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8 of the best restaurants to eat at before a West End show


8 of the best restaurants to eat at before a West End show

Before taking your seats at the theatre, why not enjoy a luxurious meal at one of London’s finest restaurants beforehand? Around the West End, there are hundreds of restaurants offering cuisines from around the world that are sure to tempt you in. To save you trawling through menus, we’ve handpicked eight of the best restaurants in Theatreland, serving them on a plate to you to whet your appetite. Take a trip to the theatre like you’ve never done before and eat the finest food that London has in store for you.

Where to eat in London

Boisdale of Belgravia

Eat Boisdale

Perfect for those who want to tuck into a hearty meal, Boisdale is a chain of restaurants offering up a masterclass in Scottish cuisine. Located on Eccleston Street in Belgravia, start your meal off with a whisky chosen from a 35 page selection, then tuck into some of the best delicacies from north of the border. Whether you choose to eat haggis, venison or Scottish smoked salmon, there’s something to suit all tastebuds and meal preferences here.

Theatres: Boisdale of Belgravia is near the Apollo Victoria Theatre (Wicked), The Other Palace (Toast) and Palace Victoria Theatre (Hamilton)

To book a table at Boisdale of Belgravia, call us at (+44) 0207 400 1255



Bringing Brazilian flavours to the West End, Cabana is the epitome of a modern-day restaurant. As you take your seat, you’ll be welcome into a restaurant where every item has been uniquely sourced in order to create the perfect ambience. With a menu including authentic Bahian curry, as well as plenty of chimichurri and shredded chicken balls, you’ll wish that every meal you had to eat was packed with the flavours and spices of Brazil.

Theatres: Cabana is near the Dominion Theatre (Big), Phoenix Theatre (Come From Away), Prince Edward Theatre (Aladdin) and Shaftesbury Theatre (& Juliet).

To book a table at Cabana, call us at (+44) 0207 400 1255

Dim T

Eat Dim T

Perfect for those looking for a quick food fix at any time of day, you’ll want to head to Dim T. Offering a variety of foods from across the continent, you’ll be able to choose from a wide selection of stirfrys, curries, noodles and fried rice, with many meals catering for vegetarians, vegans and people with dietary requirements. There are many Dim T’s across the city, however for those wanting to eat close to the theatre, visit the branch just off of Oxford Street and you’ll be able to walk into the theatre a few minutes after.

Theatres: Dim T is near the Dominion Theatre (Big) and the London Palladium.

To book a table at Dim T, call us at (+44) 0207 400 1255

Homage Grand Salon

Eat Homage

Live a life of luxury as you dine at Homage Grand Salon, inside the Waldorf Hilton near the Strand. Offering dishes inspired from continental European dishes, be tempted into trying new food. Start your meal off with a marinated beef carpaccio or parsnip soup and fill yourself up from a list of main courses including confit of duck or pappardelle with spinach and ricotta. Drooling yet? You will be when you refresh your tastebuds with a raspberry sorbet or papaya mousse. Set in gold-cast pillars and French Revolution décor around the restaurant, Homage Grand Salon is the perfect place to enjoy an exquisite meal before or after a visit to the theatre.

Theatres: Homage Grand Salon is near the Aldwych Theatre (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), Novello Theatre (Mamma Mia) and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

To book a table at Homage Grand Salon, call us at (+44) 0207 400 1255


Eat L'Escargot

Nestled in the heart of Soho is L’Escargot, one of the best French restaurants you can eat at in central London. Don’t let the snail-named restaurant mislead you though, you’ll be able to tuck into a pre-theatre menu from a fine selection including truffle soup, truffle risotto and plaice goujons. Finish off a three course trip through France with a crème brulée and your meal will be the talk of the town.

Theatres: L’Escargot is near the Apollo Theatre (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Cambridge Theatre (Matilda the Musical) and Prince Edward Theatre (Aladdin)

To book a table at L’Escargot, call us at (+44) 0207 400 1255

Maxwell’s Bar & Grill

Eat Maxwells

Tuck into an all-American meal that is guaranteed to fill up anyone’s stomach. With plenty of inspiration taken from American cuisines around the country, you’ll be able to tuck into mouth-watering burgers, mac and cheese, ribs and fajitas with your food dripping in cheese. Polish your meal off with a freakshake that will leave a creamy froth on your top lip and you’ll have experienced a meal Maxwell’s style. Located in Covent Garden, it’s in the centre of the West End and is sure to get your trip to the theatre off in style.

Theatres: Maxwell’s is near the Cambridge Theatre (Matilda), Fortune Theatre (The Woman in Black), Lyceum Theatre (The Lion King) and St Martin’s Theatre (The Mousetrap).

To book a table at Maxwell’s Bar & Grill, call us at (+44) 0207 400 1255

Planet Hollywood

Eat Planet Hollywood

Dazzling in lights, Planet Hollywood is the restaurant to go to if you want a glitzy experience. Serving up American cuisine, take your pick from burritos, chicken or even fajitas, noodles and lasagne where images from the Hollywood Walk of Fame adorn the walls. Located in the bustling heart of Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, you won’t miss Planet Hollywood when you walk around the West End.

Theatres: Planet Hollywood is near the Criterion Theatre (The Comedy About a Bank Robbery), Gielgud Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre (The Phantom of the Opera) and Queen’s Theatre (Les Miserables).

To book a table at Planet Hollywood, call us at (+44) 0207 400 1255

Quo Vadis

Eat Quo Vadis

Ever since it opened in 1926, Quo Vadis has served up the most modern dishes with the best foods that Britain has to offer. Kickstart your evening at the theatre to a grand start in this warm and friendly restaurant, with dishes including lamb and artichoke, spinach and parsley soup and plenty of cornbread on the side! For those wanting to satisfy their sweet tooth, there’s iconic British puddings to choose from, including marmalade lemon curd and an almond tart, both guaranteed to convince you that British cuisine is the best in the world!

Theatres: Quo Vadis is near the Gielgud Theatre, Prince Edward Theatre (Aladdin) and the Palace Theatre (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

To book a table at Quo Vadis, call us at (+44) 0207 400 1255

We think that eating before the theatre is a great way to make the most of your time in the West End. If you need to eat during a show, we’ve put a guide together with all the information on eating at the theatre.