Pre-theatre dining

When you’re on your way to a hopefully wonderful theatre experience (see my views on certain theatre shows here), you often want to treat yourself to a nice meal but you don’t have much time to spare so you need to eat near the theatre. Over the years I’ve gained a few regular and less regular places that provide reliable quality pre-theatre food.


Near Oxford Street (e.g. London PalladiumRegent’s Park Open Air Theatre):

Near Piccadilly Circus (e.g. Her Majesty’s TheatreTheatre Royal HaymarketPiccadilly TheatrePrince of Wales TheatreApollo Theatre):

Near Leicester Square / Soho (e.g. Piccadilly TheatreWyndham’s TheatrePrince of Wales TheatreGielgud TheatreQueen’s TheatrePrince Edward TheatreNoel Coward Theatre):

Near Covent Garden (e.g. Cambridge TheatreSavoy TheatreTheatre Royal Drury LanePiccadilly TheatreAdelphi TheatrePalace TheatreNovello TheatreShaftesbury TheatreDominion TheatreRoyal Opera HousePhoenix TheatreLyceum TheatreLondon ColiseumArts Theatre, New London Theatre)

Near Charing Cross (e.g. Her Majesty’s TheatreSavoy TheatreTheatre Royal HaymarketAdelphi TheatreGarrick TheatreNoel Coward TheatrePlayhouse TheatreTrafalgar Studios):

Near Waterloo (e.g. Old VicRoyal Festival HallNational Theatre):

  • Skylon – seafood, wines, cocktails

Near King’s Cross (e.g. King’s Cross Theatre):

Near The O2:

  • Gaucho – steak, sides, coolness

Near St Paul’s (e.g. Bridewell Theatre):

Near London Bridge (e.g. Menier Chocolate Factory):

  • Rabot 1745 – chocolate, seafood and St Lucian influences


Central (e.g. Holywell Music Room):

  • Quod – varied menu, buzzy


Central (e.g. Newcastle University Students’ Union):

New York

Near Broadway (e.g. Al Hirschfeld Theatre):

  • Marseille – very New York, lively, varied menu


Near La Scala opera house:

Las Vegas

Wynn (for Wynn Theatre) and Treasure Island (for Treasure Island):

  • La Cave – small plates, sharing, cool atmosphere
  • Jaleo – Spanish, sharing plates, friendly

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