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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.
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.
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.
Harlem Soul is bringing the essence of NYC to the heart of East London. Enter the graffiti-adorned haunt and you'll find a popular party paradise with a hip-hop soundtrack, ample drinks selection and delicious menu of American soul food at reasonable prices.
One of Bethnal Green's favourite bars, this unique eatery offers some of the finest sourdough pizzas in London. With everything from classic margs and meaty mouthfuls, to veggie delights and vegan upgrades, they've got something for everyone and the craft beer list to match it.
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 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.
Head to The Globe theatre where this unique pub and restaurant offers vintage interiors and a host of delicious drinks and eats inspired by the iconic venue. Chow down on seasonal British plates, or a Midsummer Night's Dream-themed afternoon, all washed down with a couple of their signature cocktails.
Looking for the coolest places to eat in London? You can always count on Shoreditch to bring the vibes. Check out this City Road restaurant, where chef Richard Corrigan is serving up an impressive menu alongside cocktails, beers, music and live sports.
Covered head to toe in lush foliage and vibrant furnishings, this unique Square Mile eatery fronts a gorgeous selection of plates for you to get stuck into. From decadent brunch offerings, to seasonal mains of delicious British cuisine, it's one of the coolest restaurants in London.
Located in Elephant and Castle, Mercato Metropolitano is offering over 48 different cool places to eat, all within the same venue. Enjoy a craft brew outside on their terrace, tuck into a freshly made pizza on one of the communal tables in the main hall or sneak into the more secluded den and nibble of cured meat and melted raclette whilst sipping on a delicious wine.
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!
Usain Bolt, as well as being the world's fastest runner, is one pretty cool guy. So, it comes as no surprise that his bar and restaurant in London is a pretty cool spot, offering a menu of lip-smacking Jamaican eats alongside 150 hand-picked rums behind the bar.
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 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.
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.
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.
If you're looking for a cool place to eat in London, head to this hidden gem in Soho. Tucked away from street level, temper Soho is an intimate restaurant that specialises in flame-grilled meats, cooked over an open fire pit.
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.
Not only does this Soho spot tout a regular lineup of events from quizzes to cabaret and concerts, but Boulevard Theatre also offers the food and drink to match. Tuck into classic brunch dishes, soak up cocktails or lounge your way through dinner service.
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.
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.
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.
A cool, relaxed restaurant on the buzzing Paradise Row, Arepa & Co is a cool restaurant with a menu of vibrant Venezuelan eats. Explore the flavours of South American as you graze on small pates of cachapas, rice bowls and arepas, surrounded by trendy decor.
Looking for quirky restaurants in London? Feast your eyes on The Jellied Eel; the quirky bar hidden within Manze's pie and mash shop in Walthamstow. Open for cocktails, food and music on Friday and Saturday nights, this isn't one to miss.
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.
For the ultimate food hall, look no further than Tottenham Court Road's Arcade Food Theatre. The sleek and stylish all-day dining venue will feature a number of the city's most talked-about venues, including Chotto, Flat Iron Workshop, Lina Stores and Tou, and will host live DJ sets - so move aside Seven Dials Market, there's a new food venue in town.
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 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.