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Fun Restaurants in London

Fun Restaurants in London

Fun Restaurants in London

Last Updated: 17th January 2019 | Main image: Red Rooster

Sometimes you want an elegant, low-key, supper à deux in a quiet, romantic restaurant.

And sometimes you want to wake up the next morning with patchy memories of singing karaoke in the basement of a Japanese chicken restaurant; a feast on a 114-year old Dutch barge moored outside the Olympic stadium; and a mysterious playing card in your wallet that can only have come from a poker game you ended up playing after pouring your own beers… with your own personal croupier.

What follows is very much a list of places for those times.

Barge East

Barge East - fun restaurants in London

Moored up with a view of Hackney’s canals and the Olympic stadium, Barge East is – without a doubt – London’s best historic Dutch cargo barge for barnstorming below-deck banquets; cocktails; local beers; sun-drenched terraces; and private captain’s cabins with a direct phone-line to the bar. READ MORE

Details: River Lee Sweetwater Mooring, White Post Lane, E9 5EN

Little Blue Door

Little Blue Door fun restaurants in London

A night at the Little Blue Door is like going to your best friends’ house party. Except with resident DJs, piano-bolstered singalongs, frozen cocktail stations, party games, emoji menus, retro gaming aaand three-course dinner parties. And better houseplants. READ MORE

Details: 871-873 Fulham Road, SW6 5HP

Del 74

Del 74 fun restaurants in London

A tequila-drenched neighbourhood taco joint, with tick-box menus; daily happy hours; live DJs and two founders behind the bar, who will probably be louder than your entire group. READ MORE

Details: 129 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB

Brigadiers

Brigadiers fun restaurants in London

The third Indian restaurant from the team behind Michelin-starred Trishna and Gymkhana, these Brigadiers are armed with 4-pint growlers of beer and cocktails on tap; whisky vending machines; pour-your-own beers; whole roast suckling pig; wine-paired seven-dish Sunday feasts; pool tables; card tables; and even a personal croupier who’ll join you in your private dining room for post-dinner poker. READ MORE

Details: 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR

Jidori Covent Garden

Jidori - fun restaurants in London

Upstairs, you can score the best yakitori in London, alongside Japanese craft beers, katsu curry scotch eggs and their famed ginger ice cream. Downstairs, you can score the best yakitori in London, alongside Japanese craft beers, katsu curry scotch eggs and their famed ginger ice cream… in your private karaoke room. READ MORE

Details: 15 Catherine Street, WC2B 5JZ

Tayyabs

Tayyabs fun Restaurant in London

Est. 1972, Tayyabs is a revered London institution of insanely delicious (and well-priced) Punjabi-Pakistani food; dashes to the corner shop for BYOB reinforcements; and raucous dinner parties drawing crowds from across London and beyond. It’s noisy, rammed – and completely perfect. READ MORE

Details: 83-89 Fieldgate Street, E1 1JU

Red Rooster

Red Rooster fun restaurants in London

Red Rooster: it’s got plenty to crow about. Namely, critically acclaimed Southern soul food (and by ‘critics’, we actually mean ‘Obama’); roomy booths; savoury cocktails; live music; 2am openings; and a Sunday brunch with Bloody Maries, whole fried chicken and a gospel choir. READ MORE

Details: 45 Curtain Road, EC2A 4PJ

Balans

Balans Soho fun restaurants in London

An almost 24-hour, late-license, constantly buzzing dining room, that looks a little like a cross between an industrial Brooklyn diner and an opulent Georgian brothel (in the best way), and where you can also score Lobster Benedict, steak and eggs, club sandwiches, burgers and Full Englishes at any hour of the day. With an absinthe fountain. In the best way.

Details: 60 – 62 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UG

Circus

Circus - fun restaurants in London

A restaurant where dancing on the tables is, if anything, encouraged – because that’s about the least dramatic thing you’ll see happening on them. Book yourself onto the long dining table in the centre of the restaurant and watch as acrobats, fire-breathers and contortionists turn the whole thing into a stage… READ MORE

Details: 27-29 Endell Street, WC2H 9BA

Sarastro

Sarastro fun restaurants in London

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).

Details: 126 Drury Lane, WC2B 5SU

 


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