Going out for dinner is one of my favourite things to do in London; and with such a diverse range of restaurants, cuisines and experiences, I’m quite spoilt for choice.
*this post is sponsored by Square Meal*
I can usually be found scouring the SquareMeal website for new places to eat, and especially always keep my eyes open for quirky and unusual dining experiences. Which, helpfully, is also something London has plenty of. I’ve picked a handful of my favourites that are 100% on my list to try in 2019…
London In The Sky
London in the Sky is definitely on my foodie to-do list. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s a unique concept – a table suspended 100ft in the air, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Diners are strapped in to seats that look a bit like rollercoaster chairs, including a safety harness. If you’re prone to vertigo, it’s not one for you, but as a lover of being high up, I’d find this one super exciting!
Prices vary depending on meal and timings – find out more.
The Gastrophysicist’s Chef’s Table
There’s so much more to dining out than just the food itself (although, admittedly, that’s a great place to start!). For this unique dining event, experimental chef and experience designer Jozef Youssef has created a 10 course tasting menu, designed as a multisensory experience featuring lighting, colour, sound, aroma and textures. On the menu, you’ll find dishes inspired by European techniques, Mexican tastes and Japanese philosophy, all cooked up by Michelin-trained chefs.
The next available tickets are in May (March and April’s sessions are already sold out). It costs £180 which includes 10 courses, a premium champagne, cocktail and wine package, VAT and service.
The Medieval Banquet
Like all things medieval? Obsessed with A Knight’s Tale? (Yep, me too). This is a banquet you can’t miss. Be transported back to the Middle Ages with a four course meal, Henry VIII style. As well as food, guests experience the full show – medieval theatre and jousting, with plenty of audience participation encouraged if that’s your kinda thing.
Tickets start at £50 for adults, and include a 4 course meal with wine and ale throughout the meal and a 2 hour interactive show.
The Murder Express
In 2018, I got to experience The Murder Express for myself, and I thoroughly recommend it for fans of good food, and murder mysteries! During this dining experience set, you’re transported to The Murder Express – a train ride with sinister undertones. The on-board, three-course menu comes courtesy of Billy and Jack, finalists in the 2016 season of Masterchef.
It’s funny, engaging, and the food is fantastic – exactly what I was hoping for from this murder mystery dinner production. Tickets start at £53pp.
The Grand Expedition
From the minds behind the Chambers of Flavour Events, Gingerline, comes The Grand Expedition – a five course meal that combines live animation, dance display, flavoursome delights and exquisite set design. The experience will take designers through the skies, and the menu comes courtesy of Gingerline’s Flavourology team – so you know it’s going to be pretty damn good!
Tickets cost £60 – £75, and the experience takes place at a secret location somewhere on the Victoria line between Walthamstow and Euston.