There’s no shortage of fun places to eat in London. The city is chock full of novel and daring dining experiences that will tickle the fancy of tourists, and even locals who have “seen it all”. There are exciting but fleeting pop-ups you won’t want to miss and truly out-there concepts that will prompt queues around the block. From ping pong eateries to full-on circus show extravaganzas, this fantastic city has got so much to offer.
We’ve seen these kinds of restaurants and venues only grow in popularity, causing a creative explosion in the capital. It’s not just table football or darts either; these are full-on immersive experiences. You and your group might even end up winning some prizes, or better still, some free food!
If you think you’ve seen it all, ask yourself these questions. Have you ever eaten in pitch-blackness? Or karaoke-ed after a feast of bao buns? Or hit a hole-in-one to win your mates free shots? If you’ve done all three, there are still plenty of others on the list. If you haven’t, then you’ll have even more options to explore.
From the truly incredible and Instagram-worthy to the downright unusual and bizarre, grab a spot at one of the best party restaurants in London. In our books, it doesn’t even have to be a celebration - there’s no law against going for a crazy night of cabaret on a Thursday, after all.
We’ve whittled down the best estaurants with entertainment in London, so you can make your way to one of our recommendations down below. The list has been sorted into categories depending on your mood and preferences; we’ve got casual, classy, fancy and more. Your experiences at London restaurants with entertainment are about to seriously get levelled up.
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The best places for dinner and a show in London
Who doesn't love a spot of entertainment with their meal? Especially when it involves mind-blowing circus performances and exciting cabaret shows. London plays host to some of the best acts and performers in the world and combined with some smashing food, you're in store for a great evening.
The Windmill, Soho
Why: Book in for a theatrical dining experience at The Windmill in Soho which includes a fine-dining feast created by Michelin-starred chef Andrew Mcleish and mesmerising live performances - from cabaret and music through to magic and burlesque. This is immersive dining like no other - and the cocktails are pretty intriguing too with names like 'free the tipple' and 'because we can-can'.
Where: 17-19 Great Windmill Street, London, W1D 7JZ
Book now: The Windmill
Why: Everything at Inca is inspired by the colourful energy of Latin America, including the decor, cocktails, food, music and performances. Sip on exciting cocktails, tuck into delicious food and enjoy the show. Dishes pull from all over South America, so expect ceviche, tacos and asado galore. Performances, meanwhile, include DJs, dancers, acrobats and more, so strap in!
Where: 8-9 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF
Book now: Inca
The Courtesan, Brixton
Why: Not only does The Courtesan feature a tantalising line-up of dumplings - scrumptiously filled with wasabi king prawns, mushroom, deep-fried sea bass, and plenty more – but it also plays host to some mesmerising Burlesque performances. Courtesan Lates pays homage to global influences as much as the eclectic food does, so be prepared for a heady swirl of fun.
Where: 69 Atlantic Road, London, SW9 8PU
Book now: The Courtesan
Circus, Covent Garden
Why: Come down to Circus for a proper dinner and show experience, as this cabaret venue will blow you away with its amazing line-up of contortionists, fire breathers, aerialists, and more. The pan-Asian dishes on offer are just as theatrical, with the likes of lemon ponzu red prawns and white miso black cod entertaining the taste buds, while the pop-up circus kicks off on stage.
Where: 27-29 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9BA
Book now: Circus
Proud Cabaret, City
Why: Proud Cabaret is a glamourous club dressed in vintage speakeasy era décor, where you can let yourself be immersed in the world of opulence and burlesque. This 1920s Parisian-style cabaret venue is great for birthday parties, and the themes for the shows change regularly, ranging from Gatsby to Broadway. Order from the list of tempting cocktails and tuck into a globally inspired menu. Proud also has sites in Embankment and Brighton.
Where: 1 Mark Lane, London, EC3R 7AH
Book now: Proud Cabaret
Why: Aeronaut is the epitome of fun with its seemingly endless offering of entertainment, from circus acts to games nights and VR experiences - the Cirque du Soleil-style performances in particular are a real crowd-pleaser. Aeronaut doesn’t do things by halves, and this applies to the menu too; mains will see you drooling over the likes of pineapple and homemade sriracha-glazed chicken, and Guinness-marinated racks of ribs.
Where: 264 Acton High Street, London, W3 9BH
Book now: Aeronaut
Kenza, Liverpool Street
Why: For a more laidback vibe, while still delivering on high-quality food, Kenza is the ideal place to go for dinner and entertainment. The hangout-style interior is laden with Lebanese tapestries and lanterns. Dine like royalty as you order the feast menu and let the North African beats charm you away as the snakes arrive and the belly dancers weave around the room; sometimes there are fire eaters too.
Where: 10 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YP
Book now: Kenza
London Cabaret Club, Holborn
Why: London Cabaret Club is great for group bookings, for those special occasions that you want to mark with a memorable experience. This cabaret venue promises an immersive theatre experience, led by a star-studded cast of West End regulars who will take you on a journey back to the roaring twenties, Gatsby-style. The food is good too, with set menus boasting several courses of scrumptious modern European fare.
Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA
Book now: London Cabaret Club
The best restaurants with live music in London
London has a thriving music scene and an equally exciting restaurant industry, so why not get the best of both worlds and dine at one of these places, while being entertained by some top-quality musicians? These live music venues will put you in a great mood, with a smile plastered on your face.
Why: The word louche is defined as "disreputable or sordid in a rakish or appealing way", and this eponymous venue embodies this wholeheartedly. Expect blues, funk, soul and more from both live acts and DJs while you sip on house cocktails like the 'Heartbreaker,' a blend of Eristoff, Aperol, peach, passion fruit and Prosecco. While Louche doesn't offer food, there are bar snacks like olives and nuts to go with the cocktails. As an added bonus, Louche's happy hour lasts from open-8pm on weekdays and 4-6pm on Saturdays!
Where: 5 Greek Street, London, W1D 4DD
Book now: Louche
Quaglino's, St James's
Why: Having been restored to its 20s glory by D&D, Quaglino's is one of the most iconic venue restaurants in London. It's a sweeping staircase, oysters and Champagne kind of place, offering live music seven days a week. Sip cocktails at the bar before making your way to your table for an evening of glitz, glamour and gastronomy.
Where: 16 Bury Street, London, SW1Y 6AJ
Book now: Quaglino's
Bel Canto, Bayswater
Why: Treat yourself to some live opera singing as you feast on a sumptuous spread of French cuisine at Bel Canto. Dinner here is an intimate affair, and you will be the audience to professional opera singers who have trained at prestigious conservatories and academies around the world - making for an unforgettable dining experience with a contemporary menu.
Where: The Corus Hotel, 1 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3LG
Book now: Bel Canto
The Piano Works, Farringdon and West End
Why: The Piano Works promises a jam-packed schedule of fun at its two locations, where you can expect to be wowed by live musicians, pianists, and bands. Each night is themed and the cocktail lists are based on the top ten songs requested by the audience, making for a vibrant atmosphere, frenetic with energy. The food menu, offering Buddha bowls and stacks of ribs, will keep you properly nourished as the night goes on.
Where: 113-117 Farringdon Road, London, ECR1 3BX; 47 Whitcomb Street, London, WC2H 7DH
Book now: The Piano Works Farringdon, The Piano Works West End
Gremio de Brixton, Brixton
Why: Gremio de Brixton is ideal for punters looking for some casual entertainment to go with their food. This buzzy tapas eatery serves up some traditional Spanish bar vibes, replete with local bands and DJs showing off their best beats. The décor is rustic and charming, and the Iberian sharing plates are thoughtfully put together and pair nicely with a cold beer or red wine.
Where: The Crypt, St Matthews Church, London, SW2 1JF
Book now: Gremio de Brixton
Blues Kitchen, Brixton, Shoreditch, and Camden
Why: Come hang out at the Blues Kitchen (located in Brixton, Shoreditch and Camden) for a hearty dose of American soul food. Dine on classic southern dishes such as shrimp jambalaya and beef brisket, and wash it down with a strong bourbon – there are over 100 to choose from. Once your stomach has been lined, it’s time for some night train soul tunes or check out the blues gospel for a feel-good Sunday brunch.
Where: 40 Acre Lane, London, SW2 5SP; 134-146 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AR; 111-113 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JN
Book now: Blues Kitchen Brixton, Blues Kitchen Shoreditch, Blues Kitchen Camden
Room 43, Clapham
Why: Head to Room 43 for some delicious Persian eats, located within a rustic, stripped back restaurant, and a more relaxing take on entertainment. Beers are locally crafted, and the food features a nice selection of mezze and more hearty mains. The chicken skewers, marinated in saffron and yoghurt, are succulent and go well with the lentil and mango salad. Let yourself chill out as the house jazz band curates the mood, and punters can even partake in the freestyle jam session.
Where: 43 Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5QW
Book now: Room 43
The best activity bars and restaurants in London
Got a competitive streak? Uncover your hidden talents and impress your friends with your mad ping pong skills or kick it up a notch and belt out a tune at karaoke. Why not up the stakes even further, and have the loser buy dinner for everyone? Proceed with caution, fun ahead.
Why: This snug little basement bar is home to one of London’s best karaoke setups. The back wall at Bao Borough is actually a huge screen, and your party will be furnished with microphones aplenty to help guests let out their inner Cher. Hungry tummies are catered for by way of the Taiwanese menu that champions – naturally – bao but also includes fried chicken and other tasty treats.
Where: 13 Stoney Street, London, SE1 9AD
Book now: Bao Borough
Swingers, City and West End
Why: Crazy golf courses aren't typically famed for their food. Yet Swingers has really surprised us with the canny move of choosing much-loved favourites as culinary residents. The West End branch offers a pretty stellar trio of burgers from Patty & Bun, tacos from Breddos and pizza by Pizza Pilgrims. Chow down then hit the course for nine holes of seriously good fun. Cocktails here are on-point too, with the chance to win free shots with a hole in one.
Where: 15 John Prince’s Street, London, W1G 0AB; 8 Brown's Buildings, London, EC3A 8AL
Book now: Swingers
London in the Sky, North Greenwich
Why: Does dining 100 feet in the sky count as an activity? We think so. This adrenaline-fuelled dining experience sees diners quite literally strapped into their seats before being hoisted into the air by a giant crane. With six different dining experiences to choose from, including brunch, afternoon tea and dinner, attendees are treated to a meal and drinks suspended 100 feet in the air and with views overlooking the O2! With epic hosts, banging tunes and drinks flowing the whole time, it's a great group activity to book for your next birthday or hen/stag do. Although we suggest skipping this one if you're not great with heights.
Where: Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX
Book now: London in the Sky
Bounce, Farringdon and Old Street
Why: Bounce (with locations in Farringdon and Old Street) is ideal for competitive ping pong throw-downs in between bites of slow-cooked pork ribs and southern fried popcorn prawns. For more substantial dining, get a pizza pie topped with charred artichoke, roast tomato tapenade, Sorrento olives, and tenderstem broccoli as you soak up the buzzy, colourful atmosphere.
Where: 121 Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD; 241 Old Street, London, EC1V 9EY
Book now: Bounce Farringdon, Bounce Old Street
Flight Club, Shoreditch, Bloomsbury, and Victoria
Why: Make your way to Flight Club for a round of darts and plates of smashing food you’ll want to fight over. There’s Korean sesame pork, fried mac 'n' cheese croquettes, salmon ceviche tacos, and more to chow down on for those moments when you’re not exploring the two floors of darts heaven. Players of all levels are welcome to join in on the fun, although there is a signature trophy cocktail up for grabs for high scorers!
Where: 2a Worship Street, London, EC2A 2AH; 55 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1BS; 6 Sir Simon Milton Square, London, SW1E 5DJ
Book now: Flight Club Shoreditch
Bunga Bunga, Battersea and Covent Garden
Why: Karaoke! Pizza! Bingo! Bunga Bunga (located in Battersea and Covent Garden) is a one-stop-shop for fun and good food. There's loads going at this Italian joint, but it would be silly not to mention the pizza, which has been given the thumbs up by us, loaded with indulgent toppings and made fresh to order. Plus the cocktail list is buzzing with crazy concoctions such as the Fiat 500, a life-sized sharer, featuring Belvedere pink grapefruit vodka, which will have you singing.
Where: 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London, SW11 3BA; 167 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PG
Book now: Bunga Bunga Battersea, Bunga Bunga Covent Garden
Why: This particular branch of the ever-growing MEATLiquor empire offers more than just deliciously hedonistic burgers and sides. Aiming for more of a pub/diner vibe, the restaurant features pool and table football tables, so you and your mates can burn off the decadent burgers, loaded fries and more. Be sure to order the tower block, which features fried chicken, a hash brown, pickles and more piled into a bun.
Where: 13-19 Old Town, London, SW4 0JT
Book now: MEATLiquor SW4
The best themed restaurants in London
Novel concepts often get a bad rap but these ones are actually worth the hype. Come for the food, stay for the pure escapism! From Gatsby to gaming, there are so many different themes to choose from.
Ave Mario, Covent Garden
Why: Younger sibling to Gloria and Circolo Popolare, Ave Mario is the third site from the Parisian group Big Mamma. The team know how to create a party atmosphere, and Ave Mario is no different to the more established sites, in its irreverent, tongue-in-cheek way. Here you’ll find a buzz like nowhere else in London and a menu of Italian favourites. From the bottled-lined walls and the open kitchen through to the quirky pottery, everything here has been given a touch of theatre. Dessert hasn’t escaped either, with a towering ice cream sculpture carved tableside for diners to enjoy a sweet spectacle to finish things off.
Where: 15 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8QG
Book now: Ave Mario
The Candlelight Club, secret location
Why: We'd love to tell you the theme at The Candlelight Club, or at least the location. In fact, we're just as in the dark as you. The Candlelight Club is a pop-up speakeasy which changes location (and theme) every time, so you never know what you're going to get. Some things you can expect, however, are dazzling live performances, elegant cocktails and delicious food.
Book now: The Candlelight Club
The Top Hat Restaurant & Bar, Holborn
Why: Themed on the classic Monopoly board game, The Top Hat Restaurant & Bar finds its home next door to its immersive gaming experience partner. Once you’ve whizzed round the life-size board, you’ll have worked up quite the appetite. Luckily help is at hand, as here drinks and food are plentiful, and loosely themed around the game. Interiors also pay homage to the classic family pastime through subtle nods like using tube-line fabric on upholstered items.
Where: 213-215 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7PN
Book now: Top Hat
Park Row, Soho
Why: Billing itself as a true one-of-a-kind gastronomic show, Park Row offers guests an immersive dining experience centred around DC comic books. There are various restaurant and bar setups to choose from within the space, but the main hub is the Monarch Theatre. Here you’ll find a combination of fine-dining food presented alongside 360 projections and carefully crafted staging that combine to take you on a tale of good and evil.
Where: 77 Brewer Street, London, W1F 9ZN
Book now: Park Row
Dans Le Noir, Farringdon
Why: Want to put your taste buds to the test? Make your way into Dans Le Noir, but try not to get lost, because you’ll be dining in the dark at this quirky restaurant. Dans Le Noir challenges the norm, and promises to change your perception of food, as you dine on its globally influenced French cuisine and wine chosen by an in-house sommelier. If you’re feeling very adventurous, go for the surprise menu.
Where: 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU
Book now: Dans Le Noir
Ballie Ballerson, Shoreditch
Why: Ballie Ballerson is the ultimate kidult place to hang out in the city, where you can grab a Hubba Bubba Margarita and some ‘foodie fooderson’ in the shape of a truffle honey pizza topped with emmental, scarmorza, and Parmesan. Once you've had your fill of food, you can jump around in a ball pit full of glowing balls all evening with friends. Is there a better way to relive your childhood? Not in our books.
Where: 97-113 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3BS
Book now: Ballie Ballerson
Inamo, Covent Garden and Soho
Why: Inamo is one for the techies. This pan-Asian restaurant is a futuristic experience that allows you to order food and play games via an interactive table. You can watch your sashimi be prepared through the chef cam and play retro video games from your seat. The entertainment at this restaurant is top-notch and the food is on par too, with a lovely selection of sharing plates such as tender squid dumplings, miso black cod, and chicken satay on offer.
Where: 11-14 Hanover Place, London, WC2E 9JP; 134-136, London, Wardour Street, W1F 8ZP
Book now: Inamo Covent Garden, Inamo Soho
The Schoolhouse, Clapham
Why: Nostalgic for school days? The Schoolhouse promises a menu that goes back in time and makes it better, with tuck shop themed bites and comfort food served on school dinner trays by the restaurant’s ‘prefects’ – the food here is so much more delicious than we remember school meals being. The cocktails are similarly inspired, with Teacher’s Coffee and Mules served by mixologists in white lab coats.
Where: 137-139 St Johns Hill, London, SW11 1TD
Book now: The Schoolhouse
Why: Hop on board this bus for a four-course fine dining meal cooked out of the mobile kitchen, for an experience that is pretty high up on the novelty scale. Catch some pretty views as you tour around London, thanks to the glass roof. It’s an impressive feat, and Bustronome pulls it off well – plus the menu is constantly evolving as new chefs are invited on board to develop dishes regularly.
Where: Coach bay 40B, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2N 6PB
Book now: Bustronome
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