Bunga Bunga have brought their brand of cheekiness to central London’s theatre land and we can’t get enough! The latest project from Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling’s Inception Group, immerses guests in two completely different worlds. BungaTINI on the ground floor is an authentic all-day family friendly Italian pizzeria and bar whilst Bunga Bunga downstairs, is recommended for the bold and brave only!
Throwing caution to the wind, we embraced our bold side (we can never resist a party), and headed through the secret door to the meat locker in the far corner of BungaTINI where we are invited to celebrate Timmy becoming a man and warned about telling the police about them “don’t tell la polizia about us, there are consequences for snitching”…
Warned and a little scared we settle into our seats and prepare ourselves for Timmy’s celebrations, which exude old school Italian glamour and promise a night of tongue-in-cheek performances, delicious Italian food and cocktails. The space looks like we’re at someones Bar Mitzvah with the décor featuring flashes of Bunga Bunga’s trademark sense of humour including the naughty Roman statues. A compere welcomes and entertains us alongside other guest performers including, a cabaret singer and a circus performer, whilst we make our way through an italian feast, a delicious set menu that’s £38 called celebrazioni (available as a veggie or meat option). Focaccia and Cerignola olives arrive first, followed by small plates of Italian cured meats, San Marzano tomato & mixed leaf salad, a divine Burrata & pappa al pomodoro and Friggitelli peppers. Next we receive a very tasty and rich Mushroom & tru e risotto before receiving a Limoncello granita palate cleanser and finally an individual pizza each (Vesuvius and Quattro formaggi). A classic tiramisu served with Illy ca é liqueur ends the feast. We wash our meal down with potent cocktails served in ceramic mug heads featuring interesting characters that we couldn’t make out, we order the namesake Bunga Bunga, Bombay Sapphire gin, martini fiero aperitif, lime, black peppercorn & ting and a Balotelli, Cornetto and Amarena cherries infused Belvedere pure vodka, cranberry, Peychaud’s bitters & lemonade.
The brand has become a firm favourite with high profile fans, including Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Katherine Jenkins, Lottie Moss and Spice Girl Melanie C and we can totally see why. The whole evening is a super fun experience, perfect for groups and with a very reasonably priced set menu, the entertainers are brilliant and the waiters breaking out to what can only imagine is their theme tune Bunga Bunga are super cheesy but fun. Though the new site retains the brands cheekiness, it’s also taken on a more sophisticated direction for Bunga Bunga and we absolutely love it!
Bunga Bunga, 167 Drury Lane
London, WC2B 5PG
T 020 7590 3602