Best London restaurants with pre-and post theatre menus and deals


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We've told you where to get the best set lunch deals in London - but another way to eat well at a bargain price is through the humble theatre menu. Available for a short period pre (and sometimes post) the curtain going up, these menus offer great value at some of London's top dining destinations. We've kept our choice centred around London's main theatre districts.


West End

These restaurants are perfect for all the theatres in the centre of town including those along Shaftesbury Avenue, through into Drury Lane and along Aldwych.



Soho - 64 Dean St, London W1D 4QQ

Victor Garvey's Michelin-starred Soho restaurant has had a recent refurb, making it more glamorous than ever. The restaurant takes its cues from Californian cuisine for a new theatre menu that features some of the best the restaurant has to offer, with some truly inventive dishes that include impressive flambeeing. The food here is extremely accomplished and the theatre menu itself is one of the best deals in Soho for this level of cooking (it's also available at lunchtime). Make sure to check out the wine list which has a notably great selection of American wines. 

The offer: Three canapes, two dishes and a dessert for £59

Available: Wednesday - Saturday, 5-6pm




Claridge's Restaurant

Mayfair - Brook Street, London W1K 4HR

The main restaurant at Claridge's is the perfect place for a pre-theatre meal if you're looking for a really special night out. Food wise, it's a modern British restaurant, and there's also a great little bar in here. 

The offer: Two courses £49, three courses £58

Available: Monday-Friday 12-2.30pm & 5.30-6.45pm



Temple - 1 Surrey Street, London WC2R 2ND

Mediterranean-influenced restaurant Toklas is a great option for pre-theatre dining if you're going to something on the Strand. Plus, if the weather is decent, they have one of the best terraces in the area. Make sure to order the chips as a little extra. 

The offer: 2 courses £24, 3 courses £28

Available: 5:30pm-6:30pm



Soho - 86 Brewer Street, London W1F 9UB

Right on the edge of Soho, Nessa features a menu from Tom Cenci that mixes in a modern European menu with a few British twists. Cocktails are excellent here and there's a great bar space. 

The offer: Two courses £28, three courses £35

Available: Available from 5pm


Bocconchino SohoBocconchino Soho

Soho - 59 Great Marlborough St, London W1F 7JY

Bocconcino in Soho is a slightly higher-end modern Italian restaurant with dishes from regions throughout Italy. The three-course menu here lets you choose options of pasta, pizza and more as well as desserts like homemade Sicilian cannolo. 

The offer: 2 courses £30, 3 courses £35

Available: Mon - Thurs, 5-6.30pm, 9.30-10.30pm



Soho - 21 Kingly St, Carnaby, London W1B 5QA

This Sri Lankan restaurant in Soho is very popular and they put on a special deal for the pre-theatre crowd. At the time of writing, options included fish cutlets to start with as well as curries, Kalu Pol Pork and more for the main event. 

The offer: Two courses £28 per person

Available: Monday - Friday until 5.30pm



Covent Garden - 21 Slingsby Pl, London WC2E 9AB

Burmese restaurant Lahpet's express menu has a choice of curries, like king prawn or coconut noodles with chicken and sides that include shan tofu fritters. 

The offer: Curry and side for £16.50

Available: Monday - Friday until 5.30pm



Soho - 45 Berwick St, London W1F 8SF

Maresco mixes up Spanish tapas with Scottish produce for a unique offering in Soho. This theatre menu lets you choose from a range of tapas dishes like crab croquetas with salsa rosa and you can combine that with a main like their presa Iberica. 

The offer: Tapas for two - £23 per person inc 3 starters  and one main to share

Available: 5pm-6pm



1 Bateman's Buildings, Soho, London W1D 3EN

This huge seafood restaurant in Soho comes from the same group that owns The Wolseley and Brasserie Zedel. It has a dramatic look and the bar's great too. 

The offer: Two courses £19.50, three courses £24.50

Available: Tues to Fri until 6.30pm



Covent Garden - 28 Bow St, London WC2E 7AT

Boutique US hotel group NoMad came to London and took over an old magistrates court, giving it one of the most impressive-looking dining rooms in town. 

The offer: Two courses for £45

Available: Pre-theatre only (5.30 sitting)



336-337 Strand, London WC2R 1HA

This steak restaurant can be a little more lively than some. There will definitely be some steak on the set menu here, and you might also get the option for a cheeseburger. 

The offer: Two courses £28, three courses £34

Available: Pre-theatre



Covent Garden - 79 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4AA

If you're looking for a plant-based/vegan option before heading to the theatre, this outpost of Mildreds is a good bet, with options like amba chick’n kebabs and spinach gyoza on the menu. 

The offer: Two courses for £24, or three for £32

Available: Mon to Fri 3pm - 7pm



4-6 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HZ

Originating in New York, the London Balthazar is a popular Covent Garden destination. Expect brasserie-style food in an impressive dining room.

The offer: Two courses £26.50, three courses £29.50

Available: Mon - Fri 11am - 7pm


Bocca di Lupo

12 Archer St, Soho, London W1D 7BB

Jacob Kenedy's longstanding Soho spot is a top place for seasonal Italian food. Best place to perch? Up at the counter.

The offer: £18 for starter and main, add £7 for dessert and coffee.

Available: Monday to Friday until 6.30pm


Brasserie Zedel

20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED

This huge basement restaurant in the heart of Piccadilly is surprisingly affordable for such a central and lavish restaurant. The prix fixe isn't strictly a theatre menu, but still represents a great deal - and it's available all day. 

The offer: Two courses £16.95, three courses £19.75.   

Available: All-day, every day.


cafemuranoCafe Murano

36 Tavistock Street, London WC2E 7PB

This is Angela Hartnett's more casual offering. It serves regionally focused Italian dishes in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. 

The offer: Two courses for £25, three for £30.

Available: Monday - Saturday from 5pm-7pm


closmaggioreClos Maggiore

33 King St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8JD

Clos Maggiore is often touted as one of the most romantic restaurants in London and is blessed with a fantastic-looking (and heated) courtyard. Expect a classic French menu and a huge wine list too.

The offer: Two courses (with fizz) for £32.50, three with fizz for £39.50

Available: Mon - Sunday, 5-6pm


corapearlCora Pearl

30 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8NA

This restaurant comes from the same people behind Kitty Fisher's. Expect a modern European menu - and maybe get their famed cheese toastie as an added extra. They'll even ask you what time curtain up for your show is to make sure you don't miss it.

The offer: Two courses for £27, three courses for £31.

Available: 5.30pm - 6.15pm


The DelaunayThe Delaunay

55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB

One of the ever-reliable Wolseley Hospitality Group restaurants, this is extremely handy for a pre or post-theatre visit, with a classic central-European menu on offer. They also do special packages with the theatre tickets included. 

The offer: Two courses £29.75, three courses £34.75

Available: The prix fixe is on all the time


hawksmoorHawksmoor Air Street & Hawksmoor Seven Dials

5a Air Street, London, W1J 0AD and 11 Langley Street, London WC2H 9JG

Hawksmoor's two central steak emporiums aren't usually considered the most affordable affairs, but their express menu does give you a taste of Hawksmoor at a very good price, leaving you more to spend on their cocktails...

The offer: Two courses £27, three courses £31

Available: Mon-Sat 5pm-6.30pm


ivymarketIvy Market Grill

1 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8PS 

A spin-off of the London institution, The Ivy, this Covent Garden spot serves up all the usual brasserie fare. Their weekday set menu is the option to go for when looking for a pre or post-theatre deal. 

The offer: Two courses £19.17

Available: Mon-Wed all day, Thurs/Fri till 6.30pm.



45 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5AA

This high-end Italian restaurant in Covent Garden has a strong focus on service and it's one of the smartest Italian restaurants in the area.

The offer: Two courses for £39, three courses for £43.

Available: Tues to Sat 5-6.30pm



21-22 Warwick Street, London W1B 5NE

One of Yotam Ottolenghi's two main central London restaurants, it focuses on sharing dishes of Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine. 

The offer: Five dishes to share, £35 per person, £55 with wine

Available: Mon - Fri - 5:00pm - 6:30pm


Social Eating HouseSocial Eating House

58 Poland St, London W1F 7NR

This is Jason Atherton's Soho restaurant and is billed as a contemporary bistro. The bar here is well worth a look as is opting for the cocktail-included theatre menu given their strengths in that department. 

The offer: Two courses £29.50, three courses £35 (£43 with cocktail)

Available: Tues – Fri 5pm - 6.30pm



Somerset House, New Wing, Lancaster Place, London WC2R 1LA

This is Skye Gyngell's restaurant at Somerset House where there's a strong focus on sustainability. The set menu is a "scratch" menu that specifically makes use of ‘waste’ produce. 

The offer: Three courses - £30

Available: Tues-Sat 5.30pm - 6.30pm


Sushisamba Covent GardenSushisamba Covent Garden

The Opera Terrace Covent Garden, The Piazza, London WC2E 8RF

It may not have the view of the City original, but this Sushisamba is in an impressive central Covent Garden position. Here, the food is a mix of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine. 

The offer: Three courses £36

Available: Monday – Friday, 12pm - 6pm and after 10pm



55 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6LX

One of London's oldest and most prestigious restaurants, the seasonal menu here may be one of the pricier theatre menus but it does have an option of half a dozen oysters to start. 

The offer: Two courses £47.95, three courses £57.95

Available: Mon - Sat 5.30pm - 7pm




Heading to a production at the Victoria Palace or Apollo Victoria? Here's where to eat pre and post-performance.

The English GrillThe English Grill

The Rubens at The Palace, 39 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0PS

If you're looking for something a little more fancy before the theatre, the beautiful room at The English Grill is a great option. The menus here offer a take on British classics, with the lamb croquette being a must-have. 

The offer: 3 courses £55

Available: Tuesday - Saturday 5.30-7pm


palm house victoria pre -theatre offersThe Palm House

150 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5LB

Part of the big Nova complex, this is a lively place that's particularly good for groups and very close to the theatres near here.

The offer: Two courses £23.50, three courses £29.50.

Available: Mon-Fri 5pm - 8pm.



76 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1DE

This restaurant in Victoria has an ex-sommelier from River Cafe and a chef from Brawn, so expect a particularly good wine list and a modern British seasonal menu to match with it. 

The offer: Three courses £36.

Available: Tues-Sat 5.30pm - 6.15pm


Rail House CafeRail House Victoria

8 Sir Simon Milton Sq, London SW1E 5DJ

The Victoria sibling to the Riding House Cafe, this is a contemporary brasserie focusing on Modern European and Asian dishes. There's an extensive counter dining area, so well worth popping in, even if you haven't booked. 

The offer: The house classics menu is three courses £19.50

Available: All day


stokehouseStoke House

81 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0AJ

Nova Victoria spot Stoke House is all about the meat which is cooked in the wood fire smoker, but there’s also an in-house salad wall.

The offer: Two courses for £20, three for £25

Available: Mon-Sat, 3pm-7pm



South Bank

For all the theatres and performance spaces ranged along the South Bank, these are the handiest restaurants for theatre dinners. 


County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB

One of the higher-end options on the South Bank and with fantastic views across the river, this is a British steakhouse with steak and chips available on the theatre menu.

The offer: Two courses £28,  three courses £31

Available: Sunday - Friday, 4.30 - 6.30pm



National Theatre, Upper Ground, London SE1 9PXAddress

The people behind Hackney's hugely popular pub, The Marksman run this restaurant in The National Theatre, making good use of the Brutalist architecture while serving up a brasserie-style menu that features many of the hits from their pub, including a truly great pie.

The offer: Two courses £40, three courses £45

Available: 5-6.30 pm



Belvedere Rd, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX

This D&D restaurant on the river is part of the Royal Festival Hall and has huge windows giving a very impressive view of the Thames. That's paired with a modern European menu. 

The offer: Two courses £30, three courses £35

Available: Wed-Sat. Until 6.30pm and 9pm - 10pm



Tower Bridge

Booked in to see a performance at the Bridge Theatre? Here's where to eat close by.

The Coal ShedThe Coal Shed

One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London SE1 2RZ

Originally from Brighton, this restaurant is mainly about steak and grilled food and even the set menu has a steak option available. 

The offer: Two courses £26, three courses £30

Available: Mon-Sat 5pm - 6.30pm



One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London SE1 2SE

Gunpowder is an Indian restaurant that bills itself as "celebrating traditional family recipes with a modern twist" with lots of small plates available. 

The offer: Six small plates for £25

Available: Mon-Sat 5.30pm - 6.30pm


Ivy Tower BridgeIvy Tower Bridge

One Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2AA

The closest restaurant to The Bridge Theatre (it's right next door), this puts the Ivy's modern brasserie offering right in front of Tower Bridge. 

The offer: Two courses for £19.17

Available: Mon-Wed until 10pm, Thurs-Fri until 6.30pm


Le Pont de la TourLe Pont de la Tour

The Butlers Wharf Building, 36d Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE

Just a short walk from The Bridge Theatre, this longstanding restaurant has spectacular terrace views of Tower Bridge and features a modern French menu. 

The offer: Two courses £30, three courses £35 including a glass of wine

Available: Every day 5.30pm - 6.30pm



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