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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.

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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.

Coal Hole

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.

Bar Américain

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?

We went to the uber-decadent Quaglinos this weekend to sample their Seafood Platter - a dish only on offer until the 13th October for Seafood Week (yes run).

Small and perfectly formed the Seafood platter is a well-balanced £35 for two and can work easily as a starter for a full-on meal or a light afternoon 'somin somin' to get you through a few glasses of vino.

Just like Quaglino's itself the platter is smart and cool with just enough of each 'Fruit De Mer' balanced on top of a tray of ice. Nibble on caviar, oysters, crab, clams and prawns - perfectly washed down with some bubbly we might add.

Quaglino's really does have a great atmosphere, whether you get there in time for the seafood platter or not. Things always feel a bit special in this restaurant that no matter what time of day it is you feel like you are just on the cusp of transcending into a brilliantly debauched evening.

The Fruits De Mer Platter is part of Quaglino’s ‘season of the chef ’ which celebrates all things Autumnal and Seafood Week! What more could you ask for!

This October, Quaglino’s will join D&D London’s ‘Wild Table’ campaign offering a month o exclusive events and menus that celebrate the best of Autumn’s ingredients and National Seafood Week.

From 6-13 October, Quaglino’s will showcase it’s exquisite ‘Fruits De Mer’ seafood platter
in celebration of

National Seafood Week. Offering the ultimate taste of the sea, the
impressive dish will include lobster, oysters, crab, clams, mussels, prawns and much more
for one week only!


For those seeking the ‘Autumnal taste’ Quaglino’s are offering a five-course truffle dinner
on Tuesday 17 th October. Held in the stunning Prince of Wales private dining room, guests
will enjoy a delicious truffle menu curated by Executive Chef James Hulme and carefully
paired with a selection of wines featuring Bordeaux.


The bespoke menu will take guests on the ultimate ‘truffle journey’, starting with Jerusalem
artichoke & truffle brie sandwich followed by winter truffle ravioli and alba truffle. Pan
fried scallops, truffle cauliflower purée and apple is next, followed by a main of roast
Hereford beef fillet, sauce perigeux and truffle pont neuf. Completing the evening will be an
indulgent dessert of white chocolate & truffle, panna cotta, ice cream, and tuille.

D&D London’s group-wide campaign, The Wild Table is in collaboration with charity Action
Against Hunger, celebrating the abundance of Autumnal ingredients on offer through
exclusive menus and special events. Full details can be found at www. wild

Fruits De Mer’ seafood platter
6 – 13 th October
£35 for two people. £20 supplement charge with caviar

Wild Table Truffle Dinner at Quaglino’s, in partnership with Bordeaux wines
17 th October
£120 per person

Having launched on Old Compton Street late last year, HIPCHIPS has set out to reinvent the potato crisp and bring an entirely new eating concept to Soho. Freshly cooked and served straight to diners on a conveyor belt, HIPCHIPS pairs hand-made potato crisps with a diverse range of delicious savoury and sweet fresh dips. Creating new flavour combinations and a novel approach to sharing, HIPCHIPS has transformed the way Londoners consume this everyday British classic.

HIPCHIPS was born out of an ambition to create the best tasting crisps in the world. Run by head chef Scott Davis who has spent the last two years developing the concept in his kitchen, HIPCHIPS treats the humble potato crisp with the same care and attention usually reserved for fine dining.

Hand crafted and cooked in front of guests, HIPCHIPS uses five heritage and vintage potato varieties to make its crisps. Grown in the North Of England, each potato used by HIPCHIPS has its own unique natural colour and flavour, resulting in a range of vibrant, delicious and distinctive crisps. Scott Davis (Providores, Mirabelle, Fifty St James) has used his vast knowledge and experience of diverse culinary styles and flavours to create a unique menu of dips that are influenced by classic British pairings and international flavours. From Katsu curry and Baba Ganoush to Moroccan Yoghurt and pickled onion cheese fondue, these moreish dips are all made from the finest seasonal ingredients, and designed to mix, match and share with friends.

While many of us Brits wouldn’t dream of combining potatoes with dessert, Davis's innovative menu offers up a variety of sweet dip options and with it, a novel experience for the taste buds. HIPCHIPS crisps are dusted with cinnamon sugar instead of salt and perfectly matched with classic ‘pudding dips’ such as rhubarb & custard, S’mores & chocolate and salted caramel dip combinations.

“I’ve taken my inspiration for the sweet crisps from doughnuts by sprinkling the them with cinnamon sugar as soon as they come out of the fryer. These with the dips really form a classic pairing, which we l change weekly and seasonally “ The potatoes used for HIPCHIPS crisps include:
• Highland Burgundy 1936 - Deep red flesh, firm to the bite potato with a deep crunch
• Salad Blue 1900 - Skin and flesh are both a deep strong blue with a delicate flavor
• Shetland Black 1923 – Yellow flesh with blue vascular rings, an earthy potato with a floury texture.

Examples from the dip menu (priced from £4.50) include:
• Veggie Ceviche (V)- Chunky tomato, lime, coriander, red onion and plenty of chilli
• Smokey Cheese Fondue Picked Red Onion (V)- Smokey, rich, sweet and acidic
• Beetroot & Lemongrass Marmalade (V) - A blend of beetroot, lemongrass and Vietnamese salty caramel, best eaten with crème fraiche
• Chocolate Nutella with praline & crème fraiche mousse
• Chocolate Salty Caramel Cheesecake

Crisps and dips go hand in hand with beer and wine, and HIPCHIPS have matched the food with a carefully curated selection of craft beers, wines, cocktails and soft drinks. The Soho venue is the perfect spot to hang out and share food in a friendly environment, and late night hours means that hungry Soho revellers can enjoy crisps and dip until late.

HIPCHIPS also offers all of its crisps and dips to take away. Served in specially designed boxes, HIPCHIPS make the ideal party or BBQ addition, office sharing platter, or accompaniment to a night in with the latest boxset. For bigger events, HIPCHIPS can provide their crisps and dips in larger amounts to order, or from their own branded stall – perfect for festivals, weddings and large corporate events.

49 Old Compton Street

Monday-Thursday 12pm-11pm
Friday- Saturday 12pm-midnight
Sunday 12pm-10pm

Who's about to eat all the pies? Lucky people that sign up below that's who -

To mark the opening of the newly refurbished The Hope Fitzrovia, the boozer will be teaming up with Pieminister to offer Londoners the chance to get their hands on #100FREEPIES from 2 – 6 October 2017. To get involved, guests can sign up at www.thehopefitzrovia.co.uk/100freepies

Successful entrants will receive a voucher to claim a free pie all week between 12pm - 2pm and will also be entered into a prize draw to win access to a VIP launch event on Thursday 5 October from 8-11pm, with free drinks and pies along with a performance from up and coming indie- rock band Desert Planes.

Since 1809, The Hope has occupied the same street corner in Fitzrovia, serving up beers and food to anyone and everyone in search of a good time. While The Hope now offers live sport on multiple screens, a famous selection of quality pies, and a regular influx of new and exciting ales, they remain the same old boozer giving people what they’ve loved for over 200 years.

With a dedicated pie kitchen, The Hope Fitzrovia will serve up a full pie menu in partnership with award winning pie makers Pieminister. Putting great taste and quality at the heart of every pie, each one is baked using only the best ingredients using free range British chicken and pork, farm assured British beef and wild British venison. Examples include:

Free ranger - with chicken, leek, ham and thyme pie
Moo - a British beef steak and craft ale pie
Wild Shroom - wild mushroom, asparagus, cream and white wine

To perfectly pair with your pie, The Hope serves a range of house and guest ales, including Doom Bar, Timothy Taylor Landlord, St Austell Tribute and Camden pale ale.

Date: 2 – 6 October 2017
Address: 15 Tottenham St, Bloomsbury, London W1T 2AJ
Nearest tube: Goodge Street

ARTea Afternoon TeaLancaster London has devised an Afternoon “ARTea” for those who know their Monet from their Picasso, launching on Thursday 14 July 2016.

The innovative afternoon tea, from £35, will be served to guests in The Lounge, where the work of emerging and local artists grace Lancaster London’s walls in celebration of the hotel’s affinity with London’s thriving art scene.

The eclectic ARTea menu will be edible, as will the canvasses within the afternoon tea, while waiters will serve guests in whimsical painting aprons. Dishes will be delivered to tables in painters boxes, revealing a delectable take on painting essentials. Delicate delights on offer will include: Finger sandwiches, pastries and freshly baked scones, all of which will be served on painting slates alongside jam & clotted cream concealed in 30ml paint tubes.ARTea AT

The hotel’s current art exhibition displays distinctive scenic paintings by modernist Irish artist Norman Teeling’s. The ARTea experience, which is in collaboration with Pommery Champagne, will feature continuous reminders of his work, with menus printed alongside replicated paintings from the exhibition. Mini edible images of the art will also be printed onto the creative ARTea pastries.

To create the unique ARTea, Lancaster London partnered with Pommery Champagne due to their constant involvement and support of art and culture – from sponsoring Frieze Art & Art 16, to hosting an all year exhibition in their cellar in Champagne, France.

The hotel also works closely with art curator Barbara Stanley, whose gallery showcases contemporary Irish artwork and sits across the street from the hotel.

Lancaster London, an iconic mid-century hotel, offers world-class hospitality in an unbeatable Hyde Park location.  Proudly distinct, this London landmark commands unrivalled panoramic views across the capital’s skyline.

Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY

Reservations on 020 7551 6000 or visit www.lancasterlondon.com