It’s nearly impossible to keep up with bars and restaurants in London. While one (or ten) seem to open everyday, it’s rare that you hear about any closing. So it’s even more baffling to think that people are still coming up with original food and drink concepts. Surely everything has been thought of by now? Clearly not the case! London is home to some of the coolest food & drink concepts and I have no doubt that more will be popping up for years to come. To pay homage to this quirky city, I’ve put together a list of 10 of my favorite food & drink concepts in London.
These restaurants and bars are either a) focused on a single ingredient (or meal); b) offer something unique in addition to relatively normal food/drink offers; or c) are just really awesome. The ones I’ve been to are among my absolute favorite spots in London, and the ones I haven’t been to are at the top of my list for a future visit. Regardless, these places deserve a visit, and you deserve a treat – so go check them out!
10 Incredible Food & Drink Concepts in London
Duck & Waffle
Delicious breakfast with an incredible view. Even better? You can enjoy this breakfast 24/7 – if you can get a reservation, that is! Duck & Waffle also has Sushi Samba as it’s neighbor, so hit both for major culinary satisfaction!
Duck & Waffle – 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY – www.duckandwaffle.com
The Cheese Bar
Anything with the word ‘cheese’ in it catches my eye because I love cheese. And I’m the type of person The Cheese Bar was created for.
The Cheese Bar – Camden Market, London NW1 8AH – www.thecheesebar.com
Pizza and prosecco is a brilliant combination. Prosecco served on tap makes it even better! The chilled out vibe of Homeslice is perfect for meeting up with friends, splitting a pizza, and sipping a glass (or four) of prosecco.
Homeslice Pizza – Neal’s Yard / Fitzrovia / Shoreditch – www.homeslicepizza.co.uk
Regretting that last cocktail last night? Or the things you said at your work holiday party? Head to redemption bar, where you can have pretty much everything except alcohol. From delicious mocktails to healthy creations like Sweetcorn & Red Pepper Pancakes, you’ll definitely feel great when you leave Redemption Bar!
Redemption Bar – Notting Hill / Shoreditch – www.redemptionbar.co.uk
Soft Serve Society
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Revamp your ice cream intake with the crazy concoctions at Soft Serve Society – cotton candy on top of your soft serve, dark chocolate and popcorn toppings, and even Instagram’s favorite freakshakes.
Soft Serve Society – BOXPark Shoreditch, London, E1 6GY – www.softservesociety.com
Tired of paying ridiculous prices for watered down coffee and subpar baked goods? Forget about paying for your food and drink – pay for time instead at Ziferblat. This cafe charges you only for the time you spend there (and it’s super affordable).
Ziferblat – 388 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT – london.ziferblat.net/
26 Grains is another place leading the way in healthy eating, and in the coolest way possible. Get your grain fix on with their brilliant grain bowls, such as the Salmon Black Rice, and Broccoli Bowl. Pair it with a Turmeric Almond Latte for an even more ‘grammable experience.
26 Grains – 1 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP – www.26grains.com
Whoever decided to mix sports with drinking was either crazy or brilliant. I think brilliant! Flight Club combines darts with alcohol, making for the ultimate adult playground. Book a dartboard and get competitive with your friends over what Flight Club have coined social darts. Plus, the carnival-like interiors at both locations just can’t be missed!
Flight Club – Shoreditch/Bloomsbury – www.flightclubdarts.com
Brush and Bubbles
Skip the pub in favor of a more creative night out. Grab your prosecco and paint brush for a fun-filled night of sipping bubbly and creating your very own masterpiece of art. Perfect for a date night, or a girls night, or any night, really!
Brush and Bubbles – venues vary – www.brushandbubbles.com
Randy’s Wing Bar
Buffalo wings aren’t as common in the UK as they are in the US, so it’s hard to come across a good wing, let alone an entire restaurant dedicated to them! Randy’s incorporates wings into so many different dishes, including brunch. Plus, they host a wing festival in London each year (we went to it – it’s awesome!). Transport yourself to a classic American wing restaurant by visiting Randy’s!
Randy’s Wing Bar – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3BS – www.randyswingbar.co.uk
I’d say that’s probably your next few weekends booked! But seriously, London has so many cool concept places, and I highly encourage visiting them all – whether it’s to mix up your date night or get the perfect photo for Instagram. And the thing is, this is London. Ten more places probably popped up while you were reading this post. It’ll never end, and that’s probably one of the best things about London. Share your favorite food concepts in London in the comments – I’d love to find more to try out!