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The Best Value Pre Theater Restaurants in London

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Posted: October 31, 2014

A trip to the theatre can sometimes work out quite expensive with dinner, drinks and the tickets.  However, it does not have to be. There are a number of pre theater restaurants in London to visit.

Night Time London

Big Easy

The Big Easy offer a pre theater menu between 12pm – 6pm and then 10:30pm to close Monday to Friday. Customers can choose two courses, a starter, main or dessert.  It also includes a craft brew, slushie or glass of wine.  All of this for £10 ! What a bargain. The Big Easy has one restaurant on the King’s Road, near Fulham and they have also opened a second one in Covent Garden. I went to the Covent Garden restaurant the last time I visited the theater.  This restaurant had plenty of tables, but arrive super early if going during the school holidays.

Big Easy


12 Maiden Lane,
Covent Garden, WC2E 7NA

Sophie’s Steakhouse

I have been to Sophie’s Steakhouse many times and the food is delicious. They also serve great cocktails. The restaurant has a pre theater menu, two courses for £15 and three courses for £18.  The offer is available 5pm – 7pm, 10pm until close and also for lunch 12pm – 5pm.  The £1 plus VAT of the retail price of every theater menu sold, is given to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity by the restaurant.

Sophies Steakhouse


29-31 Wellington St, The Opera Quarter,
Covent Garden, WC2E 7DB

One Aldwych

There are two restaurants in One Aldwych, which is just opposite the Lyceum Theatre.  Both Indigo restaurant and Axis offer pre theater menus.  Two courses cost £20 or three courses cost £25. The theater menu deal at Indio is 12pm – 2:45pm, Monday to Friday, 5:30pm  6:30pm Monday to Sunday and 10pm – 10:15pm Monday to Sunday.

Axis at One Aldwych, offers the menu during a smaller window, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Tuesday to Saturday.



One Aldwych,
Covent Garden, WC2B 4BZ

National Portrait Restaurant

There is a rooftop restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery with beautiful views of London.  The restaurant is open all day long and also has a selection of pre theater menus, allowing you to enjoy dinner with a view and not break the budget. There are three choices of starters, mains and desserts. Two courses is £17.50 and three courses is £21.50 and is available Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings 17:30 – 18:30. Drinks and service charge are extra.

National Portait


National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE

What pre-theater resturants have you been to? I would love to know. If there are ones you recommend, please get in touch with me on Twitter or Facebook.

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