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 20th January 2020


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The circus is in town... heading out to Acton may seem like a bit of a mish, but it's worth every step of the journey with some of the city's best entertainment as the light at the end of the tunnel. Gravity defying acts, epic hula hoop work and some top notch pub nosh is what goes down at this fun London restaurant with a bangin' atmosphere. 

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.

The Piano Works Farringdon

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Complimentary prosecco reception and cake for birthday or pre wedding celebrations (Minimum group size 10)

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, to the oche!

If you're looking for something a little different, this west London spot just might be right up your street. With a Thai menu filled with crispy calamari, Massaman curry and moo shu pork, there's something for everyone.

Shrub and Shutter

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Uber-cool Brixton-based cocktail bar, Shrub and Shutter have teamed up with the people behind Fodder to create a mouth-watering menu full of zero-waste small plates. Using the freshest seasonal foraged ingredients, the menu will be made up of 'bits', 'sticks' and 'plates' with dishes such as confit rabbit gyoza and glazed Yorkshire pigeon stealing the show. 

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

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Bottomless Brunch!

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. 

@ Chelsea Funhouse on Various dates from Tuesday 28th January 2020

A bog-standard restaurant Chelsea Funhouse is not. Split over three floors, this wonderland of big kid fun includes a cocktail lounge and immersive code-cracking experience. And for when you get peckish? The ground floor eatery boasts a mouthwatering a la carte menu alongside sumptuous tasting menus inspired by iconic journeys from around the world.

Sea Containers

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Valentine’s Sharing Menu including glass of prosecco: £69 and 2 other offers

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.

Greyhound Cafe

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From after-work drinks to mid-week dinner and boozy brunch at the weekend, Greyhound Cafe has it all. Expect unique twists on authentic Thai food, with a menu coming all the way from east Asia following successful venues in Hong Kong, Singapore, China and more.

The Courtesan

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A imperial wonderland of charming Chinese eccentricities and ancient interior design describes Brixton's The Courtesan. Palate-teasing dishes of plump dim sum and other traditional oriental delicacies will entice you in to this cool place to have dinner in London so you can experience the authentic taste and character of vintage China. 

Valentines bottle of Prosecco for £15 and 3 other offers

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. 

Hand Of Glory

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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. 

Chotto Matte

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One of London's coolest restaurants, Chotto Matte fuses Japanese and Peruvian cuisine through its innovative Nikkei plates. Head down to the Soho spot for the chance to tuck into beef tataki and passion fruit salsa, sea bass ceviche and aubergine miso sushi, washed down with some of their sumptuous signature cocktails.

View 94

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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.