If you’re looking to dine somewhere weird and wonderful, we’ve got just the place. Explore our list of London’s quirkiest eateries for a dinner you won’t forget
Words Georgie Rutherford
THE QUIRKIEST EATERIES IN LONDON
One of London’s quirkiest eateries, HipChips is the first of its kind, a crisp restaurant in London’s Soho. HipChips cooks crisps on site using heritage potato varieties and pairs them with experimental dips, both savoury and sweet. Explore a world of flavour, with chip and dip combinations from katsu curry and Peruvian ceviche to vegan chocolate mousse or cheesecake for dessert.
Ballie Ballerson has already got a name for itself as one of the most fun and quirkiest eateries in London. With one million balls, theatrical cocktails, fantastic pizza and a ball waterfall – this is the ultimate adult playground to let your hair down. With a popular bottomless brunch offer, dive into the bubbles and enjoy two hours of endless prosecco on Saturdays.
Darcie & May Green
Hop aboard the two barges – the Darcie Green, and the May Green – and experience what makes their Australian brunches so classically delicious. The barges are both 50m long, and set over two floors, with a sun seeking open upper deck and colourful exteriors with artwork designed by Sir Peter Blake, ‘the father of British pop art’. Dine at the Darcie Green and expect dishes including halloumi fries, Szechuan soft shell crab and giant chicken parmigiana. Pop next door to The May Green for juices, smoothies or even a cheeky espresso martini.
Hidden away in the heart of London’s buzzing Covent Garden, Circus is one of the most clandestine as well as the quirkiest eateries. Though the menu is a treasure trove of Asian delights, nobody seems to be there for the sashimi spirals but rather for the various surprise cabaret and circus acts who parade across the table as you eat. Slide your drinks to one side and make space for the fire-breathers, trapeze artists and contortionists that might just distract you from your date!
Dans le Noir
Awaken your senses at Dans Le Noir, a dining experience in complete and utter darkness. The blind waiters are on hand to guide you through the experience, although responsibility for getting your set mystery menu from plate to face is, ultimately down to you. This is a slightly daunting dining experience but one that makes for a unique evening. One piece of advice – don’t wear white.
Archipelago serves up a melting pot of exotic meats and tantalising bugs to a courageous crowd. Indulge your adventurous side by feasting on python carpaccio, love bug salad or crocodile with honey poached plums. The décor is even more unorthodox with mismatched fertility idols, giant peacock feathers, golden buddhas and intimidating masks. Step out of your comfort zone and explore this kooky side of dining.
Fine French food in a warm and intimate dining room, served by our fantastic singing waiters. From Tuesday to Saturday a quartet of opera singers take to the stage every 15 minutes to perform a series of classics from Don Giovanni, Tosca, La Boheme and Carmen. The European inspired menu compliments the musical atmosphere offering fantastic dishes from rump of lamb to corn-fed chicken breast.
Feel guilt free about gorging on endless pizza with a competitive game of Ping-Pong in between slices. Bounce Old Street has 17 Ping Pong tables, a killer pizza menu and bottomless brunch on a Sunday making it the perfect place for groups. With anarchic graffiti on the tables and bathed in UV art installations, its vibrant atmosphere will make sure you’re on the ball.
Welcome to the world’s first waterproof dining room complete with loaded water guns and jelly mountains. Whilst you may not be able to have any quiet dinners here, you will definitely be treated to a delicious meal with a menu including sticky pig belly with mescal glaze, cauli cod waves and the burrata surprise. And for dessert, you do not want to miss out on the melting chocolate ball pit.