5 of the Most Unique Dining Experiences in London

February 17, 2016

Consider yourself a true foodie? We bring you a selection of London restaurants offering unconventional dining experiences.

A lot of diners nowadays are looking for more from your typical restaurant experience. They want something unique and truly memorable. More and more restaurants are now delivering not only excellent culinary experiences but also a spectacle and setting to create something truly unforgettable. We round up the best dining experiences in London.

1. Duck and Waffle

Duck, Egg, Waffle and Syrup Plate

Located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, Duck and Waffle offers not only great food but also the best panoramic view of London. The restaurant is named after its signature dish, which is crispy duck leg confit, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup on a waffle. Slightly unusual but trust us, you have to try it.

2. Cereal Killer Café

Multi Coloured Cereal in a Bowl at the Cereal Killer Cafe

The Cereal Killer cafe on Brick Lane which opened last year stands as testament to two men's love of cereal. Northern Irish twins Alan and Gary Keery came up with the idea of a restaurant serving nothing but cereal after experiencing a morning hangover during a lunch break.

The cafe is retro chic in its look, with novelty cereal boxes among the decor as well as vintage milk bottles, formica furniture and 80s/90s music playing in the background. If you're big on nostalgia, you'll love Cereal Killer.

Any cereal you can think of they've got it, from Lucky Charms to Frosted Shreddies. You can also have your cereal doused with a wide variety of milks and toppings. They also do 'cereal cocktails' including the brilliantly named 'Unicorn Poop': Ricicles, Party Rings, Fluff marshmallow creme, Hundreds and Thousands topped off with semi skimmed milk. Your dentist will probably hate you for having one.

3. La Bodega Negra

A Plate of Mexican Food at La Bodega Negra

This Mexican restaurant on Old Compton Street in Soho has a front that's been made to look like a sex shop. That theme continues inside as it resembles an illicit den. It's very dark as it's only lit by candlelight. Once you get past that initial stage of bemusement you'll find Bodega Negra to be one of the best places in London for great Mexican food. You'll never eat so well in a sex shop.

4. Archipelago

Friends Share a Plate of Exotic Meats at Archipelago in Fitzrovia

Chicken sound a bit too boring? How about sampling some crocodile, kangaroo, alpaca or if you're felling especially brave, pan-fried crickets?

Archipelago in Fitzrovia specializes in exotic meats and dishes in surroundings that are as unusual as the dishes they serve. You'll find Buddhas, palm trees, fertility idols, scary looking masks and giant peacock feathers adorning the place. While it's not for everyone, Archipelago is definitely a dining experience you won't want to pass up if you're looking for something adventurous.

5. Dans Le Noir

A Couple Dines Blindfolded at Dans Le Noir Restaurant

A restaurant where you have no idea what's been put in front of you as you're eating in total darkness. There's a meat, fish and vegetarian menu to choose from. The idea being that you have to rely on your other senses to deduce what's on your plate. A clever concept, Dans Le Noir is a restaurant which challenges you to truly experience good food.

Siobhan Brewood-Wyatt After a Masters in Comparative Literature, Siobhan worked for several big-name travel companies before joining travioor. She has been hooked on travel since her teens and her biggest adventure is booking flights from Rome to Rio after a few too many beers.