Fun Restaurants in London
Whilst London is full of places to get a slap-up sophisticated meal, when you're just in the mood for some good ol' fashioned fun, there are plenty more let your hair down places that are unpretentious and guarantee a laugh. From NYC style diners to South American bars in London, here's a list of some fun restaurants in London that jazz up the London nightlife scene. You have our word of honour that you'll have a good time.
Last updated on 16th June 2017
Salvador & Amanda Bloomsbury creates a romantic union between Salamanca and London in this welcoming bar in Holborn. Red neon signs and flame torches create a warm atmosphere befitting a fun night of tapas, Spanish themed cocktails and music. Reserve a table now to enjoy this fun restaurant in London for yourself!
Cartel in Battersea has been turning heads with their authentic Mexican dishes and tasty cocktails. Inspired by the streetside food vendors found in the cities of Mexico, Cartel delivers hand-pressed tacos that have all been seasoned with fresh spices and ingredients. From pulled chicken cooked in Mezcal to slow-cooked beef brisket, each plate served at this fun restaurant in London definitely packs a punch.
Inamo Soho believes in more than just a simple meal, but an interactive and digital experience for all. Diners get to order their meal, watch it from start to finish on the 'chef cam', and much more all from their interactive tablecloth. This dining experience is fun from start to finish, and even includes a game of battleship in between to stifle your hunger. This Central London restaurant is such a fun time, you'll never want to leave. Ship sunk.
Regularly topping up Balham’s rumblin’ tums, The Exhibit serves carefully curated drinks and a hearty menu of fresh British produce. Bag yourself a table and get ready for a festival of eating; there’s everything from roasted pheasant to Grilled royal beam and Galloway beef burgers with all the trimmings. There’s an eclectic entertainment programme for dessert, too.
There's more to this slick and stylish venue than meets the eye. Burdock on Finsbury Square has two personalities: the fun and lively bar with its shuffle board, and the smart restaurant which serves a seasonal and delicious range of sharing plates.
The ideal hangout for colleagues, partners and groups of mates alike, the new and improved Sway is one helluva fun place to enjoy dinner and drinks in Covent Garden. The venue offers a fresh and exciting vibe in the heart of theatreland, with all kinds of comfort food plates knocked up in the kitchen and a wide selection of booze served at the bar.
Ma mamma lurrrves Bubba Gump's Shrimp. Said Forest and everyone else who has ever been to Bubba Gump Shrimp in Piccadilly. Whether you've watched the iconic film or not, you will also love what this place has to offer knocking out themes of the American South because, quite frankly, there ain't no shrimp better than Gump's.
With a commitment to taking traditional Southern recipes and wonderfully turning them on their heads, the chefs at Absurd Bird in Spitalfields always plate up a treat for this visitors. Alongside the usual hearty dishes of succulent burgers and fiery ribs, all their chicken dishes are composed of only the finest free range meat, sourced from Fosse Meadows Farm and marinated in a secret sauce that explodes off the tongue with spice and flavour. Absurd Bird gets two thumbs up from us.
Probably the most fun dining experience in London you can come across, purely for the fact that this restaurant is found inside the heart of one of London's most notorious clubbing playgrounds. Find Tiger Tiger and your path will find the Haymarket Kitchen within. Think contemporary innards, international cuisines and a buzzing atmosphere here with a clubbing Mecca but yards away.
A fun London restaurant with neon lights, dark, intimate corners and mish-mashed furniture makes up the character. Core is a far cry from the usual swanky bars you'll find in Bank and comes with much more of a chilled vibe. Revel in this social hangout where newspaper lines the walls and there's a hint of 50s furnishings with classic nosh and cocktails to go with.
The Shoreditch branch of Blues Kitchen is the definition of a swingin' good time. This fun restaurant hosts a menu of classic barbecue and grill dishes and an extensive bourbon selection to match this Texan blues den. Before your dinner and drinks conversations can come to a lull, Blues Kitchen's live music schedule is likely to kick into full gear. Grab your drink and head to the dance floor to enjoy the magical musical happenings from their extensive live acts and resident DJ.
Elysée Restaurant & Bar is another of the fun restaurants in London with a strong European theme. Here, you can enjoy moussaka and souvlaki along to the sounds of live jazz and Greek music. If you're in the mood for something a little different, there's even some spontaneous plate throwing on certain nights! Reserve your table soon.
Flight Club Shoreditch, along with their Bloomsbury venue, offer delicious sharing platters and wonderful classic cocktails in a cool East London setting. But if you want more from your eateries, there’s also Social Darts, a super-fun and innovative new way to play the classic game. Combining state-of-the-art technology with exciting new gameplay, this group game is a perfect laugh for everyone from newbies to experts.
Bababoom captures that Middle Eastern spirit in both its food and atmosphere right in the middle of Battersea. Their dishes are sourced from high welfare British produce, including their signature kebabs made of Persian flatbreads, hearty portions of charcoal grilled meats and punchy, delicious vegetables.
The Lebanese traditions run deep at Levant, the handsome restaurant and bar neighbouring Marylebone High Street. An oasis of deep colours, soft cushions and candlelit vibes, guests ease into the comfy ambience and share mezze plates complemented by creative cocktails here. There’s belly dancers, snake charmers and fire eaters galore, with DJs and late-night dancing sessions come the weekend.
Foundation is a party haven found below the bustling streets of Covent Garden. This place is all about social eating out experiences, where groups of mates bond over boxed up burgers and hand-rolled pizzas, handily washed down by cocktails served in vintage storage jars and milk bottles. Head here for happy hour when you can get up to 50% off drinks and sharing platters.
Trader Vic’s offers a taste of tiki from its base in the London Hilton on Park Lane. Flavours from the Med, Middle East and Asia are all present on the menu, with those dishes cooked via the Chinese wood-fired ovens offering that smoky finish. Once you’re done at dinner it makes sense to stay for cocktails; there’s a whole host to choose between including the original Mai Tai recipe from way back in 1944.
Rosa's Thai Cafe is a quirky little spot that offers up a great taste of Thailand. Head to Angel for Pad Thai and Beef Mussaman curry alongside fruity cocktails and an intimate atmosphere that makes it date-night perfect.
Serving up beach-style food including tacos and light bites, Tropicana Beach Club is one of Central London's more unusual clubs. Head down for a night of drinking and dancing as the club ups the tempo with more than 50 types of cocktails, plenty of rum and a lagoon-style dancefloor to party the night away on.
Taking it back to a classic 1950s American diner scene with its playful approach and traditional decor, The Diner is one of the most chilled spots in Soho. Kick back and relax with a plate of the best American flavours - think all-day breakfasts, buttermilk pancakes, piled-high burgers and hotdogs washed down with beers and boozy shakes.
The renowned team at Pizza Pilgrims is looking East, serving great pizzas coupled with 16-person foosball, plasma screen TVs and vintage video games. Perfect for all the big kids out there, this fun restaurant in London deals only in huge sauce-stained smiles.
The Dolls House Islington is exactly what it sounds like, a life size Ronald Dahl inspired mansion. The restaurant sets a different vibe in each room, from the parlour, to the library, and ultimately the ballroom. Playing dress up as a kid was always fun so why not keep playing all the way through dinner. The Dolls House Islington is a fun London restaurant that even our inner child can enjoy.
Floripa isn't one of the most popular bars in Shoreditch and fun restaurants in London for no good reason. Up beat music, colourful Brazilian decorations, cocktails and street food all give this venue a buzzy, party atmosphere.
Something of a decadent palace of Arabian culture, Kenza is the ultimate different dining experience. Serving up the exotic flavours of Lebanese cuisine with some gorgeous cocktails, Kenza is a lounge of silk draped furnishings, plump cushions and belly dancers shimmying around. Drink, dine, chill and experience some Middle Eastern excess.
The Piano Works is London’s only non-stop live music venue where the guests choose the playlist. With a menu of mini burger sliders, filled rolls and other sharing plates, this fun venue hosts a two singing pianists and a live band to keep diners entertained for hours to come. Guests can make requests to be played all night in this fun London establishment.
Fire and Stone is a cool and casual restaurant in Covent Garden. Their menu is packed with delicious pastas, salads and pizzas based on cities from around the world, such as Mumbai or Cairo, and it’s all washed down by one of their refreshing cocktails.
With a cool Mad Men theme and a whole heap of '60s decor, The Holy Birds in Shoreditch is a fun London restaurant. The cocktail menu is full of Babycham-filled tipples, dishes are a hearty poultry affair and there's plenty of nooks and crannies to snuggle up in.
For a relaxed, welcoming eating and drinking environment in London, look no further than Coppa Club Tower Bridge. The inside restaurant offers unfussy European food and a menu populated with smaller plates, grilled mains, sourdough pizzas and more. The drinks are a wonderful selection of wine, beer and cocktails, which are perfect to sip on while admiring the spectacular view from their terrace balcony. Facing the south, it sees Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast and The Tower of London.
Inamo brings a pioneering, tech-savvy approach to dining out in Covent Garden. Set your own digital tabletop (with your own images if you upload in advance), place your orders via sleek tablets and watch the kitchen team do their thing via the venue’s own chef cam. Executive chef Jon Claro creates a menu of pan-Asian delights - the sushi and sashimi are well worth checking out - and there’s a sleek and intimate cocktail bar in the basement for post-dinner tipples.
Forge is a popular choice with the city’s workers, offering a relaxed haven of industrial opulence just along the road from Bank. There’s a real buzz to this place once 5pm rolls around, and tables quickly fill up with workers letting off steam. Forge serves a mouth-watering range of roasted meats, with a handpicked selection of beer, wine, spirits and cocktails if you’re just here to whet the whistle.
Taking place right next to the bank of the Thames, The BBQ Club is here to inject a dose of fun into your summer evenings. Guests are invited to cook their own meals on a green egg BBQ, from scallops to chicken and chorizo, all with stunning views of the river.