This is a guest post by Ben Inder.
Once in a while, or perhaps more often for readers of Quirky Travel, something different is called for.
Tired of the same old same old and fancying a change for your dinner in London?
Here’s a list of my favourite quirky London restaurants that offer far more than just good food. I hope you find something that appeals to you and if you find the experience enjoyable, go on a journey of quirky-seeking of your own.
Les Trois Garcons
Converted from an old pub, this Anglo-French restaurant is quirky from the outset. The interior’s full of oddities, stuffed animals and the occasional A-lister. The food is excellent but not inexpensive, however I feel it’s worth a visit.
It opened in 2000 with an exaggerated chic flourish, but there’s more to it than just the décor: the quality of the eating should get a thumbs up from most foodies.
Address: 1 Club Row, London E1 6JX
Is it a restaurant, a bar or ‘a Cabaret, my friend’?
It’s actually all of the above. Enjoy a very interesting evening of entertainment, good food and have a great time into the bargain.
Relax in the cocktail bar or book a table and dine, while enjoying the cabaret and circus acts. This venue is as vibrant as the rest of Covent Garden.
Address: 27-29 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BA
Of interest to techies and geeks as well as lovers of oriental food, this is a fusion restaurant whose USP is the pioneering interactive systems employed in it.
Place your order via a 3D menu projected onto your table, even choose your own virtual tablecloth styling, watch what’s going on in the kitchen via live images and even play games during your meal if that’s the kind of thing you like to do. Once you’ve enjoyed your pan-asian food and a glass of wine or two, you can even order your taxi home.
Address: 4-12 Regent St, London, Greater London SW1Y 4PE
Looking for unusual food? Archipelago restaurant has some great choices, but I hope you’re adventurous.
The quirkiness of this place is in the menu, where you can enjoy crocodile, kangaroo, wildebeest and much more.
The décor is in tune with the ambiance of the restaurant: there are golden Buddhas, palm trees and peacock feathers which all add to the quirky nature of this venue.
Address: 110 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 5ED
The Doodle Bar
Are you a doodler? If so, head on down to the Doodle Bar near Battersea Bridge.
It’s an old Victorian space near Vivienne Westwood’s studios that’s been painted white and patrons are encouraged to leave their mark there.
And there’s even a ping pong table.
In future there will be a kitchen on site, but for now you can buy excellent food next door at the Street Kitchen and bring it in.
Address: 33 Parkgate Road, London SW11 4NP.
Ben is an avid foodie and loves finding quirky restaurants when looking for where to eat in London. He loves to travel and try new restaurants and cuisines.