The recently opened Bunga Bunga in Covent Garden promises to bring the fun, festivities and cheeky Italian charm of their sister location, the much-loved Battersea bar and pizzeria. The new venue based in the West End is a mash-up of the glamour and attitude of its theatrical home with the food and fun of London’s favourite Italian party spot.
167 Drury Lane
Monday, Tuesday and Sunday – Closed
Wednesday and Thursday – 7pm -2am
Friday – 6.30pm -2.30am
Saturday – 11.30am-4.30pm / 6.30pm-2.30am
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
First off, we’re dying to know, what is a Disaronno boat?
The Disaronno boat is Bunga Bunga Covent Garden’s Italian speedboat. The Disaronno, sits up to eight passengers, who are invited to become part of the show, while enjoying drinks and dinner right next to the stage.
How did you come up with the idea of ‘Bunga the musical’?
Located in the West End, ‘Bunga The Musical’ seemed like the perfect fit for a show. It offers everyone the chance to experience some of the most popular shows in town, all on one night.
Where does the name Bunga Bunga come from?
Londoners were spoilt for choice when it came to fine dining options, but there weren’t enough fun and lively alternatives. Our answer, Bunga Bunga – an Englishman’s Italian where guests can eat, drink and be entertained under one roof from the early evening until the early morning. While it originally came from Silvio’s antics, it has now become known for another reason, everyone has heard of Bunga Bunga and especially the bottomless brunch. It’s tongue in cheek, it’s about being a little cheeky rather than downright naughty.
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Bunga-oke sounds fun, how does it work using a live band for karaoke?
Bunga-oke originated at Bunga Bunga Battersea and has always been extremely popular. At Bunga Bunga Covent Garden we introduced the live band where guests sing along with the house band karaoke style.
What can customers expect from the matinee Saturday brunch, apart from lots of prosecco!?
In keeping with Bunga Bunga’s infamous style, guests can expect the most immersive bottomless brunch Londoners have ever seen. Guests are taken on a journey to the back streets of the Italian underworld.
Your Covent Garden venue has a huge range of entertaining acts, where did you find them and how have you given the shows that ‘Bunga feel’?
The talent that performs in our shows at Covent Garden have been supplied by Silvio back in Italy and our American gangster cousins in Chicago – but also from all around the world. All our shows are very unique to us, there are many burlesque shows in London and they are all quite similar but Burlesquoni has that Bunga humour and narrative to it, it’s tongue in cheek again and you can’t fail to be entertained. This is the same with our musical night on a Wednesday and Italian Circus on a Friday, not your typical musical or circus by any means! Humour and experience are both words synonymous with Bunga.
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You’ve had huge success with your venues in Battersea and Bungatini in Drury Lane, why did you choose Covent Garden for your new, larger venue?
The large venue in Covent Garden offered enough space to create the immersive and experiential venue we wanted to provide our customers with. At Bunga Bunga Covent Garden we can take guests on a journey to two very different enjoyable experiences.
Each venue has its own themed bars, what’s special about the bars in Covent Garden?
Bunga Bunga Covent Garden and BungaTINI takes guests on a journey to two very different but equally enjoyable experiences. BungaTINI on the ground floor is an authentic all-day family friendly Italian pizzeria and bar. However, look again and located in the far corner is a secret door to the meat locker. Those brave enough to venture beyond the meat locker will find themselves in Bunga Bunga Covent Garden where an underworld brimming with old school Italian glamour awaits.
Sounds like so much fun, we can’t wait to go! Thank you to Bunga Bunga Covent Garden for being our London Grilling this month.