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Cool restaurants in London

15 cool and fun restaurants in London

The capital of England, is the largest metropolis in the country. London is well known for rainy days, arts, fashion, entertainment and home to 8.8 million people. Every year millions of tourists travel to London, to see sights like the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace or Tate Modern. But Brits and other visitors come to London for another reason: To eat and drink! Starting out with the Full English Breakfast, Fish & Chips for lunch and don’t forget about the Afternoon Tea. But there is way more – we guide you through 15 cool and fun food places in London.

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Tip #1: Le Petit Chef

Le Petit Chef in London
Le Petit Chef in London

Don’t miss out on this very special and fun food experience with your host, the smallest chef in the world. Le Petit Chef is located in the London Cabaret Club and a very unique animated dining experience. Using 3D projection mapping, a virtual story is told on your dining table. It will not distract you from tasting the flavors of the exquisite delicious menu, as it is a story, surrounding this foodie experience. 

Le Petit Chef London
Le Petit Chef London

Visit our extraordinary 3D dinner-show Le Petit Chef in The London Cabaret Club.

Le Petit Chef offers the choice of a five-course menu, Vegetarian and Junior meal. The home of the restaurant, the 2013 founded Cabaret Club on Bloomsbury Square, is a luxury entertainment club with fine dining and world class performances. After the dining experience you can watch a full production from the London Cabaret Club in the Art Deco Ballroom.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian menu options available.

Speciality:

3D theater surrounds a fun dining experience

Price:

Five-course menu.

Classic and Vegetarian: £119 (+12,5% service charge) per person,

Grand: £149 (+12,5% service charge) per person.

Junior meal for ages 12 and under: £59 (+12,5% service charge) per person.

Show after: The London Cabaret Club Show £40 (+12,5% service charge) per person.

Hours:

Reservation is necessary, you can book online

Location:

Le Petit Chef

London Cabaret Club

The Bloomsbury Ballroom

Victoria House

Bloomsbury Square

London WC1B 4DA

Contact:

Phone: (+44) 20 7242 0002

E-mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://lepetitchef.com/london

Tip #2: Pick & Cheese

Pick & Cheese London
Image credit: Pick & Cheese London

Talking about running sushi, we have seen that before. But have you ever seen running cheese? In London’s “Pick & Cheese”, world’s first cheese conveyor belt restaurant, on each plate the cheese is paired with a condiment or snack. This cool restaurant in London offers an ever changing selection of cheeses on the 40 meter long conveyor belt. 

Some charcuterie runs along as well and also “off-belt dishes” are available. Of course they include cheese, like grilled cheese sandwiches and baked cheese. Almost like running sushi, you pay by plate and color. But, funky fact: The restaurant offers Bottomless Plates. Every Wednesday, 1 hour 15 minutes sitting time and eat as much as you can.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian menu options available.

Speciality :

World’s first cheese conveyor belt restaurant. 

Price:

Plates start at £3.95 and go up to £6.25.

Bottomless Plates for 1 hour 15 minutes only on Wednesdays, £28 (only with reservation)

Hours:

Mon – Fri: 12 – 9.30 pm

Sat: 11 am – 9.30 pm

Sun: 11 am – 7.30 pm

Location:

Pick & Cheese

Seven Dials Market

Short’s Garden

London WC2H 9AT

Contact:

Phone: (+44) 7723 039600

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.thecheesebar.com/seven-dials/

Tip #3: Bob Bob Ricard

Bob Bob Ricard London
Image credit: Bob Bob Ricard London

Soho is known for nightlife, shopping and dining options. It’s also known for Bob Bob Ricard. Leonid Shutov, known as Bob and Richard Howarth, opened the restaurant in late 2008. Bob invested twice as much and this is how the restaurant got the name. It’s famous for its glamorous dining room and the “Press for Champagne” button at every table. Pouring more champagne than any other restaurant in Britain. 

Fancy eats from Caviar to Oysters, Seafood and Steak, show up on the menu as well as “comfort food” like French Fries, and Mashed potatoes. Dessert lovers get their money’s worth, when they enjoy Chocolate Caviar, Sticky Toffee Pudding or Flaming Crème Brûlée in an Orient Express styled ambience.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan tasting menus available.

Speciality:

Famous for the “Press for Champagne” button. British and French Classics. 

Price:

Mains starting £23 up to £58.

Hours:

Soho: 

Mo – Wed: 5.30 pm – 12 am 

Thur – Sun: 12 pm – 12 am 

 

City: 

Sun, Mo: Closed

Tue – Sat: 12 pm – 12 am

Locations:

Bob Bob Ricard

Soho:

1 Upper James Street

Soho, London, W1F9DF

City:

Level 3, 122 Leadenhall Street

City of London, EC3V 4AB

Bébé Bob:

37 Golden Square

London, W1F 9LB

Contact:

Phone Soho: (+44) 203 145 1000

E-Mail Soho: [email protected]

 

Phone City: (+44) 203 145 1000

E-Mail City: [email protected]

 

Phone Bébé Bob: (+44) 207 242 1000

E-Mail Bébé Bob: [email protected]

 

Webpage: https://www.bobbobricard.com/

Tip #4: Dans le noir

Image credit: Dans le noir London

Not a shadow of a glimmer, not the beam of a light! This is “Dans le noir”. Opened in 2006, the restaurant serves all its food in the dark. At a bright bar and seating area the Dans le noir team takes your order and a waiter is leading you to the dark restaurant. No light source allowed. The staff, who serve the gourmet and seasonal cuisine, is blind or partially sighted. 80% of the fruits and vegetables on the menu are organic. 

The experience is not only in the dark, it’s also a gourmet surprise. You tell the restaurant ahead of time what you can’t eat and they adapt the surprise menu. After the experience in the dark the team shows photos of the dishes and drinks consumed. Quite an Aha! moment.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

The restaurant offers three menus, one of them is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Speciality :

Eating a surprise menu in the complete dark. Exploring the food in photos afterwards. 

Price:

2 course set menu (starter and main) £52 (with one glass of wine £60),

3 course set menu (starter, main, dessert) £59 (with one glass of wine £67),

5 course set menu (starter, 2 main, cheese plate, desert, 2 glasses of wine) £110 

Hours:

By reservation only. Check availability online or call. 

Mo:

Booking Office: from 9am – 5pm 

Restaurant closed

Tues – Fri:

Booking office from 9am – 5pm

Dinner service from 5pm – 9.30pm

Sat – Sun:

Booking office: closed

Lunch service from 12pm – 3pm

Dinner service from 6pm – 9.30 pm

Location:

Dans le noir

69-73 St John Street

London, EC1M 4AN

Contact:

Phone: (+44) 207 253 1100

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://london.danslenoir.com/

Tip #5: Bunga Bunga Covent Garden

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden London
Image credit: Bunga Bunga Covent Garden London

Are you looking for a quiet and romantic Italian restaurant in London? Bunga Bunga is not for you! Bunga Bunga is where the fun happens. A big, colorful variety show, which is going on right in front of your eyes, whilst enjoying an Italian feast. DJ, house band, jugglers, hula hoop performers – only to mention a few of the “distractions”. 

Bunga Bunga is well known for its silliness, as a place where the party never stops, the funky interior design with a speedboat table and meter long sourdough pizzas, served to share.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Vegan cheese is available. 

Speciality:

Funky variety show restaurant with meter long pizzas and crazy interior.

Price:

The five course evening menu with live entertainment and late-night karaoke goes on Thursday for £38, Friday for £40 and Saturday for £60.

Hours:

Reservations online, E-Mail or phone 

 

Wed: 7pm – 12am

Thur: 7.30pm – 12am

Fri: 8pm – 3am 

Sat: 12pm – 3am 

Sun – Tues: Closed

Location:

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden

167 Drury Ln

London, WC2B 5PG

Contact:

Phone: (+44)20 7590 3602

E-mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.bungabunga.com/

Tip #6: Inamo

Inamo London
Image credit: Inamo London

Inamo is a restaurant for people who love technology. It’s also a restaurant for lovers of Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Korean Cuisine. Ever told your kids not to play games when having dinner? Not at Inamo. It’s the place where you play retro games, discover the neighborhood or spy on the chefs in the kitchen – everything on interactive projections on the table surface. 

The fun restaurant has two branches in London. Soho and Covent Garden. The one in Soho features an additional games room with over 150 games. An arcade game table with over 2000 retro games and consoles for all guests to play with. Inamo is famous for their Dragon Roll. You can find a variety of sushi and other sharing dishes, pan Asian desserts and a Tasting Menu at Inamo.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan options available. 

Speciality:

Pan Asian restaurant with interactive projections on the table surface. Signature Dragon Roll – enter the dragon. 

Price:

Unlimited Asian Tapas and Sushi with over 30 options for £35.95

Must be pre-booked and pre-paid. 

Hours:

Soho:

Mo – Wed: 4pm – 11pm

Thur: 12pm – 11pm 

Fri:  12 pm – 11.30 pm 

Sat:  11 am – 11.30 pm 

Sun:  12 pm – 9.15 pm 

 

Covent Garden:

Mon: 4 pm – 11 pm

Tues – Thurs: 12 pm – 11 pm

Fri: 12 pm – 11.30 pm

Sat: 11 am – 11.30 pm

Sun: 12 pm – 9 pm

Locations:

Inamo

Soho:

134 – 136 Wardour St, Soho

London W1F8ZP

Covent Garden:

11 – 14 Hanover Place

London WC2E 9JP

Contact:

Phone Soho: (+44)20 7851 7051 

Phone Covent Garden: (+44)20 7484 0500 

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.inamo-restaurant.com/

Tip #7: The Clink restaurant

The Clink restaurant London
Image credit: The Clink restaurant London

The Clink restaurant concept is part of the Clink Charity prisoner rehabilitation initiatives. The Brixton location is one of three prison restaurants across the UK and trains prisoners to be future chefs, waiters and baristas. Every year each restaurant releases 50 trained, former prisoners into employment. The project, by Alberto Crisci, received more than 60 awards. His first Clink restaurant opened in 2009 in Surrey. 

European lunches and gourmet dinners are served in the governor’s house, dating back to 1819. Most of the interior is made by people in the prison. The restaurant has its own bakery, with freshly baked treats like cinnamon buns, whole loaf cakes, a variety of cookies, tarts and desserts.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. 

Speciality:

Prison restaurant, inmates prep and serve meals.  

Price:

Lunch mains starting £16.95, sides are £5.50.

Desserts starting £8.25.

4 course gourmet dinner is £47.50

Hours:

Must be pre-booked 72 hours before arrival. As the restaurant is in a prison, security checks must be completed before booking can be confirmed. Visitors must be over 18 and bring photo ID. 

 

Mo, Fri, Sat: Closed

Tue – Thur:

Lunch: 12pm and 12.30 pm sittings

Thur:

Gourmet dinner: 6pm and 6.30 pm sittings

Sun:

Lunch: 12 pm, 12.30 pm and 1 pm sittings

 

Please arrive 30 minutes before your time slot

Location:

The Clink restaurant

HMP Brixton

Jebb Avenue, Brixton

London SW2 5XF

Contact:

Phone: (+44)20 8678 9007

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://theclinkcharity.org/

Tip #8: Supperclub.tube

Image credit: Supperclub.tube London

For three nights a week an old, retired 1967 Victoria line tube carriage transforms into a hip gourmet restaurant. Six course tasting menus, served by chef Beatriz Maldonado Carreño find their ways on the tables of the old carriage. Surrounded by jazz music, in dimmed light, guests can enjoy an unique evening with South American cuisine.

The 15-year Colombian chef you can not only find behind closed doors in the kitchen, she also explains the courses to her guests. Seasonal meals feature local products, but also techniques and ingredients from South America. The tube has a maximal seating capacity of 35 and distanced sharing tables and private booths for two or three.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. 

Speciality:

South American cuisine in a retired 1967 Victoria line tube carriage. 

Price:

6-course tasting menu, general seating £67 and private tables (2-3) £73 per person

Hours:

Book seats online. 

Sun – Wed: Closed

Thur – Sat: 7 pm – 9.30 pm

Location:

Supperclub.tube

Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum

South Access Road

London E17 8AX

Tip #9: Jazz Cafe Camden

Jazz Cafe Camden London
Image credit: Jazz Cafe Camden London

The Jazz Cafe in Camden is famous. The venue opened 1990 and has hosted some of the most respected Jazz and Soul icons. But not only is it a place where you can watch the stars, it’s also a place for food(ies). The unique restaurant upstairs overlooks the stage, the whole venue holds 450 people.

The 69 seater restaurant features gourmet food like 34 day dry aged sirloin steak, but doesn’t forget about vegetarians and vegans. Roasted eggplant, a vegan cheeseburger or Salt and Pepper tofu are on the menu as well. Cocktails, draft beers and ciders will make a good start for a full night of music and dancing.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan options available. 

Speciality:

The famous London Jazz club with a restaurant, overlooking the stage.

Price:

Menu items starting £4.50 up to £32

Hours:

Mo – Sun: 7pm – 10.30 pm

Fri – Sat (with special Club Nights): 10.30 pm – 3 am 

Location:

Jazz Cafe Camden

5 Parkway

London NW1 7PG

Contact:

Phone: (+44) 20 7485 6834

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://thejazzcafelondon.com/ 

Tip #10: Voodoo Ray’s

Image credit: Voodoo Rays London

It’s New York-style pizza. As simple as it is. As delicious as it can be. Crispy crust made from Caputo flour, creamy Buffalo and Fior di latte mozzarella, imported San Marzano tomatoes for the Napolis sauce. Voodoo Ray’s is London’s answer to NY-style pizza, serving massive 22 inch pies, whole or by the slice. 9 flavors are featured, specials run every month on the menu as well. 

Two London locations in Dalston and Peckham bake up slices so big, you better fold them when eating. The restaurant caters excellent to vegetarians and vegans, with vegan nut-mozzarella and  plant-based locally produced bacon. The Peckham location holds Jazz events every Sunday, a Slice Night every Monday in both locations offers £3 slices.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. 

Speciality:

Massive 22 inch NY-style pizza pies in a hip location. Vegan bacon and vegan cheese.  

Price:

Slices £4.30 – £4.90, whole 22 inch pies £28 – £33. Slice night slices (Monday) £3

Hours:

Dalston:

Mon – Wed: 5pm – 10pm 

Thur: 3pm – 11pm 

Fri: 1pm – 2am

Sat: 1pm – 2am 

Sun: 1pm – 10pm 

 

Peckham:

Mon – Wed: 5pm – 10pm

Thur: 5pm – 11pm 

Fri – Sat: 12am – 12pm 

Sun: 12am – 10pm

Locations:

Voodoo Ray’s

Dalston: 

95 Kingsland High Street

London E8 2PB

Peckham:

285 Rye Lane

London SE15 4UA

Contact:

Phone Dalston: (+44) 20 7249 7865 

Phone Peckham: (+44) 20 7358 9150

E-Mail: [email protected]

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://voodoorays.com

Tip #11: Kebab Queen

Kebab Queen London
Image credit: Kebab Queen London

When you hear the name “Kebab Queen”, you might think of a late night snack bar. Kebab Queen in the heart of Covent Garden is pretty much the opposite of that. The spot is a fine dining venue, hosted by Turkish chef Pamir Zeydan and features an eight course tasting menu with influences of Kurdish and Mediterranean cuisine

This cool place to eat in London only seats 10 people at a time and offers a very intimate dining experience. All the courses are served without plates and sometimes even without cutlery. Eating with your hands is strongly encouraged. But don’t worry, although it’s fine dining, the Sole Kebab is part of the menu.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

No vegetarian or vegan options available. 

Speciality:

Modern Middle Eastern cookery in an intimate space.  

Price:

8-course tasting menu for £90. Wine flight for £55

Hours:

Su, Mo – Tue: Closed

Wed – Sat: 7.30 pm – 11 pm

Location:

Kebab Queen

4 Mercer Walk

London WC2H 9FA

Tip #12: Sarastro

Image credit: Sarastro London

Another Covent Garden restaurant, famous for its stunning decor and Mediterranean cuisine is Sarastro. Opened in 1996 and named after the character in Mozart’s Magic Flute, the restaurant hosts its own special musical events. Founder Richard Niazi, who passed away in 2008, handed Sarastro down to his daughter Sibel and her uncle Murad. 

They continued serving Mediterranean cuisine, focusing on fresh ingredients in a dining room filled with chandeliers, plush seating and a balcony overlooking the big room for a private experience. Opera singers and Burlesque dancers make an appearance at dinner time and make the foodie an overall experience.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan options available.

Speciality:

Opera singers and Burlesque dancers make the Mediterranean food experience a special event. Dreamy Interior.

Price:

Two course menu (starter and main only) £37.50, three course menu £42.50.

A la carte mains starting £17.45 up to £33.50

Hours:

Mon – Wed: 3 pm – 9 pm

Thur – Fri: 3 pm – 9.30 pm

Sat: 12 pm – 9.30 pm 

Sun: 12 pm – 9 pm

Location:

Sarastro

126 Drury Lane

Theater Land

London WC2B 5SU

Contact:

Tip #13: Heddon Street Kitchen

Heddon Street Kitchen London
Image credit: Heddon Street Kitchen London

In the heart of Piccadilly, just off Regent Street, is Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant Heddon Street Kitchen. The all day bar and restaurant over three floors, caters to breakfast, brunch and lunch needs. A special kids menu lets kids eat free, all day, everyday. Bangers and Mash, Meatball pasta or Mac & Cheese for Kids, who come along with their parents to the restaurant. 

Famous for its Beef Wellington experience, which requires two guests per Wellington. The menu features a variety of starters, the Wellington with creamy mash and red wine jus as a main and a signature sharing platter for dessert. Experience and exceptional wine pairings optional.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

No good vegetarian and vegan options, but a Kids menu is available. 

Speciality:

An all day bar and restaurant over three floors by UK celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Kids eat for free when they come along with their parents. Beef Wellington experience. 

Price:

The 2-course menu is £27, the 3-course menu is £32.

The Beef Wellington experience £102.50 (per person/requires 2 people per Wellington).

Additional experience wine pairing is £47 and exceptional wine pairing is £66

Hours:

Mon – Fri: 7.30 am – 12am 

Sat: 9 am – 12 am 

Sun: 9 am – 11 pm

Location:

Heddon Street Kitchen

3 – 9 Heddon Street

London W1B 4BE

Tip #14: The Top Hat

Image credit: The Top Hat London

What’s your favorite board game? Lots of people would answer this question with – Monopoly! If you are one of them, it’s time to head over to “The Top Hat”. Located on Tottenham Court Road, this unique restaurant and cocktail bar in London brings the classic board game to life

You get to play a huge, immersive game of monopoly. The red booths in the bar are inspired by the color of the game’s hotels, some of the seating options have been upholstered with fabrics from the Piccadilly and Northern Underground lines, because the four train stations on the board game are part of those two lines. 

The menu is a tribute to the classic Monopoly Game and comes with themed names like “The Cash Cow”, “Raise The Steaks” or “Mr. Monopoly’s Millionaire Cheesecake”. The food is themed with Monopoly touches and so are the signature cocktails, “Marlborough Street” and “Coventry Street”. There is a Sunday Roast Menu, a Cocktail Masterclass and a Bottomless Brunch every Saturday.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan options available.

Speciality:

Monopoly Lifesized. The restaurant and bar is inspired by the timeless classic Monopoly game.   

Price:

Sunday Roast, 2 courses for £25, 3 courses for £30.

Add a glass of wine to the menu for £5.

Regular menu mains starting £15.50 up to £17.50.

Children’s menu £18. 

Hours:

Monday: Closed

Tues – Sat: 10 am – 11 pm

Sun: 10 am – 9 pm

Location:

The Top Hat

213 – 215 Tottenham Court Road

Bloomsbury, London W1T 7PS

Contact:

Phone: (+44)20 8164 4098

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.thetophatrestaurant.com/

Reservations through their webpage

Tip #15: Govinda’s

Govinda’s London
Image credit: Govinda’s London

It doesn’t matter if you are vegetarian, vegan or omnivore. Govinda is worth a visit no matter what! It’s the oldest vegetarian and vegan restaurant in London. Since 1979 they have served a traditional Indian menu, based on vegetables, grains and legumes. Everything is offered to Lord Krishna, and, as their webpage says – karma free. Next door is the Hare Krishna temple. The restaurant is founded by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. 

Although they are famous for their inexpensive Thali platters, the a la carte menu caters to guests with other options as well. No meat or fish of course. Lasagna, Pies, Veggie Burgers and luscious desserts. The restaurant also works with Food For Life London, London’s food distribution program to serve vegetarian meals to the homeless.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

No meat or fish. Everything is vegetarian and vegan. 

Speciality:

Oldest vegetarian and vegan restaurant in London. Famous for inexpensive Thali platters.    

Price:

Thali platters: 5 items vegan £7.95, 5 items vegetarian £8.95, 8 items £10.95 and 12 items £15.95.

Main menu between £4.95 and 5.95 for mini meals.

Hours:

Mon – Sun: 12 pm – 9 pm  

Location:

Govinda’s

10 Soho Street

London W1D 3DL

Contact:

Phone: (+44) 20 3687 0617

Webpage: https://govindas.london/

Our selection of restaurants is based, among other things, on the editorial team’s individual preferences and on reviews on the internet. Please contact the respective provider directly for information on reservations and prices. The pictures come from the restaurants listed. All Information is provided without guarantee!

Annabelle Schweineberg
Annabelle Schweineberg

As Assist. Marketing & Communications Manager Annabelle knows the concept of Le Petit Chef like no other. If you have any questions, she is the right person to contact.

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