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Pre theatre dining: Where to eat before a West End show

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Pre theatre dining: Where to eat before a West End show

Whether you’re looking for a light bite to eat after a West End show or eat a hearty meal, you’ll want to dine out in style at these restaurants. Offering a selection of cuisines from around the world, don’t miss out on a mouth-watering meal and reserve your post theatre dining now!

Pre theatre dining at West End restaurants

Maxwell’s Bar and Grill

Serving all-American classics at its Covent Garden restaurant, Maxwell’s Bar and Grill packs a punch into every meal. A favourite amongst locals and tourists, it’s perfect for theatregoers with a big appetite. Tables can be reserved for 12:30pm (for matinee performances) and 5:30pm (for evening performances).

Palm Court Brasserie

Set in the heart of Covent Garden, Palm Court Brasserie offers diners the chance to relax in sophisticated Parisian-inspired surroundings while overlooking the Piazza. In an intimate dining environment, catch up with friends before a show and eat traditional French meals. Tables can be reserved for 12:30pm (for matinee performances) and 6:00pm (for evening performances).

Fire and Stone

Choose from a tantalising menu of globally-inspired pizzas at Fire and Stone. Made from the freshest ingredients in the capital, enjoy a relaxed meal at one of London’s contemporary restaurants you’ll want to visit time and time again. Tables can be reserved for 1:00pm (for matinee performances) and 6:00pm (for evening performances).

Browns Covent Garden

Soak up the West End’s bustling atmosphere at Browns Covent Garden, where you’ll be able to unwind over a delicious two-course meal. Tables can be reserved for 12:30pm (for matinee performances) and 6:00pm (for evening performances).

If you’re near the Apollo Victoria Theatre or The Other Palace, why not dine at Browns Victoria?

Planet Hollywood

Looking for glitz and glamour in the West End? Dine out at Planet Hollywood, one of London’s stand-out restaurants. With Hollywood artefacts around the restaurant including R2D2 from the Star Wars movies and costumes from films throughout the ages, enjoy a mouth-watering meal. Tables can be reserved for 1:00pm (for matinee performances) and 5:45pm (for evening performances).

Boulevard Brasserie

Serving sophisticated French classics, step foot into Paris at Boulevard Brasserie. Whether you’re dining indoors or taking advantage of the outdoor seating, there’s something for everyone at this elegant restaurant. Tables can be reserved for 12:30pm (for matinee performances) and 5:30pm (for evening performances).

Dim T

Looking for a relaxed evening dinner before a show? There’s nowhere better than Dim T. With a selection of curries, noodles and gyozas on offer, sample the Asian-inspired menu in the West End. Tables can be reserved for 5:30pm (for evening performances).

Cantina Laredo

Discover the fresh and vibrant tastes of Mexican cuisine at Cantana Laredo. From tacos, burritos and quesadillas, take a culinary trip through the Latin American country. Tables can be reserved for 1:00pm (for matinee performances) and 6:00pm (for evening performances).

Tutton’s Brasserie and Bar

With a menu serving British cuisine using the finest produce in the country, you’ll want to plan a delicious meal at Tuttons Brasserie and Bar before any West End show. It’s one of the longest-standing restaurants in central London and there’s dishes suitable for any theatregoers palate. Tables can be reserved for 5:30pm (for Friday to Sunday evening performances) and 6:00pm (for Monday to Thursday evening performances).

Gaucho Piccadilly

Once the home of a Spanish ambassador, Gaucho Piccadilly is one of London’s finest Argentinian restaurants. So, if you’re looking for an exotic meal that’s sumptous, you’ll want to book your table now. Tables can be reserved for 6:00pm (for evening performances).

Homage Grand Salon

Fine-dining experiences in the West End don’t come better than dinner at Homage Grand Salon at the Waldorf Hilton hotel. Be transported to continental Europe as you select your two courses from a decadent, high-quality meal. Tables can be reserved for 6:00pm (for evening performances).

Ping Pong Covent Garden

With handmade Dim Sum and carefully crafted cocktails in the heart of London, there’s nowhere better than Ping Pong. Whether you choose to eat dumplings, tuck into a rice bowl or try all the different gyozas on offer, get ready for an exciting meal out! Tables can be reserved for 6:00pm (for evening performances).

Thai Square

As one of the first restaurants in London offering Thai cuisine, escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and take your pick from the innovative Asian menu at Thai Square Trafalgar Square. Tables can be reserved for 6:00pm (for evening performances). There are also branches of Thai Square at Covent Garden and The Strand, so you’ll be able to sample fine Thai cuisine all across central London.

Salvador & Amanda

Spain comes alive at Salvador & Amanda – the best place in London for tapas and fiestas! If you want to experience genuine Spanish tapas with authentic ingredients then head to Salvador & Amanda, where your tastebuds won’t be disappointed. Tables can be reserved for 5:30pm (for evening performances).

Sophie’s Steakhouse

With British-bred beef cooking on the wood-fired grills and smokers, the ‘back-to-basics’ approach sees diners returning to Sophie’s Steakhouse for more. Centred around an open kitchen, it’s a warm, inviting restaurant that’s nearby to many West End theatres. Tables can be reserved for 5:30pm (for evening performances).

Smith and Wollensky

While the restaurant name may have been randomly selected by surnames in a telephone directory, Smith and Wollensky have carefully crafted their menu to ensure premium quality. Renowned American hospitality runs throughout the restaurant, making your experience an enjoyable one from your first drink to your last bite. Tables can be reserved for 5:30pm (for evening performances).

Sicily

A friendly, relaxed Italian restaurant in bustling Belgravia, enjoy a refreshing meal at Sicily, which special courses created from seasonal availability, meaning you can look forward to different courses every time you visit! Tables can be reserved for 12:30pm (for matinee performances) and 6:00pm (for evening performances).

Prezzo

Serving irresistible Italian dishes, plan a leisurely dinner or a get-together with friends before a show at Prezzo. From classic pizzas and pastas to seasonal salads, there’s something for all tastebuds. Tables can be reserved for 12:30pm (for matinee performances) and 6:00pm (for evening performances).

L’Escargot

Voted one of the best restaurants in London, L’Escargot is famous for its bourgeois French cooking. With a menu changing seasonally, plan your pre theatre dining at one of the swankiest restaurants in town. Tables can be reserved for 1:00pm (for matinee performances) and 5:30pm or 6:00pm (for evening performances).

Mele e Pere

The seasonal menu at Mele e Pere is cooked with British produce and exceptional Italian ingredients. All of their pasta, desserts and ice-creams are made in the kitchen fresh every day. Tables can be reserved for 1:00pm (for matinee performances) and 6:00pm (for evening performances).

Old Compton Brasserie

Poised as Soho’s artistic outpost, guests can enjoy cocktails from an award-winning mixologist and contemporary British food in a relaxed yet creative setting. Tables can be reserved for 12:00pm (for matinee performances) and 5:30pm (for evening performances).

Sports Bar and Grill Waterloo

Socialise, dine, drink and work at Sports Bar and Grill Waterloo. Using the freshest ingredients all prepared and cooked from an open kitchen, don’t miss out on eating at this homely restaurant. Tables can be reserved for 1:00pm (for matinee performances) and 6:00pm (for evening performances).

Restaurant guides

Got tickets to Wicked, The Lion King or The Book of Mormon? Why not check out our guides to restaurants near these shows.