Home to acclaimed landmarks, such as Big Ben and the Buckingham Palace, it is no mystery why London is the most populous city of England. The metropolis is one of the world’s leading cities in tourism with its fusion of medieval history and urban culture, making London a city with endless discoveries to explore.
London has a diverse range of people and culture and there is no doubt something to suit everyone’s interests. With that being said, this city also has some of the finest restaurants, featuring cuisine from around the world, that are worth checking out. Read on to find out more on our list of top 10 themed restaurants in London, England, that let you explore the world from one amazing city.
1. Experience incredible India at the Bombay Brasserie
Established in 1982, the Bombay Brasserie is one of the pioneers of the Indian food scene in London. Famed for bringing the authenticity of eclectic Bombay - now known as Mumbai - to their food, it is no wonder that the Bombay Brasserie is still one of London’s finest Indian restaurants in the area.
Located in fashionable Kensington, diners will be able to find this restaurant right opposite the Gloucester Road tube station. Offering the freshest vegetables and meat, diners can expect famous Indian dishes, such as chicken tikka, fish curry, kebabs and paratha.
Address: London Courtfield road, Opposite Gloucester Road Tube Piccadilly Lines, London SW7 4QH, United Kingdom
Contact number: +44 (0) 20 7370 4040
Website: Bombay Brasserie
2. Yodel your heart out at Tiroler Hut
Hailed as London’s most successful Austrian restaurant, Tiroler Hut is a must-visit for its authentic Austrian food and entertainment. Founded in 1967, this restaurant offers a lovely time, filled with yodelling, accordion music and their highly original Tirolean cowbell show. Upon entering, cheerful servers will welcome you in traditional Austrian dresses and will ensure you receive the full Austrian experience.
Enjoy Austria’s finest delights, such as their roasted pork knuckles and Hungarian-style stewed beef. Pair it with a premium imported German lager to get a true taste of Austria.
Address: 27 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UA, England
Contact number: +44 20 7727 3981
Website: Tiroler Hut
3. Be wowed by Circus
Despite its name, one should not expect clowns and monkeys here, but you can still expect an entertaining night. A combination of glittering cabaret and cocktail bar, Circus features pan-Asian fusion cuisine, where one can expect to be wowed by beautifully skilled performers twirling from suspended hoops. Guests can enjoy a wide array of exotic punches and Asian delights. However, only guests over the age of 21 can enter unless it is during the pre-theatre period, where guests above the age of 15 are allowed.
Address: Circus London, 27-29 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BA, United Kingdom
Contact number: +44 020 7420 9300
Website: Circus London
4. Party at Bunga Bunga
Whether you are looking to settle for some good food or enjoy an unforgettable night of fun, Bunga Bunga has got you covered. Bunga Bunga is an Italian restaurant that aims to give you a slice of Italian culture. Famous for their pizzas, Bunga Bunga is also renowned for their vivid entertainment.
They have two locations, in Battersea and Covent Garden. At Battersea, guests can expect a three-storey building that holds a bar and pizzeria on the first floor, a private dining room and nightclub on the second floor and a martini prosecco beach bar on the third floor. If you are looking to be blown away by an amazing performance, guests can head down to the Covent Garden location, where a wide array of shows are featured, including a burlesque show and a tongue-in-cheek circus performance.
Bunga Bunga London
Address: Bunga Bunga at Battersea, 37 Battersea Bridge Rd, Battersea, London SW11 3BA
Bunga Bunga at Covent Garden 167 Drury Lane London WC2B 5PG
Contact number: Bunga Bunga at Battersea 020 7095 0360
Bunga Bunga at Covent Garden 020 7590 3602
Website: Bunga Bunga
5. Be Sherlock Holmes at the Evans & Peel Detective Agency
The Evans & Peel Detective Agency may look like a detective agency at first, but it is actually a speakeasy bar, hidden away (quite literally) in Earl’s Court, London. Guests can enter this bar through a secret bookshelf, where they will be greeted by a detective - the doorman - who will require you to submit a ‘case’ and will question you upon arrival.
Upon entering, guests will feel like they have been transported back in time to a 1920s-style candlelit bar, adorned with antique furniture. Guests can expect some of the most exotic cocktails, such as the ‘Cold Fashioned’, one of the highly recommended and a vintage take on the traditional 'Old Fashioned’. It is best to make a reservation beforehand, as this place may get crowded!
Evans & Peel Detective Agency
Address: 310c Earls Ct Rd, Earls Court, London SW5 9BA, UK
Contact number: +44 20 7373 3573
Website: Evans & Peel Detective Agency
6. All things American at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. - A Forrest Gump-themed restaurant
Enjoy the freshest seafood in the most American way possible! The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is a family-friendly American restaurant, based on the hit motion picture, Forrest Gump. Themed to immerse you in America’s deep south of Alabama, the restaurant offers a wide range of all-American comfort food.
From burgers and salad to indulgent desserts, there is something for everyone at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. The casual and fun environment of the place is what stands out, with friendly servers welcoming you as if you were their ‘best good friend’.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Address: 13 Coventry St, London W1D 7AB, UK
Contact number: +44 20 3763 5288
Website: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
7. Enjoy Irani food at Dishoom
With the aim of paying homage to the many Irani cafes found in Bombay, Dishoom is another acclaimed Indian cuisine restaurant that celebrates Iranian and Indian culture through its 60s-style Bombay atmosphere. Awarded the Best Restaurant in the UK on Yelp for two years straight, Dishoom is not only known for their amazing food but for their aim of bringing people together through food and their friendly staff.
Guests can expect authentic dishes here, such as fried poori and naan rolls paired with authentic chai for the perfect meal. Not only is the food good but it is also priced at an affordable rate, making Dishoom a restaurant worth checking out.
Address: 7 Boundary St, London E2 7JE, UK
Contact number: +44 20 7420 9324
8. Visit the Amazon at the Rainforest Cafe
Welcome to the jungle! The Rainforest Cafe is a family-friendly restaurant, designed to look like an exotic jungle found in the depths of the Amazon. Furnished with animal-themed furniture, sounds of nature and animal animatronics, this restaurant offers an immersive experience into the jungle, fit for the whole family.
Marvel at the tropical showers and waterfalls at this restaurant, as you are surrounded by jungle trees while you dine. The menu offers an extensive range of international and American cuisine, making sure there is something for everyone for the family to enjoy.
Address: 20 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7EU, UK
Contact number: +44 20 7434 3111
Website: Rainforest Cafe
9. Experience London in the 40s at Cahoots
If you want to know what London looked like in the 40s after the war, check out Cahoots! Hidden away somewhere underground in the fashionable district of Soho, this secret bar is an atmospheric clandestine space that will make you feel like you are in a different era. Adorned with mismatched furniture that seems foraged from the ruins, guests can enjoy a cocktail in this drinking den of scoundrels.
Serving classic cocktails and, of course, post-war favourites, the bar is filled with jazz and swing music, so you can enjoy a night of dancing in London’s ‘underground’.
Address: 13 Kingly Court, Soho, London W1B 5PW, UK
Contact number: +44 20 7352 6200
Website: Cahoots London
10. Dive into African culture at Shaka Zulu
Hailed as London’s largest South African restaurant, this two-storey restaurant in Camden aims to give you an entertaining night with a touch of African culture. Guests can expect a charming bar and cocktail lounge, adorned with 20-foot-high (6.1 meter) statutes of warriors and carved wooden murals, to give you a taste of Africa. To give you an authentic culinary experience of South Africa, the restaurant boasts delicious game dishes, such as kudu, ostrich and zebra imported from Namibia.
Address: Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 8AB, UK
Contact number: +44 20 3376 9911
Website: Shaka Zulu London
Be everywhere at once
London is a place of endless discoveries and that includes its amazing themed restaurants! Have a great time soaking in the ambience of another country or travel back in time while still being in London. Get a few Instagram-worthy shots or just have a fun night out at one of our recommended themed restaurants and make the most of your trip to London, England.
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