Fun Places to Eat in London
Sometimes you want a sit-down meal at a London restaurant, and sometimes you want dinner to be a more raucous and mad-cap affair. Fortunately this fair is full of fun places to eat. From arcade games and ping pong, to live music and comedy nights, there is no shortage of fun London restaurants, perfect for everything from a birthday bash to a date with a difference.
Last updated on 1st November 2017
Circus is a feast for all your senses as this Covent Garden spot mixes cabaret and draw-dropping burlesque with Asian plates. Work your way through fresh seafood and spicy noodle dishes while acrobats swing and glide above you; if you can tear yourself away from the action, prepare to be just as dazzled by their seriously pretty cocktail offering.
Old Street roundabout might not be the first place you think of when it comes to fun places to eat in London, but then clearly you've never been to Magic Roundabout. This quirky rooftop bar is a hot space of food shacks, cocktail bars and fun events.
The Four Quarters has all you need for a night of entertaining eating. The pub in Peckham has movie nights, craft beers and old style arcade games to keep you busy. When you're done playing order one of their American style hot dogs.
Find this fun party bar and restaurant in the heart of Farringdon in a Grade-II listed Victorian Warehouse. The venue has a huge 400-person capacity and an amazing band which includes two pianists who will play whatever you want. Put them through their paces while you order from their British menu.
Join the Hip Hop Brunch for all the RnB and hip hop action you can handle, as well as a menu of Dirty South food and ‘Dirty’ cocktails to boot.
Tropicana Beach club, where the fun is free... This party happy little spot isn't all limbo under surfboards, live music and lagoon-style dance floors; it also has a cracking bar menu with goodies such as tacos, ribs and wings.
For a fun London dining experience look no further than The Four Thieves in Battersea. The South London pub is chock-full of mad activities with more than 70 gins, a weekly comedy night, quiz, live Sunday jazz, DJs, immersive games, bottomless brunches, and vintage arcade games. Who knew that Sunday roasts could be so much fun?
Ahhhh our schooldays, what fun we had. For all those missing the days of the playground, The Schoolhouse in Battersea is a fun themed restaurant which brings back all the good things about school. Drinks are served in test tubes, the decor is classroom-like and food is served on school trays.
Cottons has a Caribbean spirit through-and-through, from its menu to its atmosphere – so why not eat some Caribbean brunch dishes and drink two hours worth of unlimited mimosas, prosecco or Rum Marys.
This is the stuff are grown-up dreams are made of as Pizza Pilgrims in West India Quay create an adult playground. Head to the tasty spot for Nintendo games, an outdoor ball court, pinball machine, table football and shed loads of scrumptious pizza.
Grab your fedoras and flapper dresses as The Candlelight Club is back in town with their 1920's dinners and parties. Held in a secret location lit by candlelight, start the evening with a sit-down meal and move onto a night of lively jazz and dancing, who knew the 20's could be so much fun?
The Hanger SW6 in Fulham has opened up its secret underground bar, offering West London's brunch mad crowds a bottomless feast like no other. The team serve two delicious courses of amazing brunch food, including a hearty steak and eggs offering, alongside glass after glass of ice cold prosecco and fiery Bloody Mary. With DJs keeping the fun vibes lasting long into the afternoon, there are few better ways to unwind on a Saturday than at this frivolous event.
If there's one thing we can guarantee, it's that you won't be bored at one of Christabel's parties. The fun dining company organise mad and entertaining eating events, from cocktails and crack (food that cracks), painting your own masterpiece with edible paints and Mad Hatter brunches, this is a dining experience with a difference.
If you like your dinner with a large dose of sophistication then Proud Cabaret City is the spot for you. The venue puts on a rollicking show every week with burlesque and cabaret stars taking to the stage, all while a three-course dinner is served.
Expect big things from one of East London's biggest pubs as The Bat and Ball bring to floors of ping pong and live sport to Stratford. When you're done taking on opponents over the table tennis table, munch on stone-baked pizza and slurp on their massive selection of craft beer.
Whatever your mood, The Exhibit in Balham will have something to match it. From brunch through to casual dinners, this spot offers all-day dining with a big side of entertainment, including cinema, live music and DJ nights.
With craft beer, bistro pub dishes such as pan fried sea trout or pork belly and a carefully selected wine list, Catford Constitutional Club is not just a place for an excellent dinner. The fun pub has a unique and eclectic decor that makes eating here a memorable experience. Walls are stripped back, there's wacky photos on walls and the furniture is retro. The venue also hosts regular comedy nights.
Part Masonic lodge, part Victorian men's club, The Escapologist is a lively London restaurant with a decor like no other. In among rich oak panels, plush leather booths and star-speckled wall paper, live like the bar's inspiration, Baron Von Took - an infamous scoundrel with a love of excellent food and fine wine.
Fun restaurants in London can’t just rest on atmosphere to keep the fun vibe going, it has to reflect it in the food as well. That’s where Bababoom comes in, utilising high-welfare, chargoal grilled meats and delicious Persian flatbreads to create some of the most fun dishes in London.
The Old Queen's Head in Angel has a bit of reputation for raucous behaviour. This fun London pub doesn't do things in half measures; Sunday roasts are filled with board games, and Bloody Marys and every night of the week there's either live music or a DJ spinning the decks. The pub's burgers come from Lucky Chip and are piled high with cheese and bacon, plus there's a karaoke room; dinner has never been this much fun.
Gymnasts, spectacular aerial talents and circus-themed performances are all in a day's work at Aeronaut. The pub is one of London's most fun dining experiences, putting on shows in a spiegeltent in which performers dazzle and amaze. Even the beer garden is fun, with a funfair theme complete with coconut shys and strong man booths.
Inamo Soho is all about technological fun. Their restaurant has a unique interactive system that lets you control everything, from ordering fresh sushi to playing games and designing the look of your table for a really fun dinner in London.
Join Basil, Sybil and Manuel for a night of ridiculous and hilarious shenanigans. This five-star immersive experience is taking inspiration from the infamous Fawlty Towers; drink, dine and survive a night with the Fawltys.
The Dead Dolls House pop-up was so popular that its found a permanent home in Islington. Spread over three floors, the venue is beautifully decorated with stencilled walls and elaborate furniture. The venue has an excellent menu, with a focus on the seasonal and fresh; head there on weekends when the party really gets started.
Grab your mates, colleagues or a date and get ready to play some intense ping pong. One of London's most fun restaurants, Bounce on Old Street is a brilliant place to spend the night, there's neon-paint splattered tables, a cool cocktail bar and the stone-baked pizza is utterly delicious.
There’s many reasons why Big Easy Canary Wharf is a fun place to eat in London. Whether it’s the big joints of BBQ food and deliciously fresh seafood, or enjoying live music in the Rum Lounge, there’s always tonnes going on here.
This Islington boozer takes inspiration from Joseph Grimaldi, the creator of the modern-day clown, so you know you are in for a fun dinner in London. There are regular comedy nights, live music, and on weekends the pub is open until 3am, meaning after you have munched through one of the delicious burgers you can party the night away.
Thought darts was dull? Well then you've never been to Flight Club, a fun place to eat in Shoreditch and Bloomsbury. Using technology and an interactive scoring system the bar makes sure the classic game is hugely enjoyable. Order sharing plates or pizzas and go with a group for a great night out.
Backstreet’s back at the 90s brunch and you are invited, with some awesome food, bottomless cocktails for an hour and all the throwback tunes you can handle.
If you fancy your fun dinner in London with a bit of live music and a huge helping of frivolities then look no further than Blues Kitchen Camden. The entertaining restaurant and bar serves BBQ food alongside an impressive roster of live music and DJ sets, previous acts to have played there include Pete Doherty and Mystery Jets.
Pizza, live music and DJ sets, how much more fun do you want from a Shoreditch restaurant? Old Street Records serves delicious pizza in a venue that loves its music; from EP launches to jazz nights and DJ sessions, dinner is never humdrum here.