Pre-theatre dining

When you’re on your way to a hopefully wonderful theatre experience, 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 TheatrePiccadilly TheatreAdelphi TheatrePalace Theatre, Novello TheatreShaftesbury TheatreDominion TheatreRoyal Opera HousePhoenix TheatreLyceum TheatreLondon ColiseumArts Theatre, New London TheatreDuke of York’s Theatre):

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

  • Balcon – Italian, truffles, posh

Near Waterloo (e.g. the Old Vic, Young VicRoyal Festival HallNational Theatre):

  • Skylon – seafood, wines, cocktails
  • Baltic – English, seafood, efficient

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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