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  • So you've been in the capital for a few days and you've sampled the best food that

  • London has to offer.

  • Pizza Express, Gregs and the Boots Meal Deal.

  • Now that's great and all but what you're really looking for, is something unique.

  • So we'll be showing you our 10 favourite unique restaurants in London.

  • We'll whizz by the worlds first cheese conveyor belt, Sample some white chocolate mash which

  • believe me is much better than it sounds, feast next door to the Prime Minister, be

  • surrounded by cats, dine in a Victorian toilet, and much much more.

  • If you're new here, we make travel movies from our home town of London and around the

  • world, hoping you might just find your next holiday inspiration.

  • This is Suitcase Monkey, looking for unique dining in London.

  • First up on our list is Rabot 1745 and this place is heaven for anyone who loves chocolate.

  • That's because every single dish on the menu uses either cacao (which is the seed

  • chocolate is made from) or the roasted cocoa bean as a subtle ingredient.

  • The food all draws on Caribbean traditions with a contemporary British twist and

  • the addition of chocolate on the menu makes everything appear original.

  • My personal favourite was the main course, A slow cooked portion of Beef, with cacoa

  • mushroom dumpling.

  • On the side, we pecked at white chocolate mash, and Caribbean Sweet Potato with cacao

  • barbecue sauce.

  • The chocolate theming is a gimmick that could cheapen the experience but it's actually

  • quite a swanky place.

  • Owned by Hotel Chocolat, the serving presentation is more elegant than you might expect.

  • And so I think overall its a great place to visit if you're intrigues by what is essentially, a very posh Mars Bar.

  • Next up is The Attendant which is a restored Victorian toilet, originally built and used

  • since the 1890s.

  • Now, to put the 1890s into perspective, this means you could be eating an avocado

  • in the exact spot where Jack the Ripper did a poo.

  • And if that isn't unique, I don't know what is.

  • The original public toilet was closed in the 1960s and was remodelled, cleaned and reopened

  • 50 years later.

  • There's a nice mixture of lighter snacks such as bacon rolls, porridge and granola,

  • to full plates of traditional brunch staples: Avocado, hummus, lentils, grilled halloumi,

  • eggs, they're all here.

  • Served with a tasty coffee, it was a satisfying menu and yes apparently those tiles are original.

  • This next suggestion is something that won't be unique for lots of people, but for Londoners,

  • is something of a rarity.

  • A place we have visited more than anywhere on this list is The Quince Tree Cafe and what

  • makes it stand out, is its surrounding and tranquility.

  • Turning off the main road, you walk down this narrow alley and feel as if you're entering

  • into a hidden oasis.

  • Greeting you at the end, is London's oldest garden centre which has been inspiring people

  • since 1851.

  • It's the most peaceful dining entrance I'm aware of.

  • The Quince Tree Cafe itself is just as lovely.

  • The main seating area is inside this large greenhouse, but there is also a roofed outside

  • space more open to the elements.

  • With all of this, it is easy to feel like you're in some English countryside town

  • and the whole setting already makes this worth the trip.

  • But thankfully the food also holds its own.

  • Again, it hosts a mixture of small or large dishes so should work for most appetites and

  • budgets.

  • These chorizo croquettes served with a tasty mayo were awesome as were these avocado deep

  • fried chips with a chilli jam.

  • If you've seen my hidden gems in London video, I suggested a walk along the canals

  • of Little Venice.

  • The Quince Tree Cafe is just a few minutes away so makes for a convenient starting location.

  • Now, here's a little Suitcase Monkey fact for you.

  • I love cheese.

  • Out of 365 days, I reckon I will enjoy a cheese sandwich on about 300 of them.

  • And most of the days I'm not enjoying one, its because I'm somewhere abroad and I feel

  • I need to be less English and y'know, eat like the locals.

  • So our next stop literally blew my mind when I discovered it.

  • Enter the worlds first cheese conveyor belt restaurant named Pick and Cheese.

  • Presented in a really cool cloche, each of the 25 different cheeses, are all paired with

  • complementary condiments.

  • We had clothbound cheddar with tomato relish, Spenwood which is a hard ewes cheese, served

  • with truffled potatoes, and my personal favourite which was this Kingham cheese, paired with

  • a walnut fudge.

  • We also added in some smoked chorizo adding some spice and everything was coupled with

  • a variety of crackers.

  • This also goes down in history as the earliest time I've had a wine in my hand on a Sunday

  • morning.

  • Pick and Cheese is only a few months old, being situated inside London's newest market,

  • named The Seven Dials.

  • I'll be doing a future video on all my favourite London markets so please subscribe for that

  • if you haven't already.

  • If you are a lover of cats then Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium is for you.

  • This place is super popular so you will almost certainly need to book in advance.

  • These rescue cats are obviously the main attraction, so of course there's some games, some sleeping,

  • some drinking, some stroking, some attention and some being ignored.

  • The tea room is split over 2 floors and has a nice subtle but distinct Wonderland theming.

  • The layout is also really well designed providing lots of space for the cats to explore.

  • The food is traditional English, with soup, High Tea, scones, sandwiches and cakes.

  • I think if you're treating a cat lover to a unique dining experience, this would be

  • a perfect surprise.

  • For these last few suggestions I want to rattle them off fairly quickly for 3 main reasons.

  • One, I think they are a bit more niche so I wouldn't universally recommend them to

  • everyone.

  • Two: Some of these I don't have much footage for and Three; It'll help justify these

  • meals as an expense for the taxman.

  • So here are 5 quick suggestions you also might want to consider.

  • The first is Swingers.

  • This is 18 holes of crazy golf that also serves food and drinks for your enjoyment.

  • Great fun for either a couple or a small group.

  • Second we have The Jazz Cafe in Camden.

  • One of Londons most famous live music venues, you get to enjoy your food from the balcony

  • while listening to live jazz, soul, funk and blues.

  • How about the Paternoster Chop House?

  • This is the actual restaurant where the popular UK TV show, First Dates is filmed.

  • We are massive fans of the show so spent our first anniversary here.

  • Even without Fred and his team, it's great to see Merlins bar and make that infamous

  • walk towards the unknown.

  • Fourth, we have Sketch.

  • This place is probably most famous for its incredibly pink Instagrammable Gallery room

  • where you can enjoy afternoon tea.

  • But it has numerous rooms that are each something to behold.

  • It is expensive here but its toilets are almost worth the price alone.

  • And lastly, there is dining inside the Houses of Parliament.

  • This is technically classed as a pop up so availability isn't always open.

  • But when it is, you get to walk around the inside of Parliament, see the House of Commons

  • in action, or not as things can sometimes be and then sit down to some English food

  • in a room overlooking the Thames.

  • For further inspiration, check out my other London food guides as well as our international

  • travels around the world.

  • And follow us on Instagram to see us exploring live as it happens.

  • Thanks for watching Suitcase Monkey.

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UNIQUE LONDON DINING: Cheese Conveyor Belt, Eat in a Toilet, Chocolate Potatoes!

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