As the largest city in the UK, London is no doubt home to some of the world’s best culinary delights. But, if you’re looking for something more quirky and immersive than simply tucking into some tasty treats, here are some quirky foodie experiences to try.

Make your own candy

Though there are varying reports of which ancient culture invented candy, one thing is for sure – candy making is well and truly ingrained into British history. In fact, one of the earliest occurrences of what we class as modern candy came in 1760 when George Dunhill added sugar to the licorice that had been used for centuries prior as medicine. Since then, sugar work has become an expert craft, which has propelled candy to new heights, with innovative flavors, textures, and finishes. This can also be seen in the variety of media that candy itself has inspired. Those with a sweet tooth can play online casino games like Sweet Bonanza, which features banana, grape, watermelon, plum, and apple-flavored candies, as well as vibrant colors, and, of course, that classic swirled lollipop.

And, you can create your own traditional swirling lollipop at Spun Candy by booking one of their masterclass experiences. The experience lasts around an hour, pairing you with a candy expert to guide you along the way. You begin by choosing a flavor, before selecting your chosen colors, and finally the shape of your lollipop, which you get to mold yourself. Spun Candy also boasts some intermediate and advanced classes, such as teaching you how to make honeycomb, fudge, or candy flowers.

If candy isn’t your thing, don’t worry – there are several chocolate-making experiences in London to try instead, such as MyChocolate and Melt Chocolates.

Dine in darkness

Did you know that 75-95% of taste is actually due to smell? That’s according to research published by the Healthy Food Guide. So, what happens when we dampen our sight and enhance these senses, focusing on touch, texture, temperature, and smell? Well, you can try it out for yourself at Dans Le Noir?, which literally translates as ‘in the dark’. At Dans Le Noir?, diners are plunged into darkness and served by blind and partially-sighted staff. You are guided to your table by placing your hand on the shoulder of the person in front of you, before being seated and having the menu read aloud to you.

The food at Dans Le Noir? is one of the best-kept culinary secrets. However, you will be provided with your choice of color-coded menu – meat, fish, vegetarian, or the chef’s daily special. By keeping the menu under lock and key, diners will be unsure of what they are eating until they actually tuck in, which encourages you to really savor every morsel. If you have allergens, simply tell them at the time of booking, and they will prepare a unique meal to suit your dietary requirements but the dish will still be kept as a surprise. Despite not being able to see the dishes in front of you, the presentation of the food is truly second-to-none, highlighting just how much care and passion goes into the food itself.

And there you have it, just a few unique and quirky experiences for foodies exploring London.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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