with a brash zebra-print bar and a flamboyant space covered by elaborately carved murals.
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.
Offering a jungletastic journey into the unknown, Archipelago serves up a melting pot of exotic meats and tantalising bugs to a courageous crowd. Indulge your adventurous side by feasting on python carapaccio, love bug salad or crocodile with honey poached plums. An entrancing peacock lounge and trinket-heavy collection of exotica lend a bohemian feel to the surroundings, and combined with the bug-tastic menu, earns Archipelago a reputation as one of the more unusual restaurants in London.
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.