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5 Extraordinary London Eateries You Need To Try Before You Die

When it comes to dining, us Brits love eating out – and from casual brunches to decadent dinners, we’re always on the hunt for the latest and greatest eateries.

Tucked away in the heart of London are some of the country’s most architecturally innovative cafes and restaurants – and with a dedication to interior design, these funky little diners stand out from the sea of uninspired chain restaurants.

From dining in the dark to indulging in rooftop afternoon tea, we’re bringing you 5 of the capital’s most extraordinary restaurants to try before you die – and whether you’re an inquisitive local or a typical tourist, there’s something to excite everyone’s tastebuds.

1. Dine in the dark

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Head over to Clerkenwell and discover Dans le Noir? – translated to ‘in the dark’ – a restaurant in which diners are literally left in the dark as they enjoy their meal. From befriending strangers to altering your perception of taste and smell, Dans le Noir? is dedicated to stimulating your senses with a distinctive dining experience – with staff on hand at all times should you feel distressed or uncomfortable.

While it can appear daunting at first, dining in the dark is thoroughly rewarding – although arriving early is advisable, as the pitch-black setting can take some getting used to. Dare to leave behind the brightly lit city streets and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this unique little eaterie. If you’re on the hunt for an experience to remember, a visit to Dans le Noir? won’t disappoint. 

2. Get creative in Battersea

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Based in Battersea, the Doodle bar blends dining with creativity to bring both Londoners and tourists a truly dynamic and versatile space. With indoor and outdoor seating available, customers can soak up the city’s sun or take refuge from the inevitable British rain as they relax in this quirky setting. For the artist in you, wile away the afternoon doodling on the giant blackboard or bring out your competitive streak with a game of ping pong.

With authentic brick walls and high ceiling beams, this delightful little diner is the place to see and be seen.  

3. Take a walk on the art side

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Take a trip down London’s Drury Lane and you’ll find the stunning Sarastro restaurant. From the outside, the stained glass windows give passers-by a glimpse into the decadent interior and once inside, the restaurant is brimming with culture. From rich tapestries adorning the walls to an impressive array of seating options, Sarastro has bags of visual appeal.

Marrying haute cuisine with therapeutic music, this atmospheric backdrop is the ideal hotspot for dining with a difference. With so much to see, you’ll never want to leave!

4. Spend a penny

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Now a much loved espresso and food bar, the Attendant started out life as a Victorian toilet. Preserving much of its original design, the building is now used for very different reasons! If you’re looking for a caffeine fix or a lunchtime snack, a stop off at the Attendant is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. Thanks to locally sourced produce, the Attendant is one of London’s finest eateries.

With a menu offering breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea, the Attendant is the last word in great British dining – and after a visit here, you’re sure to be the envy of everyone you know.

5. Drink in the city

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Attracting visitors from all walks of life, Alfie’s Antique Market is home to any number of chic boutiques – and if you’re seeking some interior design inspiration, there’s a unique collection of shops which are yours for the perusing.

If you’re a lover of all things vintage, wrap up your day with a trip up the oak staircase to the Rooftop Kitchen. Perched high above the bustling city streets, this quirky cafe is home to a stunning terrace which provides visitors with a panoramic view of London.

If you’re on the hunt for a new dining experience to tease your tastebuds and provide some design inspiration, these 5 hot spots are guaranteed to satisfy your hunger for quality food, unique atmosphere and stunning spaces.