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Eating out is about so much more than just the food – a meal can and should be an occasion in itself, whether that’s thanks to a buzzing atmosphere, a particularly cool crowd, a tongue-in-cheek setting, or a menu that turns things on its head. Perhaps you’re heading out to party afterwards - or perhaps you want dinner to be the party. Whichever it us, from singing waiters to cabaret artists, from restaurants in the sky to secret Soho basements, here’s our pick of the most fun restaurants in London.
Shaka Zulu Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AB
Bob Bob Ricard 1 Upper James Street, W1F 9DF
Dans Le Noir is unlikely to disappoint anyone looking for a truly unique culinary experience. Francophiles may have guessed from the name that this unusual restaurant is based around the premise of eating and drinking completely in the pitch darkness. You will be led to your table by one of the restaurant’s blind guides and will choose between one of four surprise menus. Dans Le Noir is probably not for control freaks, but is great fun for those who embrace the concept and it certainly offers something fun that is different from the usual London restaurant experience.
Dans Le Noir, 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU
Located on the ground floor of the Sanctum, London’s first rock’n’roll hotel, No 20 serves modern British cuisine in sumptuous Soho surroundings. By day, it offers breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. By night, it’s open until late for cocktail lovers. Whatever time of day you visit, we recommend the Jacob’s Ladder rock’n’roll ribs.
Sanctum Soho, 20 Warwick Street, Soho, W1B 5NF
This Clapham restaurant and bar is a Victorian-inspired fantasy with a distinctly colonial feel, and a bit of steampunk thrown in for good measure.
The food served in the elegant conservatory restaurant is delicious, traditional British - pheasant, devilled kidneys, custard tart – while the drinks menu is outstanding. From the peerless craft beer and ale selection to the expertly-made cocktails, punches and libations, this is madcap escapism at its finest.
Powder Keg Diplomacy, 147 St John’s Hill, SW11 1TQ
The sumptuous surroundings in Bel Canto
If your idea of fun involves gadgets and technology, then Inamo is the place to head for a taste of the future. Interactive menus are projected down onto the tables: use your fingers to scroll through and finally pick your meal from the fine selection of pan-Asian dishes, then keep an eye on its progress through the kitchen with the ChefCam feature. You can even tweak the lighting and mood around your table.
And when you’ve finished, you can even use them to order your taxi home.
At this restaurant, bar and cabaret, you can never be entirely sure what your night will entail – they don’t like to give away too many detail of the evening’s entertainment. Suffice to say that Circus knows how to put on a show: it might be trapeze artists, or perhaps fire-eating ballet dancers, that entertain you as you work your way through the pan-Asian menu. Even the kitchen itself is turned into a spectacle, with shutters letting you look through onto the chefs hard at work. After dinner, it’s time to kick back the tables and let the dancing commence…
Circus, 27-29 Endell Street, WC2H 9BH
If stuffy fine dining is your thing then you may want to give Sarastro a miss; this Covent Garden restaurant is focussed on fun rather than pretentiousness. It evokes a carnival atmosphere in its exuberantly decorated premises and offers a Turkish orientated menu full of culinary delights. Fancy having your dinner in an opera box? Then Sarastro is definitely the place for you. It is truly unlike anything else in the capital and is right to bill itself as ‘the show after the show’.
Sarastro, 126 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5SU
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