If you’re a food-loving theatre goer who loves a good drink (as well as a snack during the interval), now might be the time to stop – if only to save room for the various eateries in London. Below we have put together a list of restaurants, bars a clubs catering for pre and post-theatre so that you can feast on some of the most delicious food and drink options either side of watching a London show.
The majority of theatres in London are located in the city’s main theatre district (referred to by many as ‘Theatreland’), with many entry points from The Strand to the South, Oxford Street to the North, Regent Street to the West as well as Kingsway to the east. So wherever your entrance may be, there are mainline rail stations – your closest being Charing Cross Station, as well as accessibility to the London Underground. There are also live performance venues in other parts of Central London including the South Bank and Victoria.
2 Burleigh Street, WC2E 7PX
A well-established New York-style venue that has been around the West End for 40 years, it is one of the best havens for theatregoers. It quickly became known as the ‘West End’s Canteen’, and it’s open 7 days a week and offers an All-day American menu for breakfast and brunch, straight through to post-show dining. You’ll find something delicious at any time of day, that’s for sure.
Great Northern Hotel, King’s Cross Station, Pancras Road, N1C 4TB
A great place for all you cocktail lovers out there, GNH Bar is a smart settling for a pre and post theatre drink. Located within King’s Cross Station on the ground floor of the Great Northern Hotel, it is super accessible if you’ve just hopped off the train or about to head back home. And, its location means it’s easy to spend more time relaxing before or after watching a show.
27-29 Endell St, London WC2H 9BA
A theatre within a bar is what is offered here at Circus – a mirrored club serving Pan-Asian cuisine and good music. They put on nightly cabaret acts as well good food and moreish cocktails, so if you don’t want your theatre night out to end, then head here after the show.
The Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen
32 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8NA
If you are in the mood for seafood, this will be your port of call, bringing you the best oysters, seafood, and fish from the British Isles. The best time to visit is between 3 to 5pm during the week for Bubbles ‘n Oysters Happy Hour, where you can land yourself fresh oysters and a glass of Crémant du Bourgogne for just ten pounds.
91-2 Strand, WC2R 0DW
The Coal Hole is a classic pub set in what used to be a coal seller for the Savoy Hotel. It’s situated near a handful of theatres, and is the perfect pit stop for a properly-pulled pint. The traditional ambiance makes it a very welcoming place to visit, and the perfect place to while away a little time before a show.
20 Sherwood, W1F 7ED
Designed from head to toe in authentic Art Deco, Bar Amêricain is a great place to relax with friends and family. It’s a sophisticated choice and one of the classiest bars located near the theatre district, so head here if you want to enjoy wine, champagne or cocktails.
The Ivy Market Grill
1A Henrietta WC2E 8PS
Open seven days a week this restaurant is a relaxed yet sophisticated place for all day dining in the heart of Covent Garden. With a main restaurant, terrace and two private dining rooms it is the perfect setting for pre or post theatre relaxation.
There you have it, the perfect way to spend an entertainment, fun filled night out in London. Where will you head first?