The London foodie scene is epic, with cuisines from all over the world, like any big city you can get authentic street food for cheap or fork out for something special at a Michelin starred restaurant. With so much choice it’s hard to know where to go but if you are looking for something a bit different then take a look at this list for how to do food in London but a little bit differently…
Dining In The Dark
Dans le Noir, which literally means “in the dark,” is a famous restaurant staffed by visually impaired waiters who guide you to your table and to eat your meal in a pitch-black room. Not only can you not see your food, but you don’t even know what you’re getting as menus go by themes rather than specific dishes. Not being able to see what you’re eating means that your other senses are heightened meaning that you have a better appreciation of the meal. The restaurant is featured in the film About Time where they also make some new friends by chatting in the dark too. It’s certainly something fun and different.
Cereal Killer Cafe
This one is for the cereal fans amongst you. Created by twin brother Alan and Gary Keery, from Belfast, the Cereal Killer Cafe offers more than 100 different varieties of global cereal brands, 12 kinds of milk and 20 toppings as well as coffee, toast, and pop tarts. Definitely worth a trip just for fun or if you’re in need of a sugary cereal fix.
The Cheese Bar
Celebrating the best of British cheese, The Cheese Bar is the only fully cheese-focused restaurant in London, with its flagship restaurant in the heart of Camden Market, they also have a food truck too. The menu includes dishes such as a cheese board, Mozzarella Sticks, cheese fondue, Five Cheese Macaroni, Blue Cheese Raclette, grilled cheese sandwiches and of course cheesecake for dessert. How does that sound?
London’s first safe to eat, raw edible cookie dough cafe is based in Westfield London and one in Intu Lakeside. It sells indulgent cookie dough treats straight from the tub and in all kinds of different flavours. Is your mouth watering yet?
Chin Chin Labs
Who fancies a bit of liquid nitrogen ice cream? Chin Chin Labs is also known as the Willy Wonka of the ice-cream world. They use liquid nitrogen to freeze their ice cream to order and have even created a ‘miracle’ sugar-free grapefruit ice cream cone which comes with a special pill to take to make it taste super-sweet. You can tuck into an ‘avocado taco’ which is a wafer taco stuffed avocado ice cream. If you’re adventurous with food and have a sweet tooth, then this is the place for you.
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium
The UK’s first Cat Cafe serves Afternoon Tea with a clowder of rescue cats. If you’re a cat lover and you like food too, then book your table now as it often gets booked up. The menu looks, and the resident cats will wander around the two-story cafe lined with sofas and bookcases while you enjoy toasted sandwiches, cakes, coffee, and savoury bakes.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
Situated between Victoria and Belgravia, the Dominique Ansel Bakery is known for its famous Cronuts, the croissant-doughnut hybrid. It is a unique creation by Chef Dominique Ansel who was named the World’s Best Pastry Chef of 2017 and became the most virally talked about dessert item in history, including being deemed by TIME Magazine as one of the best inventions of the year. You can also get Afternoon Tea here as well as cakes, cookies, tarts and there are brunch and lunch items too.
The ultimate adult bar pit in London, Ballie Ballerson started as a “one month only” pop up in Dalston in 2016, but as it was such a hit, it became a permanent feature and Shoreditch. It has just over a million balls in the bar and is still increasingly popular. Cocktails include the Dibbie Dabberson, the number one bestseller which comes with a Dip Dab tastes fantastic and is described as the most nostalgic, excellent drink of all Time and the Skittle Sour. While the food menu is simple, the pizzas are, and the Cheeseburger Spring Rolls need to be tried.
If that’s not exciting enough for you, you could always try making your own food at various places. Check out Pizza Express’ Pizza Parties, where you will enjoy a lively night of Prosecco and games while learning how to make your own pizza. They’re perfect for team building and corporate events – and, of course, birthday parties. If that’s not enough, then there are several London-based cookery courses where you can learn about all different cuisines, baking, pastry, and confectionery. Or if you’re a sushi fan, then try Sushi School at Yo Sushi where you will be taught how to cook the perfect sushi rice at home, and then you’ll learn how to roll. You’ll make things like Avocado Maki, Vegetable Yasai Roll, Salmon Nigiri, Kaiso Gunkan and Salmon & Avocado Hand Roll which you’ll be able to take home and feast on.
Food is everything; it’s for celebrating, for commiserating, for catching up with friends, for dating and everything in between. So don’t get bored with going to the same places over and over, get out there, try new things and new experiences and go and do something wild. You only need to go once, and if you don’t like it, it’s no problem. With so many places to go to though, create yourself a bucket list and next time you can’t decide where to go, you’ll have it to hand, so you never waste a meal time again.