It is often said that one of the biggest advantages of living in a metropolis like London is that you never have to eat in the same place twice if you don’t want to. That may be a slight exaggeration but the fact remains that London, and especially west London, features some wonderful and exciting places to eat out.
If you are an adventurous sort and enjoy new experiences, new venues, and trying something a little bit different, then seeking out the quirkier and more unusual eating venues in the west of London might be something that appeals to you.
1. Sketch, Mayfair
The first restaurant in our rundown of the quirkiest places to eat in west London can be found in Mayfair and is actually a collection of different restaurants all in one place. All in all, Sketch includes three restaurants known as the Gallery, the Lecture Room, and the Parlour, and two lounge bars called the Glade and the East Bar. There really is something for everyone.
All of the restaurants are intriguingly different with the Gallery taking a gastro-brasserie direction, the Lecture Room being a two Michelin starred fine dining outlet, and the Parlour falling somewhere between the two. What they all have in common however, is that they are artistically designed and decorated by award winning artists and interior designers, giving each and every one a quirky and beautiful feel.
Find out more about Sketch here
2. Mari Vanna, Knightsbridge
If you find yourself in the heart of Knightsbridge and want to know what it would be like to eat in a near perfect representation of post-soviet Russia, then Mari Vanna is the place for you.
Following the trend of their restaurants in New York and Moscow, Mari Vanna is beautifully decorated with ‘the iconic Russian Bear, stacking dolls and Cheburashka, bookshelves filled with Russian literature, elaborate chandeliers hung far and wide’, and everything else you would associate with historic Russia.
Everything about the restaurant is intricately designed to really transport you to Russia and the design of the interior has won a number of awards. If you want quirky when you are looking for somewhere to eat in west London, a quintessentially post-soviet Russian restaurant could hardly better fit the bill.
Find out more about Mari Vanna here
3. Beach Blanket Babylon, Notting Hill
Our final quirky place to eat in west London is the bar and restaurant called Beach Blanket Babylon, affectionately known as BBB, in Notting Hill. The venue was established back in 1990 and is set inside an old Georgian mansion. The restaurant takes up traditional rooms such as the library, the gallery, the crypt, and the chapel, with the more ornate ballroom being available to hire for functions.
The BBB menu is described as being ‘seasonal, modern European cuisine, accompanied by an impressive selection of world wines’ and has made the restaurant a favourite of hundreds of discerning patrons. If a classy meal in a Rococo style Georgian mansion sounds like your idea of an enjoyable and unusual evening out, then BBB is the place for you.
Find out more about Beach Blanket Babylon here.