Are you searching for unique places to eat in London? If you are, then you have landed on the perfect blog post.
As a Londoner, I love finding unusual and quirky dining experiences with an element that can’t be found anywhere else.
With this in mind, I want to share with you five of my favourite London eateries that are a little bit out of the ordinary and perfect if you are looking for a memorable dining experience.
Barge East Restaurant
River Lee, Sweetwater Mooring, 98 White Post Lane, Hackney Wick
One of London’s top floating restaurants is Barge East, moored in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium in Hackney Wick East London. Several things make dining here special. Firstly, the barge is over 100 years old and was brought to London from Holland. Secondly, the restaurant holds a coveted AA 2 rosette award for culinary excellence. So what’s not to like?
Dine below deck from either the 6-course tasting or a la carte menu and feast on dishes like pan-fried skate with langoustine shell oil, braised ox cheek with puffed quinoa and honey cake, plums and camomile honey tuille. Accompany your dishes with a wide selection of wines and cocktails. The great news is that there is also a vegan menu with plenty of delicious meal choices.
Barge East holds a lovely waterside position, perfect for enjoying the views of this Hackney canal. In summer, sit on the open canopy deck and watch life on the river pass you by, from longboats to kayakers to swans!
Please read my review of Barge East for an in-depth look at this unique restaurant.
Mercado Metropolitan Mayfair
St. Mark’s Church, N Audley St, London W1K 6ZA
You can’t often enjoy Pad Thai, Boa buns or gin cocktails in a stunningly beautiful church, but you can if you head to Mayfair.
Mercado Metropolitan is a quirky space in a former sanctuary with food stalls, restaurants and a vaulted wine cellar. Its previous life is still evident from its stained glass windows, religious artefacts and altar.
With plenty of seating both upstairs and down, this is a great spot to meet with friends and enjoy various food choices. There is also rooftop seating where you can enjoy a cocktail or two!
Cafe in the Crypt
St Martin in the Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ
Dining above the ancient tombs of the dearly departed in the cafe in St Martin’s Crypt is a unique place to have a bite to eat in London.
Slightly to the side of Trafalgar Square’s landmark church, St Martin in the Fields is the modern glass entrance to Cafe in the Crypt. Spiral stairs take you underneath the bustling pavement above and into a fabulous space containing a gift shop, theatre, workspaces and the Crypt Cafe.
Walking into the crypt is fascinating. Arched brick-vaulted ceilings, separate seating areas, and historic tombstones with worn inscriptions are a reminder that this is a sacred place.
To the right of the crypt, stone stairs lead back to the church. They are not open for public use but are another reminder of the connection that was once made between the two, many years before the modern entrance to the crypt was even thought about.
The cafe is a big area with lots of seating available. The menu has hot dishes, salads and cakes with a range of teas and coffee.
27c Foley Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DY
The Attendant is a fun and unusual place to eat in London worth visiting.
What was once the entrance to a Victorian men’s public convenience has now been re-invented as a coffee shop.
Stone steps lead down from the green wrought iron structure on Foley Street in Fitzrovia to the entrance of The Attendant beneath the pavement.
Inside this unique coffee shop, you will be impressed with the transformation of the former men’s loos.
Lining the wall are original white china urinals, now repurposed as tall bar tables, and green metal seats mirror the original green Victorian floor tiles.
Don’t expect it to look new and shiny; it has some discolouring on the walls, but this adds to a natural feel of what this coffee shop once was!
The interior of the Attendant is tiny, so expect to wait for one of the five urinals or one of the four tables that are squeezed into this small space. Alternatively, grab a takeaway coffee and take a quick photo if that’s what you’ve come for.
Coffee beans from The Attendant Roastery are used for all their drinks, and they offer coconut, oat, and regular milk. Also available are delicious flaky pastries like pastel de nata, croissants, and light bites.
Underground Carriage at SupperClub.Tube
South Access Rd, London E17 8AX
Located in Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, one of the most unique places to eat in London has to be the Supper Club. Hosted by Colombian head chef Beatriz Maldonado Carreño, the experience offers six-course Latin American cuisine, taking you on a global taste journey.
An original 1967 London underground tube carriage has been repurposed into a unique London restaurant retaining the iconic red and blue seating with the addition of tables to seat couples or groups of up to ten guests.
While the location of the pumphouse museum and carriage might not win any awards for being in the nicest spot in London, the food is the star here.
An interactive QR code by your table gives you the supper club menu for your visit, a brief outline of each dish, and where the inspiration for its creation comes from. Dishes like hake ceviche, beef cheeks braised in Colombian coffee, and amaretto-soaked sponge sound good on paper and taste incredible in the mouth.
If you are after one of London’s coolest dining experiences, visiting Supperclubtube is a must.
I hope these unique places to eat in London have given you a few ideas for your next trip to the capital. Keep an eye on Where Angie Wanders for future additions to this list!
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