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Bunga Bunga

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Covent Garden
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A gaudy, Italian-themed party bar in Covent Garden.

‘If you’re not drinking,’ cried our compère, a boisterous lady in a slinky ballgown, ‘you can fuck off!’ It was a subtle intro to the world of Bunga Bunga, an immersive Italian bar-restaurant that began life in Battersea and has spawned a wayward child in central London. Luckily, there’s more to it than this go-hard-or-go-home attitude.

For starters, there are marble interiors as gaudy as the Trevi Fountain, rippling torsos jutting from the walls and a speedboat fashioned into a table. Then there’s the entertainment, with mafiosi (played by actors) interrupting your conversation and a house band playing Rat Pack tunes. No interlude is left unfilled. It’s madder than Mario Balotelli. Incidentally, there’s a cocktail named after him, served in a cup the shape of his head.

Italian liqueurs and spirits abound on the vast menu, although prosecco seems to flow most liberally round the room. For £28 per person you can chow down on a sharing menu of Italian staples, including a decent spread of antipasti, and a tipsy tiramisu. And of course there’s pizza, served by the metre, for soaking up all that booze.

If Bunga Bunga could stop forcing the fun down people’s throats, it could be a bigger bash than Berlusconi ever had. Don’t come here for a quiet catch-up or, worse still, a first date. Do come for a hen do or if you like to party with more than a dash of pomp, eh?

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Bunga Bunga says
Bunga Bunga Covent Garden offers a secret world full of quirky cocktails, metre-long pizzas and live entertainment!

An incredible secret underworld in Covent Garden, hidden beneath his Mamma’s Italian bar & pizzeria, BungaTINI. With the help of his mobsters, La Famiglia del Bunga Bunga host weekly live shows inspired by Silvio Berlusconi’s infamous and wild parties. Step through the meat locker, navigate your way past the ‘wise guys’ and discover an immersive Italian experience, packed with delicious metre-long pizzas, live theatrical shows, bespoke sharer cocktails and our very own Bunga-oke!
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Venue name: Bunga Bunga
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Address: 167 Drury Lane
London
WC2B 5PG
Opening hours: Thurs 7pm-2am; Fri 6.30pm-2.30am; Sat 11.30am-4.30pm, 6.30pm-2.30am
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
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Saturdays are the best day for brunching and Bunga Bunga have opened their doors on Saturday afternoons for hungry diners who wish to enjoy their Matinee Brunch, but also wish to be entertained. A few weeks back I got the opportunity to attend and I jumped at the opportunity. I have to admit that this was one of the best brunches that I have ever been to! I literally had the best time of my life! If you read on, you will find out why…

From the moment, you enter Bunga Bunga, the staff becomes super secretive, I was taken through a back door and down a set of stairs, which leads to the main dining area. I was a little apprehensive at first, my initial thoughts were ‘Where the hell are they taking me?’ but I also thought this was apart of the whole theatrics. You see, the entertainment is Italian mob style, similar to popular films like the Godfather or the Italian job.

The brunch starts with warm Brioche bread, served with Burrata and homemade tomato jam. The Brioche is very dewy and sweet, which makes it sit perfectly with the tomato jam. I finished the jam in 5 minutes flat and did the shameless action of asking for more tomato jam and Brioche as if my name was Oliver twist-Embarrassing much! However, for me, the combination was just so moreish!

The antipasto was secondly presented, which is Bresaola, Coppa, Mortadella, and Finocchiona Salami. I still had some leftover tomato jam and brioche so I paired this together.

Before I could even tuck into the metro pizza, I was alerted by the sounds of cop sirens, the entertainment had begun again. An Italian couple graced the stage as the new scene began. Running from the cops, the couple encouraged and advised us to drink up the prosecco, as it may be the last thing we were drinking as the cops were around the corner. After a few minutes of chatter, the couple then broke into a melody rendition of ‘Anything you can do, I can do better.’ What I loved was the rest of the diners also started singing along. I guess the cops were tailing onto the couple as they ran off the stage and I began to tuck into my pizza.

The brunch metro pizza is one metre long with three different toppings. I glared at the pizza in utter shock! One metre of pizza! Luckily, my friend was here to help me devour the pizza! The topping choices are as followed;

-Tuscan sausage, tomato, mozzarella, pancetta and a baked egg.

-Quattro for Maggi: Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Taleggio, and Parmesan

-Mozzarella, Spinach, and Stracchino cream

I opted for the vegan cheese and the removal of the egg due to my dairy allergies and for all you veggie and vegan lovers, you will be happy to learn that there are vegetarian and vegan options. My favourite topping was the Tuscan sausage options as the sausage is well cooked and tasty, overall the pizza has a dewy texture but I do think this was due to the vegan cheese.

What to drink? The brunch comes complete with 2 hours of bottomless prosecco and Bellini, but my advice is to drink fast as those 2 hours do fly by.  I choose to go with the Bellini, as they are an absolute fruity dream and pair nicely with the brunch menu. Lastly, there is the Drunken Espresso Tiramisu, however, I opted out of due to my allergies.

Overall, this is one of the best brunches, I have ever attended in London, although I am not a huge fan of Italian food (Only due to the fact most Italian dishes predominately contain milk and cheese, which I have allergies for) the entertainment makes the brunch worthwhile. After two whole hours of Bellini drinking, I somehow got nominated by my guest and ended up on stage singing Valerie by Amy Winehouse; oh, did I forget to mention that there is karaoke and live music after the brunch, where you or your guest can nominate diners to sing. Oh, and please note, and if you sing badly the hosts and entertainers will sing over you, and that is your cue to leave the stage, thankfully this did not happen to me!

Price: ££ (£44 per person)

What to wear: Casual (I wore a leather jacket, cashmere jumper, and trainers)

Ambience: Traditional Italian themed restaurant with live entertainment and karaoke 

tastemaker

Since (finally!) heading to Bunga Bunga on Saturday night, I have not stopped boring everyone and anyone with just how good this place is. Adapting to the actors and general theme of the restaurant is quite strange at the beginning but it's all part of the fun.

We arrived just before our 9.45pm booking and were seating on time. I think we may have missed a couple of acts as I think the show starts around 9. Having a late table meant that we didn't have to leave our table and ended up starying until 1am.

The food was great, cocktails were quirky and entertainment was on point.

I have recommended this to so many people and will be back with a larger group in the near future! You've gotta give it a try!

tastemaker

I have a tendency to book things that sound quite fun, without being entirely sure about what I have signed myself up to, it usually works out ok in the end and Bunga Bunga was no exception! This place is wonderfully mad and chaotic! 


The immersive experience starts as you enter the meat locker and continues throughout, the actors were very good and had us laughing all the way to our table. We did book our table through an offer so we had a limited time in there and I'm not sure if that's how it works for everyone but I did feel this made it all a bit rushed and I would say the entertainment was really starting to get going and we sadly then had to leave as our time was up.


However they do pack a lot into the time that you are there and it makes for a really different and fun night out. The acts on stage did seem to interact with the larger tables and myself and my friend were a bit tucked away and a little left out of the action. The food was actually really nice and the service was good, was a little surprised to find that the Aperol Spritz were more expensive downstairs than the price we had just paid in the bar upstairs. 


I do appreciate that this had not been open long when we visited so I'm sure they were still ironing out small issues but I would say more time at the table, less rushed and ensure you include all tables in the fun and this would be an even better night! 

Tastemaker

Wow! I had been reading about this place a lot since its opening but hadn't realised it was a mere three minutes walk away from my work until yesterday. I was walking through Covent Garden hopelessly looking for a spot to have a drink outdoors with my friend to make the most out of the amazingly warm sunny weather when I just saw three empty tables right on the pavement. So I launched myself onto one of them. As it turns out, it's not at all as expensive as you'd think: we had the cheapest bottle of white wine, because we're classy ladies, and it was only £23 which, in London's standards, is pretty decent. As for the food... OMG the PIZZAS! It genuinely was one of the best pizzas I have ever had. On top of it all, the service was really good. I'd go back.

tastemaker

MOLTO BENNE! Walking into the buzzing Bungatini, you would have no idea what is going on below your feet at Bunga Bunga. At least I didn't! As our group was lead through a freezer and pushed along by loud Italians, you realise it's no ordinary Italian restaurant. If the butcher doesn't do it for you, the bridal party that meets you at the bottom of the stairs definitely will.


The immersive theatre experience was next level, we were all in hysterics. The actors are constantly involving the diners in their antics and were actually incredibly talented performers. If that wasn't enough, the food and cocktails were also amazing! The service was great and they really catered for all the people at the table for dietary requirements. Loved it! 

tastemaker

Definitely not your ordinary Italian dining experience: Extravagance is flavour of the night every night at Bunga Bunga Covent Garden. Think variety acts, immersive surprises, live music, topped with irresistible cocktails and delicious Italian treats (I particularly enjoyed the arancini and the mozzarella with sun dried tomatoes). And if you want you can even have dinner served in a yacht-cum-dining table.


And of course it would not be the immersive gem it is, if it didn’t offer a memorable journey en route to your table. Having attended an organised party at Bunga Bunga, my ‘trip’ involved passing through a scarily authentic butchery room, followed by a lobby where a guy and girl who seemed to have stepped out of Al Capone’s time handed me poker chips for my free cocktail. I then went down a staircase lined with statues reminiscent of ancient Greece before being greeted by a girl dressed as a bride, welcoming me and all other party guests to her wedding, noting she was yet to find her groom but remained hopeful. 


A medley of ages and decorations, Bunga Bunga can seem at times kitschy but its overbearing traits are fun, adventurous and different. Be ready for a special night out.

tastemaker

Benvenuti al Bunga !


Bunga bunga is the new place to go if you liked Mister Foogs and Cahoots! The creators of those venues promised a new amazing place, and they made it, even more amazing that what I could have imagine!


Writing about this Covent Garden new venue is a bit hard because I don’t want to spoil the surprise you’ll have when arriving to the Bunga!

It was for us 8, totally amazing!

The restaurant room is hidden at lower ground floor and when you get down waouh! “Benvenuti in Italia”.


This is a dinner show, with magician, singers, loads of small animations, and live bands. At the end of the huge dinner, tables are moved on the side; this is time to dance all night! The band – The Bunga boys – was awesome!


If you book soon in advance and for a group of 6 to 9, you may be lucky and get one of their two themes table. I won’t say more, to keep the surprise full!


Note that everyone from your group needs to be here at the same moment, to go downstairs all together.


Overall, the set menu is £38, with one cocktail and the service, you will pay approximatively £50-55. It sounds a bit pricey, but this is actually extremely good value for the night you will spend.

Only negative point : the pizza are not as good as the rest of the meal but we were already full anyway!


Staff was awesome! Andrea (our nice waiter), if you read it, thank you for contributing to make that night amazing for my friends and I!

tastemaker

Absolutely adore this place! We had so much fun and were overwhelmed with Surprises throughout the night. we were very lucky to sit at the emperor's box facing the stage. The service was immaculate and the live band was so good and it was amazing to see everyone dancing including the waiters! We had the set menu at 38 pounds complete with risotto and pizza and starters desserts, I would say it's value for money as we were completely stuffed after that. Food wise I was most borwled over by burrata and pizza. We were entertained by singers and magicians and ktv. Drinks were expensive like what the other reviews say but i would still recommend checking this place out as it's perfect for girls night or big group parties. Not so much for a date night though as it's pretty noisy with the waiters breaking into dance once in a while but definitely fun

Place to go!

Tastemaker

The premise of Bunga Bunga in Covent Garden is that you are guests at an Italian wedding. Once your whole group has arrived, you are led through a couple of rooms with characters who set the scene before getting to congratulate the bride and groom and then be seated. 


My first impression of Bunga Bunga was that the drinks were very expensive - the cheapest bottle of wine was £27 and a glass of prosecco cost £14. Our five course set menu included a cocktail and we were given a half full glass of prosecco before being let into the main event. Luckily this wasn’t the only cocktail that ended up being included with the meal - we got a limoncello one when we were seated and an espresso one at the end.


Although the dinner was advertised as six courses, there was so much more food than I was expecting and it was all delicious! I am vegetarian and they were really accommodating, providing vegetarian versions of each course. There were olives, aubergine parmesan, burrata, ravioli, pizza and more served throughout the night. The pizza crust was so thin and crisp - it was perfectly cooked. The tables were quite small and at points we were running out of space for all of the dishes, but that’s a good problem to have! At £38 for the set menu, I thought it was excellent value.


Throughout the evening, the staff kept breaking out into impromptu song and dance and there were various performances throughout the night on stage and around the room. The atmosphere was quite frenzied and disjointed - I think some of this was to do with the fact we went on a preview night and some of this was intentional. The atmosphere created is that of a loud wedding party and it was kind of hard to carry out a conversation, but that’s not really why you go to an immersive dinner. If you’re going with a larger group, it would be worth trying to book the emperor’s table or speed boat for an even more unique experience.  

tastemaker

Bunga Bunga is set down in the basement area. You will be taken through a cold meat storage whereupon you will meet a butcher of which he will tell you a story/secret. Then you will be led into the restaurant area to experience the entertainment that they are laying on that night. We was firstly greeted by a newly wedded couple as the entertainment that evening (as changes often) was to do with a wedding of a mafia family. Throughout the night there is entertainment such as a magician, singers etc. and a very eccentric camp host who flirts with literally everyone as he is not fussy. He reminded me a bit of Pee Wee Herman. Sometimes though the entertainment that was acted out on stage was quite hard to see because of where we was sitting. Cocktails are served in unusual head mugs. Between each food course you are entertained by the host and different acts and even have to dance at some points at your table which the waiters and waitresses get everyone going. The food you share between all of your party there is a variety of food that is served from risotto to pizza. The food in my opinion is not up to my standard in which I would I expect of an Italian restaurant. For example the food was not hot and not even luke warm and the custard had a very funny taste and smelt horrible. Also I felt at the start the staff was rude as they kept on making a point and issue of how long we have the table for but the funny thing is they were so slow in serving that we was still eating after our two hour slot but that was their fault. They also were not very considerate about some of my friends who could not drink and were not very helpfill in providing them with a alternate. Also the entertainment goes on until 2am in the morning but there was not an area where you could sit, relax, just have drinks and watch.


However even though the food was not great and the service was not up to standard in places I would go back and eat there as the entertainment value in it's self was worth it and I would definitely recommend going with a group of friends.