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The ten most incredible places to dine out in London


The ArcelorMittal Orbit - Anish Kapoor's imposing red sculpture in the heart of the Olympic Park - reopened this year with the option to hire it out for private parties and champagne receptions. It's the latest in a wealth of extraordinary dining experiences that have come to define London's restaurant scene, from the weird and the wonderful to the downright surreal. Whether you fancy eating out in the pitch black dark or having your meal served in a giant white bed, the capital has it covered. In the spirit of culinary adventure, we've selected a few of London's more unusual restaurant offerings, below. Got your own favourites? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments section.

ArcelorMittal Orbit

When it comes to hot new dining experiences, first is best - so book a place now at ArcelorMittal Orbit, the UK's tallest sculpture at 114.5 metres high. This towering creation promises panoramic views that stretch across 20 miles of London and you can re-live the spirit of London 2012, as it's located at the very centre of the Olympic Park. It opens this spring for private hire (among other things), including parties and drinks receptions.

arcelormittalorbit.com, nearest tube: Stratford

Basement Galley

This underground supper club takes its namesake literally and can be found in a decommissioned 1967 Victoria Line carriage at the Walthamstow Pumphouse Transport Museum. Co-founder Alex Cooper is a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu School in Paris and serves up top notch grub, but this is as much a social experience as any, with strangers and groups mixed up side by side.

basementgalley.com, nearest tube: Walthamstow

Restaurant Story

A must for story lovers, chef Tom Sellers' restaurant aims to share narratives and memories from what dinners "see, smell and taste on the plate." The menu draws from the very best of seasonal British produce - think English pear, artichoke and verbena - and best of all, there's a giant book collection, which you can add to by bringing your own favourite read.

restaurantstory.co.uk, nearest tube: London Bridge


It doesn't get more casual than dining on an over-sized white bed sans shoes. Supperclub is hip cocktail bar-meets-restaurant-meets-nightclub concept and the London branch is one of a global chain that also includes Istanbul and San Francisco. It's informal to the hilt, with music, art, food and performance aimed at "stimulating your senses and releasing your creativity."

supperclub.com, nearest tube: Westbourne Park

Ms Marmite Lover

In a market suffused with foodie pop-ups, Ms Marmite Lover's enclave still manages to be a stand-out gem. Her Kilburn flat is cool and quirky in equal measure, the food is fabulous and at the helm of it all is Ms Marmite Lover - a larger-than-life personality who delivers a stellar night that descends into mayhem (of a good type) more often than you might think.

msmarmitelover.com, nearest tube: London (secret)

Circus London

Eating out in London can often be a bit of a circus but this time it's for real as guests are entertained to acrobats and burlesque as they dine in a surreal, decadent bubble. Circus London comes alive after dark, with innovative cocktails, exotic spectacles and multi-talented performers combining to create a dazzling night out - perfect for a spot of escapism (followed by impromptu dancing).

circus-london.co.uk, nearest tube: Covent Garden


The interactive menus are the piece de resistance at this Oriental fusion restaurant/click-happy haven of fun. Diners can order food and drink from an interactive menu projected onto the table surfaces and even order a cab home from there at the end of the night. You set the mood and control everything from the tap of a fingertip.

inamo-restaurant.com, nearest tube: Oxford Street


This interactive culinary road trip takes place in different and secret locations across the East London overground (aka the ginger line) and was founded by "two adventure-loving food fanatics who adore art, performance and design diced with daring". Diners simply sign up, wait near a station on the ginger line at a certain time and are texted directions for a night that delivers "cartwheeling, cavorting and foodie delights." Only the bold need apply.

gingerline.co.uk, nearest tube: East London overground

Dans Le Noir

It's had a lot of press but Dans Le Noir remains one of London's most unique dining experiences. A sensory experience that aims to sharpen our perceptions of taste and smell, it involves eating in total darkness and being guided and served by blind people. Get set to embrace a whole new world of mystery and sensation...

london.danslenoir.com, nearest tube: Farringdon

The Wapping Project

There are few places in the world where you can eat in a former hydraulic power station, but happily Wapping Food in Wapping Power Station is one of them. With theatre director and curator Jules Wright at its helm, it is a creative, minimalist space with brightly coloured, ultra-modern furnishings housed in concrete surroundings, with vast ceilings and a retro, slightly abandoned air. The innovative food is worth going for alone - try the baked fig with walnut vinaigrette, washed down with a peach bellini.

thewappingproject.com, nearest tube: Wapping

Words: Anna Brech, Photos: Rex Features



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