Quirky London Restaurants

For an experience to remember, enjoy a meal in one of London's most unusual restaurants.

London provides plenty of opportunity to enjoy some great food and drink. Looking for a meal with a difference? How about dining in the dark? Or in the jungle? Or at the circus? Welcome to London's quirkiest restaurants.

Rainforest Café

Take your children to the Rainforest Café where they'll go wild watching waterfalls, lightning, rain, animals and real tropical fish. Close to the West End's many theatres, shops and attractions, this family restaurant offers a two-course kids menu and activity packs for a small charge.

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The Café at Hotel Café Royal

Head here in the daytime, and you'd be forgiven for thinking The Café at Hotel Café Royal is an ordinary London teahouse. However, come the evening, this decadent Café becomes London's first dedicated dessert restaurant, presenting a huge array of desserts on inventive tasting menus.

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Trader Vic's

Descend into a tropical getaway in Mayfair as you escape into a world of South Sea dining, at Trader Vic's. Start with Trader Vic's traditional finger food, pick up a salad or a soup, and for mains opt for a Trader Vic favourite, Beef & Reef or Scottish lobster.

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Golden Buddhas, dwarf palm trees and giant peacock feathers give Archipelago's interior a quirky feel, and the menu "staples" such as crocodile, kangaroo, and wildebeest certainly raise an eyebrow or two; but the restaurant really reaches out to intrepid diners with options such as python carpaccio and pan-fried crickets. Read More

Beach Blanket Babylon

Dining at Beach Blanket Babylon is like stepping between a Georgian English manor house and a French chateau. If the vintage furnishings, imposing statues and all-round extraordinary décor don't inspire awe, the seasonal, modern European food will. Read More

Brunswick House Cafe

The worlds of contemporary and traditional Britain come together at this hidden gem café, bar and restaurant. Brunswick House Cafe's succinct menu is inspired by local produce, and the furniture and interior design is all up for sale.

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With futuristic décor courtesy of British designer Tom Dixon, Circus restaurant and cocktail bar in the West End has a decadent feel. Glamorous eating and drinking is not all that occurs though, as dinner is punctuated by various surprise cabaret and circus acts who parade around on the tables.

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Mari Vanna

If you've ever pondered what it would be like to wine (or vodka) and dine at Grandma's house in old Russia, then Mari Vanna will answer all your desires. A remarkably authentic slice of Soviet era cuisine and comradery. 

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A West End restaurant that is anything but quiet, Sarastro is "the show after the show" thanks to the musical entertainment played out live amongst the smiling diners. The drama continues on your plate with Turkish and Mediterranean flavours to entertain your taste buds.

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Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu is one of the largest restaurant, bar and nightclub combinations in London. The South African flare for exotic grilled meats, unusual cocktails, ostentatious décor, and infectious toe-tapping music fills this Camden Market basement venue with constant thrills.

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Sketch turns eating and drinking into a whole new experience. The hardest part is choosing between the elegant, two Michelin-starred restaurant, Lecture Room; the woodland-themed lunch venue, Glade; the brasserie-style Gallery; and The Parlour, an eccentric patisserie, restaurant and bar.

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Dans le Noir?

At Dans le Noir? restaurant in Clerkenwell, your dining experience takes place in complete darkness. Served by blind waiters, the meal challenges your sense of taste and smell and the surprise menu encourages you to educate your palate. Read More