Themed Restaurants in London
If you're looking to dine out somewhere with a little more pizzazz, try one of these themed restaurants in London for something a little different. From sultry, burlesque supperclubs to upbeat Brazilian beach bars, there's a bounty of fun restaurants with added entertainment, such as snake charming and karaoke. Many of these restaurants also double up as some of the best bars in London so once you've had your fill of food, carry on the evening with a few chilled drinks and dancing.
Last updated on 8th February 2017
In amongst the hustle and bustle of the city’s modern dining scene, there’s one restaurant that would prefer to look back in time. Roma revives the 2000-year old traditions of Ancient Rome to cook up a menu of mouth-watering meat dishes, washed down by bespoke cocktails and wines that are traced back to the same vineyards used by the Romans themselves.
Coming across the pond from the infamous hometown Alabama, the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is a tribute to everything Forest Gump. His mama might not be making an appearance on the scene but she's certainly testified to the goodness of this place in all its shrimp-tastic wonderment. It's quirky, it's cool and it's a piece of the American South making for one sweet themed restaurant in London.
Step back in time to a Victorian colonial spot with Powder Keg Diplomacy. The vintage bar and restaurant is a hidey hole of old-fashioned treasures, from a towering, plant-filled conservatory through to the cosy, wood-panelled bar.
The Dolls House interiors are a reminder that - with the right attitude - anything is possible. These quirky murals are created using nothing more than a marker pen and a little can-do spirit, making the Dolls House a venue with one of the most eye-catching interior designs in the whole of London. Menus are similarly playful, and there’s debaucherous DJ nights until 4am come the weekends.
You don't need a time-machine to travel back a few decades, head over to The Holy Birds in Liverpool Street to step into the swinging '60s. With brown leather sofas, psychedelic carpets and plenty of perspex, the restaurant is channelling Mad Men with its Babycham menu designed by Salvatore Calabrese.
Hoxley & Porter's opulent train-carriage theme will strike you from minute one. Step inside to be greeted by your conductor for the evening, ready to show you to your seats and begin your journey, with shadowy foliage dotted around to add extra charisma. There's great food to feast on while you're at it, with a menu packed full of British classics on offer.
London’s favourite when it comes to Texan BBQ, live blues music and top-notch cocktails, Blues Kitchen brings a Deep South vibe to Camden that never fails to get the feel-good vibes flowing. Climb into a rack of smoked ribs, wash them down with an eclectic mix of beers, wines and cocktails then set your sights on the dance floor, with sweet blues tracks to dance to all night long.
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.
The Fable is a central London restaurant and bar brimming with enchanting charisma. Drawing its inspiration from the wit & wisdom of Aesop and the fantasy world of fairy tales, the Holborn based haunt goes the whole hog to setting up an authentic experience by teaming its quirky interior with a creative menu and drinks list.
Hyde Kensington takes visitors on a journey a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of London. Artist JJ Adams has created a sleek dining and drinking den with features such as suits of armour stood against neon signs for a truly unique experience. The menu is full of pan-Asian sharing plates perfectly for nibbling with cocktails.
A sauce slathered joint of Deep Southern excess, Joe's Southern Kitchen takes themed dining in London to new meaty levels. Think low and slow, pulled pork, and melt-in-the-mouth meats at large in this Camden eatery. There's even a dedicated Jailbird basement bar tucked away for from bourbon slinging, hip-slapping drinking escapades.
We get it; unexpected item in the bagging area has left a pretty sour taste in the mouth when it comes to technology-led, self-service concepts. It needn’t be that way though. Inamo, with its pioneering digital ordering system, lets you set your own placemats, order your pan-Asian treats and book your taxis home at the click of a button.
Floripa, is one big love-in between South American beach bar, Brazilian cuisine and London's hip music scene.The painted walls, plant-heavy interior, up beat music and colourful Angel of Floripa hanging from the ceiling give this themed restaurant a Brazilian vibe. Try their Brazilian street food and petiscos and the delicious Caipirinha cocktail!
Whilst the character is a little more subtle in Elysée Restaurant & Bar than some of the other themed restaurants in London, its Greek theme makes it perfect if you're looking for something a little different. Alongside some Greek food, such as souvlaki and moussaka, you can also enjoy live jazz and Greek music until throughout the night.
Doused in rich textures, luxurious silks and decorated with plush cushions, Kenza is an indulgent Arabic wonderland of lounging, drinking and dining. As the Arabic word for treasure, Kenza feels like a hidden palace of palatable pleasures where you can enjoy the decadent flavours of Lebanese cuisine and experience a taste of the Middle East.
Harking back to the classic 50s diner scene, this Soho favourite sets you up with classic Americana feeds and boozy shakes to behold. Expect a menu packed with all kinds of typical American fare, we’re talking all-day breakfasts, piled-high burgers, chilli dogs and yes, that’s right, red velvet pancakes.
Step into Proud's South Gallery to be immersed in fun. Think red velvet drapes, glowing candelabras, black leather booths, feathers and smoke. The Supperclub regularly ranks as one of the best places to catch cabaret in London. Indulge in a three course meal in the vintage glamour of the 1920s whilst you are entertained by the country's finest burlesque performers.
For a taste of The Alps head down to Clapham, yes, really. TV chef Jimmy Garcia is hosting The Lodge for a third year and will be serving dishes such as cheese fondue, sharing boards of roasts and other homely plates. Drinks include hot cocktails, 2-4-1 Bloody Marys and bottomless bubbles.