The Nudge’s Guide to Cool & 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’s a fair smattering of cool and unusual restaurants in London where you can indulge your oddness.
These are some of the best of them:
Sarastro | Covent Garden
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 Lane, WC2B 5SU
La Bodega Negra | Soho
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 Street, W1D 5JE
Burger & Lobster | Mayfair
Arguably not unusual at all. However by virtue of having the smallest menu in London, it is hereby included. | 29 Clarges Street, W1J 7EF
Circus | Covent Garden
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 Street, WC2H 9BA
Barge East | Stratford
Just your typical, run-of-the-mill, restaurant and bar on a 114-year-old Dutch cargo barge, sailed by the founders themselves from Holland to Stratford. Not only is it moored on a particularly scenic spot, there’s a private games room for hire in the captain’s cabin, and the food (internationally inspired small plates) is genuinely some of the best going in London. | Sweetwater Mooring, River Lee, White Post Lane, E9 5EN
Archipelago | Fitzrovia
Unarguably unusual, Archipelago is a moodily-lit, exotic and mysterious restaurant adorned in Buddhas, palms and peacock feathers, serving crocodile, wildebeest, garlic crickets and scorpion. | Cleveland Street, W1T 4JJ
Main image: Circus
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