Heading into the city to catch a West End show? You lucky devil. Chances are, you’ll probably be want to stop for some food along the away, but with a city as large as London it’s hard to tell what’s best! So, to help you out we’ve put together a list of the best places for a pre-theatre dinner, with recommendations from local experts!

Bon Appétit!

Circolo Popolare, Fitzrovia

Pre theatre meal at Circolo Popolare
© Circolo Popolare

Circolo Popolare is one of London’s newest restaurants and it’s easy to see why it’s all over Instagram. The interior is absolutely beautiful with a floral ceiling and wine bottles lining the walls. The food is Italian with a focus on wood-fire pizzas and the desserts are incredible with lemon meringue pie and cookie dough ice-cream. It’s within walking distance from Soho, which is perfect for some of the top theatres.

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For a taste of Sicily in the centre of London, Circolo Poplare offers a wonderfully vibrant location with an even more delicious menu. It offers a plethora of Italian favourites, changing seasonally to ensure that the freshest and tastiest ingredients are used. There are gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, with a wine menu to die for. You’ll also feel comfort knowing that your meal is going towards a good cause, with £1 added to every bill to support local young people in poverty learn skills!

Cuisine Type: Italian
Nearby Theatres: Soho Theatre, Novello Theatre, Price Edward Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Phoenix & more
Pricing: £20+/ per person

Address: 40-41 Rathbone Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HX

Market Halls, Paddington

Market Halls, opening Summer 2019
© Market Halls, Victoria

Market Hall is opening up in the West End, in the summer of 2019. I love their Victoria Station food hall which is ideal if you are going to see a show near Victoria [as well].

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Sometimes a full sit-down meal isn’t quite what you’re after, which is where London’s greatest food halls come in. Market Halls take street food to the next level, taking on unloved public spaces and transforming them into gorgeous little food spots that can take you from breakfast to dinner.

Now, the UK’s largest food hall will be opening a flagship venue on the West End at the end of this summer! They’ve already promised us 12 independent food vendors, 4 bars as well as a children’s play area. If it’s anything like their Victoria location, we can expect food from Japanese to delis to dim sum and fish & chips.

Cuisine Type: Mixed
Nearby Theatres: London Palladium, Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Haymarket, Garrick Theatre
Pricing: £15+/ per person

Address: 9 Holles Street, London, W1G 0BN

KERB, Covent Garden

KERB West India Wuay
© KERB West India Quay

Kerb, the street food specialists, are taking over a former banana warehouse near Seven Dials, also opening in the Summer of this year!

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Another new spot coming to the West End area, and fellow street food specialists are KERB. You may have already eaten at one of their locations located in King’s Cross, Paddington and near Canary Wharf, so you’ll know what makes them so great.

They bring together some of the most talented, interesting and delicious food traders and get them serving at prime locations around the city. Mexican, chicken, Thai, Indian, sweets, coffee, comfort food – you name, and they probably have it. They’re due to be open from September this year on Seven Dials, so keep an eye out if you’re in need of a quick meal on the go before heading to see The Lion King or The Book of Mormon.

Cuisine Type: Mixed
Nearby Theatres: Donmar Warehouse, Cambridge Theatre, Palace Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre, Royal Opera House
Pricing: N/A

Address: near Seven Dials Market

Hawksmoor Seven Dials, Covent Garden

Steak at Hawksmoor Seven Dials
© Hawksmoor Seven Dials

For the West End, it does depend on whereabouts your theatre is, but top steakhouse Hawksmoor Seven Dials does a great pre-theatre menu until 6:30pm.

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From a fruit warehouse to a meat-eater’s personal heaven, Hawksmoor Seven Dials offers some good ol’ British food that is simply delectable. From prime cut steaks to fully-loaded burgers and even lobster rolls, you’ll certainly leave feeling satisfied and full!

They even have an express menu that is perfect for those after a pre theatre dinner, with two courses at £25 or three for £28, Monday to Saturday from 4:30-6:30pm (or after 10pm if you prefer to dine post show).

Cuisine Type: British
Nearby theatres: Donmar Warehouse, Cambridge Theatre, New Ambassador’s Theatre, St Martin’s, Phoenix Theatre, Palace Theatre
Pricing: £25+/ per person

Address: 11 Langley St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JG

Lima Floral, Covent Garden

 Lima Floral, Fitzrovia
© Floral Lima

Lima Floral, sister restaurant to Michelin-starred Peruvian restaurant Lima, does a great pre-theatre menu.

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For meals that are just as beautiful as they are delicious, Lima Floral has menu that can satisfy all the senses. You’ll find options that are light, nutritious and perfectly filling so that you’re not left too full or hungry during your show! There’s also a pre/post menu set you can use to get 2 courses at £16 or 3 for £19!

Cuisine Type: Peruvian
Nearby theatres: Noel Coward, Duke of York’s, Wyndham’s Theatre
Pricing: £16+/ per person

Address: 14 Garrick Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9BJ

J Sheekey Atlantic Bar

J Sheekey Atlantic Bar

Nestled between Covent Garden and Leicester Square is the iconic fish and shellfish restaurant J Sheekey. With over 100 years of experience under their belt, they have perfected the art of seafood.

If you prefer to eat later, they make a great choice with a post-theatre set menu from 10pm on Mondays to Saturdays (9pm+ on Sundays). The 2 course deal comes in at £25, with the 3 course costing £30.

Cuisine Type: Seafood
Nearby theatres: Royal Opera House, Coliseum, Palace Theatre
Pricing: £25+/ per person

Address: 28-32 St Martin’s Court, London, WC2N 4AL

Brasserie Zédel

Brasserie Zédel

At Brasserie Zédel, you can have your movie-star pre-theatre dinner date at honestly incredibly affordable prices. The inside is picturesque and completely Instragrammable, too.

The real wow factor comes in the form of a 2 course meal at £10.50, or 3 for £13.75. If that seems too good to be true already, then let me inform you that you’d be within walking distance from some of the biggest theatres like the Lyric, Criterion, Harold Pinter and more.

Cuisine Type: French
Nearby theatres: Criterion, Harold Pinter, Her Majesty’s, Gielgud Theatre
Pricing: £10+/ per person

Address: 20 Sherwood St, Soho, London W1F 7ED


ICHIBUNS Soho mini burger makes for a great pre theatre dinner

Self-described as “culinary kapow” and sitting on the edge of Leicester Square, ICHIBUNS Soho is somewhat of a Japanese super-diner.

They combine the feel-good staples of Japanese cuisine with the vibe of American diner for the ultimate superfood, creating an easy and utterly to die for menu that fits any time of day.

Cuisine Type: Japanese Diner
Nearby theatres: Lyric, Gielgud Theatre, Prince of Wales, Queen’s Theatre
Pricing: £10+/ per person

Address: 22 Wardour St, London W1D 6QQ

Shake Shack, Leicester Square

Shake Shack Leicester Square

Toeing the line between restaurant and fast-food is Shake Shack, a true burger place for burger lovers.

It’s a menu that can’t let you down, at a price that won’t break the bank and within walking distance from some major West End theatres. Can you really go wrong with this for a pre-theatre dinner?

Cuisine Type: Burgers
Nearby theatres: Prince of Wales, Theatre Royal Haymarket, Criterion Theatre
Pricing: £10+/ per person

Address: Leicester Square, 1-2 Coventry St, London W1D 6BH

Savoy Grill, The Strand

Savoy Grill

For all of the deliciousness of a Gordon Ramsay meal without the verbal berating alongside it, Savoy Grill is a glamorous and taste bud-titillating option for those wanting to up their foodie game.

It’s steeped in history with legendary visitors like Winston Churchill to Marilyn Monroe, but the real crowning achievement are their luxurious meals.

Cuisine Type: Grill
Nearby theatres: Savoy Theatre, Vaudeville Theatre, Adelphi Theatre
Pricing: £30+/ per person

Address: Savoy Hotel, Strand, London, WC2R 0EU

The Ivy Market Grill, Covent Garden

Yellowfin sesame crusted tuna with fennel and wasabi sauce at The Ivy Market Grill

Known as The Ivy’s little sister, The Ivy Market Grill is a testament to the family name.

It’s cool, chic vibe inside emulates that of a classy bourgeois brasserie and it’s exquisite menu is filled with dishes that will whet your appetite. They also have a pre and post theatre dinner menu that runs Monday to Friday, 4:30 to 7pm and 9:30 to 11:30pm, (to closing on Sundays).

Cuisine Type: Modern European
Nearby theatres: Lyceum Theatre (The Lion King), Vaudeville Theatre, Adelphi, Duchess Theatre
Pricing: £16.50+/ per person

Address: 1a Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8PS

Frenchie, Covent Garden

The Frenchie vegetarian tasting menu
© Frenchie

Frenchie is one of my favourite pre-theatre spots in Covent Garden. It is a beautifully decorated space and the service is warm and professional, but most of all, the food is delicious!

Their pre-theatre menu is well priced and offers a variety of tempting dishes. My favourite is the scrumptious lamb belly served with sweetcorn, black garlic, smoked yoghurt and aubergine. I always end with the divine banoffee, nutmeg and caramalised pecan dessert which is also on the pre-theatre menu!

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Cuisine Type: French
Nearby theatres: Adelphi Theatre, Vaudeville Theatre, Noel Coward Theatre
Pricing: £30+/ per person

Address: 1a Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8PS

Have you settled on anywhere that looks good for a pre-theatre dinner? Don’t forget that sometimes you can find the most delicious and incredible places just by looking and trying new things, so have a wander if you can’t decide and find somewhere truly great! And if you still can’t make up your mind, there are at least four McDonalds in the area…