London is a funny old place, some parts are o so British and others are very far from it. We love a lil culture hit, and hitting these weird and wonderful bars has been more than educational, it’s changed lives. From smashing plates with Greeks, to getting naked with Russians, we bring you the best of London's not so British offerings. Enjoy.
An extraordinary Austrian restaurant in Notting Hill. If you haven't been then you've missed out. With a whole load of alpine nicnacs chucked all over the walls and entertainment from people who look like your dad (accordion playing and yodelling, yes yodelling! Plus the highly original Tirolean Cow Bell show), you'll laugh all night. Every day's a party and with a DJ late at night, we say take your meat loving mates and settle in. Just don't forget your dirndl.
27 Westbourne Grove London W2 4UA
Tsiakkos & Charcoal
With plastic tablecloths and faded paintings inside, a lorry load of ramshackle statues and old sofas outside in the courtyard, it's like stepping into a charity shop during a power cut. If you want a beer and Xen's not around to serve it, you help yourself. Greeks who love their food love this place, and it's not expensive either so go go go (oh and take cash).
5 Marylands Road London, Greater London W9 2DU
Go waaaay back to the medieval ages and go party in a cave. Tuck into a traditional banquet and then party on down after to music from the Medieval and Renaissance courts of Europe rom the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th centuries - go wild. You can even push the boat out and hire costumes. Check out the Christmas 2016 menu here.
Nikita's used to be an institution (Kate Moss and Elton John used to hang there) and BarChick says it’s time to bring it back. As with all of BarChick's favourite restaurants, it's all about the weird entertainment, and this place won't let you down with a tubby drunk accordion player, live balalaika music and even Russian dancing on weekends. There's a good reason why it's been around forever, and it's not just the 40 different types of vodka or the caviar. You can book a booth with a lock and a bell for service, and do as you please (until they say otherwise). Take mates, book a booth and stay for a lock in.
65 Ifield Road, London SW10 9AU
Book a table in the caves downstairs and make like you're in Casablanca. Sure, some of the seats are uncomfortable and some might find the low tables a little awkward, but roll with it. The music's loud, the belly dancers are in your face and the portions are as big as the waiters. Plus, the atmosphere is unbeatable and the cocktails are good. That's all that matters, right?
27 Litchfield Street, London, Greater London WC2H 9NJ
Bit of a closet mountain fiend? Then you'll just love this chalet style hangout, as would Heidi so bring her along too. There's giant cow bells, old school skis and neatly stacked fireplaces to feast your eyes on, as well as a load of cute girls in traditional Austrian dress. Tuck into wiener schnitzel and a round of snow angels and then turn things up with the DJ. Ski boots at the ready.
2a Kensington High Street, London, W8 4RE
This place really does what it says. So if you’re wanting a pre-date drink to settle the nerves... this isn’t the place to do it. If you’re up for a wild night with something a little out there, then this is just the place. If you're going to go to Garlic and Shots - you’ve gotta commit to both the garlic and the shots... boy did BarChick and boy should you… read more.
14 Frith Street London W1D 4RD
It used to be a theatre and still has all the original features (yes, you can hang in the opera box above), so you might agree with the disapproving bearded couple at the table next to BarChick that this place is "bonkers." We loved it - the food was good and the entertainment (after 8pm) comprised of 3 very smiley Spaniards singing, playing and dancing. Sunday is opera night and every night is party night. Book an alcove and take fun friends. DONE.
126 Drury Lane London WC2B 5SU
Picture the whole cast of Jumanji on "I'm a celebrity" and throw in a few wannabe Bear Grylls on awkward second dates, and this is Archipelago. It's all about "exploring the exotic" here, so man up and impress the girls by ordering a Queen Bee salad or the staple Bug salad, follow it up with Alpaca stew, Kangaroo or Crocodile. BarChick's favourite part was the absinthe with a snake in it, deeee-lish.
110 Whitfield Street London, Greater London W1T 5ED