Pre Theatre Bars in London

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Searching for a tipple to enjoy before a show in the city? Why not chose from one of our pre theatre bars in London? We've found some attractive bars for the buzzing theatre crowd so to get an idea of the options out there, why not peruse our guide to pre theatre bars in London?
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574 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London, E8 4AH
(020) 7923 9518

The Rocksteady is a popular, independent venue situated in Dalston. The Rocksteady is a multi-faceted venue, during the day offering breakfasts, sandwiches and light bites before turning into an exciting cocktail bar with live music and a late-night DJ bar below.

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240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll St), Soho, London, W1B 3BR
(020) 7478 0540

Nestled between aqua nueva and aqua kyoto, aqua spirit on Regent Street combines Spanish and Japanese flavours for some truly interesting cocktails.

Central Bar

At the heart of one of the nation’s leading performance venues is this bar complete with a smashing terrace that is an essential stop on any visit to London’s South Bank.

Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, Southbank, London, SE1 8XX
(020) 7960 4200
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The Conservatory

The Milestone Hotel, 1 Kensington Court, London, W8 5DL
(020) 7917 1000

Part of the Stables at the Milestone Hotel, The Conservatory is a bright and airy place where you can enjoy drinks, a meal or afternoon tea.

The Curtains Up


This theatre pub combines a homely ambience with modern style.

28a Comeragh Road, Kensington, London, W14 9HR
(020) 7386 7543

Duke of Hamilton

Being next door to the New End Theatre in Hampstead means the Duke of Hamilton is the perfect spot for a quick drink before a spot of fringe theatre.

23-25 New End, Hampstead, London, NW3 1JD
(020) 7794 2068



Stylish venue, popular with theatre goers and a stone's throw from Shaftesbury Theatre.

198 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 8JL
(020) 7240 9933

Martini Bar


The Martini Bar within Christopher's American Bar and Grill sits opposite the Lyceum.

Christopher's, 18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DD
(020) 7240 4222

Nell of Old Drury


The Nell of Old Drury uses the adjacent theatre to its advantage and its bough is filled daily, pre- and post-matinee and early evening.

29 Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JS
(020) 7836 5328

Phoenix Artist Club


The Phoenix Artist Club is a theatrical late night bar that acts as a members club for actors.

1 Phoenix Street, St Giles, London, WC2H 8BU
(020) 7836 1077



Ideally situated on the corner of Garrick Street and New Row, The Roundhouse is a plum spot for those catching a show at the Noel Coward Theatre.

1 Garrick Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9BF
(020) 7836 9838

Royal Court Cafe Bar


The Royal Court Cafe Bar occupies the nineteenth century auditorium 'pit', the original vaults under the pavement and a completely new spacious hall built underneath Sloane Square.

On the first floor, the bar serves pre-show and interval drinks in a space with French windows opening onto a balcony overlooking Sloane Square.

Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, Chelsea, London, SW1W 8AS
(020) 7565 5061

Swan at the Globe

The Swan at the Globe Bar and Brasserie has become one of London's must visit venues, located on Bankside near...well, come on, work it out.

21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT
(020) 7928 9444