Top London pre-theatre dining spots

Where to get a bite before an evening at the theatre

By Polly Holmes and Rosie Paterson

J Sheekey (020-7430 2565)
Discreetly tucked away in the heart of Covent Garden, J Sheekey is known best for its classic, old-fashioned glamour. Choose between secluded tables and private booths for a private area to enjoy a stunning array of seafood. Best known for their scrummy fish pie, J Sheekey is a great choice for those looking for a subtle pre-theatre meal.

Cinnamon Soho (020-7437 1664)
Renowned for its culinary innovation on classic Indian cuisine, Cinnamon Soho is the latest addition to the Cinnamon Club group to hit London, and offers quality, seasonal Indian cooking with cheeky hints of British dishes, all served with great service and a fun atmosphere.

Arbutus (020-7734 4545)
Earning a Michelin star in 2007, Arbutus boasts stunning food in an intimate setting. The entire wine list is available by 250ml carafe, making it a popular spot with pre-theatre visitors.

Opera Tavern (020-7836 3680)

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Opera Tavern
With inspiration from travels to Spain and Italy, this two-storey bar and restaurant serves tasty tapas dishes all night long. Known to be one of London’s top tapas bars, Opera Tavern offers meat, fish and vegetable tapas options, perfect for nibbles before the show.

Hawksmoor Seven Dials
Revered for their prime cuts of matured beef, Hawksmoor Seven Dials offers a great spot for theatre goers in the heart of the West End. Hawksmoor serves up delicious British cuisine alongside delicious wines and cocktails.

Tuttons (020-7632 2081)
Tuttons is arguably one of the most well known restaurants in the West End, situated overlooking busy Covent Garden market. The menu represents all things British, celebrating classic English dishes all sourced from UK suppliers.

Les Deux Salons (020-7420 2050)
Situated just off Trafalgar Square, Les Deux Salons offers great Parisian food. Guests can enjoy everything from a charcuterie selection to three-course meal all before curtain up. They also have their ever-popular rack of lamb for sharing.

The Delaunay (020-7499 8558)

The Delaunay has an extensive, and extremely resonable, à la carte menu inspired by the grade cafés of Europe. Located just off Covent Garden’s Drury Lane, relax in their beautifully decorated dining room ideally placed for a quick feed before the show begins.

Frenchie Covent Garden (020-7836 4422)
The Covent Garden restaurant is the newest ‘Frenchie’ venture of Gregory Marchand. Offering a seasonal menu with dishes rooted in French cuisine, Frenchie’s mantra is based on a passion for quality and authenticity, and this is certainly reflected in the stunning food.

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