Now if there is one thing London is known for it is diversity and its penchant for the unique and original. This has manifested itself in many forms over the years, but one that is taking the capital by storm is that of its unusual dining experiences.
Some of the best restaurants in London are those that offer something unique, whether that be the setting in which you are dining, the entertainment that is going on in the background or even the food itself, there is always something different to try in London. So before you finish that London business management course in the City be sure to visit these incredible eateries for an unusual dining experience to try in London.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
First up is a man who has made a name for himself out of creating the most incredibly unusual dining experiences. Heston Blumenthal has been making experimental dishes for many years and now his restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, is regarded as one of the best restaurants in London, and one of the most bizarre.
The star of the show – or menu – has to be that of the Meat Fruit. This incredible dish appears to take its name from its location as it comes out looking like a mandarin on a plate, but looks can be deceiving. This dish is actually, as its name may suggest, not one for the Fruitarian as it consists of a chicken liver parfait underneath a mandarin-appearing exterior.
The Medieval Banquet
If the faux fruit doesn’t quite take your fancy then perhaps dinner and a show may be more up your street. The Medieval Banquet really does let you ‘eat, drink and be merry’ as entertainment, food and drink come in equal measure at this unusual dining experience in the heart of London. As its name may suggest, you are more likely to encounter jesters and knights than staff in tails and aprons, and with all the meat and sides you could wish for you are sure to be putting the student diet stereotype to bed by visiting this unique dining experience in the City.
“Be part of 1000 years’ history at London’s Medieval Banquet. You will join King Henry VIII as a royal guest where you will shout out for your wench, Wassail with knights and bang the table in appreciation. Guests at the Medieval Banquet experience a night in the court of King Henry, enjoying live music as balladeers play and sing ancient song. Marvel at the grace of beautiful acrobats and the energy of our jesters. All this is set at the historic St. Katherine Docks which trace their roots to the 10th Century’s King Edgar and the legend of the Portsoken Knights.” The Medieval Banquet
Bocca Di Lupo
Sat within the heart of Soho, Bocca Di Lupo may appear relatively normal as a premier regional Italian restaurant in London, but yet again diners should prepare themselves for something quite extraordinary. Even stating on their website that they ‘specialise in the obscure and the delicious highlights of food and wine from all across Italy’s twenty regions’ it is somewhere to go if your stomach is feeling adventurous after an inspiring events management course lecture.
One of their highlights? Be sure – no matter how much you don’t want to – to try the blood and chocolate pâté, and yes you did read correctly. One of their signature dishes is a pâté made from a sweet mix of pig’s blood and chocolate, all served up with a slightly more appealing-sounding sourdough bread.
With praise for chef Oliver Dabbous coming from multiple media and food critic sources, you can feel safe in the knowledge that his more unusual dishes have been thoroughly tried and tested. Recognised as one of the best restaurants London has to offer, Dabbous is a triumph of culinary skill and offers a real experience to remember your time in the capital. Be sure to try the acorn praline – it may sound bizarre, but put your trust in the man that was named ‘the most wanted chef in Britain’ by the Guardian.
Finally, you may have tried unusual food and unusual entertainment, but Inamo restaurant really does round off the list with their interactive menu, where ‘the control of the dining experience is placed firmly in your hands’. Their interactive ordering system is embedded in the tables at which diners sit so the table really will look as though you can eat off of it. Diners place their order by choosing their dishes from a fully-illustrated food and drinks menu that is projected onto their table, and as a pioneering Oriental fusion restaurant their food isn’t half bad either!
London being London, these are just a few of the brilliant unusual dining experiences you can try in the capital. If you think we’ve missed one or have photos of your time at any of these great restaurants, be sure to share on the GSM London Facebook and Twitter pages.
Image Credit: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (Alison Connan), Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (Ashley Palmer-Watts), The Medieval Banquet, Bocca Di Lupo, Joakim Blockstrom, Inamo Restaurant.
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