London; a cultural epicentre filled with breath-taking architecture, history, luxurious nightlife and exceptional experiences. Discover our list of London’s unmissable alternative and eccentric restaurants:
La Bodega Negra
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On the streets of Soho, you will discover was seems to be a sleazy-looking sex shop, illuminated with neon lights and guests entering looking as unassured as you are.
The authenticity of the exterior will definitely leave you second-guessing, so as you enter if you don’t see a guy standing in-front of a glass cabinet holding a clipboard, you’re probably not in the right place and should leave…
Inside you’ll be surprised to find that downstairs, hidden beneath the streets of Soho is a contemporary Mexican restaurant and bar (minus the clichéd Mariachi). The interior is dark, loud and resembles gritty noir films; the atmosphere is buzzing and you know you’re in for a treat. The menu includes tequila filled cocktails, a sensational selection of dishes cooked straight from their wood burning grill and a refreshing range of delicious salads.
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If the sound of an opulent club serving Pan-Asian cuisine and ‘Worldwide Cocktail Club’ drinks isn’t enough to make you want to venture into ‘Circus’, then the fact that your presented with everything from fire-eaters, acrobats and a large variety of cabaret acts will definitely get you excited for a long night of food, drinks and dancing.
“An evening at Circus will take you from drinks, to dining, to dancing on the tables and all with a sprinkling of glittering cabaret.”
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In the heart of Theatreland is one of the capital’s most surreal restaurants; an opera-themed Turkish-Mediterranean restaurant ornamented in an array of styles including rococo, gothic and ottoman and accessorised with lavish drapes, velvet tablecloths and an abundance of theatre props. You’ll be treated to live performances from London’s operatic musicians as well as having the essence of Drury Lane fulfilled by singing waiters on Sunday evenings.
The flamboyant experience can be enjoyed in cozy booths or in one of the ten private boxes seated on the theatrical mezzanine level overlooking the restaurant and its performers.
Beach Blanket Babylon
Notting Hill and Shoreditch
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Beach Blanket Babylon is more than just a bar or a restaurant, it’s a magnificent fairy-tale fantasy enthused with glamour (and maybe a bit of madness!).
"As for the name “Beach Blanket Babylon”, some people remain confused as to what it actually means – so allow us to clear that up for them once and for all. “Beach” means, well, just beach. “Beach Blanket” is the blanket you use on the beach. And “Babylon”, in the Hebrew Bible at least, is interpreted in the Book of Genesis (11:9) to mean "confusion", from the verb bilbél, "to confuse". So when you put all of that together, it means “A Confusing Blanket On the Beach”.
Upon entering you will be greeted with hundreds of candles lighting the way through what appears to be a maze of corridors complete with large and extravagant fireplaces, décor, dimly-lit lighting and faux French windows. The part ancient Rome, part Versailles restaurant gives you a choice of dining rooms including the chapel, crypt and scullery – or in the summer, a terrace – allowing you to discover the best setting for your unique experience.
Sketch - Gallery
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If you want a London afternoon tea with a difference, nothing beats Sketch. Squashy pink velvet sofas, cheeky cartoons on the wall, quirky waiters and a show-stopping cake stand - what could be better?
Undoubtedly one of the most visually enticing dining spaces belongs to the place that is filled with pink velvet seating, copper detailing, has toilet cubicles in the shape of eggs and has cartoons lining their walls.
The Gallery offers à la Carte, desserts and the most favourable option, Afternoon Tea. The pricing is on the more expensive side, but with incredibly tasting menus and a backdrop fitting to any Instagram account, we can guarantee that the award-winning restaurant is worth every penny.
Much hyped for their unique interior Sketch is above all things, an experience.