London is home to a world of cool restaurants, and some of the best dining experiences in the world. Whether you fancy something fancy, something weird and wonderful, or simply something low-key, there’s something for all the family, every taste and budget.

Whatever your preference, London has it covered, and we’ve compiled a list of cool restaurants in central London you need to visit.

Rainforest Cafe

Dine in the superb surroundings of this wildly exotic restaurant, and find yourself surrounded by the sights and sounds of a magical rainforest.

Close to Thistle Trafalgar and Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley, this cafe deserves it spot on any list of cool and quirky restaurants you need to visit in London.

The decor is something that needs to be seen to be believed. From vines Tarzan would be proud to swing from, to the authentic harsh greenery of the jungle dotted across the walls and overhead, this place is just pure fun. It has an extensive menu serving up American and international dishes and a friendly environment to boot.

And don’t forget to grab a souvenir from the shop to commemorate your stay in the jungle!


The T.rex Grill

Situated within the iconic Natural History Museum, this restaurant is more than just good food. You’ll find yourself surrounded by dinosaurs while you tuck into some of the most delicious pizzas, burgers and fries around. Dinosaur lovers and future palaeontologists alike will welcome the dinorific decor, cool art, and portions big enough to satisfy even the hungriest Tyrannosaurus!

A short distance from Thistle Kensington Gardens and Thistle Hyde Park, you’ll be at the heart of all the Jurassic action. And of course, don’t forget to visit the excellent exhibitions and events on show at the museum. You’ll be glad you did!


Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

As if dining in London couldn’t get any better, we present to you Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant and Market.

Named after the brilliant iconic Oscar Winning movie, Forrest Gump, this restaurant and market (the brainchild of characters, Forrest and his “best good friend”, Bubba) makes its home in London’s Piccadilly area.

Within walking distance from our ideally located Thistle Trafalgar Square, you’ll have a wonderful time tucking into the amazing deep South menu, which includes steaks, grills and a great children’s menu. And let’s not forget the variety of wonderful shrimp dishes on the menu, too!


Drink, Shop & Do

This restaurant is the wonderful idea of best-friends and creatives, Kristie and Coralie. This quaint eatery in Kings Cross is gorgeously bright, with fun splashes of colour. But what makes this place special are the artsy gifts and home-wares on sale not only in the cafe’s own shop, but within the cafe itself! Amazing pieces created by independent designers are for sale. You can actually purchase the wonderful furniture you sat on to enjoy your delicious meal, the beautifully designed plate your tasty honey roast ham bagel was served on, or the art piece on the wall you couldn’t stop staring at while you tucked into your popcorn shrimp with tartare sauce.  

It’s a wonderful place to eat, and to visit!


Planet Hollywood

A comfortable 3 minute walk from Thistle Trafalgar Square, you’ll soon find yourself in the hub of Hollywood. This famous restaurant is the epitome of cool and deserves its place on any list of cool restaurants in London you need to visit!

Classic American style dishes, authentic Asian and Italian cuisine and a wonderful kids menu is served, with a nod to Hollywood and its cinematic history. Iconic images of the greats align the walls and recognisable theme tunes fill the room.

But the coolest thing about this restaurant (aside from the amazing food!) is the movie memorabilia on show, including The Terminator, Twins, James Bond and Die Hard. A movie fanatics dream!



Who knew you could have so much fun with crepes?! The menu at this eatery is excellent. So much variety and so many delicious options, it’s no wonder this is a must eat place in London for so many. From sweet options like Ferrero Rocher and apple crumble, to savoury choices like chicken supreme and Superveg, you’ll have lots of fun (and great difficulty!) choosing what to have first. Plus, you can add your own fillings, so you can let your imagination, and your taste-buds, run wild!


Hard Rock Cafe

This well-known eatery is super cool on all fronts and should definitely be on your list of cool restaurants in London you need to visit.

Situated in the trendy Hyde Park corner area of London and a few minutes walk to Buckingham Palace, the Hard Rock Cafe serves up a wonderful and impressive menu featuring a great kids menu and gluten free options too, all with generous servings.

But of course, Hard Rock Cafe, London, gets its cool points due to the amazing memorabilia on show. From Eric Clapton’s guitar to Elvis Presley’s coat and cape, it’s a magical tour through musical history, and a great day out for all!


Hollywood Bowl

Take a trip to London’s O2 and enjoy a fun day out with the family. Bowl while you enjoy a wonderful menu at the Hollywood Diner; a great restaurant serving up classic American-style and Tex-Mex dishes, including nachos, burgers, hot dogs and a variety of shakes. They also serve a full kids menu, dubbed Little League, and wonderful sugary treats.

As well as bowling, there is also an arcade full of classic games and activities.


Gourmet Burger Kitchen

What makes this burger bar great is the great kids menu. Special kids drinks, including fresh juices, milkshakes and soft drinks, and a sweet treat of 2 scoops of ice-cream of your choice makes this a cool place to eat for all the family.

Not to be missed: The amazing skinny fries!


Five Guys

This American themed family restaurant is a hit with lovers of great burgers, fries and milkshakes.

Generous portions of almost everything are the norm here, as are a huge range of burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches, and why not take full advantage of the Shake It Up: customise your very own milkshake with as many combos as you so wish, from 11 different flavours!


Relax in the heart of the city…

There’s just so much to choose from, so much to eat, so get started!