Can't quite put your finger on what cuisine you're craving? Head to Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden and you can sample it all. Lined with tasty street food stalls, this stunning outdoor venue is the perfect lunchtime spot, with gorgeous twinkling lights when night falls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the coolest places to eat south of the river, Backyard Cinema is inviting you to get tuck into the Studio Bra's artisan pizzas and loaded nachos, and smashed patty burgers from Honest Burgers' Test Kitchen. As for drinks? There's everything from frozen cocktails to fresh pints.
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.
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.
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 menus inspired by the French salon.
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.
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.
With punchy margaritas, short rib mole and tuna tacos on the menu, Santo Remedio is one of the slickest spots in London. Inspired by the cantinas and mezcalerias of Mexico City, this authentic restaurant will keep you fed and watered all night long.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.