Restaurants and pre-theatre dinner

When you come down to London, your pre-theatre restaurant is a very important part of the break.When suggesting a restaurant we are always keen to point out the ones nearby so that you don’t have to run around London on a full stomach just before curtain up!

In the first of a series of interviews and articles we recently had a chat to the Covent Garden Insider to find out about the best Covent Garden restaurants.

But here are some more ideas of restaurants all across London’s Theatreland, so that there is a nearby restaurant no matter what theatre you are going to!


Located opposite Buckingham Palace Royal Mews, the distinctly South African-influenced bbar & restaurant is only minutes away from Victoria station & its surrounding theatres.

Chez Gerard Restaurant, Charlotte Street and  Dover Street

chez gerard
Renowned for “the best steak frites this side of Paris” and serving award winning wines, this is a Francophile’s paradise.

Boulevard Brasserie

boulevard brasserie
Boulevard Brasserie is the perfect place to soak up Covent Garden’s unique and vibrant atmosphere, whilst enjoying one of their mouth watering dishes.

Carnaby Restaurant

carnaby restaurant
Carnaby is a bustling brasserie serving a Mediterranean and French inspired menu.

Covent Garden Restaurants for pre- and post- Theatre Dinner

Covent Garden - restaurants for pre- and post theatre dinner
Covent Garden is at the heart of London’s ‘Theatreland’ and, as a true

Masala Zone, Covent Garden and Soho

masala zone
Masala Zone is the result of a passion to present the real flavours of India at affordable prices. It is very traditional, casual, friendly and fun.

Leon de Bruxelles

Conveniently set in the heart of Theatre Land, on Cambridge Circus, and opposite Singin’ In The Rain, Léon De Bruxelles offers a slice of Europe, big flavours and a bright and spacious environment. Choose Mussels, Fish and Chips or a vegetarian option, with fabulous waffles or crème brûlée to finish!

LiveBait, The Cut, Waterloo

live bait waterloo
An astonishing menu seamlessly combines the traditional with the creative – served in the time-honoured tradition – a nirvana for all lovers of seafood. Excellent location when seeing a show at The Old Vic Theatre.

LiveBait, Wellington Street

livebait london
Livebait have found the winning formula in combining the finest fish and seafood in town, with an intimate, friendly ambience to make this one of the UK’s most popular fish restaurants.

Navajo Joe

Navajo Joe
Housed in a beautiful warehouse conversion, Navajo Joe sets the gold standard in bar/restaurants in Covent Garden.

Old Master’s Carvery

Old Master's Carvery
An extensive buffet style carvery in the Old Masters’ Restaurant never fails to satisfy.

Palm Court Brasserie

palm court brasserie

Set in the heart of Covent Garden and overlooking the piazza, Palm Court is the quintessential, intimate Parisian-style brasserie.

OXO Tower Restaurant

OXO Tower Restaurant Address: Barge House Street SE1

Pizza Express

Pizza Express Address: 99 High Holborn WC1V 6LF Nearest Tube: Holborn

Pizza Express, Haymarket

Pizza Express, Haymarket Address: Haymarket SW1Y 4EN Nearest Tube: Pic

Ponti’s Italian Kitchen Oxford Circus and Duke Street

Ponti's Itailian
Welcome to the new generation of Ponti’s Italian Kitchen, family-run since 1963. Created for friends who expect the highest levels of Italian home cooking.

Maxwell’s Bar & Grill

Maxwell’s is a vibrant, high energy restaurant and bar set over two floors in the heart of Covent Garden. Designed to appeal to all tastes; good quality grill classics, prime-cut steaks, fresh fish and huge salads – freshly prepared and served up at reasonable prices.

Spaghetti House Bressenden Pl and Cranbourn St and Haymarket

Spaghetti House
Generations of Londoners have been enjoying Spaghetti House, where only the finest and freshest ingredients are caringly prepared, and where food is charmingly served, coupled with a great wine list that perfectly complements the cuisine.

Rainforest Cafe

Rainforest Cafe Address: 20 Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 7EU Nearest Tube: P

Restaurant Ship Hispaniola

restaurant ship hispaniola
Afternoon Tea, Lunch or pre-theatre dinner on board the permanently moored Restaurant Ship on the River Thames.

Ritz Restaurant

Ritz Restaurant
The Ritz Restaurant is considered by many to be the most beautiful hotel restaurant in the world.

Sarastro Restaurant

Sarastro Restaurant
Add a Pre-Theatre Dinner at this excellent opera themed and flamboyant restaurant, rich in heavy drapes, frescoed ceilings, mosaics and operatic props.

Silk Restaurant, Courthouse

Silk Restaurant, Courthouse
Silk is the architectural focal point of the ground floor of the hotel, having been converted from the old Number One court. The room is covered by a huge vaulted glass ceiling and is framed by original English Oak panelling. Michelin Recommended Restaurant since 2008

Sophie’s Steakhouse

Sophie’s Steakhouse Address: 29-31 Wellington Street WC2E 7DB Nearest

Spaghetti House St Martin’s Lane (Soho)

spaghetti House pre-theatre dinner
Restaurant is ideally located for The Garrick, Noel Coward, Duke of York’s & Wyndhams Theatres.

Squares, Trafalgar

Squares, Trafalgar
Brand New Restaurant, Squares, right in the heart of London, at the Royal Trafalgar Hotel.

Terrace Restaurant Le Meridien Piccadilly

A fine restaurant at the 5 star Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel.

The Brasserie at Grosvenor Victoria

The stunning new Brasserie at The Grosvenor is the place for casual dining. Located minutes away from Victoria Station. Ideally located for Billy elliot & Wicked


This excellent Indian restaurant boasts the title of Britains oldest and is an excellent start to any Theatre Break.

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