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When you want to get dressed up and go somewhere glitzy and your neighbourhood hangout just doesn't cut it, here are London's most over the top restaurants to enjoy a big night out in.

 

Amazonico

Amazonico

10 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BR

The extra factor: From the private dining room covered floor to ceiling in peacock feathered fabric to the sushi bar with its own huge fish tank backdrop, Amazonico’s Mayfair interiors are meant to dazzle. Diners will need to dress up so as not to blend into the wallpaper.

Follow them on Instagram: @amazonicolondon

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Beast

Beast

3 Chapel Pl, Marylebone, London W1G 0BG

The extra factor: If you’ve ever wondered what a Harry Potter movie set would look like as a London restaurant, then Beast answers that question. All wax-dripping candelabra and long oak tables make it look for the world like the dining room at Hogwarts. 

Follow them on Instagram: @beast.restaurant

Find out more about Beast

 

Berners Tavern

Berners Tavern

10 Berners St, London W1T 3NP

The extra factor: Why have just one or two paintings on the wall when you can have hundreds? Ian Schrager’s London hotel has lined the walls of its huge Grade II listed dining room with paintings - making the diners a mere backdrop to the art collection.

Follow them on Instagram: @bernerstavern

Find out more about Berners Tavern

 

Bob Bob Ricard

Bob Bob Ricard

1 Upper James St, Soho, London W1F 9DF

The extra factor: Literally everything about BBR is extra, from its Tsarist train carriage decor to the much-copied ‘press for Champagne button’. The City branch is equally fabulous and just the place to try some Armagnac made in the year you were born.

Follow them on Instagram: @bobbobricard

Find out more about Bob Bob Ricard

See also: Bob Bob Cité

 

Brasserie Zedel

Brasserie Zedel

20 Sherwood St, Soho, London W1F 7ED

The extra factor: For when your tastes are Champagne but your budget is Cava this Corbin & King palace in Piccadilly is the place to go. Once part of The Regent Palace Hotel, which back in 1915 was the largest hotel in Europe when it opened, it’s still a place of wonder - not least because of how low the bill usually is.

Follow them on Instagram: @brasseriezedel

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Bunga Bunga

Bunga Bunga

167 Drury Ln, Holborn, London WC2B 5PG

The extra factor: Maybe it’s the private dining space set in a life-size Riva boat, or the aerial circus performers swinging from the ceiling as you work your way through your foot long pizzas - but Bunga Bunga doesn’t do low-key. At all. 

Follow them on Instagram: @bungabungaldn

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Circolo Popolare

Circolo Popolare

40-41 Rathbone Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HX

The extra factor: Short of beaming yourself Star Trek-style to the shores of Sicily, stepping in off the Fitzrovia payment into Circolo’s magical interiors is the fastest way to transport yourself to a trattoria in Taormina without heading to the airport. Dishes are similarly OTT - don’t leave without trying the iceberg-sized lemon meringue pie.

Follow them on Instagram: @bigmamma.uk

Find out more about Circolo Popolare

See also: Gloria

 

Hide

Hide

85 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7NB

The extra factor: Sure the gorgeous fairytale-like oak staircase winding its way up through three floors of Ollie Dabbous’s restaurant is jaw-dropping, but what really sets this restaurant apart from the crowd is the private dining room with its own car lift - perfect for dining royals or A-listers who are after total privacy from pavement to dining table. 

Follow them on Instagram: @hide_restaurant

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The Ivy Asia

The Ivy Asia

20 New Change, London EC4M 9AG

The extra factor: Featuring 12-foot tall Samurai warriors in the toilets and a day-glo floor made from semi-precious stones, Ivy Asia is certainly the blingiest restaurant in Richard Caring’s empire. But when weekends are booked up 12 weeks in advance, even during a pandemic, then OTT decor is clearly what folks are looking for.

Follow them on Instagram: @theivyasiastpauls

Find out more about The Ivy Asia

See also: Brasserie of Light

 

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The Ned

27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ

The extra factor: From its opening party which had Paloma Faith and Tiny Tempeh strutting the stage, The Ned set out to transform the City's night time and weekend scene. Even if you're not a member you get to enjoy the live music and palpable buzz at one of the many ground floor bars and restaurants. But for the real wow, head to the rooftop pool bar in the summer, or The Vault in the basement.

Follow them on Instagram: @thenedlondon

Find out more about The Ned

 

Park Chinois

Park Chinois

17 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London W1J 8EA

The extra factor: Looking for the world like the opening scene of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, this subterranean dining room evokes 1920s Shanghai with all its gold leaf and tassels. This is dinner and a floor show territory - enjoy your Cantonese style lobster noodles while a smoky-voiced chanteuse takes centre stage.

Follow them on Instagram: @parkchinois

Find out more about Park Chinois

See also: Hutong

 

The Ritz

The Ritz

150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR

The extra factor: You come to the Ritz for synchronised dome lifting, Gueridon table service, heavy-duty napiery and an iron clad dress code - oh, and all the gold! John Williams’ Michelin-star cooking helps elevate what could be merely old-fashioned into an old-world glamorous experience. Dress up to match the room.

Follow them on Instagram: @theritzlondon

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Sketch

Sketch

9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

The extra factor: Certainly London (and the UK’s) most extra three Michelin-starred restaurant - Mourad Mazouz’s Sketch has gone all-out with the design of its restaurants from the Accidentally Wes Anderson pink Gallery to its rainbow Fin de Siecle Library. But it’s the toilet pods that fall somewhere between Spinal Tap stage prop and cryo space units that are the main attraction. 

Follow them on Instagram: @sketchlondon

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