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 London 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. Read on for our favourite fun places to eat in London.
Last updated on 9th September 2016
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.
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.
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?
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 in Battersea 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eating and drinking doesn't get much more lively than fun Camden hangout Jazz Cafe. The restaurant is a London institution, having hosted names such as Amy Winehouse and D'Angelo at their live music events. The whole experience is based around the incredible music, from the restaurant which overlooks the stage to the bar with prime views downstairs.
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.
Bowling, booze and brilliant food - it doesn't get much more fun than this people! All Star Lanes in Brick Lane serves an American fare of burgers and ribs, while on weekends there's a bottomless craft beer brunch to work your way through. Once you're done eating, head to their bowling lanes to knock down some pins.
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.
Steam and Rye has seriously upped the stakes in fun London dining experiences. The restaurant was designed by a Hollywood set designer with everything from a train carriage in the basement to the main bar which is exactly like Grand Central Station; go for the plates of BBQ spare ribs and stay for the delicious cocktails and mad entertainment.
Those who thought the tube wasn't much fun are looking pretty silly now with the arrival of The Underground Supper Club. Taking place on a decommissioned 1967 tube train, this fun dinner in London includes a four course menu prepared by a chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu School.
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.
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.
You would be hard pressed to find a fun dining experience as unique as The Little Yellow Door. Based around a front living room in Notting Hill, the bar is one seriously cool hang out with guests having their own key, mugs to drink out of and a house-party vibe. On Fridays they host a supper club with menus written on old magazines.
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?
Thought darts was dull? Well then you've never been to Flight Club, a fun place to eat in Shoreditch. 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.
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.
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.