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.
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
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
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
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
See also: Bob Bob Cité
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
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
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
See also: Gloria
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
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
See also: Brasserie of Light
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
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
See also: Hutong
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
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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