When you think of summer, what comes to mind? Beautiful weather, pristine beaches, total relaxation, delicious food, or tropical cocktails? The Caribbean has long been synonymous with these elements, offering a paradise getaway for those seeking an escape from the everyday. While jetting off to the Caribbean may not always be feasible, there are ways to experience the vibrant spirit of these idyllic islands right here in London. So, get ready to discover the essence of the Caribbean at these 7 Caribbean-inspired places in London, each offering its own taste of this tropical paradise — Are you ready to experience your Caribbean getaway?
1. Start your morning with a Jamaican-inspired bottomless brunch
Indulge in a Jamaican-inspired bottomless brunch at Ma Petite Jamaica —London’s first Caribbean diner!— and kickstart your day with a burst of Caribbean flavors. Feast on traditional dishes like jerk chicken, saltfish fritters, and saltfish and callaloo fricassee while sipping on unlimited rum punch or mimosas. The lively ambiance and warm hospitality will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a Jamaican beachside restaurant.
2. Candlelight concert
Experience the mesmerising melodies of Barbadian superstar Rihanna at a Candlelight tribute concert. Sit back, relax, and let the soulful renditions of her popular songs transport you to the Caribbean. The immersive candlelit setting adds a touch of magic to the experience, evoking the dreamy ambience of a Caribbean beach at dusk.
3. Stroll around Brixton
With 35% of London’s population being foreign-born, the city boasts many multicultural neighbourhoods. Among some of our favourites is vibrant Brixton with its Caribbean vibe like no other. Stroll around the bustling markets and be mesmerised by the wide array of exotic fruits, spices, and colourful fabrics. Explore the Afro-Caribbean heritage who’s left an indelible mark on the neighborhood, evident in the colorful street art, reggae beats, and mouthwatering Caribbean cuisine available at local shops.
4. The Rum Kitchen
Get a taste of the Caribbean at The Rum Kitchen. At this Caribbean-inspired restaurant and club, you can indulge in delicious signature rum cocktails at their 7 p.m. happy hours and bite on some tasty jerk BBQ as you dance to carnival beats. – And if you really want to tap into those Caribbean vibes you can even book onto a rum masterclass for just 25 quid.
5. Grab a bite at Roti Joupa
When we say run, don’t walk to Roti Joupa, we mean it! A favourite among locals and celebrities alike, this homey takeaway spot offers the best authentic Trinidadian food in London. We recommend getting their macaroni pie, a brick of pasta and cheese covered in a sweet and spicy tamarind sauce, guaranteed to knock your socks out. – Def one of our favourite Caribbean places in London you need to try!
6. Indulge in the Caribbean Afternoon Tea
Don’t miss your chance to taste the Caribbean in East London at Rhythm’s Kitchen Caribbean Afternoon Tea. With only 36 quid, you can indulge in a wide variety of Caribbean treats, such as coconut-peppered prawns, plantain kebabs, and rum cakes, as well as unlimited tea and rum punch. — Check out our full review to get your mouth watering!
7. Vibe at LIMIN SOUTHBANK
Immerse yourself in a truly Caribbean experience at LIMIN SOUTHBANK. This enchanting beach club, just off the beaten tracks of the hustle and bustle of London, invites you to celebrate the Caribbean’s melting pot of cultures. With finger-licking good food and mouthwatering cocktails, jam to the rhythms of calypso, reggae and soca playing in the background.
8. Get your salsa on at Cubana
If you’re craving the vibrant flavour of Cuba, look no further than Cubana in Waterloo. From the moment they open at lunch until late in the evening, delight yourself with delectable home-cooked ropa vieja and refreshing top-tier mojitos, best enjoy at their 4 -7 pm Happy hour! But this Cuban restaurant it isn’t just about its fantastic food and drinks, on Thursday you’ll cath Latin DJs who’ll spin Reggaeton till you drop, and Fridays and Saturday you’ve got live music to chill to.
9. Baila like never before at BRESH
Finally, put your Spanish into good use and head to BRESH to sing your heart out to the hottest reggaeton songs. Get down to Puerto Rican reggaeton and shake it to the Dominican dembow in this huge celebration of Latin Caribbean culture and music. With never-before-seen decorations to the glitter and photo booths, this 10-hour party is a truly unique experience within the capital.