From an underground supper club in a converted tube carriage to a kitsch Alpine-themed dining room, we've rounded up London's most unusual restaurants.
London's underground dining scene takes on a literal meaning at the Basement Galley, where dinner is served in a converted 1960s tube carriage in Walthamstow. Gourmet supper club events take place on select dates throughout the year and include a three- or four-course tasting menu. Drinks can be bought from a pop-up bar or you can take your own booze for the table. It's a ticketed event rather than a traditional restaurant and you can opt to sit at one of the 'social tables', where you'll dine with friends and/or strangers, or you can book a VIP booth to guarantee a table for two.
Where? Walthamstow. The nearest tube station is Blackhorse Road, on the Victoria Line.
In a dining room furnished with gold Buddhas, peacock feathers, Oriental fans and palm trees, Archipelago is as much a feast for the eyes as the taste buds. But your taste buds will really work hard at this eccentric restaurant in Fitzrovia as the menu features all sorts of unusual flavor combinations like crocodile wrapped in vine leaves, jerk zebra and smoked python carpaccio. This exotic spot is perfect for diners with an adventurous appetite.
Where? Fitzrovia. The nearest tube station is Goodge Street Station, on the Northern Line.
At Circus London you're actively encouraged to dance on the tables. This flamboyant restaurant in Covent Garden is a buzzy spot for drinks, dining and drama. Diners sit around a long banqueting table which doubles as a runway-style stage upon which performers entertain the room. Expect to see firebreathers, acrobats and burlesque dancers strut their stuff as you tuck into Pan-Asian dishes designed for sharing. DJs take to the decks at weekends.
Where? Endell Street, Covent Garden. The nearest tube station is Covent Garden, on the Piccadilly Line.
Address30-31 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU, UK
Phone+44 20 7253 1100
Forget dining by candlelight, at Dans La Noir? in Farringdon, meals are served in absolute darkness by visually impaired wait staff. The restaurant is designed to encourage diners to re-think their approach to eating and enjoy a complete sensory experience by focussing on taste, smell and texture. Orders are taken in the lit area before you're led into the dark room and you're encouraged to wear clothes that you don't mind getting messy. The color-coded surprise menus are based around meat, fish and vegetarian dishes but you won't find out exactly what's on the menu until after you've eaten so you'll have plenty to discuss over dinner.
Where? Farringdon. The nearest tube station is Farringdon, on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines.
Address37 Battersea Bridge Rd, London SW11 3BA, UK
Phone+44 20 7095 0360
This loud and lively restaurant and bar in Battersea is named for the raucous parties that former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi used to throw. The tongue-in-cheek decor features a gondola-shaped bar, lamps made from Vespa helmets and red, white and green flags strewn from the ceiling. Order stone-baked pizza with classic Italian toppings washed down with a cocktail served in a kitsch tankard. There's an Italian Riviera-themed prosecco beach bar upstairs and the nightclub (complete with a mirrored ceiling and a Roman DJ booth) is open every Friday and Saturday.
Where? Battersea. The nearest overground station is Battersea Park, a 5-minute journey from Victoria Station.
AddressSouthern Star Cumberland Basin, Prince Albert Rd, London NW1 7SS, UK
Phone+44 20 7485 8137
Tuck into traditional Chinese dishes like dumplings and crispy Peking duck in the quirky surroundings of Feng Shang Princess, a floating restaurant on the Regent's Canal close to London Zoo. This converted narrowboat was handcrafted in the 1980s and is decked out with authentic Chinese-style touches like paper lanterns. It's said to be one of Paul McCartney's favorite Chinese restaurants.
Where? Camden. The nearest tube station is Camden Town, on the Northern Line.
Address27 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UA, UK
Phone+44 20 7727 3981
Hidden in a basement near Notting Hill, the Tiroler Hut is a kitsch shrine to all things Austrian. This cozy restaurant is decked out with accordions, cross country skis, cuckoo clocks and all manner of trinkets and hearty dishes are served atop tables covered in red checkered tablecloths. Order traditional Austrian comfort food like bratwurst, wienerschnitzel and apple strudel washed down with strong German beers and schnapps. Entertainment comes in the form of yodeling and Tirolean bell ringing. This quirky venue has attracted its fair share of celebrity diners since opening in 1967 including Boris Becker, Kate Moss and Vivienne Westwood.
Where? Westbourne Grove. The nearest tube station is Bayswater, on the Circle and District Lines.