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'll do the job. From NYC style diners to South American bars, here's a list of some restaurants in London that jazz up the London nightlife scene.
You have our word, you'll definitely have a good time.
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.
What is more fun than not just dinner with live entertainment, but also in a legendary restaurant? Cafe de Paris has been entertaining Londoners and visitors for more than 85 years. This glamorous restaurant has a schedule of every form of live entertainment you can think of: burlesque shows, music, circus acts, and more.
Upper House 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 aviary, and ultimately the ballroom. Playing dress up as a kid was always fun so why not keep playing all the way through dinner. Upper House is a fun London restaurant that even our inner child can enjoy.
If you haven't been to Bunga Bunga, then you really haven't lived. Sure, you've heard of the fun nights and tasty pizzas, but now it's time to experience the immersive world beyond the meat locker and soak up delicious cocktails with live performances.
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.
This Angel eatery comes complete with a train-carriage theme interspersed with a selection of shadowy foliage to make this an experience that'll stick in the mind long after your journey comes to a close. There's some mouth-watering classics and innovative cocktails to enjoy whilst you're stopping by as well!
Inject a little South American flavour into your nights out, with a trip to this Clapham High Street bar. Once inside Tropix, you'll be transported to a vibrant slice of paradise with international eats, unique cocktails and partying 'till late.
Aeronaut in Acton combines some of the best things in life: gastropub grub, cabaret, and circus performances. Did we mention these acts are airborne? Enjoy a classic pub meal with an airborne show of cabaret and circus acts on the side. This restaurant knows a good meal goes beyond the dinner plate and makes sure to deliver a unique dinner in all aspects.
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.
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.
Flight Club 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.
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.
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.
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.
Located on the bustling Coldharbour Lane in the heart of Brixton, The Rum Kitchen is a bold and bodacious Caribbean bar and restaurant with non-stop good vibes. The music is always playing, cocktails are always flowing and the food is always as vibrant as the 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.
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.
With great dim sum, cocktails and an unlimited Sunday menu (!!!), this fun London restaurant is a fabulous option any day of the week thanks to an open and vibrant atmosphere for laughs aplenty.
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.
With four gorgeous venues across the city, Dirty Bones has been turning heads with its Southern-inspired offering and fun-loving vibe. The team behind this venue combine mouth-watering comfort food with playful cocktails and serve diners a meal that'll leave them waddling on their way home.
For dinner, drinks and one hell of a show (think cabaret and burlesque and then some), Proud Embankment has it all. One of the funnest restaurants in London, you can turn up for the dinner and drinks, but always remember to stick around for the after party.
Not only can you feast on Latin American-inspired food paired with avocado margaritas, açai cosmopolitans and classic caipirinhas, but Playa also has the entertainment on point. Think masterclasses, DJs and live bands through the week.
Not only can you enjoy weekend brunch, watch the sunset over the rooftops of central London and soak up airy vibes in this leafy spot, but there's even an impressive menu of mouthwatering dishes and botanical-based tipples to get your hands on.
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.
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.
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.
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.