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Thinking of going underground? Time Out uncovers the best home restaurants operating in the capital

  • London's 'underground' restaurants

    The kitchen at the Underground Restaurant © Ms Marmite Lover

    • Leluu

      Uyen Luu hosts regular supper clubs in her East end flat. Leluu also teaches Vietnamese cookery classes to diners who want to make her menus in the comfort of their own homes. Read more

  • Green Onion Supper Club

    This one keeps one step ahead by holding secret dinners in a different place each time. Invitations and set menus are sent out a week in advance, when you can make your reservation. Read more

  • The Loft Project

    £100-per-head dining from chef Nuno Mendes in Dalston. Expect intriguing flavour combinations and techniques from the man behind the acclaimed Bethnal Green restaurant, Viajante. Keep a look out for special guest chefs. Read more

  • The Pale Blue Door

    An underground ‘speakeasy’ of sorts run by set designer Tony Hornecker in Dalston. One part cabaret, one part restaurant and very intriguing, this particular project features relatively simple food in contrast. Read more

  • Rambling Restaurant

    A team of three run this one – two food bloggers and a former Time Out Dubai journalist. Supper club venues vary, and always have some added extravaganza: one saw them turning an office in Soho into a Moulin Rouge cabaret Read more

  • The Secret Larder

    Food writer James Ramsden runs his North London supper club every fortnight - with the help of his sister, who welcomes the guests and does the dishes. Read more

  • The Secret Ingredient

    Run by Horton Jupiter in a flat in Newington Green, his unique selling point is a changing menu of intriguing Japanese-influenced vegetarian dishes. A recent menu features the likes of radish with apple dressing, rice with own-made gingered cucumber pickles and fruit with white miso dressing. With saké, naturally. Read more

  • Underground Restaurant

    Food blogger MsMarmiteLover hosts regular supper clubs at her Kilburn abode. She and her team change the menu dramatically each time – there has even been, fittingly, a Marmite-themed meal. Read more

  • White Room Supper Club

    Every second Saturday 10 people fit into this North London supper club. The German chef often includes ingredients from her home country, recent menus included white asparagus and woodruff - a German herb. Read more

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ferdiesfoodlab
ferdiesfoodlab

Fernandez & Leluu now work independently! Simon Fernandez is now full time chef patron at ferdiesfoodlab and employs 8 people on a part-time basis. ferdiesfoodlab (a London supper club) is a social banquet where you can meet new people. It serves international cuisine in the east end of central London at the beautiful listed building Toynbee Hall. You can check it out at ferdiesfoodlab.co.uk 

Jamie Regan
Jamie Regan

Will be in London with my friend May 14-17. She is a chef and I am a bartender and love to cook. Any suggestions for a great underground restaurant?

a taste full space
a taste full space

a taste full space join pop-up hosts Platterform at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon on Saturday 23rd of July (8pm til 2am). Loosely based around the theme of the SURVIVALIST. The night will consist of a three course meal, conceptual drinks by the FIREWATER Society, performances, new art works and music from the art based group SPACECRAFT who are closely associated with a taste full space. There are 30 tickets for the meal but anyone can come down after 10.30pm for drinks, music and to enjoy the art work.

Headache in a Suitcase
Headache in a Suitcase

We normally check out the latest on the underground scene on this site: http://supperclubfangroup.ning.com/ Beware, the quality tend to vary a lot. We can definitely recommend Fernandez & Leluu, charming and good food. If you are looking for something different and more intimate in Central London, try Cadrega, a new Italian Supper club in Marylebone, with really excellent food, freshly homemade pastas, etc. (only problem is that they only take 6 bookings per dinner...) Also, we loved Friday Dinner Secrets, run by an anglo-argentine couple. Great food in a lovely settitng. This is in Reading, but for us it was worth the trip!

Saira @ Joginder's Supperclub
Saira @ Joginder's Supperclub

You will find us tucked away in Tufnell Park. Come and take a seat around the big library table in the candelit basement and enjoy a North Indian feast. We are into our second year and still loving it! Thanks to all of you who have feasted so far! We are fully booked for this Saturday but more dates are avaliable this month. www.jogindersupperclub.wordpress.com

Laura
Laura

I was only recently introduced to the underground Supper Club experience and was extremely lucky to have 'lost my virginity' the Parkholme Road Supper Club in Dalston: http://www.parkholmesupperclub.co.uk It was a Syrian night, the chef Alicia, who does all this for charity, had actually gone to Syria to research and bring back special ingredients! 16 of us, from all walks of life and all parts of London and beyond, were sitting in a beautiful dining room around a large table which was laden with the most delicious dishes, from kibbeh to lamb with quince braised in pomegranate juice to various mezzes. The atmosphere was informal and very friendly, Alicia’s cooking is out of this world, and I can’t wait to go to another of her themed nights – her culinary skills include all kinds of global cuisines. I believe the next supper club is on January 5th – I can’t recommend it enough!

The Supper Club London
The Supper Club London

If you're looking for a new supper club in South London offering delicious food and a friendly atmosphere, come along to The Supper Club London - we've been running for the past 3 months from our home in Balham, and offer a 3 course meal with a suggested min. contribution of £20 per head. website: www.thesupperclub-london.com twitter: @supperclubLDN We look forward to seeing you soon!

Jenny
Jenny

I am looking for an original underground gem in London that holds either a thanks giving or pre-christmas dinner evening. I am thankful for a whisper through the word of mouth about such a venue... :-)

walkwithfire
walkwithfire

great idea.. want to visit Billingsgate and smithfields for a food hunt.. who wants to come

Suzanne
Suzanne

I went to the Penhouse Kitchen for dinner with some friends and it was fantastic. The food was amazing and the hosts made everyone feel so comfortable and wellcome. We met some great people and had a fabulous evening.

THE CURIOUS KITCHEN COOKS UP A STORM
THE CURIOUS KITCHEN COOKS UP A STORM

FRIDAY'S MENU Sweet potato, butternut squash and coconut soup served with homemade bread Stuffed chicken breast wrapped in smoked bacon with a creamy white wine sauce served on a bed of toasted sesame green beans with seasoned new potatoes Rich chocolate tart and Baked Tarte au Citron served with vanilla creme fraiche and mixed berries FINE FOOD, FOLLY AND DECADENCE SERVED UP ON A VERY WELCOMING PLATE!!!! The Curious Cooks X

THE CURIOUS KITCHEN
THE CURIOUS KITCHEN

....dine differently at our secret supper club! Tucked away in a bustling corner of East London lies The Curious Kitchen. Come and join us in the charming and enigmatic world of underground dining, where great food and company can be enjoyed in our colourful, humble abode. We take a pride in hearty portions, good cheer and above all FOOD, which we are incredibly passionate about both eating and cooking. If life could be one big dinner party, then we'd definitely host it! Sit back and relax in our Hackney palace, eat, drink and be merry. Facebook- The Curious Kitchen thecuriouskitchenlondontown.blogspot.com Pace ad admore, The Curious Kitchen X

Authentic Caribbean Supper Club
Authentic Caribbean Supper Club

Hi - we run ACL - Authentic Caribbean Lick! out of our home in W5, West London. Exactly as it says ...home cooked authentic caribbean food. Ever been to a Caribbean take out/restaurant and got reheated dried out meat with a spicy sauce thrown over the top?....well, none of that! All is freshly cooked on the day from carefully chosen quality produce. For more info or to get added to our mailing list, email: acl.fox@hotmail.co.uk

lou
lou

I've also started up an afternoon tea club in North East London called the n15 tea party. Think pink fizz in hand, bunting hanging in the window, Nina Simone on the stereo, book swaps, crafty afternoons, big pots of tea, cakes and scones and good conversation. http://then15teaparty.blogspot.com/

kaos undergrond restaurant
kaos undergrond restaurant

we are just starting up nr canterbury in sunny kent mostly cooking vegi and vegan food and the odd fish if we have been lucky fishing all cooked on our rayburn in our old woodern chapel or in the summer over the fire next to our gypsy caravan

Saira @ Joginder's Supperclub
Saira @ Joginder's Supperclub

Our Supperclub is alive and well in North London! Once or twice a month, a real supperclub. No individual tables, just homecooked Punjabi food with the opportunity to meet new people in a small setting around our big library table.

foodlover
foodlover

NORTH LONDON NEEDS A SUPPER CLUB So...... we have taken it upon ourselves to start one... Watch this space for the most dynamc and fun supper club launching soon.

Helen
Helen

Hi all!!! We are having a russian fusion feast on the 27th of Jan, 2010. we have a lovely home, are very good company and would like to invite like minded people to come along. You won't leave hungry, the food will be delicious and you'll find out a lot about Russian cooking you never knew(including how delicious it can be). But our focus goes beyond the food. we'd just like everyone to have a nice time and have a few laughs. we're not in it for money so if you are keen to enjoy a weeknight evening out and come along, details are: contact: helenosborne85@hotmail.com area: camden/caledonian road cost: donation of £15 p/p

jogindersupperclub
jogindersupperclub

We have had a cancellation for saturday 12th Dec. So come and join us for fantastic Punjabi food and a most memorable pre - Xmas meal.

markymarket
markymarket

Hi I'll be heading off to Smithfield and Billingsgate twice more in the run up to Christmas. Once on the 16th, then again on Wednesday the 23rd. If anyone wants anything for Christmas, especially goose or turkey, let me know as soon as you can, so I can get myself organised. The Gressingham geese at £11.50 per kilo are particularly good - all fed a macrobiotic diet and living (for the moment) in small flocks in Sussex. Oysters too are fantastic; I've found a Billingsgate fishmonger who can supply wooden boxes (with the seaweed and everything) of twenty five Scottish oysters for £25. He only gets three boxes a day though, so it's first come, first served. Then there's the whole salamis as well. And Parmesan. And legs of gammon. Everything you'd want for Christmas. Let me know as soon as you can, and I'll get it to you for Christmas. mw x

London Foodie
London Foodie

www.wednesdaynightcurry.co.uk The original Undergroudn Supper Club - Invite only and you don't have to pay. Been going for ages and is hands downs way better that most of the ones on this list (have been to all of them but 2)

The Conservatory Supper Club
The Conservatory Supper Club

Seasonal French/british food ,cooked by professional chef.The Conservatory supper club seats up to 16 diners in Birmingham ,UK.Next date 23rd jan 2010- bookings only.

msmarmitelover
msmarmitelover

New supperclubs can also join the ning group I've created for fans...to announce dates, menus, events and show people where their local supperclub is...or where to go if they are travelling abroad: http://supperclubfangroup.ning.com/

Farah
Farah

A new one to add to the list! THE CLAPTONIAN DINERS CLUB ♥ www.theclaptonian.com Mouthwatering East African dishes served in a cosy and arty atmosphere. We Specialize in Somali cooking and are located in Clapton. hope to see you soon x

markymail
markymail

If you're planning a dinner, do bear me in mind; I can get the best that Smithfield and Billingsgate can offer straight to your desk or kitchen as soon as I've been there. Take a look at http://www.markymarket.com and you'll get an idea of the sort of things I can get. Or join friends of markymarket on facebook.

jogindersupperclub
jogindersupperclub

We are so pleased to have got our bookings, especially as it is our first time. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on the 14th. Nov.Forgot to say that we also come to your house if you want a special event and don't want to venture out. Happy to provide references.

Mia Wallace
Mia Wallace

Jaycee - why don't you come along and sample some of my food and if you like it I can cater for your parties too. My area is Itailan, Iberian and North African. :)

jogindersupperclub
jogindersupperclub

If you enjoy real Indian food try this one. It's real Punjabi food cooked at home. Try it - you will not believe how good Indian food can be. Added bonus is that it is served in our lovely home. Look forward to seeing you.

Leluu
Leluu

Thank you Time Out for adding us so soon to your list. We are new on the scene and still have places for our supper club where we hope to serve you great food in a great and friendly atmosphere. please visit our blog www.fernandezandleluu.co.uk We love cooking and hope to make your evening very enjoyable and happy with delightful food. And look forward to meeting you in our secret restaurant.

msmarmitelover
msmarmitelover

Kermit: none of the ingredients I use are cheap.Anyone looking at the dishes I cook and reading my blog will know that. Perhaps you don't like vegetarian food (although I am pescatarian and do cook fish). Nor is it randomly cooked. If you didn't like it, perhaps you could have said something to me at the time? With specific complaints? I'd be interested to know which meal you came to. It hurts to read something like that, anonymous comments. I can assure you I make nothing like £1,500 a week.I make a couple of hundred pounds if I'm lucky.

Patick Orson
Patick Orson

These underground diners sound amazing. As you can tell im new to this whole experiance and i am very keen to find a place within the Kent or surrounding area. Can anyone recommend somewhere with good home cooked food and a lovely ambiance?

lady gray
lady gray

(www.hiddentearoom.com) well i think i am quite central near old street tube. :) and i have reviews linked ot the site... I think the shed are quite central and lovely peeps too. good luck x

Anita
Anita

Hello, I love in Putney SW can anyone recommend a nice underground restaurant in the area - perhaps South London or Central London being the furthest?

Greg
Greg

....one more BEET Happening: http://beeteating.wordpress.com/ Integrating seafood and a plethora of art... be it furniture/ lighting design/ music/ video! A unique dining experience. Happening in a warehouse in Shoreditch.

lady gray
lady gray

a new one to be added to the list :) an underground resto for afternoon tea... www.hiddentearoom.com hope to see you x

Jaycee
Jaycee

Interesting article.....but I think I've been lucky enough to find something even better....a friend of mine referred me recently to 'Your Thai Chef' - a personal chef who can bring a 'restaurant' to you. I've already had 2 dinner parties at my place..and the food is great!