Cool Places to Eat in London
London is home to some of the best and most lavish restaurants in the world, let alone the country. From the Michelin starred chefs, to infamous celeb-clad eateries this here city is a palatable playground of exquisite foods. So, where to start? We've curated a list of our top cool places to eat in London so you can experience some atmospheric, fun and wholly original dining at its very best. Bon appetit.
Last updated on 8th August 2017
With Prohibition vibes and seriously sexy decor, Lokhandwala is a hot new spot in Fitzrovia. Head to the Indian restaurant to work your way through sharing plates in the restaurant, or perch by the stripped back bar for fruity, summery cocktails.
A pure curation of some of the best street food in London, not only is Pop Brixton one of the most community forward places to eat the city, they're coming at you with pop-up stalls, trendy vendors and a continual roster of events that give you no excuse but to hunker down and stuff your face for the night.
Blues Kitchen is undoubtedly the slow-cooked dreamland where meat goes to become tender, juicy and oh so tasty. Get ready to make a complete mess at this Shoreditch joint where the music comes loud, live and of the Blues nature. This places ticks every cool London restaurant box with a recipe for deep Southern style eats and thriving entertainment.
View 94 is a great place to eat thanks to its spectacular views and tasty menu. Their fine dining restaurant offers a great menu of delicious European treats, and the venue also offers panoramic views of the Thames and London itself from both the windows and the Champagne Terrace.
The Wall is a branch of the House of Vans family; a group intent on delivering when it comes to high quality food and drinks available at affordable rates. You can get everything from burgers to salads and wraps here, with delicious influences from the New Yorker cafe-cum-diner scene prominent and a drinks list featuring soft drinks, beers and wines.
With wall murals, a relaxed dining atmosphere and one hell of a crab menu, Crab Tavern in Broadgate Circle is a cool London dining spot. Head to the City for dishes such as Soft Shell Crab Burger or try one of their delicious cocktails such as Lobster trap - Hendrick's and Monin Lavendar Syrup.
As part of Stevie Parle's restaurant group, you know not to expect anything but the best when you eat at Rotorino, a new Italian restaurant in Dalston. Combining sexy and intimate interiors with excellent dishes and wine, Rotorino has date-night written all over it.
The mighty Burger Bear's restaurant, disco diner space atop Old Street roundabout has revealed its winter stage in all its canopied and cool lit glory. Grab some of London's best burgers, bacon and all and take refuge at the Magic Roundabout shelter where's there's booze in abundance and huge beats from resident DJs to cull your hunt for a unique place to eat in London.
Machiya in Soho is a new Japanese restaurant that's been making waves with its authentic flavours. Alongside Japanese whiskies and sake served behind the bar, the team of expert chefs offer traditional plates of tonkatsu, teriyaki and yaitori upstairs, inspired by the dishes served in the food halls of Japan.
Of all quirky places to eat in London, Hand of Glory not only serves up a smashing Sunday roast, it also has giant maypoles making up its interior. Rife with some traditional folk style, this Hackney pub is a favourite for informal dining and relaxed pubbing ventures where you can fill up on lovely nosh, cider and beer.
The self-professed 'House of Song' makes it into our top picks for unique places to eat London and it's all down to its incredible electric atmosphere owed to by it's live music request policy. Whatever you want to here, they will play and boy do they play well. Taking over an old warehouse space you'll be taken back to the days of old jazz lounges with sumptuous social dining and live music all night.
Putting all associations of darts being an 'old man's game' to absolute shame; welcome to Flight Club. The rules are: we can talk about everything. Truly revolutionising the game as we know it, it's all electronic gaming and scoring here (so you don't even have to be that good). With authentic thin crust pizzas on the go too, this is one trendy London restaurant bar in either Shoreditch or Bloomsbury. To the oche!
With room for only a few diners, brass covered furnishings and a bar that looks directly over the open kitchen, Encant is an amazing restaurant in Covent Garden. The space has been created by Victor Garvey who has created a tapas menu based on his native Spain. Expect a mix of dishes from fried oysters through to cured salmon, as well as a cocktail menu that will make you fall head over heels.
Inspired by the Golden Age of transatlantic travel, expect to find influences from both sides of the pond on the menu at Sea Containers. This is a beautiful and interesting place to dine in central London, with lots of space to enjoy the variety of small plates, sharing dishes and comfort food classics as well as a striking stainless steel bar to hang around for drinks afterwards.
One of the best places to grab dinner South of the city, and one of the most colourful haunts in Brixton, Barrio bring a serious slice of South America to your meal as their cool and quirky interiors are matched with blazing cocktails and fun, foodie bites.
This dedicated brew-pub in Angel dishes out laid-back drinking vibes alongside a menu of hearty British and Americana inspired dishes. With chicken on a can, BBQ meats, fish and chips and pies all up for grabs this Brewhouse & Kitchen has all the makings of one cool restaurant in London. Knock back pints of craft beer and fill your boots with their big feeds.
Adding a technological twist to all cool dinners in London, Inamo in Covent Garden is a must try for those that want a little something extra out of their meal. Coming at you not only with some of the finest Asian fare, their tables are wholly interactive, meaning you order straight from them, play on them and even watch the kitchen on them.
Cha Chaan Teng is a vibrant restaurant that serves its guests delicious Hong Kongese cuisine and carefully crafted cocktails. With the likes of lobster prawn toast and a range of Bao burgers on the menu, the bar will be serving Asian themed signature cocktails. Anyone for an Oolong Negroni?
Ah, the humble kiev, it's never looked so damn cool. One of the best restaurants in East London and coming at you with a hardy roster of 70s inspired plates, not only should you hunker down for the fare, the delicious interiors are a hardy match for the food that Coin Laundry serve.