London lines up some super trendy dining spots if you’re looking for the perfect place to impress your friends. These uber-cool eateries feature everything from champagne buzzers and 3D menus, to dishes you’d never have thought to consume before.
Here’s our top pick of the coolest restaurants in London…
BOB BOB RICARD
The best thing about this glam Soho eatery is the tempting ‘press for Champagne’ button on every table. Yes, every time you push it, a waiter will arrive with the champagne menu for you to order from. And the novelty never wears off. Booze-aside, the food offerings are also top notch. You’ll find a selection of British-Russian dishes on the menu including champagne and truffle pie, salmon tartare, and Pave steak. This place also does a great Sunday Roast with 35-day aged Aberdeenshire roast beef topped with truffle gravy. Yum.
Red Tour Route, Stop: Regent Street
This high-tech, pan-Asian eatery scores points for its 3D virtual tablecloth menu. You’ll not only be able to order your dishes literally from the table (no puns there), you can also search for things to do in the local neighbourhood, play games, and book a taxi home. The food is a mix of Japanese, Chinese, Thai & Korean cuisine with sizzling chili tofu, Korean chicken wings and miso soup on the menu. You can also tuck into freshly prepared sushi and wash it all down with an Asian-inspired cocktail like Sake Berry or Asian Mary (a Bloody Mary with wasabi, sake and mustard).
Red Tour Route, Stop: Regent Street
DUCK AND WAFFLE
There are three things that make Duck and Waffle worthy of the cool list – its quirky menu items (including, you guessed it, duck and waffle), its views over London, and its 24-hour licensing. You can dine here for literally every meal, whether you’re after a decadent midnight snack or an early morning breakfast with a view. The signature dish is the duck and waffle (no surprise there) which cleverly combines sweet and salty flavours to a satisfying effect. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try the likes of spicy ox-cheek doughnuts, crispy pigs' ears, and braised octopus.
Red Tour Route, Stop: Tower of London
If you love trying out weird and wonderful dishes, head to Archipelago where you can feast on kangaroo skewers, chocolate locusts and caramelised mealworms – yes, really. Take a leap of faith, pick the quirkiest dishes from the menu, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the flavours and textures of each unique dish. The adventurous menu is matched by the eccentric décor in this place, with brightly-coloured walls, giant peacock feathers, and quirky souvenirs just about everywhere. A visit here makes for a truly unique experience.
Magical Merlink Route, Stop: Oxford Street
If partying and pizza are two of your favourite things, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Bunga Bunga. This eccentric Italian restaurant-come-party-bar combines mouth-watering sourdough pizzas with a vibrant atmosphere, loud live music and a great cocktail list. Opt for the Bunga Board to taste a selection of Italian meats and bread, or take your pick from a great range of pizzas with Italian-themed names. There’s Julius Cheeser, David’s Sausage, and Italian Stallion, to name a few.
Green Link Route, Stop: Covent Garden
LA BODEGA NEGRA
You’ll find this Soho restaurant behind neon signs advertising ‘adult videos’ and ‘peep show’, and a scantily-dressed mannequin in the entrance. Head past the deceptive facade into the dark, cavernous restaurant below, and you’ll be greeted by a DJ playing party hits and a menu full of traditional Mexican street food and frozen Margarita cocktails. There’s everything from tacos to tostadas here, along with a full selection of tequilas you can take your pick from.
Red Tour Route, Stop: Haymarket
Ready to tick off London’s coolest restaurants? We’ve only just scratched the surface of all the quirky and unique places to dine, with plenty of pop-up restaurants and markets to check out too. Check out our London bus routes and start planning your tasty itinerary today.