Four unusual London bars & restaurants

Amongst the book haul I received this Christmas (which now seems like such a long time ago!) was a brilliant guide to London – ‘Secret London – unusual bars and restaurants‘. A book of over a 100 London bars and restaurants with something just that little bit different to your average drink or dining establishment. The contents may not be entirely new to you, and you may even have been to a few of them (I spotted a couple), but it should still throw a few new places in your direction. A great resource if you find yourself stuck for inspiration.

So I thought I’d share four great finds that you’ll come across in this book.


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Swan and Edgar – Tucked in a street behind Marylebone Station you’ll find this classic pub with a literary twist. The bar rests on stacks of paperbacks (which took 36 consecutive hours to build apparently). Chairs and shelves are covered in old copies of the FT. The bathroom floors are made of scrabble tiles. It’s ran by the same people as Reverend JW, another example of quirky London style.

The Doodle Bar – Forms part of the studios for designer Vivienne Westwood and architect Will Alsop, down in the industrial part of Battersea. A dairy and tile emporium in its previous existence, the ground floor is now a bar where you’re encouraged to use the chalk and blackboards provided and doodle to your heart’s content. With an alcoholic drink in your hands, it could get interesting.

Simpson’s Tavern – A traditional chop house and a piece of London history that has survived over 150 years in the city. You’ll find hearty meals and manly pints on tap here.

The Trioler Hut – An authentic Trioler Hut offering Austrian food and entertainment, down below Westbourne Grove. I had a night out here a few years ago (before the blog was born) and it was possibly one of the most bizarre but entertaining evenings I’ve had. Decent food and a lively atmosphere, you’ll get cow bell ringing and a lederhosen wearing DJ. Best enjoyed in a group.

Have you been to any of these bars/ restaurants? Or discovered any unusual places in London?