Unique Restaurants in London
London - a city where dining choices abound, where restaurants are not just unusual but completely unique and often pretty bonkers. From a sit-down dinner on the tube to gold hunting through your food in Vauxhall, these unique London restaurants don't just serve up delicious food and great cocktails, but also a healthy dollop of fun and something utterly different.
Last updated on 10th January 2018
Step back to a time gone by at Powder Keg Diplomacy in Clapham. The South London venue is a cave of vintage treasures with candlelight throwing a glow over tables, old maps decorating walls and a colonial-style conservatory complete with towering plants. The menu is full of classics, try the slow-braised ox cheek and thank us later.
Roll up, roll up for what has got to be one of London's most unique places to eat, a circus-themed pub. While it may be out in Acton, Aeronaut is well worth the tube fare; pub grub is served in a spiegeltent as burlesque dancers, sword swallowers and fire jugglers put on one hell of a show.
With its generous helpings of American cuisine and DJs spinning the decks into the early hours of the morning, Blues Kitchen Shoreditch is a great place for unique dining in London. Paying homage to the Deep South, food is a meat-filled affair and there is more than 100 types of bourbon to get the hoedown started.
Using the world's first interactive ordering service which is beamed onto your table, this unique London restaurant gives visitors complete control of their dinner. Customise everything from the tablecloth to watching the chefs in the kitchen as they prepare their signature Asian fusion food.
There’s nowhere quite like Cha Chaan Teng - the “tea restaurant” serving authentic Chinese fare in a setting that pays homage to retro Hong Kong dining. Featuring a menu devised by TV famous chef Jeremy Pang, enjoy a spread of classic Chinese cuisine with influences from the 50s and 60s in a setting reminiscent of a casual cafe-diner in Hong Kong, with specially curated Chinese tea-themed cocktails to go alongside these fragrant Far East tastes.
Quirky places to eat in London don't get much better than The Candlelight Club, a clandestine 1920's supper club. Guests are invited to a secret location to dine and dance the night away, dressed up in their best flapper dresses, fedoras and braces. Each unique venue is lit entirely by candlelight and expert mixologists create dangerously delicious concoctions.
We’ve seen our fair share of unique and cutting-edge restaurants in London - but an eatery devoted to the 2000-year old traditions of Ancient Rome? Now we can tick that off, too. Roma revives ancient cooking methods - like cooking with hay - to create a menu of mouth-watering meat dishes, with bespoke cocktails and wines traced back to the same vineyards used by the Romans themselves served at the bar.
Forget dodgy dinners and sociopathic bullies, The Schoolhouse in Battersea relives all the best parts of your school days with an adult twist. Test tubes are used to serve alcoholic mixes, summer breaks can be drunk and school trays are used to bring lunches such as spicy quesadillas dripping with melted cheese.
What do you get if you mix ping pong, Italian food and an amazing cocktails? One of the most unusual restaurants in London, Bounce. Now opened up in East London's favourite district, Shoreditch, there are 17 ping pong tables, a killer pizza menu and bottomless brunch on a Sunday.
Decked out in golds, lavish greens and rich mahoganies, Hoxley and Porter is a throwback to a colonial train. The unique restaurant is tucked away in Islington; step through the carriage door into a world of 1890's imperialism and great cocktails. Food includes hearty British dishes and on Sundays a roast dinner is served.
Perfect for anyone looking to try something a bit quirky on a first date in London, the Absurd Bird on Soho's Peter Street will be serving up the likes of Corn Bread Pudding, Jalapeno Mac'N'Cheese and a delicately flavoured Spinach and Artichoke dip, alongside the usual copious amounts of BBQ ribs, spicy chicken and condiment filled burgers that you'd expect to find at a Southern eatery. To accompany the delicious food, the bar is stocked full of a range of intriguing tipples, including the venue's own Absurd Lager and Absurd Moonshine.
The ETM group are known for their one off and special venues and this time they're taking things up a level with rooftop Aviary, located in Finsbury Square. Take to the spacious roof terrace to sit back on one of the slick sofas and sip cocktails or gorge yourself on the hearty British fare in the glass-encased restaurant.
Based in the London Architectural Salvage and Supply Company, Lassco Bar and Dining offers an intimate culinary experience to everyone that enters through its door. Chef James Knox Boothman and bar manager Jerome Slesinski are the masterminds behind this new venue. Serving stunning dinner in a quirky, rustic setting, this is definitely one South London restaurant worth checking out.
Based on the old mansions of India, Lokhandwala is a seriously stylish joint in Fitzrovia. Full of carved shutters, stripped back walls and interesting design features, the restaurant serves Indian sharing dishes and fresh cocktails.
Moored on the banks of the River Thames and offering stunning views of London's biggest landmarks, The Yacht London is an elegant restaurant and bar that's well-worth a visit. With Head chefs Marcus Fontaine & Antonio De Castilla serving a menu of classic British and European dishes, this luxurious restaurant promises to leave you smiling from ear to ear.
The international success story, Le Petit Chef, is taking place at TT Liquor in Shoreditch. Spread over eight courses, the evening follows a tiny animated chef through time and space as he hops from meal to cocktail, explaining the background of each one.