10 fun restaurants that you need to visit this year

In search of a thrilling dining experience without the cost? Then buckle up, because DesignMyNight have rounded up the top 10 affordable restaurants with a twist, where you’ll find everything from ping pong, to ice skating and interactive dartboards, all paired with premium plates of grub.

Blues Kitchen - Shoreditch

Ever had to leave the club early in search of something to relieve your alcohol-fueled hunger? Well, Blues Kitchen Shoreditch are bringing the party to the post-night out food binge, offering live music alongside late-night dining. Dance with your favourite BBQ food in hand as you simultaneously sample one of London’s largest whisky collections. We also recommend their £17 bottomless drink offer with brunch as the perfect way to kick off the weekend.

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Tank and Paddle - Mayfair

Enter into some friendly competition at this hot to trot bar in Mayfair thanks to shuffleboard aplenty. As well as group games, Tank and Paddle have plenty of great deals including £5 pizza on Mondays and £2 beer on Tuesdays. And if your competitive nature happens to stretch further than a cordial game of shuffleboard? They even offer a pizza eating challenge for the brave among you.

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The Dead Dolls House - Islington

Nostalgia and nummy drinks in equal measure? The interiors at Dead Dolls House in Islington not only resemble a life-size, adult version of the dolls house from your childhood, featuring a parlour, library and ballroom across three fun-filled floors, a DJ will be bringing you roof-raising tunes until 4am every weekend, alongside a happy hour from 5-9pm with £5 burgers.

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Pizza Pilgrims West India Quay - Canary Wharf

You won’t regret making a pilgrimage to this pizza playground in Canary Wharf, as Pizza Pilgrims bring you endless fun with their foosball table, pinball machine and new Nintendo Switch console. If you’re also a gamer that also enjoys a drink, there is no place better; they’ve got £5 cocktails and pizzas every day from 4:30-6:30pm... just make sure that doesn’t distract you from climbing the virtual leaderboard.

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Tropicana Beach Club - Covent Garden

All of the fun of a beach with none of the sunburn? Dive into the tropical paradise that is Tropicana Beach Club and chill in cabanas as you bask in the over-the-top decor, including 500 tropical bird decorations and a 30 ft palm tree. Quick tip? If you’re feeling the pressure of selecting a cocktail from their list of over 50, just relax and look out onto their sunset simulation and pretend you’re in the Caribbean; trust us, it will work after a few drinks.

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Ballie Ballerson - Shoreditch

A ball pit containing over one million balls and a 70 metre UV mural? That’s just the start of the fun at Ballie Ballerson. The ultimate place to let loose and reminisce about a simpler time when your biggest worry was finding your way out of the play centre; not only can you duck and dive through ball pits, you can feast on £10 pizzas, before washing your slices down with one of their sweet-inspired cocktails.

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QUEENS Skate-Dine-Bowl- Notting Hill

Head down to QUEENS: Skate-Dine-Bowl for a mega night of arcade games and antics as you not only dance across their smooth rink, but show off your jaw-dropping curling skills. Looking for another excuse to return to the ice? Keep an eye out across the coming months for their go karting activity - it’s sure to get your blood pumping. Promising beastly burgers and American bites at their in-venue restaurant MEATliquor, this joint really is a no-brainer.

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All Star Lanes - Holborn

Bowl the night away at All Star Lanes’ retro bowling alley, with American-style desserts and burger mains - the perfect way to indulge if you’ve been living off Pot Noodle all week. The portions not only mean you’re getting a lot for your money, you can even go all out with one of their boozy shakes, including an Oreo shake with Baileys.

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Bat and Ball - Stratford

Grab a paddle and challenge your friends at Bat and Ball. This wonderland for sport-lovers is decked out with ping pong tables, pool tables, and a DJ bringing the soundtrack to your victory lap every Thursday to Saturday. There’s also a pizza, pint and ping pong deal for just £15 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Flight Club- Shoreditch

Flight Club aren’t just any ol’ darts bar. A place where fun and technology collide, this popular haunt has taken a stale classic and turned it on its head for a night of interactive games and competitive fun. When you’re not in the oche undertaking the challenge? You can chow down on pizzas alongside quirky cocktails.

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