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Big Ben Tower, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, Oxford Street, Abbey Road, and Piccadilly Circus are some of the images that come to mind when you hear the word "London" pop up in a conversation. The city holds, hundreds of famous and historical locations and has been influencing other cities since the Middle Ages. It’s well-known for its magnificent ancient buildings, art galleries, and trendsetting abilities. It’s also considered to be one of the world's most important global cities and has been termed the world's most powerful, most desirable, most visited, most popular for work, most expensive, most investment-friendly, and most influential city in the world.
However, what if we told you that there’s a great dining tradition too, and that you can find some of the most unique dining experiences in the world? Then you are in luck because we have shortlisted five of the most unique restaurants in the city where you will have a unique dining experience that will make for an unforgettable stay in London!
If you want to make your stay in London memorable, you have to go to this restaurant! It offers a unique dinner experience with a blend of a cabaret restaurant and cocktail bar. Located in one of the most emblematic areas of the city, Covent Garden, it presents a Pan-Asian menu perfectly designed for sharing.
The interior makes guests travel into a world of glamour as soon as they set foot into the room. The main highlight of this restaurant is a quartz ‘stage’ table that can sit up to 28 guests. As the evening approaches, the restaurant comes to life and the spectacle begins. Fancy dinners and exotic cocktails are served while circus performers twirl magically in suspended hoops. But wait, that is just the beginning of the night; once the show is over the music turns up and the dancing begins!
Despite keeping the details of their entertainment shows under the radar, a brand new performance accompanies dinner every evening that the venue is open. From aerialists to acrobats going through hula-hoops, something different will happen every day!
You can book a table in the restaurant or head to the bar. This restaurant is perfect for either an after-work drink or for a unique degustation menu. The bar and the lounge become the centre of attraction on late-night weekends, as the party is poppin' until past midnight, as a DJ takes over the music selection.
Located in the heart of the city, the dining experience that this restaurant offers is totally different from any other player in the business. They seek to totally change the perception of what we currently understand as a normal dinner date, and the people behind the business want the customer to experience a completely different feel than what they’re used to. The way they provide such an experience is by having you eat in the dark. Dinners in the dark are an old idea used by associations for people with blindness since the middle of the 19th century, to help their families and friends gain awareness about visual impairments. This restaurant has modernised the idea and taken it to up a level that goes beyond what we already know.
You are not aware of who’s sitting next to you or what you’re eating and that’s the uniqueness of this dining experience. You have your full focus on the food that you are tasting, no distractions, no second-thoughts. Dining in pitch darkness and being hosted and served by visually impaired people may change the way you view many preconceived ideas about the world. This unique experience focuses and sharpens your senses and at the same time, it enables you to have a surprising wine and food experience adapted to this unusual context. Not only will you embark on a complete sensory journey, but you’ll also discover a brand new way to socialise.
This restaurant is located on the ground floor in the Soho area, originally a fashionable district for the aristocracy, but it has been one of the main entertainment districts in the capital since the 19th century. And this restaurant is all about entertainment and reinvention.
The colourful art deco throughout the place adds a touch of class and glamour. This restaurant is all about innovation and looking ahead; they take the study of the consumer’s behaviour to a whole new level. What makes this restaurant one of the finest and unique dining experiences in London is a gold a red button that is present on every dining table that reads, ‘Press for Champagne’. So simple, so easy, just three words.
The menu is all-encompassing, from traditional English pies and delicious burgers to the finest oysters and caviar in town. Whatever your choice is, it’s guaranteed that it will be cooked with fresh ingredients and presented in a very special way as it’s one of the unique selling points of this restaurant. We would recommend booking in advance as you can find the venue at its full-capacity most of the time.
Regardless of your menu choices, the finest champagne bottles will always be available with just the press of one button!
Opened in 2012, it was one of the first of its kind. This restaurant is set very high, on the 40th floor to be exact. Stunning views of the City of London will join you as you enjoy a menu based on the pairing of unconventional flavours and ingredients being served in unorthodox ways.
The menu of this restaurant features a split between tapas-style small plates and larger dishes for sharing. In case you are not feeling either of these two styles, you also have a wide selection of snacks, which include a couple of highly-recommended signatures: dates stuffed with sausage and wrapped in bacon, and a spicy ox cheek doughnut, possibly one of the restaurant’s very best dishes. It features slow-cooked, tender shreds of meat paired with apricot jam at the epicentre of a fluffy, sweet dough and is coated in a smoky paprika sugar. A dessert to highlight is the torrejas, which serves 2 people. Based on a Cuban recipe, it is effectively a ‘tart’ of eggy bread with caramelised apples and cinnamon ice cream. To end such a unique experience, cocktails are a must and these are as playful as many of the dishes, with a regularly-changing list making use of unusual ingredients.
This is casual dining in the sky and the stunning views add a sense of occasion and ensure the whole night becomes a unique dining experience in London.
If what you are looking for includes breathtaking views of the central part of London and eating delicious and sophisticated food while you cruise around the Thames rivers, then this is the place to be! This restaurant compliments modern British cuisine freshly cooked on board, offering a wide choice of options for your unique dining experience. Enjoy a delicious five-course meal as you take in the gorgeous sound of the pianist performing on-board. Elegance, sophistication, entertainment and sightseeing are all put together into this extraordinary dining experience.
The stunning sights of the City of London whilst relaxing to the sound of a live-performing band will make it a truly unique experience. There is no other way to celebrate a special event than with fine food and an extensive wine list.
Can you imagine yourself eating delicious food and sipping some of the fine wine selection while cruising by the Big Ben Tower with live piano music playing in the background?