Best Pre-Theatre Dining in London

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STK - London
STK - London
Hawksmoor Air Street and Seven Dials
Bob Bob Ricard
Bob Bob Ricard
Holborn Dining Room
HIX Soho
Brasserie Zedel
Brasserie Zedel
Balthazar
Frenchie
Frenchie
Flesh and Buns
The Market Brasserie
 

 

Forget chain restaurants and substandard set menus, these London restaurants ensure your night in theatreland is memorable right from the start.

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STK - London

The pre-theatre menu at STK includes wagyu mini burgers and prime rump steak.

ME Hotel, 336-337 Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1HA

Tube: Temple Station , Covent Garden Station

 
 

If you're all glammed up ready for a night at the theatre, be sure to start your night in style with a meal at STK. Found within the luxury ME London, the restaurant brings together glamour and good food, with hand-selected, hand-cut beef and a chic bar/lounge. The pre-theatre menu is a tempting option with a generous menu for just £30. Diners can feast on Japanese wagyu mini burgers, seasonal salad or swordfish ceviche to start; roast black leg chicken, crispy seabass or 28-day aged USDA prime rump steak (£5 supplement) for main; and sticky toffee pudding served with vanilla ice cream and salted malt caramel or mango cream with passion fruit sorbet and mango caviar for pudding. The pre-theatre menu is served between 5pm and 7pm.

 
 
 

Hawksmoor Air Street and Seven Dials

Two Hawksmoor branches offer express menus that are ideal for pre-theatre dining.

5A Air Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 0AD

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

With two branches located in theatreland - Air Street and Seven Dials - Hawksmoor is the perfect stop for a pre-theatre dinner. Both venues offer express menus that are available for lunch, until 6.30pm and after 10pm. At £25 for two courses or £28 for three, diners can choose from potted smoked mackerel, roast beetroot salad with goats cheese, and potted beef with bacon and Yorkshires for starter; and rump steak, fillet tail (£5 supplement), ricotta dumplings with winter veg, and royal bream for main. Three tempting puddings are included in the offer: peanut butter shortbread, sticky toffee pudding and pannacotta with blood orange jelly. They even have a map of local theatres on their site, showing which of the two venues is closest to the theatre you're visiting. 

 
 
 

Bob Bob Ricard

A glamorous start to your night in theatreland.

1 Upper James Street, Soho, Soho, London, W1F 9DF

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Oxford Circus Station

 
 

Located nearby to the West End, Bob Bob Ricard is perfect for an indulgent pre-theatre dinner. While the restaurant doesn't offer a specific pre-theatre menu, it opens from 6pm during the week and 5.30pm on Fridays and Saturday - often the only time slot you can get booked in for! This allows plenty of time to enjoy the restaurant's infamous beef wellington or lobster macaroni and cheese before settling in for your chosen shown. With its renowned 'Press For Champagne' buttons and glamorous Art Deco interior, Bob Bob Ricard is a glitzy way to begin your night out in theatreland. Just be sure to book well in advance as tables can be very hard to come by. 

 
 
 

Holborn Dining Room

Enjoy a quintessentially British dinner moments away from Covent Garden.

252 High Holborn, Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

Tube: Holborn Station , Chancery Lane Station

 
 

Moments away from Covent Garden, the Holborn Dining Room is a quintessentially British option for pre-theatre dining. Found within the luxurious Rosewood London hotel, the Martin Brudnizki-designed restaurant brings together banquettes styled on park benches, seat covers in London bus red, and mini milk bottles used as vases and custard vessels, making it perfect for the complete London experience. Served Monday to Saturday 3.30pm-6.30pm and 9.30pm-11.30pm, the early and late supper menu offers the option of two courses for £20 or three for £25, with a choice of three starters, mains, and desserts. Diners can start with fried squid and gentleman's relish mayonnaise; rare beef salad with lambs lettuce and truffle dressing; or roast onion and cider soup Montgomery cheddar scone. The mains menu features pot roast lamb breast, a shrimp burger with jalapeno tartare, and acorn squash with spelt risotto roasted ceps, while puddings are indulgent with chocolate mousse, steamed whisky treacle sponge, and Yorkshire rhubarb and ginger trifle on offer. Looking for post-theatre cocktails? Try the plush Scarfes Bar, located just across the Rosewood London courtyard. 

 
 
 

HIX Soho

A free glass of fizz comes with this set menu.

66-70 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 9UP

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

Start your night with a complimentary glass of fizz at HIX Soho, where free bubbles come with the two-course and three-course set menus. Simply quote 'HIX Fizz' when booking to take advantage of the offer and start your night of dinner and a show in style. With British cooking at the heart of Mark's renowned eatery, you can choose from crispy Cruden Bay mackerel with asparagus and ginger broth; grubeens with Chalk Farm watercress mayonnaise and pea shoots; and whipped Elveden beets and Neal's Yard Dairy goats curd and walnuts to start. Three main dishes are on the menu, including fish pie and lamb loin chop, and desserts include Peruvian Gold chocolate mousse and blood orange cheesecake. 

 
 
 
 

Brasserie Zedel

Feast on classic French dishes in a glamorous Art Deco setting.

20 Sherwood Street, Soho, London, W1F 7ED

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

The grand Brasserie Zedel offers a prix fixe menu, with two courses for £9.75 and three courses for £12.75, and also a formule menu, with three courses for £19.75 that includes a glass of wine, water, and coffee. Located just off Piccadilly Circus, it's the perfect spot for a bite to eat before a night at the theatre, and with beautiful Art Deco interiors - high ceilings, marble pillars, brass rails and large mirrors - it's an unusually glamorous setting for such good value. Choose from classic French dishes such as coq au vin and beef bourguignon. 

 
 

Events at Brasserie Zedel

Juliet Kelly: Celebrating The Divas Of Jazz

Wednesday 28th June 2017 - 6pm | £20

 
Juliet Kelly: Celebrating The Divas Of Jazz Brasserie Zedel 2017-06-282017-06-28 Where:
Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street London, W1F 7ED
Category: Brasseries
Witt 'n Camp
On Soon

Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July 2017 - 9.15pm-10.15pm | £12.50, concs £10

 
Witt 'n Camp Brasserie Zedel 2017-06-302017-07-01 Where:
Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street London, W1F 7ED
Category: Brasseries

Comedy, Musical.

Crowley & Co.'s The Night
On Soon

Monday 3rd July 2017 - 9.15pm | £10

 
Crowley & Co.'s The Night Brasserie Zedel 2017-07-032017-07-03 Where:
Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street London, W1F 7ED
Category: Brasseries
Remi Harris Trio
On Soon

Tuesday 11th July 2017 - 9.15pm | £15

 
Remi Harris Trio Brasserie Zedel 2017-07-112017-07-11 Where:
Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street London, W1F 7ED
Category: Brasseries

Gypsy jazz from the exciting young guitarist and his trio.

Carla Lippis: Cast A Dark Shadow
On Soon

Thursday 13th July 2017 at 7pm-8pm & Saturday 15th July 2017 at 11.15pm-0.15am | £25-£49

 
Carla Lippis: Cast A Dark Shadow Brasserie Zedel 2017-07-132017-07-15 Where:
Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street London, W1F 7ED
Category: Brasseries
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Balthazar

Enjoy a number of theatre and dinner packages at this Parisian-style brasserie.

4-7 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5HZ

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

A grand Parisian-style brasserie in the heart of Covent Garden, Balthazar is a tempting destination for a pre-theatre pit stop. In partnership with Love Theatre, the restaurant offers a number of dinner and theatre deals, with tickets to a show and a two-course dinner starting from £75, and tickets, dinner, a programme and champagne packages starting from £95. Alternatively, if you've sorted the theatre tickets yourself, you can simply book in for the menu prix fixe, which is served from 12pm to 4pm Monday to Friday and 5pm to 6.30pm Monday to Sunday. The menu offers the choice of three hors d'oeuvres: melon and bayonne ham, flame grilled mackerel or soup de jour. Entrees are Cornish sole meuniere, roast chicken breast and leek tarte tatin, while dessert choices include profiteroles and assiette de fromage (£3 supplement). Two courses are £17.50 and three courses are £22.50. 

 
 

Events at Balthazar

Balthazar 4th of July Party Offers Free Menu to Patriotic Diners
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 4th July 2017 - 8am | Free

 
Balthazar 4th of July Party Offers Free Menu to Patriotic Diners Balthazar 2017-07-042017-07-04 Where:
Balthazar, 4-7 Russell Street London, WC2B 5HZ
Category: Brasseries

Food & Drink, Drink & Tastings.

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Flesh and Buns

Feast on seafood ceviche and pork-filled buns before heading to the theatre.

41 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9LX

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

With an express menu available every day until 6pm and after 10pm, rock 'n' roll Japanese eatery Flesh and Buns is a good alternative to your standard pre-theatre dining options. Designed for sharing, the menu includes three small dishes: mixed seafood ceviche, salmon avocado roll and, a menu highlight, Korean fried wings with spicy sour sauce and sesame. For main, choose between three of the restaurant's infamous buns, with crispy piglet belly, salmon teriyaki and crispy duck leg on offer - don't be fooled by the deceptive measly portions, these buns are unbelievably filling. Unfortunately, the Instagram-worthy s'mores aren't on the express menu, but the equally tasty sobacha brulee, kinako black custard donuts, and Bone Daddies sundae are. Two courses and a drink cost £19 and three courses with a drink cost £22. A true bargain. 

 
 
 

Frenchie

Gregory Marchand's first London restaurant is perfectly positioned for pre-theatre dining.

16 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8QH

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station

 
 

While it doesn't technically offer a pre-theatre menu, Covent Garden restaurant Frenchie is perfectly positioned for a bite to eat before or after a West End show. Either book an early table or, even better, if you've got tickets to a matinee, take advantage of the very reasonably priced lunch menu, with two courses for £22 or three for £28. The first London restaurant from Gregory Marchand, aka "Frenchie", presents dishes that are heavily influenced by his travels from London to New York through Spain and Hong Kong, with both small and large plates to choose from. Spanning two floors, it features a ground floor bar for walk-ins and a downstairs restaurant. 

 
 
 

The Market Brasserie

Enjoy a pre-show dinner in London's newest luxury hotel.

InterContinental O2, 1 Waterview Drive, London, SE10 0TW

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 
 

As the name would suggest, London's newest luxury hotel, the InterContinental London O2, is right next door to the O2 arena, making it the perfect place for a pre-show dinner. As luck would have it, The Market Brasserie, one of the hotel's five eateries, offers a pre-show menu. With two courses and a glass of Prosecco for just £25, it's extremely good value and a monthly changing menu ensures the dishes are always fresh and seasonal. Expect dishes such as confit duck leg with creamed savoy cabbage, pan seared fillet of hake with tomato and tarragon cassolette, and pecan tart with caramel ice. With floor-to-ceiling windows and an open plan kitchen, it's a striking venue to enjoy a feast before screaming the night away at a concert next door. 

 
 
 
 
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