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One very important part of going to see a show in London in the meal eaten beforehand. There are so many criteria that must be met: the restaurant should be close to the theatre, the food must be filling without being heavy, and the service needs to be prompt enough that you’re on your merry way in time for curtains up. Luckily, London is brimming with wonderful places to enjoy a meal, with eateries to suit all palates and budgets – below is a mere (delicious) taste of what this vibrant city has to offer.

Ten Room at Hotel Café Royal

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Amidst the opulence of the glorious Hotel Café Royal, the Ten Room restaurant succeeds in maintaining a minimalist feel. This is a place where history and modern design combine, in both the decor and on the menu. The à la carte is available from midday until 10.30pm, making this an ideal spot in which to enjoy a pre-theatre dinner. The menu changes with the seasons, and may include the likes of Somerset lamb rump, sweet breads and caramelised shallots, Scottish scallops accompanied by artichokes and spiced mussels, and loin of pork belly paired with braised cheek and winter bean cassoulet – delicious.

Homage & Good Godfrey’s

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Lavish furnishings, polished service and a refined yet relaxed atmosphere await visitors at this iconic venue. Housed within The Waldorf Hilton, the Homage restaurant and Good Godfrey’s bar and lounge are the picture of elegance, style and sophistication. They also prove a great place to enjoy a pre-theatre meal, thanks to the venue’s enviable location in London’s West End, nestled between the Novello and Aldwych theatres. In addition to the modern European à la carte, Homage also offers an excellent value set menu, with two courses priced at £23 and three at £25.

Planet Hollywood

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Enter Planet Hollywood in Piccadilly and you’ll discover a world of fascinating movie memorabilia, with outfits, equipment and models from a multitude of film franchises. The pre-theatre menu is concise and comprises generous portions of American and British grilled fare. Options might include penne pomodoro to begin, followed by a highly stacked classic burger paired with fries, and creamy cheesecake topped with strawberries to finish. Please note that the pre-theatre menu is only available when booked online.

Pham Sushi

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A stone’s throw from both the Barbican Centre and Old Street station, Pham Sushi is an easy find, and ideally located for a pre-show meal. The menu covers all of the expected Japanese favourites, in addition to a selection of specials. There’s nigiri and sashimi, sushi sets, tempura and panko, plus bento boxes and main dishes partnered with sticky white rice. For any lover of Japanese food in London, a visit to Pham Sushi is an absolute must, be it for a pre-theatre dinner or not.

Orient London

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Orient London is a new Chinese restaurant, perfectly located next to the newly constructed Chinese gate and a short walk from Leicester square. It stands as a beacon of excellence, with a focus on quality evident from the moment you enter. Elegant contemporary decor and excellent lighting features create a warm and buzzing ambience throughout, making Orient London a great place to visit for pre-theatre dining. For the indecisive, there are a number of set menus available, all offering great value for money.

Restaurant 92 at DoubleTree by Hilton West End

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With impressive slate wall panels, plush booths and warming open fires, this restaurant offers a refined yet relaxed setting for a pre-theatre meal. The menu is extensive, showcasing a host of classic British dishes, made with an imaginative, contemporary flair. Choose from enticing options including chargrilled asparagus and broad bean risotto, pan-roasted duck breast is Madeira sauce, and pork chops paired with grain mustard mash and roasted garlic.



Hop off the tube at Charing Cross, set off towards Covent Garden and you’ll arrive at Hazuki. This restaurant is a great venue for theatre-goers to sample exquisite Japanese cuisine. The knowledgeable staff are on-hand to guide diners through the comprehensive menu. Why not select something from the main menu – the variety of noodle dishes and hot pots are excellent options for those in search of a cockle-warming meal. Alternatively, choose something from the sushi bar, where all rolls are handmade and sure to delight.


Boyds Grill & Wine Bar


Housed within a building that dates back to 1887, this opulent destination seamlessly blends tradition with modernity in everything from the furnishings to the menus. The dedicated pre-theatre menu offers two courses for £19.50 and three courses for £23.50. To begin, perhaps sample the salmon and preserved lemon fishcake partnered with crushed peas and tartare sauce, tuck into the grilled fish of the day with new potatoes and green vegetables for the main course, before finishing with a sweet treat like the apple and hazelnut crumble.


The Bloomsbury

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Situated on Great Russell Street, where the West End meets the burgeoning East and the City and just down the road from the vibrancy of Theatreland, is The Bloomsbury. At the hotel’s elegant Dining Room and adjacent speakeasy-inspired bar, diners can enjoy a three-course pre-show meal for just £20 per person. The menu comprises modern British dishes, crafted using fresh ingredients and skillfully prepared to allow the produce to speak for itself.

Joe Allen

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Joe Allen is an institution that has stood the test of time. The decor, too, remains unchanged: the brick walls are still adorned with memorabilia and posters and it continues to be known as a pre-theatre destination. The set menu is available daily, with two courses reasonably priced at £14.75 and three at £17.50. Options include succulent roast chicken thighs accompanied by braised celery and olive oil mash, and a roast cod, tomato and caper stew. To finish, the lemon drizzle cake is sure to tempt, as is the light raspberry sorbet.

Michelle Grady

Michelle Grady

Michelle is an ex-Fed Up & Drunker who has now been released into the wild.

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