Book a spot at one of these fun restaurants in London. Known for its diverse dining scene, there's no shortage of quirky restaurants to choose from in the capital.
Many restaurants have reopened for outdoor dining only, with indoor dining due to be available from 17 May at the earliest, following the proposed easing of coronavirus restrictions. Check back nearer the time for confirmation and be aware that some restaurants listed may still be closed after this date.
However, many places are currently running delivery and takeaway services, so you can continue to support your favourite businesses.
1. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Settle down for a quirky culinary experience at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, a two Michelin-star establishment that's consistently voted one of the best restaurants in the world. The celebrity chef taps into Britain's rich culinary history with unusual results, such as the signature Meat Fruit starter, where chicken parfait is served in the guise of a clementine. Book Dinner by Heston Blumenthal now
Sketch turns eating and drinking into a whole new experience, boasting several venues within that are among the best restaurants in London. The hardest part is choosing between the three Michelin-starred Lecture Room; the woodland-themed lunch venue, Glade; the brasserie-style Gallery; and The Parlour, an eccentric patisserie, restaurant and bar. Book Sketch now
3. Trader Vic's
This Asian fusion restaurant in Covent Garden (with sister eateries in Soho and Camden) boasts a pioneering interactive ordering system projected onto the table, making it one of the coolest restaurants in London. At Inamo, you can place orders via a 3D menu, choose from a selection of virtual tablecloths, find out about the local neighbourhood and even order a taxi home, all from the comfort of your seat. Book Inamo now
5. The Piano Works
7. Rainforest Cafe
Take your children to the Rainforest Cafe, one of the most fun restaurants in London. Kids go wild experiencing the sounds of waterfalls, lightning and rain, as they spot animals and real tropical fish. Close to the West End's many theatres, shops and attractions, this family restaurant offers a two-course kids menu and activity packs. Book Rainforest Cafe now
Golden Buddhas, dwarf palm trees and giant peacock feathers give Archipelago's interior a quirky feel, but it's the menu "staples" such as crocodile, kangaroo, and ostrich that really makes this one of the most unusual places to eat in London. The restaurant certainly reaches out to intrepid diners with options such as python carpaccio, and jerk alpaca. Book Archipelago now
9. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Based on hit film Forrest Gump, this Southern American eatery is themed on its main characters and its Alabama location. It’s all about the shrimp at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., with lots of crustacean creations; but there’s plenty for all the family to enjoy, from grilled steaks and salads to jambalaya. Book Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. now
10. Mari Vanna
11. Beach Blanket Babylon
Dining at Beach Blanket Babylon is like stepping between a Georgian English manor house and a French chateau. If the vintage furnishings, imposing statues and all-round extraordinary decor don't inspire awe at this celebrity hotspot, the seasonal, modern European food will. Book Beach Blanket Babylon now
12. Shaka Zulu
14. Bel Canto
15. Dans le Noir?
At Dans le Noir? restaurant in Clerkenwell, your dining experience takes place in complete darkness. Served by blind and visually impaired waiters, the meal challenges your sense of taste and smell and the surprise menu encourages you to educate your palate.
16. Bob Bob Ricard
Soak up the glamorous atmosphere at this Soho dining hotspot. The Bob Bob Ricard menu features an array of British-Russian dishes to enjoy in private booths, surrounded by glitzy art-deco decor. Each table has a “press for champagne” button, meaning you can really dine in style during your trip to London.
17. Brunswick House
The worlds of contemporary and traditional Britain come together at this top London restaurant. Brunswick House Cafe's succinct menu is inspired by local produce, and the furniture and interior design is all up for sale.
18. The Clink Restaurant
Eat within the walls of a prison at The Clink Restaurant based at HMP Brixton. Many of the ingredients are sourced from prison farms around the country, while everything is cooked and served by the prisoners as they train for careers in hospitality after their release. Not only does this unique dining experience help with rehabilitation, the food is excellent and of good value too.