London’s Best Pre-Theatre Restaurants
Tourists and Londoners alike flock to “Theatreland” in vast numbers for an evening of entertainment, but with so many vibrant bars and restaurants let us help you to select the best option for your pre-theatre dinner, whatever the group size and budget?
London's main theatre district, contains around forty venues and it is traditionally defined by The Strand to the south, Oxford Street to the north, Regent Street to the west, and Kingsway to the east. Capital Centric is happy to guide you through the group friendly options available, we've sliced and diced them by area below to save you time.
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Bill’s offers an appealing British and Mediterranean-influenced menu. Its relaxed atmosphere is perfect for any time of day and the quick service is ideal for a pre-theatre, non-fussy dinner. The building was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1907 and is packed with character. With seating across two floors, a small outdoor area and a private function room for a larger party, there's plenty of space.
Known for showcasing some of London’s best burgers, the Haché menu is headed by hand-pressed patties, crafted using the finest prime steak and served in a squishy brioche bun or crusty ciabatta. Favourite fillings include the ‘Louisiana’ with peanut butter & mature cheddar, or a zingy Mexican with salsa and guacamole. For the vegetarians there are also meat-free offerings, including a mouth-watering falafel and goats’ cheese burger, or a hearty black garlic and hummus salad. Hache’ is a relaxed restaurant located 3 minutes walking from Holborn tube station, it has a private dining room situated on the lower floor that could be exclusively hired for groups up to 40 pax. Alternatively, the main restaurant has a max capacity of 60 pax seated.
Hudson's House, Tottenham Court Road
A vibrant restaurant and late-night lounge bar, Hudson’s House features classic British-style dishes with a modern European twist and delicious, locally sourced ingredients. The eclectic interior presents comfy leather chairs and natural wood furnishings, a central bar, private booths and hints of 1930s glamour. Hudson’s House is situated just a stone’s throw from Tottenham Court Road tube station, it has a max capacity of up to 40 pax.
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Plough Pub, Bloomsbury
Situated close to the British Museum on the pedestrianised Museum Street, The Plough is a classic Victorian pub serving a variety of traditional English pub food. The pub itself is a spacious area that crosses two floors with an upstairs dining area that can be booked for functions. With large windows overlooking the street below the light and airy dining area is the perfect pre-theatre spot for groups of up to 40 people.
The Sun Tavern, Covent Garden
A traditional English pub owned and run by a small family company. It holds the Cask Marque Award for serving high quality real ale and is conveniently set in the heart of Covent Garden. The Sun Tavern provides a traditional pub atmosphere with a contemporary, vibrant twist. The top floor offers a fantastic upstairs bar overlooking sprightly Long Acre which is also available for hire for max 40 pax. It is the ideal spot to get your guests in the mood for the theatre.
Garfunkel's, Tottenham Court Road
Opposite Tottenham Court Road tube and next door to The Dominion Theatre, Garfunkel’s is a popular choice for pre and post theatre meals. Just a short walk from Oxford Circus, it is also a great spot to refuel after a day of shopping on London's busiest shopping street, Oxford Street. Garfunkel’s provides British and international cuisine in contemporary Diner style surroundings.
Amarcord is an independently owned and operated authentic Italian Restaurant with a family atmosphere serving lovingly prepared, authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant is a tranquil space away from the hubbub of London streets where groups can enjoy classic Italian dishes such a penne alla Norma and indulgent Tiramisu. Located in Museum St, it’s the ideal spot for a cosy pre-theatre meal.
Zizzi, St Giles
If you’re in a rush, Zizzi is the perfect option. A popular chain serving simple, delicious Italian inspired food. Great for lunch or dinner, it is a firm favourite with Londoners and tourists alike. Zizzi’s St Giles has a huge illuminated tree installed with porcelain detailed branches to mimic the feel of an authentic Italian Piazza.
Jamie's Italian, Covent Garden, Piccadily & Victoria
Made with care but delivered without fuss, Jamie Oliver’s famous chain with a rustic menu is based on dishes you'd find people eating all over Italy. The family-friendly restaurants see pasta made on-site daily. Jamie's Italian Covent Garden is also committed to using only the best possible ingredients, and all produce is high welfare and sustainable. Jamie’s Italian Covent Garden, is perfectly located for the West End’s theatre-goers, weekend shoppers, tourists and locals alike. The restaurant is small but perfectly formed and always buzzing with activity. There is a private dining room and a lovely outdoor dining in the summer too.
Strada is a group of contemporary Italian restaurants serving simple dishes in a minimalist environment. It offers a cosy ambience; a great choice for those looking for a more intimate venue without the high price tag. The restaurant has an open frontage and is spilt over two floors with seating for 94 people. Strada Great Queen Street is situated on the junction with Kingsway and a short walk from Covent Garden. Within an 8-minute walk of the Royal Opera House, the Aldwych Theatre and Shaftesbury Theatre – The perfect venue for a pre-show meal.
Steak & Lobster, Bloomsbury
Delivering the finest steak and freshest lobster to your client’s plate. Steak & Lobster believe simplicity is key, letting the food speak for itself. Understanding the importance of provenance and quality, they serve lobster caught from the Canadian seas and steak from County Antrim in Northern Ireland. This small restaurant chain is down-to-earth, rustic and humble.
Wildwood, Covent Garden & Soho
Wildwood is a collection of restaurants that serves a mouth-watering selection of freshly prepared Mediterranean food all with the simple aim: to serve great food delivered by friendly staff in a relaxed, homely environment. Wildwood serves a mouth-watering selection of Italian food. Groups of up to 100 people can easily be accommodated at Wildwood in Covent Garden or Soho.
Belgo, Holborn, Covent Garden & Soho
Belgo is a small chain of London restaurants specialising in simple Belgian cooking and traditional Belgian beer. Belgo is noted for its 1990s design and architecture, including kitchens viewable by customers entering the restaurant. Belgo Holborn is a contemporary, airy restaurant and bar housed in an old Lloyd's bank memories of the building’s former use can be seen in the basement where they safe guard their 'liquid gold' (beer) in the banks former safe, now converted into a beer cellar.
Cafe Rouge, Holborn and various London locations
Café Rouge is a UK restaurant chain serving classic French cuisine in a Parisienne style Bistro. Fashionable Holborn is home to the Café Rouge Kingsway situated just a short walk from Drury Lane Theatreland and Covent Garden.
Cabana, St Giles
Cabana is a short 3-minute walk from Tottenham Court Road Tube Station. This vibrant, colourful restaurant brings all the heat and vibrancy of a Brazilian Barbecue to the heart of London with their award-winning restaurants, featuring freshly grilled barbecue skewers and street food snacks, all inspired by modern Brazil. The interior exudes the best of São Paolo with “up-cycled” design features such as denim banquettes, streetside-inspired posters, and kites, all maintaining Cabana’s lived-in and hand-made feel.
Maison du Mezze, Leicester Square
Boasting possibly one of the best locations in London, Maison du Mezze offers outstanding Lebanese and middle Eastern cuisine overlooking a bustling Leicester Square. The restaurant is a haven of exotic scent’s and flavours. The superb first floor is set in a courtyard style with group seating for over 100 people, it is the perfect venue for either pre or post theatre dining.
Busaba, Bloomsbury, Leicester Square, Covent Garden & Soho
Busaba is a modern Thai eatery with a lively atmosphere. The diverse but simple menu offers a mouth-watering selection of salads, noodles, curries and stir-fries. Flavoursome dishes from across Thailand are served on the menu. The restaurant offers canteen-style long tables with an intimate, dark-wooded interior, creating a social atmosphere for quick, pre-theatre dinner. The main restaurant can hold up to 85 pax whilst it’s private dining room is the perfect spot for groups of up to 20 guests.
Has private dining facilities
T Ideal for pre or post theatre dining
M Listed or starred in the Michelin guide
£ £10 or under
££ £10 to £20
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££££ over £30
The above is just a taste of the venues we have to offer. Please see below for a fuller list
Covent Garden & The Strand
Le Restaurant de Paul
The Marquis (pub)
The Sun Tavern (pub)
Fire & Stone
Soho & Leicester Square
7 Park Place - Michelin Star
Heddon Street Kitchen - Michelin Recommended
Jackson & Rye
Maison du Mezze
Salt n Pepper
Holborn & Bloomsbury
Steak & Lobster
The Plough (Pub)