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Pre/Post Theatre Spots

Date: 05.11.10 Category:

“Champagne, theatre and a late-night bite; it's my ultimate night out. ”

For pre-theatre, Bocca Di Lupo offers a selection of dishes to chose from, perfect for pre-theatre grazing and available between 5.30pm and 7pm. Axis at One Aldwych is wonderfully located for theatreland and offers a pre-theatre menu as well as The Lobby Bar which is a great meeting place. Quo Vadis offers a very well-priced set lunch and pre-theatre menu (£17.50 for 2 courses/ £19.50 for 3 courses) in stylish, relaxed surroudings. Restaurant of the moment, Les Deux Salons, does a 'Theatre Supper' between 5 and 7.30pm, Monday to Saturday, at £15.50 for 3 courses. Christopher's is renowned for it's pre-theatre offerings with specific menus available between 5pm and 7pm, and 10pm and 11pm. Joe Allen has a great-value offering of 2 courses for £16, and 3 for £18, where Kettners matches that with 2 courses for £13.50 and 3 for £18.50 before 7pm. And if you're Southbank-bound, Skylon takes pre-concert or theatre reservations from 5.30 and offers 2 courses for £26.75 and 3 courses for £30.75 - the river views are no doubt why these prices seem high.

The restaurants below also offer pre-theatre dining, but are well suited to post-theatre-dining meaning when the curtain comes down, the show can go on. J Sheekey offers the ultimate for theatre dining with its star-covered walls. They have a wonderful menu from 5.30pm until midnight. Likewise The Ivy also takes reservations from 5.30pm and is open until midnight.

Asia de Cuba takes early and late reservations and The Light Bar and Bungalow 8 (also located in St Martin's Lane Hotel) can keep the show on the road till the early hours. Cafe des Amis is open from noon and takes last orders at 11.30pm. The Criterion with its spectacular dining room takes reservations between 5.30pm and 11.30pm and the original Hakkasan on Hanway Place is open until 12.15am, Thursday - Saturday. Rules takes last orders at 11.45pm, Monday - Saturday and though the food is nothing to write home about, Sarastro offers a quirky, opulent, slightly naff (but therefore spirited) cave of live music, with late last-orders.

So that's the food sorted. Now you just need to choose the show.

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Bocca di Lupo

Bocca di Lupo

Restaurant

"Relaxed, refined and with regional cuisine, you'll go loopy for Bocca di Lupo."

12 Archer Street, London W1D 7BB

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One Aldwych

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One Aldwych

Hotel

"This hotel has something to offer for every need and at all times of the day."

1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ

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Quo Vadis & QV Bar

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Quo Vadis & QV Bar

Restaurant with bar

"From the two brothers who also brought us Barrafina and Fino, this is a sophisticated destination on Dean Street."

26-29 Dean Street, London W1D 3LL

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Les Deux Salons

Les Deux Salons

Restaurant

"This traditional French Brasserie is the third offering from the team behind Wild Honey and Arbutus."

40 – 42 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DD

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Christopher's

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Christopher's

Restaurant

"As well as the restaurant's popularity as a pre-theatre spot, bar food and full meals are also available at the bar."

18 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7DD

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Joe Allen

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Joe Allen

Restaurant

"Joe Allen is the quintessential pre-theatre dining destination."

13 Exeter Street, London WC2E 7DT

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Kettners

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Kettners

Restaurant

"The Champagne Bar at Kettner's offers a sophisticated retreat in central Soho."

29 Romilly Street, London W1D 5HP

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Skylon

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Skylon

Restaurant

"Skylon is unrivaled in the area; the large area offers sophisticated dining, cocktails and river views."

Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

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J Sheekey

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J Sheekey

Restaurant

"A theatre-land classic with a fish pie as famous as many of its visitors."

28-32 St Martin's Court, London WC2N 4AL

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The Ivy

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The Ivy

Restaurant

"For many The Ivy is more than just a restaurant; it is an institution."

1-5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ

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Asia De Cuba

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Asia De Cuba

Restaurant

"Serving big portions of delicious Chino-Latino fare, Asia de Cuba delivers any time of day, whatever the occasion. "

45 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4HX

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Café Des Amis

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Café Des Amis

Restaurant with bar

"Brilliantly located for pre-theatre dining."

11-14 Hanover Place, London WC2E 9JP

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Criterion

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Criterion

Restaurant

"Criterion is in possession of an impressively stunning dining room that is ideally suited to pre-theatre dates."

224 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HP

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Hakkasan

Hakkasan

Restaurant

"Michelin-starred cantonese cuisine awaits in this renowned restaurant in Fitzrovia."

8 Hanway Place, London W1T 1HD

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Rules

Rules

Restaurant

"Perhaps not known for revolutionary gastronomy, Rules still remains a firm favourite in the area."

35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB

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Sarastro

Sarastro

Restaurant

"Open late, Sarastro offers a show, for after the show. It's crazy but quirkily brilliant."

126 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5SU

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