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 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 fun dining at its very best. Bon appetit.
Covered head to toe in lush foliage and vibrant furnishings, this Square Mile eatery fronts a gorgeous selection of plates for you to get stuck into. From decadent brunch offerings to seasonal mains of British cuisine, 14 Hills is easily one of the coolest restaurants in London.
This authentic pizzeria is cooking up crispy sourdough slices in trendy sites across the city. Head to their Hoxton Square location and grab a stool at the counter or pick a table around the doughy diner to enjoy the theatrics as you watch your order being made from their open kitchen.
Panoramic views, charming interiors and great nosh are all on the menu at this West End rooftop restaurant. Whether you're looking for a mid-shop pit-stop, a pre-theatre meal or an after-show cocktail you'll find all that and more at the aptly named Garden Room.
The self-professed 'House of Song' has an incredible, electric atmosphere owed to by its live music request policy. Taking over an old warehouse space, the restaurant will take you back to the days of old jazz lounges with sumptuous social dining and tunes all night.
Co-created by popular US rapper Nas, Sweet Chick is a bona fide cool place to eat in London. Touting Brooklyn vibes, a banging soundtrack and a delicious menu of American bites - including their renowned chicken and waffle combos - this Fitzrovia eatery is guaranteed to have you smiling from ear to ear.
Of all the quirky places to eat in London, Hand of Glory not only makes one hell of a Sunday roast, but it also has giant maypoles making up its interior. Rife with 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.
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.
These Clerkenwell-based pizza slingers know how to make sourdough pizzas extra-delicious. Head on over and check out their 72-hour-proved slices topped with a plethora of ingredients, as well as their menu of other equally-enticing Italian plates.
You haven't really tasted piri piri chicken until you've been to Casa Do Frango. The Portuguese eatery is renowned for its take on the authentic Algarve staple and wood-fired classics that'll transport you to a sunnier climate, whilst its hidden bar has a range of traditional aperitifs and natural wines.
Switch things up with a trip to the world's first vampire-themed pizzeria. Perfectly perched in Camden, Lost Boys Pizza & Croque Monsieur are dishing out tasty slices on signature charcoal bases, all with off-the-wall toppings and a nostalgic 80s backdrop.
One of the best restaurants in East London, Coin Laundry's coming at you with a hardy roster of 70s-inspired eats and damn cool interiors. Hunker down for some of their delicious grub before venturing down to the basement to check out their pinball machines, scrabble boards and other retro games.
Up there with some of the most ingenious and unusual food venues, Caboose is the cool kid of London's dining scene. Set in a custom-built American railway cabin, the private-hire BBQ restaurant offers groups of 8-13 a three-course feast and an out-of-this-world dining experience.
It's hard to say what's cooler at this restaurant: the millennial-approved retro interiors or the innovative tasting menu of locally-sourced plates. Either way, you'd be missing out if you didn't pay a visit to the award-winning 12:51 for a midweek bite to eat, lazy Saturday brunch or Sunday sharing roast.
For the ultimate food hall, look no further than Tottenham Court Road's Arcade Food Theatre. Housing a number of the city's most talked-about venues, including Chotto, Flat Iron Workshop, Lina Stores and Tou, the all-day dining venue also hosts a roster of live DJ sets.
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 mouthwatering a la carte options alongside sumptuous tasting menus, inspired by iconic journeys from around the world.
Whether you're on a date or just after a comforting brunch, Mare Street Market will hit the spot with dreamy interiors, delicious pizza and a serious selection of craft beer. They're also home to a vintage vinyl shop that's well worth a visit.
Putting all associations of darts being an 'old man's game' to absolute shame; welcome to Flight Club. Truly revolutionising the pastime 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 spot.
Roka is the ultimate restaurant for sushi lovers - you just can't beat the fresh fish and seafood here. But it's not just the contemporary Japanese robatayaki menu that's sure to impress. The setting is also stunning, kitted out with sleek fixtures and an open-plan kitchen.
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.
One of Bethnal Green's favourite bars, this eatery offers some of the finest sourdough pizzas in London. With everything from classic margs and meaty mouthfuls to veggie delights and vegan upgrades, Fugitive Motel's got something for everyone.
An 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 whilst authentic flavours will keep you coming back for more.
With Prohibition vibes and seriously sexy decor, Lokhandwala is a hot spot in Fitzrovia. Head to the Indian restaurant to work your way through tapas-style fare, curries and seasonal dishes or perch by the stripped-back bar for fruity cocktails.
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 equally swish, with a menu of lip-smacking Jamaican eats alongside 150 hand-picked rums behind the bar.
Located in Elephant and Castle, Mercato Metropolitano is one of the original food halls in London. 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 on cured meat and melted raclette whilst sipping on wine.
Why stick to one cool restaurant when you can take your pick from some of London's finest bites? Located in the hub of Covent Garden, Seven Dials Market is a stylish one-stop-shop of countertop cafes, street food vendors and a basement bar.
A cool, relaxed restaurant on the buzzing Paradise Row, Arepa & Co has an equally stylish menu of vibrant Venezuelan eats to match. Explore the flavours of South American as you graze on small pates of cachapas, rice bowls and arepas, surrounded by trendy decor.
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 of small plates, wood oven bites and oysters alongside cocktails, beers, music and live sports.
Shrub and Shutter aren't just mixing up superb sips, they're also offering up a selection of delectable and eco-friendly bites. The uber-cool Brixton cocktail bar regularly hosts residencies from a changing roster of sustainable kitchens and chefs, teaming up to create an incredible menu of unusual dishes.
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 place to dine in central London, with lots of space to enjoy the variety of small plates, sharing platters and comfort food classics, as well as a striking stainless steel bar for afters.
LINO is bringing minimalist decor and low-waste grub to St Paul's. High ceilings and industrial details hark back to its days as a linoleum and carpet warehouse, as well as gaining it extra style points. Options such as sauerkraut and cheddar croquettes, beer-battered haddock and potato flatbreads give guests plenty to choose from.
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 brunch classics, soak up cocktails or lounge your way through dinner service.
Inamo in Covent Garden is a must try for those that want a little something extra out of their meal. Coming at you with some of the finest Asian fare, the restaurant's tables are also wholly interactive, meaning you can order, play and even watch the kitchen on them.
As well as offering an extensive and varied selection of eats from across East Asia, Lan Kwai Fong is also fronting some unique activities to enjoy. Get stuck into digital beer pong (digital beer pong!) before taking to a karaoke room to end the evening in style.
If you're looking for a cool place to eat in London, this hidden gem's the one for you. Tucked away from street level, temper Soho is an intimate restaurant that specialises in excellent steak and flame-grilled meats cooked over an in-house open fire pit.
One of London's coolest restaurants, Chotto Matte fuses Japanese and Peruvian cuisine through its innovative Nikkei menu. Pop over 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.
Looking for a cool place to eat in London? How about hitting four in one night? The Moveable Feast is bringing you a series of charity restaurant crawls around some of the city's most elite regions, where you'll be furnished with a dish and drink at each location.
It's not hard to see why Circolo Popolare gained such a name for itself. Following in the footsteps of its stylish sister Gloria, the restaurant oozes cool with gorgeous interiors, picture-worthy dishes and an entire ceiling dedicated to a breathtaking floral installation. Basically, if you're looking to impress, you've found the place.