I have visited London a few times now; me and my boyfriend, Jesse have had a couple of trips where we’ve gone for something to eat and then to see a theatre show, doing some sight-seeing the next day. We always really enjoy our time there and we’re in talks about going again this Summer. I’ve been researching unusual and independent restaurants all around the city as I think it would be really cool to try something new and one-of-a-kind.
We always pre-book a table if we’re going out for a meal as London is so packed all the time, particularly during theatre show hours. I would especially recommend this if you’re a larger group looking to dine in London; Square Meal is the perfect go-to for this as you can browse around for the perfect group dining experience and secure your place ahead of time. This is one less thing to worry about and means you won’t spend all of your time waiting in a queue.
Here are my top five choices for unusual restaurants that stood out to me. I definitely want to try all of these out at some point!
At Basement Galley, you can enjoy a fancy four course meal in an underground tube. This is honestly the most typically London thing ever; you can sit in an old Victoria line tube carriage with tables laid out down the aisles, sipping on wine and enjoying a steak. I think this would be a really cool place to go with a group of friends as a fun experience and is probably the most you’ll ever talk to other human beings on a tube. I’ve seen people drinking straight from wine bottles on the tube but never out of a proper glass, so it’s definitely something out of the ordinary.
Archipelago has the most amazing exotic decorations just from looking at their gallery, it’s like walking into an indoor rain forest. I’m not just drawn in by the interior design though, the menu also sparks my curiosity. You can try lots of rare foods such as cricket, scorpion, zebra, kangaroo, crocodile and python. To some, this might sound like a bushtucker trial but I’ve always been intrigued to try things like this – I’ll try most things at least once!
Dans Le Noir is hosted and served by visually impaired people; you dine in complete darkness, allowing you to focus more on your other senses. This means you’re focusing more on taste, texture and smells rather than judging food with your eyes. The idea is to learn how visually impaired people experience dining and socialising, killing preconceptions that people might have. They also only host sharing tables which encourages their guests to converse with people they don’t know, judging not by appearances. I think this would be incredibly interesting and give a small insight into what everyday life is like as a visually impaired person.
Circus is a cabaret restaurant that is brought to life by a pop-up circus, hence the name. They host various performances such as acrobatics, fire breathing, contortionism and many other incredible talents. These snippets of entertainment all happen around you as you dine, creating a completely different atmosphere to anything you’ve previously experienced. I think this would definitely be a memorable place to visit, plus the menu largely centers around Japanese food which is one of my favourite cuisines.
Inamo is an Asian fusion restaurant that is definitely ahead from other restaurants in terms of new technology. You can order from an interactive system located on your table; when I went to Japan, they had something similar where you could order from a tablet and have your food brought over to you which was pretty cool. This is even more developed though as the system is 3D, plus you can choose from different virtual tablecloths and even order your taxi home through the system. There’s also a chef-cam feed so you can watch the kitchen staff preparing your food on a live stream, as well as play different virtual games.
Do you know of any other unusual restaurants that you’ve either visited or would like to visit?