London is a city of many things – history, culture and most of all, delicious food! On your trip to London, you’ll most likely pass chain restaurants that can be found in any part of England, such as Ask Italian and Prezzo. Whilst this doesn’t mean that the food or service is undesirable, it does mean that if you dine at a chain restaurant then your experience and London trip won’t be as exciting and memorable. When you get to the busy city, be sure to check out some of these independent restaurants for a unique dining experience!
Neds Noodle Bar
With a restaurant in Southbank Central London and another in Hackney, Greater London, Neds Noodle Bar combines the wonderful flavours of Oriental cuisine with the simplicity of eating out of a box. The best feature of Neds Noodle Bar, however, is its customisability. With a choice between 4 different noodles, 9 different sauces and 8 different fillings (as well as the opportunity to add extra!) you can make your very own tasty custom noodle and rice boxes to enjoy in their modern styled restaurants. If you’d rather eat from the comfort of your hotel room, make sure that you utilise Neds Noodle takeaway to have your great tasting food wherever you want! For the Southbank location, use the London Underground and get off at Waterloo station, then walk for 5 minutes.
Located in Camden Market, Shaka Zulu is the largest South African restaurant in London. What you’ll find at Shaka Zulu, however, is much more than just your average restaurant. Spanning over 2 floors, this unique find combines amazing food, a bar, live music, dancing and family entertainment. With a variety of exotic meats like zebra, wild boar and even crocodile, you’ll be sure to have a meal, service and experience that you can’t find anywhere else. You can easily get to Shaka Zulu by using the London Underground, getting off at Camden Town station, and walking for 5 minutes along Camden High Street.
Whilst this South Korean BBQ and grill restaurant isn’t based in Central London, but rather in an area of London called Little Venice, the food, styling and atmosphere that Gogi provides is well worth the journey! With an extensive menu of popular South Korean food, there are options for everyone, including vegetarians and vegans. One of the best things about Gogi, however, is the hands-on type of dining experience that you will receive. If ordering Korean BBQ (which is highly recommended!), you can expect your food to be cooked right in front of you on your table, as is custom in South Korea! As well as the food, be sure to enjoy South Korean alcohol and cocktails made with Soju, a drink made from rice. To get to Gogi, use the London Underground and get off at Edgeware Road Station, then walk for around 10 minutes.
If you’re in London, why would you want to eat in a chain restaurant that you can most likely find elsewhere in the UK when there are plenty of unique and wonderful restaurants that you can only find in or around London? With this guide to unique London restaurants, you’ll be sure to make your trip one to remember.