Quirky London Restaurants
If you're looking for a unique dining experience, you've come to just the right place. We've got the round up of all the quirky places to eat in London. From digital dining to belly dancers and everything in between, you're bound to find enough quirky dining in London to fill your calendar for the next few months. Check out our list of unusual London restaurants and pick the quirky dinner that suits you.
Last updated on 26th January 2017
Found on the famous Brick Lane, All Star Lanes is where you can come to let your American alter ego run free. It’s home of all kinds of fun things to do - we’re talking bowling and karaoke - with a menu of delicious American food and interesting cocktails to try - candyfloss cocktail, anyone? Bowl to your heart’s content on one of their six lanes, then hang around for wagyu burgers and chilli cheese fries in their cracking restaurant space.
If you want dinner, drinks and a night of live music in the heart of Camden, you really want the Jazz Cafe. It’s a legendary spot that’s been welcoming household names (did someone say Amy Winehouse, Kelis and Bobby Womack?) to the stage since back in 1990. The venue has undergone a fresh new revamp and is once again a prime spot to enjoy food and drinks while you look out on the unmissable live entertainment below.
Everything is bigger in Texas and the three B's are no different. Look no further for quirky dining in London than blues, bourbon, and BBQ. The Blue Kitchen menu is locked and loaded with briskets, short rib and anything else you want to slather BBQ sauce on. The bar is stocked with over 100 types of bourbon and the blues buzzing from amplifiers late into the night.
Laden with colourful interiors, hanging chairs and a bar well versed in the art of tequila slammers, the Wahaca in Soho comes with its own Azulito bar so you can go from market kitchen feasts to knocking back global bottles of Mezcal and the lot. Quite the quirky place to eat in London, Wahaca is like a permanent street food fixture perfect for casual dining outings.
And now for a kooky little trip down memory lane. The Schoolhouse - with its delicious food served on classic dinner trays and cocktails mixed up straight from the science lab - offers a taste of all your favourite bits from your school days, in a welcoming Battersea location. Enjoy all-day dining at this unique London restaurant which is quickly becoming a hotspot for drinking and dining south of the river.
We're all attached to our phone screens so why not carry this addiction into dinner time? At Inamo Soho, guests are greeted with a virtual reality where they can choose their tablecloth and meal through the interactive table top. After you complete your order, guests can check in on its progress through the 'chef cam' feature of the table. There are games and other activities loaded on the device to entertain your party between drinks and food for an unusual meal.
Housed in a former industrial launderette close to London Fields, Wringer & Mangle serves up healthy fare in an artistic setting. It’s a place for casual neighbourhood dining; head chef Oisin Coyle creates a wholesome menu that doesn’t compromise on taste and there’s a strong choice of classic cocktails to wash your food down with.
A playground of Forrest Gump inspired fun, Bubba Gump Shrimp is all about creating one fun place to eat in London by knocking up a restaurant space that's got some straight up Alabama soul, with a big love for shrimps (of course). With colourful interiors, some deep South hospitality and all the shrimp you could eat, Bubba certainly knows best.
It isn't just the food that makes The Piano Works an unusual London restaurant--but that the guests decide the soundtrack of the night. While chowing down on chorizo lollipops and various meat filled rolls, your party and the surrounding tables get to request any song you may desire for the pianists and their fellow musicians. As the slogan says, it is "part party, part bar, part restaurant, part club, part concert."
Get lost in The Dead Dolls House Islington amongst its four different rooms and its hand illustrated wall decor. The menu has sharing platters and various British meats for guests to enjoy with their classic cocktails. After hours the main bar, The Parlour, opens up for dancing and drinking with a DJ spinning every weekend. Look no further for your unusual place to eat and drink in London than The Dead Dolls House and its whimsical feel.
Bring in the 1940s glamour mixed with American Wild Wild West and you get Steam and Rye. What makes this venue unusual is the flapper girls, giraffe head on the wall, and the aesthetics of New York's Grand Central Station. The menu hosts rich steaks, burgers, amongst other styles of meat to satisfy whatever you fancy that night. Many cocktails are named after major American cities, presidents, or figures--think Kansas City, Teddy Roosevelt, and, cheekily, Monica Lewinsky.
Enter the doors of The Courtesan, a land of Chinese Empire fineries. The vintage decor and opium den environment sets the scene for the dim sum, specialty teas and unusual cocktail menu. The restaurant and bar is hidden amongst Brixton's bustling scene, creating a hidden gem for guests looking for out-of-this world dim sum with a range of delicious ingredients.
Itching for dim sum? Look no further than Fu Manchu. In this opium den themed restaurant, you'll find an extensive menu of homemade dim sum and Asian spiced cocktails. Once the clock welcomes the late night in, the restaurant will transform into a nightclub with regular live music from DJs and artists and a dance floor to handle it all. Fu Manchu is your full package for a night on the town.
Nothing says unusual like a meal, drinks, and belly dancing entertainment, and that's what you get at Kenza Restaurant and Lounge. The middle eastern delicacies are piled high on the menu in both food and drink options. The food will leave you stuffed to the brim and the belly will leave you in the highest of spirits as you clap along with the rest of the lounge.
From 3,000 miles away Far Rockaway makes Londoners feel right in the heart of Queens, New York. The restaurant and bar are decorated floor to ceiling with street art, to bring in the culture of urban New York. The menu is loaded with American classics, burgers and dogs, and drinks for everyone, craft beers and original cocktails. This urban inspired joint is a quirky dinner in Shoreditch for gamers (did we mention the arcade games?), boozers, and foodies alike.