We’ve got a mammoth round-up of quirkily themed restaurants, eateries and experiences for you this week. To kick-start the London summer social season, there’s a foodie-heaven festival not to be missed, as well as an afternoon tea experience and some Bethnal Green hotspots for ‘cool cats’ of all varieties…
1. BB Bakery bus Book BB Bakery Bus
BB Bakery bus
Fancy taking your afternoon tea on the move, whilst enjoying iconic views of London? The vintage-style afternoon tea bus tour from BB Bakery lets you graze on fresh scones, sandwiches, macaroons and cake while zipping along past landmarks like the London Eye and Houses of Parliament. Lasting around 1 hour 30 minutes, an afternoon tea feast on the quintessentially English Routemaster double-decker bus seats up to 34 guests.
2. Nobu Book Nobu
Nobu Park Lane
Japanese Michelin-starred restaurant Nobu is now on Bookatable! This world-famous Japanese restaurant owned by Robert De Niro draws in a flock of celebrities and sushi lovers from its outpost in the Metropolitan Hotel on Old Park Lane. Namesake executive chef Nobu Matsuhisa was an original pioneer with his unique take on Japanese Peruvian cuisine, spawning a flock of imitators trying to recreate these striking signature dishes.
3. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium Book Lady Dinahs Cat Emporium
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium
At London’s first cat café, you can sip on tea and eat cake surrounded by a colony of discernible moggies. A cat-lover’s furry dream, this bohemian retreat is proving extremely popular with Londoners out for a feline-fest fix, with bookings going off the hook when the kitty emporium launched. Locally sourced savoury bagels from East London and a ploughman’s lunch tea stand are amongst the teatime offerings at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium.
4. Taste of London
Taste of London
One of the best-loved outdoor foodie festivals of the year, Taste of London has big-name restaurants queuing up to showcase their cuisine at this gastronomic extravaganza. You can pop by the restaurant stalls to graze on generous morsels of delicious restaurant-style dishes, or check out one of the cooking masterclasses. Keep an eye out for demi-God chefs like Rene Redzepi or Michel Roux Jr, and seminal restaurants like Michelin-starred Yauatcha and Le Gavroche will be dazzling grazers with their world-class food wares.
5. Typing Room
Hip new Bethnal Green restaurant Typing Room is the talk of London town right now. Steered by Jason Atherton protégé Lee Wescott, you’ll find a Noma-style tasting menu and some exquisite-looking small plates. New-fangled cooking techniques and a smattering of twigs and petals elevate the intricate dishes, making Typing Room an on-trend foodie spot that the critics seem to love.