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Hattie Lloyd 01/02/23

The Best Hidden Restaurants In London

The Best Hidden Restaurants in London | 10 Secretive Dining Spots

Three things cannot long stay hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth. – Buddha

What can stay hidden, however – which Buddha clearly knew all too well – are these secret restaurants in London, which you really have to be looking for to find…

The Tent at the End of the Universe | Marylebone

Turns out the end of the universe is actually in London. In Marylebone, specifically, behind a set of unmarked doors which lead, unexpectedly, to a deeply intimate and atmospheric hidden restaurant set within a bedouin-style tent (which is so secretive, we can’t even show you a picture).

Details: 17 Little Portland Street, W1W 8BP Book a table

Kebab Queen | Covent Garden

Kebab Queen hidden restaurant london

Creating the ultimate diversion by using a critically acclaimed restaurant as its front, Kebab Queen is an intimate chef’s table hidden as a separate restaurant inside Maison Bab. Set behind what looks like a typical high street kebab shop front, you’ll need to push back the curtain to discover the kitchen and wraparound dining counter. And it’s directly onto this counter – essentially one long plate – that former Le Gavroche chef Manu Canales will serve your six course tasting menu…

Details: Inside Maison Bab, Mercer’s Walk, WC2H 9QE Book a table

Dans Le Noir? | Clerkenwell

While the restaurant itself may not be much of a secret, the food itself is – because once you’ve been greeted at the door, you’ll be ushered into an entirely pitch black room and served a mystery menu in the dark…

Details: 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU Book a table

La Bodega Negra | Soho

La Bodega Negra hidden restaurants in London

An illicit, tequila-infused, incense-smoking subterranean Mexican restaurant. Which, naturally, can be accessed through an unforgivingly authentic-looking Soho sex shop…

Details: 9 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JF Book a table

Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour | Chinatown

Enter through an unassuming, numberless jade door hidden in the bustle of Chinatown to find a maze of different, stunningly decorated rooms spread out over three surreptitious floors of cocktails, dim sums and opium. Minus the opium.

Details: The Jade Door, 15-16 Gerrard Street, W1D 6JE Book a table

Brat | Shoreditch

Brat restaurant shoreditch

Despite best efforts to remain low-key, being, as it is, discreetly tucked away on the first floor of a relatively non-descript warehouse, Brat managed to win head chef Tomos Parry a Michelin star within six months of opening.

Details: First Floor, 4 Redchurch Street, E1 6JJ | Book a table

Rochelle Canteen | Shoreditch

Rochelle Canteen requires you first to locate a plain-looking door in a garden wall, secondly to ring the buzzer for entry, and finally to locate what bears the most resemblance to a critically acclaimed restaurant operating out of a former school bike shed on the other side.

Details: School House, Arnold Circus, E2 7ES | Book a table

Little Blue Door | Fulham

Little Blue Door hidden restaurants

Hidden behind an entirely nondescript door on the Fulham Road – we’ll leave you to sleuth out which one – is the ultimate house party, with delicious food, drinks for a fiver, and Sunday roasts accompanied by the papers, snacks and board games.
Psst… check out the other houses across town: The Little Yellow Door, The Little Orange Door and The Little Scarlet Door.

Details: 871-873 Fulham Rd, SW6 5HP Book a table

Hill & Szrok | Bethnal Green

A mysterious dining spot that looks almost exactly like a butcher’s… because it is oneOnly in the evenings, the large marble table at its centre gets wiped down, dolled up, and the place becomes a secret restaurant serving excellent seasonal grub.

Details: 60 Broadway Market, London Fields, E8 4QJ | Book a table

Chameleon | Marylebone

chameleon hidden restaurant

As you’d expect from the name, Chameleon’s good at blending in to its surroundings. And that’s mostly because the last place you’d expect to find incredible, Tel Aviv-inspired sharing plates is in a set of private greenhouses dotted around a churchyard in Marylebone…

Details: 1 Marylebone Road, NW1 4AQ Book a table


Like finding secret spots? Check out our guide to the Best Hidden Bars in London

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