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Some visitors to London have asked what are the most unusual or unique kinds of dining experiences, and this was discussed in TALF (London Forum). A synopsis of the suggestions are included here for those wanting guidance to dining in London. You should note, however, that *unusual* does not equate with fine or excellent dining! Some of the restaurants have something unusual to offer that make it a different experience, but the food might be awful! You should consult the reviews on TA (which are linked from this guide) to help you decide if the experience is for you or not.
Unusual dining experiences come in all shapes - check out Grub Club they curate London's quirkiest food events where you get to meet other Londoners and find out some of the hidden secrets of London from people in the know. You also get to eat great food in stunning spaces from a disused underground carriage to an apartment in St Pancras ClockTower to a museum in central london to a funky warehouse in Shoreditch.
If you're looking for something not on the mainstream, have a look at a food and drink experience company - Tastour. They offer around 50 unique dining experiences each year. The company has been awarded the International Wine Challenge, Wine Educator of the year, and most of their events have a fun informative slant to them. They work with restaurants and venues to create unique tasting menus, such as 10 course dinner with homemade fruit vodka pairings, paint your own wine glasses at a secret supper club, murder mystery dinner parties and a canal boat ride food & wine tasting. The events are incredibly well organised, with every bite thought out in careful detail. The only problem is, is they are often sold out and many are only annual events - so your dates need to match up. But it's worth the extra effort. The people who attend are taste adventurers, who like to travel and share new experiences. If you're local, they offer a membership too, which includes free wine tastings: themes include, Hedonistic Fruit Bombs and Why wine is like Fashion - if you have a group of friends, they’ll also create an event just for you, so if you like something usual like edible insects, give them a call, if they can’t organise it, they’ll know someone who will!
One kind of unique London dining experience is a Medieval Banquet where the venue is a mock medieval castle great hall, with a high table for the Lords and low tables for the peasants. The food simulates the kind of food available in the medieval period and so does the tableware. It is often eaten with the fingers as it would have been in those times. There is also medieval style entertainment with music, plays, poetry and speechmaking. However, as it may have been in medieval times, the food is not wonderful, and also it is a traditional part of British culture to experience poor institutional catering! One should go for the whole in-the-raw, hey-nonny-noe experience; and certainly not expect a gourmet rendering of historically accurate catering with international standard acts. They would not have been offered in the average Lords castle and they are not offered here!
If you're looking for interactive dinner theatre experience, then why not try a murder mystery? Events run weekly every Saturday at the Sherlock Holmes Hotel and of course feature the famous detective. The plots are fun and comic with professional actors playing various scenes throughout a 3 course dinner and interacting with guests throughout and some guests getting involved too! The team with the brightest little grey cells wins the prize for the night for guessing whodunnit. Its lots of fun, the food is pretty good too, The plots and prices change throughout the year see www.murdermysteryevents.com
Archipelago has lots of exotic meats.
Garlic and Shots is unusual - the clue is in the name.
St John serves a style of cooking (focused on offal) that you're not likely to find in any other city.
Places doing interesting/unusual things with flavours and textures include
Rules is quite unusual, in that it does what it says on the tin.
You could try jellied eels, which is very local to London, at one of many places in the East End, but there are few rated on TA.
Old Dutch - Holborn, Chelsea and Kensington for pancakes. Not as good as it once was though (http://www.myolddutch.com/ )
Try the Mongolian Barbecue in Covent Garden for something a bit different.
At the Rain Forest Cafe which is more for kids, you dine in a recreation of a rainforest with the sights and sounds of the forest including thunder and rain showers and cascading waterfalls.
Try Dans le Noir for an eat in the dark experience which is certainly different. Prior to entering the dining area, visitors are asked to select a menu by color (mixed, seafood, meat, or vegetarian). Then they are brought to the dining area to start the "experience". The restaurant exclusively hires blind waiters who are able to navigate through the pitch black dining room using their acute sense of hearing; diners are led by their waiters to their seats and expected to sit still throughout their meals in order to avoid collisions. Because you can't see at all you start to compensate with other senses and then though it can get a little noisy. They ask you to whisper but eventually people start to talk too loudly and the maitre d' will periodically "reset" the noise level by asking everyone to pipe down with his bell. (don't expect to much in terms of great food and you'll love this experience !)
Try Bibendum Oyster Bar - for the Art Deco building.
Some think Shaka Zulu might be an interesting experience.
One suggestion was "Yo! Sushi!" looked interesting, with the sushi coming along on a conveyor belt. There are 22 locations of Yo! Sushi in London. http://www.yosushi.com/. Kulu Kulu does the same concept, with more authentic, less neon, approach.
Some suggest trying Babylon above the Roof Garden club in Kensington. It has good views of the gardens below, and of surrounding area, and all while eating on the top of an old department store with ponds and trees and ducks etc. Food is good as well.
Some say you HAVE to visit Maison Bertaux; this amazing little place, its a cafe run by very eccentric people. The interior is whacky, the furniture doesn't match, the art work on the walls is crazy and the staff are crazy... BUT... The cakes, quiche's and dijon slice's they sell are the best in London. It is considered by many the BEST patisserie in London, and you might also spot the odd celebrity enjoying a cup of tea and slice of cake too. http://www.maisonbertaux.com/
The Bathhouse might be considered unusual in that it is a former Turkish Bathhouse converted as a restaurant and continues the theme into the dining experience.
A restaurant where the entire menus is made of cheese is itself unusual, and that's what you can find at L'Art du Fromage.
Although found world wide, some find Japanese Teppenyaki which is bit of theatre in front of you at the hotplate as your chef prepares your meal. Benihana is one to look and they have three locations in London. http://www.benihana.co.uk/
If you fancy a bonkers 'Belgian' restaurant, where the waiters dress as monks and balance long planks full of drinks as they fly past, try Belgo Centraal.
If you count Ethiopian as unusual then Lalibela in Kentish Town is the place to try.
If you like cheese and wine, try the legendary Gordon's Wine Bar. It's the oldest wine bar in London. The place is wonderful and the atmosphere is unique.
Unique to London might be to have Afternoon Tea in the Portrait restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery, with wonderful views over the rooftops of central London. They had a very nice afternoon tea menu, with different options, including the full monty tea with sandwiches, scones, cake and tea. Alternatively you could have a cocktail at the Champagne Bar at St Pancras station. They have a nice Champagne afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones, cakes, tea and a glass of champagne. There are Fashion Teas at The Berkley Hotel are a bit different! There is also Tea at the Orangery in Hyde Park.
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