6 Quirky London Restaurants
70 Charlotte St, London W1T 4QG
There are two prerequisites for visiting Bubbledogs – you must like champagne and you must like hot dogs. The unlikely pairing has proved popular in this cheeky Soho venue. Before you turn your nose up at the unexpected combination, you should know that Bubbledogs only uses the highest-quality beef, pork and vegetarian hot dogs and tops their dogs with a wide variety of gourmet ingredients making your meal an adventurous experience. Most people have never had a hotdog topped with a fried egg and tomato sauce but, for some reason, it just works! As expected, the champagne list is a bit quirky as well. Bubbledogs offers interesting flavours such as “a lick of chalk and stones” and “so fresh so clean” amongst other more traditional options.
2. La Bodega Negra
9 Old Compton St, London W1D 5JE
One of London’s hippest and most talked about Mexican restaurants is hidden behind the facade of a… sex shop. You’ll need a reservation to descend the staircase into the cool, basement bar and restaurant. La Bodega Negra is an edgy restaurant full of surprises. The signature cocktails are based around tequila and exotic juices while the food is inspired by Mexican street food. The menu is varied and has interesting dishes such as BBQ-ed octopus, seared steak and sweet bread tacos, duck and guacamole tostadas and red snapper ceviche. The dark, club-like atmosphere creates a cool underground vibe. The walls are decorated with Dia de los Muertos masks and posters of famous Lucha Libre Mexican wrestlers. La Bodega Negra makes you feel as though you have stumbled upon a secret Mexican club in the center of London. The people watching can be just as interesting as the food!
9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG
Sketch feels a bit like jumping down the rabit hole in Alice in Wonderland. You have the option of dining in a funky library, a modern classroom or in an enchanted looking forest. Martin Creed is the artist and interior designer behind this famous, upscale London restaurant and bar. Creed was able to turn the old mansion on Conduit Street into a living work of art. Sketch’s restaurant is renowned in London for it’s complex and interesting gourmet dishes and has been awarded 2 Michelin stars. Dishes such as lobster cooked in three different styles or a salmon caviar tea sandwich make Sketch unique and unforgettable. If your schedule or budget does not allow for dinner at this amazing restaurant, you can always pop in for one of the city’s most unique afternoon tea which starts at £39 per person.
53 Cleveland St, London W1T 4JJ
Archipelago is a restaurant centered around all things opulent and exotic. This Fitzrovia venue makes you feel as though you’ve stepped into a different world. The dimly lit, mysterious interior is full of eclectic artwork and artifacts which have been carefully assembled from journeys across the world. The menu also lives up to the restaurant’s avant garde theme and offers dishes such as crocodile, Wildebeest, garlic crickets and scorpion. This may well be the most unusual restaurant in London and is a must for anyone craving a bit of adventure.
27-29 Endell St, London WC2H 9BA
The pan-Asian menu at Circus is scrumptious but what will really catch your eye is the series of acrobatic tricks happening around you while you dine. Trapeze artists, fire-eaters and dancers are all part of the entertainment which happens not just on a stage, but throughout the restaurant. It may be difficult to look away for the circus and cabaret performers but the interior of this restaurant was designed by famous British designer Tom Dixon and should really be admired. After dinner head to the lively cocktail bar for a nightcap and to continue enjoying the entertainment.The restaurant brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “dinner and a show”!
6. Burger & Lobster Mayfair
29 Clarges St, London W1J 7EF
Simplicity seems to be the name of the game in London’s restaurant scene at the moment. Burger & Lobster is a restaurant which is bringing dining back to basics. For £20 you have your choice of one of two main dishes: a burger or a lobster. This restaurant comes from the team behind the famed Goodman Steakhouses who realized that there were no reasonable dining options in Mayfair. Because of the amazingingly affordable price, Burger & Lobster has quickly become a favourite amongst Londoners. The portions are sizable, a 1.5lb lobster or a 180g burger (opposed to the 150g burger at Goodmans), and each dish comes with a salad and chips. The lobsters are plucked from tanks located within the restaurant so the food is always freshly prepared – there is even a viewing gallery into the tanks if you’re interested in seeing your dinner before it arrives on your plate!