Our must-visit places to eat and drink in London
The capital city is undoubtedly one of the biggest foodie destinations in the UK, but aside from its plethora of steak restaurants, curry houses and traditional English pubs, what else is there to experience in foodie London?
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When was the last time you ordered your food using an interactive screen integrated into your table?
With pioneering restaurants in Soho, Covent Garden, and Camden, inamo offers an incredible experience to guests. Interactive projections on your table enable you not only to order your food, but also to discover the local neighbourhood, play retro games, watch the chef on a live cam and even graffiti your tabletop.
Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Korean cuisine are all on the menu, including inamo’s much-loved sushi sharing plates.
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Expect the unexpected at Circus. A quirky cabaret restaurant and cocktail bar in Covent Garden - there’s always a show with dinner here.
The popular Pan-Asian menu, created and overseen by Executive Chef Andrew Lassetter, offers a plethora of meat and vegetarian options, with everything from Dim Sum to Sunflower Seed & Chicken Yellow Curry.
Food aside, the surrealist interior matched with the beautifully skilled performances makes for a magical and unforgettable dining experience. Expect aerialists, contortionists and fire-breathers as you tuck into your evening meal.
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Not sure what you fancy to eat? It’s a good job that you won’t know what you’ll be eating at Restaurant Story, then!
On arrival, you won’t be presented with a menu, instead, Tom Sellers and team will be serving you a mixture of classic Story dishes, alongside new and seasonally inspired creations, all based on what you tell them your preferences are when you arrive.
After opening in April 2013, it took Restaurant Story only five months to get its first Michelin star, and it was awarded its second in 2021. You’ll be served with only the best British produce, paired with an exclusive wine list from small wine producers, and locally sourced craft ales. If it’s a foodie experience you’re after, this is sure to be it.
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Duck & Waffle
Tell us you haven’t woken up at 4am before and thought “I really fancy some duck and waffles?” Perhaps not...but if that ever were the case, Duck & Waffle is the answer!
The highest 24-hour restaurant in London, Duck & Waffle offers a playful take on traditional British cuisine. With breakfast, brunch, late night and dessert menus, this is all day dining, redefined.
Food aside, the journey to the restaurant is an experience in itself. Situated in 110 Bishopsgate, guests are transported to Duck & Waffle from a private entrance on Bishopsgate via two express glass lifts. Travelling at 5 metres per second, it’ll take you a mere 40 seconds to reach the summit, as you take in the views of the London skyline.
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This place is almost as famous for its decor as it is for its food, Archipelago is one of London’s most unusual dining destinations.
As you dine amongst the golden glow of buddhas, dwarf palm trees and peacock feathers, the menu invites you to try the likes of crocodile, python and kangaroo. Classic dishes such as chicken, fish and vegetarian options are available, but where’s the fun in that?
The aim of the game here is to broaden your culinary knowledge, celebrate diversity, and show that the unfamiliar can be exciting and delicious! All ingredients are ethically sourced so you’re guaranteed a guilt-free gourmet experience!
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The Cheese Bar
The clue’s in the name with this one! The Cheese Bar is the only fully cheese-focused restaurant in London. Situated in the heart of Camden Market, the menu here includes their speciality toasties, fondue, poutine and even ice cream!
Expect about thirty different cheeses on offer, with each dish containing at least one of the Cheese Bars favourite British cheeses. Wash the cheesy goodness down with their range of small producer natural wines, and London craft beer, spirits and cocktails.
Fancy an even more unique experience? The Cheese Barge is The Cheese Bar’s newest restaurant. A 96ft double decker vessel moored on The Regent’s Canal, expect even more cheese-based plates here. Or join them on the roof terrace for cheese board, grilled cheese sandwiches and snacks!
Decorated with 20,000 bottles on its walls, Circolo Populare combines a glamourous, over-the-top interior with rustic Sicilian and Mediterranean cuisine to create a feast for all your senses.
There are a multitude of options for dining out with a difference in London, and this list is just the start. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to get even more inspiration before you travel!
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