London is a food lover’s paradise offering up a smorgasbord of sensational, surprising, and sometimes strange dining out and drinking experiences. From concept bars and microbreweries, seafood restaurants, steakhouses, and vegan-friendly venues to dining-in-the-dark eateries, no matter what kind of cuisine or experience you’re after, you’re bound to find it in the UK’s cultural and culinary capital.
Here at Fed Up & Drunk, we love London and are passionate about showcasing our favourite foodie destinations in the city, along with some unique venues you may never have heard about. If you’re struggling for new places to eat and drink in the capital, be sure to pick up your free copy of our London Food & Drink Guide or check out some of our favourite eateries and bars below.
Awarded a Michelin star in the latest edition of The Michelin Guide, executive chef Adam Smith is one of the country’s foremost chefs and the high standard of the service, setting and menus at Restaurant Coworth Park more than reflect that. Settling for nothing but excellence, this venue is a true delight. Dine on the best of British food such as their Waterford Farm salt-aged beef accompanied by oxtail mushroom and onion as you look out through the dining area’s large French doors over unrivalled views of the Mansion House’s rose terrace, croquet lawn, and rolling estate grounds.
Offering an experience unlike any other, Dans le Noir? invites diners to eat and drink in complete darkness, allowing the spectacular tastes on the menu to be the main focus. The menu is truly enticing and mysterious, providing only a few details about the dishes on offer. After choosing between the four colour-coded options – green (vegetarian), red (meat), blue (fish), and a mysterious white choice offering a surprise meal, you are introduced to your blind waiter who will confidently lead you through the darkness to your table. The fun of this restaurant is not knowing what to expect, although don’t worry, you can always expect first-class food, friendly service, and an unforgettable experience here.
Challenging the perception of bars in Hackney and inspired by the founder’s well-travelled and cultured upbringing, Acqua 7 is a concept bar that truly deserves your full attention. Offering the finest food and drink for both day and night, along with a retail area where you can purchase your favourite wine and an exciting programme of creative events such as art exhibitions, collaborations and kitchen takeovers, this bar is one of a kind. With a wine list you can easily settle into and a comprehensive cocktail menu, you’ll be well taken care of here. Equal thought has also been given to the food with a menu of sandwiches and cheese and charcuterie boards inspired by the founder’s time spent in Italy.
Serving beer that comes directly from the brewing tanks, if you’re a beer lover, Zero Degrees is an experience not to be missed. Both a microbrewery and an award-winning pizza and seafood restaurant with a healthy dose of the bold and imaginative on the menu, sit back and watch the beer being made in front of your eyes while you dine. The freshest beer you’ll have ever tasted, whether you choose a Pilsher, pale ale, wheat ale, or other speciality brew, you’re guaranteed a beverage that’s both flavoursome and pure. Make sure you try the mango beer – there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else.
An award-winning eatery characterised by delicious fare, stylish interiors and informative yet unobtrusive service, London Steakhouse Co. City leaves a lasting impression on all who visit. Complete with a cocktail bar as well as a private dining room for up to 20, it’s an elegant space that seamlessly blends white linens, sparkly glasses and twinkling lights. With a menu showcasing spectacular steaks along with the very best British dishes, you’re guaranteed to be blown away by the quality of the fare and the service. If you’re after a luscious lunch, first-class dinner, or simply the very best steak in the city, this is the steakhouse for you.
Warm, opulent, and charming, Little Bay is just a short stroll from the bustling heart of Clerkenwell. If you’re looking for a fantastic feast without having to spend a small fortune, this is the ideal restaurant for you. Known for its generous portions, be sure to come with an appetite. Try the tangy grilled goat’s cheese or choux de crab to start, then move onto the fillet of salmon flavoured by a citrusy Hollandaise sauce or the duck leg confit with butternut squash and red cabbage. If all this wasn’t enough to grab your attention, an opera singer also performs pop hits and classical numbers on Thursdays and Saturdays, providing an entertaining accompaniment to your dining experience.
Perfectly situated just a short stroll from King’s Cross, this cosy, quiet and friendly restaurant is all about showcasing healthy and natural food that is both flavoursome and fun. From colourful freshly squeezed juices to tempting bowls of vibrant salads and raw vegan choices, the owner’s approach to cooking is truly innovative. Try the beautifully layered raw vegan lasagne made from cashews and vegan sushi or the delicious salmon fishcake with three salads – one consisting of crunchy broccoli, cucumber, cracked wheat and goji berries. Thanks to the impressive selection of dairy-free, egg-free, flour-free, and sugar-free options available, Foodilic is rightfully a popular venue amongst Londoners and tourists too.
A cosy and casual eatery located in Camden’s buzzing Stables Market, Seawise is the perfect restaurant for those seeking a chilled and easy-going atmosphere along with the very best customer service. With modern, rustic décor and a splash of seaside memorabilia to match the menu, sit back and imagine you’re at the beach as you sample an assortment of seasonal and fresh seafood from the menu. Snap up some signature bang bang prawns or share the signature platter: a medley of fresh prawns, grilled mussels, prawn skewers, scallops, grilled octopus and calamari.
For a much more comprehensive selection of our favourite restaurants and bars in the London area, be sure to pick up your free copy of our London Food & Drink Guide here.