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The Nudge’s Guide to Unusual Restaurants in London
Sometimes - certainly more often than any of your friends would know - you like to indulge your quirky side.
Such occasions must be celebrated in a place that’s as strange as we all know you really are.
Luckily there are a lot of unusual restaurants in London where you can indulge your oddness.
These are some of the best of them:
Bunga Bunga | You’ll enter Bunga Bunga through an Italian phone box, head past the large gondola-shaped bar and soon find yourself, however satisfactorily wince-inducing it may be, at a tribute wall dedicated to Silvio Berlusconi himself. | Battersea Bridge Rd, Battersea, SW11 3BA
La Bodega Negra Step 1: head to Old Compton Street. Step 2: find the illuminated entrance to a seedy-looking sex shop, an entrance so raw, authentic and unforgiving as to give you no reassurance whatsoever that it’s not exactly what it appears to be. Step 3. | Old Compton St, Soho, W1D 5JE
Meat Liquor The bastard offspring of a meatwagon, a twitter craze and a US-inspired pop-up burger and cocktail joint above a pub in New Cross – so note: this is not a typical Marylebone restaurant. | Welbeck St, Marylebone, W1G 0BA
Les Trois Garcons The very definition of a quirky interior: heavy drapes; oddities around every corner and inquisitive stuffed animals peering in from every wall. It doesn't come cheap, but the food is most often excellent. | Club Row, Shoreditch, E1 6JX
Volupte "Excuse me waiter, but that lady's pants are in my soup". Cheeky. | Norwich St, Chancery Ln, EC4A 1EJ
Burger & Lobster Arguably not unusual at all. However by virtue of having the smallest menu in London, it is hereby included. | Bread St, St Paul’s, EC4M 9SH
Archipelago Unarguably unsusual, Archipelago is a moodily-lit, exotic and mysterious restaurant adorned in Buddhas, palms and peacock feathers, serving crocodile, wildebeest, garlic crickets and scorpion. | Cleveland St, Fitzrovia, W1T 4JJ
Sarastro An opera-themed, Mediterranean / Turkish restaurant on Drury Lane that offers actual operatic performances by both professional singers and staff alike. If you were to go, it would be for the theatre of it all (and to experience what it feels like to be in a restaurant that's managed to fit twice as much stuff inside as should be physically possible). | Drury Ln, Covent Garden, WC2B 5SU
Flat Iron There's actually nothing unusual about Flat Iron... other than the fact that you can't get quality steak as cheaply as this (in nice surroundings) anywhere else in London. | Beak St, Soho, W1F 9RW
Circus Love this place. That's an order. A nice pan-Asian menu, each course punctuated by a series of acrobats swinging on hoops from the ceiling, and fire-eating dancers carefully flipping over the wine glasses on your table. The same table you're likely to be dancing on by the end of the night, you crazy fool. | Endell St, Covent Garden, WC2H 9BA
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