Ok, let’s not lie here. London is one of the hippest cities on earth. It’s got everything from dungeons and castles to haute couture, all mixed in with art, music, and some great culture. There’s no point in spending your days checking out how cool London is, to head to a bland chain for dinner. So, we’ve put together our list of the top quirky restaurants in London for you to carry on the cool, right into the night.
Bob Bob Ricard
Styled like the Oriental Express? Check. A button for champagne on your table? Check. Waiting staff in pink jackets? Got it. If you’re heading to Bob Bob Ricard, quirkiness is definitely something you should expect. Slap bang in the middle of Soho, this Russian/British restaurant, serves up old-time class with a serious side of opulence. Start off with some oysters, and try out treats like beef wellington or chicken, mushroom, and champagne pie. And don’t forget to liberally ring the bubbles button!
Thai tapas? Sign us up please……True to their name, this teeny tiny Soho restaurant uses a kiln to cook their food over charcoal. Proud of their no-tech approach, no electricity is used to prepare the food, which is prepared in hand-hewn bowls. Like most quirky restaurants in London (who isn’t on the search for cool in the capital?), you may need to queue as they only take bookings for tables of four or over. However, if you’re lucky enough to grab a seat at the counter, you get to watch the chefs prepare dishes like half lobster with curried egg and guinea fowl jungle curry.
When a restaurant is set in a Georgian mansion, you’re expecting it to be pretty cool. And obviously Brunswick House is, or it wouldn’t have made it onto the list. This part-restaurant, part-salvage yard, is sat in the middle of Vauxhall, but if you’re a travel snob, trust us it’s worth a trek. Focusing on British food (they’re in a Georgian mansion after all), chef Jason Boxer works with seasonal produce to bring flair to dishes like globe artichoke with smoked almond, and Swaledale lamb with courgettes and black olive. Incredibly, this place also sells reclaimed furniture, flooring, chandeliers, and much more, meaning you can snap up some beautiful pieces at the same time as your tasty breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Jidori Covent Garden is a yakitori restaurant, meaning that it focuses on cooking with a special breed of free range chickens from Japan. Obviously, these chickens don’t come from Japan, but they do ensure that they use every part of the chicken to make their sushi, broths, and gyoza. We’d recommend going for the omakase menu, where the chef chooses your dishes for you, showcasing every part of the yakatori. In true Japanese style, Jidori also has a karaoke room where you can enjoy their menu while crooning along to your guilty pleasures. If you’re looking for quirky London restaurants, this should be high on your list.
Nothing finishes off a good (quirky) meal better than a couple of cocktails to wash it all down. So once you’re done eating, we suggest heading to Trailer Happiness for some tasty Tiki drinks. Sitting on Portobello Road, it’s pretty easy to get to and serves up quirky cocktails into the small hours. On a date? Grab one of their two-person sharers and gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes over a Trailer Colada, or a smoky, fruity Dia De Los Muertos. Either curl up at a booth surrounded by bamboo and pictures of gorgeous girls, or get up for a jive on their dance floor.