With the huge number of restaurants in London, there’s a place for everyone. But, it can also become overwhelming trying to narrow down where to go, especially if you’re looking for somewhere with a private room as well. People are getting tired of boring, ordinary restaurants, and are looking for something unusual and unique. Dining out is more than just sitting on your phone until your food arrives, scarfing down your meal and leaving; it should be an experience, pairing fantastic food with a one-of-a-kind space. We’ve done the hard work for you and created a list of our favourite finds. Say goodbye to boring private rooms and hello to unique venues.
St Pancras Clock Tower
The St Pancras Clocktower is a historic icon, marking the London skyline years before modern skyscrapers like the Shard and Gherkin did. The Midland Railway Company hosted a competition to find the architect for the building, which George Gilbert Scott won. His design, inspired by the Victorian Gothic style, was larger and more expensive than originally intended, but it certainly paid off! This 19th-century landmark, that stands as a memorial to Scott, has recently reopened its doors to the public, allowing people to dine in a one-of-a-kind venue. Martin Milesi of Una is the resident chef here, setting one table for twelve guests to create an intimate dining experience right in the tower. Between the Latin American inspired menu and the stunning views, why wouldn’t you want your private dinner here?
The King’s Head
A former East End boozer turned member’s club is the unusual venue that is The King’s Head. Look past the run-down façade and step inside to see its’ quirky interior, complete with a taxidermy room and life-size polar bear. Even better than the wild decor is your choice of fantastic chefs. One of our absolute favourites is Andrea Zagatti. Michelin-trained, he has worked at top restaurants like Osteria Francescana, recently rated the world’s best restaurant. Yes, you heard that right! Besides his work at restaurants, Andrea has been the private chef for everyone from the Queen to Eminem. Want him to cook for your event yet? This is an experience not to miss.
If you thought museums were only meant for looking at art, you were wrong! The Geffrye Museum is the hidden gem of Hoxton, set in restored 18th-century buildings which memorialise the rich history of the area. By day the museum shows its collections of period living rooms, and by night opens its doors to adventurous diners looking to eat in an unusual venue. Chefs, like the extremely talented Gabriel Waterhouse, are lining up to use this unique space as the backdrop for their events. He used to cook at London’s Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle, now Gabe is creating wonderful dishes here. Who says dinner can only be eaten in a restaurant?
Why dine inside a stuffy restaurant when you can eat on a boat? Docked in Butler’s Wharf, this boat offers stunning views of Tower Bridge and the London skyline. Bita Fallah is one of the chefs onboard, cooking up an unbelievable Persian feast. With her Iranian background and experience cooking at top London restaurants, you’re in for a treat. Leave conventional spaces back on land and come aboard for a nautical feast.
Vintage skis on the walls and cosy throws, skiing in the Alps right? Open the doors of The Lodge and you’ll be transported to a snow-covered ski lodge. Jimmy Garcia, coined the “Pop-up King” by the Times, is our pick of host for this venue. Matching the decor, he creates an Alpine-inspired menu of hot cocktails, pots of fondue and charcuterie. No need to get your ski equipment and luggage all the way to the airport when you can have your own personal ski chalet without ever having to leave London.
Books for Cooks
If you want to eat in the “best smelling shop in the world”, then we have the place for you! Located right in the heart of Notting Hill, Books for Cooks is a foodie’s dream. Step inside this tiny shop and be met with thousands of cookbooks stacked from floor to ceiling. After wandering through the bookshelves, make your way to the test kitchen in the back of the shop. Putting to test some of the recipes in the cookbooks, experimental dishes made with fresh ingredients from the market next door are created by talented resident chefs like Loulou Trott. Grab a cookbook, find some recipes and make yourself at home in this cosy little cafe.
Hope you enjoyed reading about our favourite London venues and maybe even booked one you liked! Check out the Grub Club website to find more quirky spaces to fit all of your dining needs.