Top 10 Pre-Theatre Restaurants In London

London is one of the worlds premier theatre destinations, and we have collected together some of our favourite restaurants to fill you up before heading off to the theatre.

Café des Amis

Café des Amis

11 - 14 Hanover Place, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9JP

A Covent Garden restaurant icon, Café des Amis French restaurant has been a bastion of food excellence in London for more than three decades. The chic restaurant is always stylish and effortlessly smart, completely timeless in its décor and atmosphere with crystal drop lighting and dark velvet seating giving an ambience of comfortable indulgence. Known for its al freco brasserie terrace, a favourite destination in the summer months, Café des Amis’s modern European cuisine, working in harmony with the changing seasons, is full of old school French sophistication that emphasises quality and simplicity in dishes that delight gourmands and gourmets alike.

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    Went for lunch with the girls for a chat and good food and a few glasses of wine. this is the perfect place to do this, reasonable prices, (with the 50% off offer)Shopping afterwards in covent garden. An excellent way to spend a saturday.

    Christopher's

    Christopher's

    18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7DD

    Situated in a Grade II listed Victorian building, this Covent Garden restaurant and martini bar is something of a London institution. Christopher’s restaurant is housed in a stunning building; Victorian features such as the high moulded ceilings have been preserved, and tall windows in the dining room offer views over Waterloo Bridge. Décor is elegant - rich deep colours are complemented by soft, subtle lighting and starched white linen.

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      Christopher's, London. I've eaten here several times and it never disappoints. Whether it's brunch, lunch or dinner with service and food are consistently excellent. Great bar area on the ground floor. Always worth a visit.

      Asia de Cuba

      Asia de Cuba

      St Martins Lane Hotel, 45 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HX

      With its jaw-dropping Phillipe Starck designed interior and prime location in St Martins Lane Hotel in London’s West End, Asia de Cuba restaurant is a magnet for a young, fashionable crowd. But while trend-led high rollers may be drawn to Asia de Cuba to experience the stylish dangling light bulbs, pale wood, retro photographs and the library pillars, they stay for the food, an exciting Asian and Latin American cuisine inspired by Old Havana.

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        One of the nicest looking restaurants i've been to, very good food and service. The mojito is definetely the best!

        Clos Maggiore

        Clos Maggiore

        33 King Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8JD

        Seasonally inspired classic French cuisine coupled with impeccable service is the order of the day at Clos Maggiore restaurant, with a focus on chic presentation and bold flavours. Sample braised shoulder of rabbit with sweet and sour black radish and wholegrain mustard mousseline, or a flavoursome roast blackleg chicken with foie gras, petits pois à la française and smoked bacon cream. Wine buffs adore Clos Maggiore’s wine list – it has won several awards from Wine Spectator magazine and the AA Restaurant Guide.

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          We had an early sitting and we also arrived slightly before the time we had booked. Nevertheless we were made to feel very welcome from the outset and the service was excellent throughout. The staff were attentive with the pouring of the wine and water without appearing intrusive. The food was very good and the "fixed" menu with half a bottle of wine was very good value. We were able to get to our show in good time without feeling rushed. Would certainly recommend them to others.

          Indigo

          Indigo

          1 Aldwych, One Aldwych Hotel, London, West End London WC2B 4BZ

          Housed within the stunning contemporary London hotel, One Aldwych, Indigo overlooks the dramatic polished Lobby Bar of this luxurious venue. Less formal than its sister restaurant Axis, Indigo provides relaxed surroundings. The polished tables, striking flower arrangements and comfy armchairs make for the ideal people-watching environment. Several dishes come in two sizes so you can decide how much or how little you would like to eat and for those watching their waistlines, there are a number of dishes which are light and healthy.

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            Indigo, 1 the Aldwych WC2, North corner of Aldwych in a hotel at intersection Strand /Wellington Street, opposite Waterloo bridge. Faultless pre and post theatre menu. Be aware, this is upmarket. Food was fantastic, set menu contained wonderful choices, Food value was excellent. Wine was very expensive (over one third of the food bill and just one very nice glass each) so make sure you demand the wine inclusive offer at outset, it was not volunteered by the host,=marked down service.

            Joe Allen

            Joe Allen

            13 Exeter Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7DT

            Joe Allen restaurant, in the heart of the Theatre District, is a London institution that, like the London Eye, remains lively and fascinating. It used to be that you had to work to find the dark door and tiny plaque by the entrance down Exeter Street by Covent Garden, but now a proper awning marks the spot so there’s no confusion. Once you enter, you descend into theatrical nirvana, an exposed-brick dark-wood New York-style complex, plastered with show posters, photos, and programmes.

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              A very lively and interesting restaurant. Food very tasty and Service excellant

              Le Garrick

              Le Garrick

              10 - 12 Garrick Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9BH

              Le Garrick restaurant located between Leicester Square and Covent Garden, right in the middle of London's Theatreland, is an intimate French restaurant that's a favourite with theatrical types, business people and lovers of French cuisine. There's a homely restaurant at ground level where a table by the window will let you watch the Covent Garden passing parade, while at lower ground level the friendly bar/dining room has intimate nooks for romantic moments. 

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                I've been to Le Garrick before and it has a lovely atmosphere. It always amazes me how many table they can get into such a small space! I'd never eaten downstairs before - there are some lovely little nooks and crannies. The food was average and it seemed to be less value for money than I remember before but I think it depends on what you pick - my companion was very happy with his dinner whereas my chicken was overcooked.

                Les Deux Salons

                Les Deux Salons

                40 - 42 William IV Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4DD

                A spacious and traditional French brasserie style restaurant, Les Deux Salons is in the very centre of London’s Theatreland, on William IV Street. The sister to hugely successful destination restaurant Arbutus and Wild Honey, Les Deux Salons brings to mind the most historic and famous of Parisian brasseries – indeed one almost expects to catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower from the windows. 

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                  Enjoyed an excellent pre-theatre supper at Les Deux Salons. Very good service & food nicely presented. Would prefer to have a GLASS of wine rather than a small carafe - found myself fighting sleep during Wagner, but that was probably down to the choice of opera, rather than the choice of restaurant.

                  Mon Plaisir

                  Mon Plaisir

                  19 - 21 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DD

                  For more than half a century, a little piece of the capital has been proudly French too - Mon Plaisir restaurant on Covent Garden’s Monmouth Street is famous as London’s longest-serving French restaurant. Is it romantic? Well, dozens, maybe hundreds, of marriage proposals have taken place here as well as countless first dates, third dates and anniversary celebrations. Acquired by the Viala brothers in the 1940s, Mon Plaisir has gone from strength to strength, entertaining a who’s who of London society with its uniquely French charm.

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                    Beautiful food and a great location in Seven dials.

                    Palm Court Brasserie

                    Palm Court Brasserie

                    39 King Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8JS

                    The Palm Court Brasserie restaurant brings a little touch of Paris to the heart of London. This Covent Garden restaurant has all the design details of an authentic bustling Parisian bistro, with Art Deco posters on the wall, a huge wrought iron chandelier and rattan chairs. Waiters in classic white shirts, black waist coats and aprons serve authentic French bistro food to a crowd of shoppers, theatre goers and local office workers enjoying what feels like a night out in Paris – without the need to fork out for a Eurostar ticket. 

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                      As usual, the Palm Court Brasserie was a delight, I was particularly happy because I was there with my brother and a lifelong friend from childhood and it was important for me that they both had a great experience. The food was good and ample, even though we stuck to the inexpensive promotion offer. The service friendly and efficient. Truly, it was good to be there.