Looking for a bite to eat before moving on to catch a performance in London's Theatreland? Take a look at our recommended list of pre theatre restaurants in London and enjoy some beautiful cuisine in the city. From famous outlets to secluded establishments, our guide to pre theatre restaurants in London will provide the ultimate hors d'œuvre to your main course.
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St Martins Lane London, 45 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HX
(020) 7300 5588
Mixing Asian flavours with Cuban spices, Asia De Cuba serves up more than a few surprises, both visually and on the palette.
Assaggetti offers small, sharing plates which are made with seasonal Italian ingredients. An extensive choice of prosecco, wines and cocktails are available to complement your meal. The pleasing surroundings features large oak tables, chandeliers and a small bar area.
71 Haymarket, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4RW
(020) 7839 3939
Bentley's Restaurant has always been well known in London dining circles and if you haven't already sampled the cuisine here it's worth putting it top of your list. Enjoy live piano and jazz from some of the UK's biggest artists.
11-15 Swallow Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 4DG
(020) 7734 4756
Trocadero, 13 Coventry Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 7AB
(020) 3763 5288
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co lands in London from across the pond. Accommodating 400 customers, over two floors, the restaurant is inspired by Forest Gump and has movie memorabilia throughout.
The menu at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co has an impressive choice of dishes with signature options including coconut shrimp; lobster linguine; and Dixie style baby back ribs.
Chesterfield Hotel, 35 Charles Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5EB
(020) 7491 2622
Butlers Restaurant is located within Mayfair's Chesterfield Hotel, serving fresh British cuisine tempered with international touches. The menus at Butlers Restaurant range from a wonderful Breakfast Menu, Lunch Menu, and A La Carte Menu, plus an ever popular pre-theatre Dinner option for those pushed for time before the curtain goes up.
Carrara at St James takes its name from the impressive staircase within the building; a bespoke design made from carrara marble in Italy. Carrara at St James serves fine British cuisine that makes good use of seasonal produce.
St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, Victoria, London, SW1E 5JA
(020) 7592 0320
Rubens at The Palace Hotel, 39 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0PS
(020) 7834 6600
Located inside the luxurious Rubens at the Palace Hotel, guests can choose from a great selection of modern English cuisine at The English Grill. Offering a combination of classic trolley service and a la carte dishes, guests can watch the chefs prepare English classics including succulent grills, roasts and delicious homemade pies in the open kitchen. The dining experience is accompanied by an extensive wine list including a fine selection from Bouchard Finlayson.
The atmospheric Mint Leaf restaurant and bar is perfectly located for pre or post-theatre dinner and is sectioned into semi-private areas accommodating up to a total of 220 guests. Dark furnishings and fibre optic lighting create a striking backdrop for the 22 metre cocktail bar. If you are looking for a trendy venue with great service and the chance of rubbing shoulders with celebrities then Mint Leaf is the place for you.
Suffolk Place, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HX
(020) 7930 9020
This very impressive Thai restaurant overlooking Hyde Park offers it Thai Khantok pre-theatre menu from 5pm to 7pm, priced at just £19.50 per person.
1st Floor, Lancaster London Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, Bayswater, London, W2 2TY
(020) 7551 6039
Rowley's restaurant is a well established restaurant that was once home to the original Wall's Butcher shop.
113 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6HJ
(020) 7930 2707
Mediterranean dining in a theatrical atmosphere courtesy of the flamboyant Sarastro on Drury Lane.
126 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5SU
(020) 7836 0101
224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP
(020) 7930 1459
Savini at Criterion is an elegant fine-dining restaurant on Piccadilly offering a varied Italian menu.
By day Savini at Criterion offers a grand setting for breakfast, with freshly brewed coffee and home-baked croissants, languid lunches and indulgent afternoon teas featuring mouth-watering cakes and pastries.
But as the sun sets, Savini at Criterion transforms itself into one of the capital’s most glamorous fine-dining destinations. The iconic long bar at Savini - where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle staged the first meeting between Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson - is the perfect spot for an aperitif or cocktail.
Sicily is housed in a Grade II listed building and offers breakfast, stone baked pizza, pasta, grilled fish and meat dishes. Live jazz is hosted on Friday and Saturday nights at Sicily.
2a Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9RB
(020) 7730 5498
Spaghetti House on Haymarket is a well established chain of restaurants that serves traditional Italian meals within relaxed surroundings.
66 Haymarket, Piccadilly, London, SW1Y 4RF
(020) 7839 3641
The Thomas Cubitt's pre-theatre menu costs £17.50 for two courses. Dishes include choices like potted house smoked salmon and roast chicken breast with green beans a red wine jus. The menu is available from 5.30pm to 7pm.
44 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9PA
(020) 7034 5404
tibits is a successful family-run Swiss independent dining concept serving vegetarian food that appeals to all, popular with trendy theatregoers.
12-14 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4DA
(020) 7758 4110
Situated in Pimlico, UNo is a popular restaurant that serves a variety of authentic Italian meals that are reasonably priced.
1 Denbigh Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V 2HF
(020) 7834 1001
131 Waterloo Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 8UR
(020) 7928 5086
Waterloo Bar and Kitchen is a stylish restaurant attached to the back of the Old Vic Theatre. At Waterloo Bar and Kitchen you will find a concise choice of meals that are complemented by a good selection of wines and other drinks.