You can never be tired of London. If you think you are, it’s just because you’ve run out of good ideas and need some inspiration! So, here’s a list of ten crazy London restaurants for you to check out. Among them are a place where everything is served with garlic, and a vegan restaurant that doubles as a double-decker bus. Enjoy!
Of all the weird places to eat a posh meal in London, they don’t come much stranger than this. In amongst the best London hotels in the area, the Wapping Project’s disused hydraulic power station catches the eye of many foodies. This restaurant looks like a school canteen crammed into spaces between chains and industrial machinery, while serving up dishes like roast sea bream and venison pie.
Tucked away in the rooftops of Kensington High Street, the Roof Gardens are 1.5 acres of hidden paradise with plenty of flora and their own flamingos. This intriguing spot is also home to a club and restaurant offering an out-of-the-ordinary dining experience.
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Not only is it the title of one of the best rock albums ever made, it’s also the name of Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s brilliant burger bar in Kensington. Generously sized burgers, steaks and ribs are not the only reason to come here. The place is packed with memorabilia and is a shrine to one of the greatest rock bands ever.
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One of the classic symbols of London is the red double-decker, so it makes a lot of sense to stick one in a hip part of the East End and turn it into the first vegan ‘bustaurant’. The kitchen is downstairs and the dining area upstairs, while the food is surprisingly good value and tasty.
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Starting in France but now open in London, Dans Le Noir is the ideal place for an unusual date. Put your hand on the waiter’s shoulder and be lead down to a pitch black restaurant, where you’re not sure what you’re eating, or even who you’re eating it with. This lets you focus on the other senses of touch, taste and smell for a unique dining experience.
What at first glance appears to be a seedy sex shop in Soho’s red light district actually turns out to be a hip Mexican restaurant serving street food. Their guacamole is almost as good as table dancing, and Kylie was recently snapped coming out of there, which is a good enough vote for us!
In this Covent Garden establishment, dinner is combined with the kind of show you would not expect to see at the dinner table. The large banquet table doubles as a catwalk for burlesque dancers and fire-eaters who perform tricks between courses, while sexy acrobats swing from ceiling.
Camden’s newest South African-themed restaurant apparently cost £5m to decorate and certainly looks impressive, resembling an Indiana Jones film set. Tuck into biltong, springbok and other wild beasts in this Zulu-inspired wonderland adorned with statues and the only escalator we’ve seen in an eatery!
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A paradise for carnivores, with the motto of ‘nose to tail eating’, St. John’s is one of the few restaurants in London where you can enjoy (?) the parts of an animal that are usually neglected, such as pig’s head, lamb’s tongue and venison offal. Yum!
Garlic & Shots
Resembling a dodgy Soho biker’s bar, Garlic & Shots’ claim to fame is that almost everything on the menu has garlic in it. Try their roast lamb with garlic sauce, followed by garlic ice cream, and wash it all down with a garlic beer. Just make sure you don’t kiss any vampires.