With so many unique and personalized venues popping up around London, it seems as though people are now on the lookout more than ever to explore and experience an evening’s entertainment. “I think with the quality and accessibility of food as high as it is, more and more people in the hospitality industry are having to be novel in the way they approach things,” explains James. “It’s not enough anymore to simply serve amazing food; the location, ambience and service all have to be incredible too.”
“I believe the days of just opening the doors of a restaurant and expecting people to turn up have gone,” agrees Christopher. “People need more. They need to be transported into a different world.”
This is, of course, great news for those in London – not just visitors, but residents too. “I’ve lived in London for 31 years (my whole life!) and I’m still constantly surprised by what’s on offer,” says James. As a resident, then, what are some of James’ other favorite secret spots to grab a bite to eat in East London?
A relaxed, informal supper club held in Hackney. Enjoy delicious, home-cooked Vietnamese food as you socialize with fellow diners.
Apart from a fantastic name, this East London food spot boasts a trendy warehouse setting and a sophisticated menu.
The Clove Club
Show-stopping food served up in Shoreditch. Get stuck into nine courses from a set menu that changes daily.
Also based in East London, this is the best place to enjoy imaginative, inventive dishes. Expect memorable theatrical effects with your food.
Unusual London attractions
It’s not all about the food. Here are some other relatively unknown and unusual attractions across the rest of the city – keep them to yourself!
St Dunstan in the East