Few cities rival London when it comes to Theatreland, with more musicals and plays showing here than you can shake an overpriced programme at. But more important than choosing what to go and see is where to eat before and after the performance. We’re here to guide you through the best theatre menus in the capital, to make your night at the theatre extra special. Take a look at our picks below, and get booking. 

Covent Garden and the Strand

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The Delaunay

What: The Delaunay offers a Menu Rapide which includes a classic tarte flambée served with a mixed leaf salad, a glass of wine or beer and tea or coffee. At under £15, it’s pretty great value and will probably cost less than your interval drinks. 
Where: 55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB 
How much: Menu Rapide, £13.50 (served all day)

Eneko at One Aldwych

What: With over 20 West End theatres within walking distance, Eneko is perfectly placed for a pre- or post-theatre treat. Try the hake tempura with red pepper sauce or opt for the braised pork cheeks with mushroom emulsion. We’d recommend going for the classic Basque vanilla sponge for your meal’s final act. 
Where: 1 Aldwych, WC2B 4BZ 
How much: Two/three courses and a side dish, £22/27 (Tue-Sat 5-6.30pm 10pm-12M)

Frenchie

What: This ever-popular spot from Jamie Oliver protégé Gregory Marchant is handily located on Henrietta Street and serves up a delicious theatre set menu. Options include salmon tartare with citrus and radish, and glazed chicken leg served with roasted carrots, pearl barley, cumin and harissa.  
Where: 16 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH 
How much: Two/three courses, £27/30 (Mon-Sun 5.30-6pm 10-10.15pm)

The Frog

Frog by Adam Handling

What:
Adam Handling’s flagship site serves up a three-course theatre menu that might feature more theatrics than any show you’ve seen. There is a choice of three options for each course, with dishes including the likes of gnocchi with mushroom and goat’s curd, and a mango cheesecake with coconut for pudding. 
Where: 34-38 Southampton Street, WC2E 7HF 
How much: Two/three courses, £30/35 (Mon-Sun 5.30-6pm 10-10.30pm)

J Sheekey Atlantic Bar

What: This veteran of the Theatreland scene is showing no signs of slowing down. A stone’s throw from several stages, J Sheekey offers up a post-theatre special that’s not to be sniffed at. Get your jazz hands on the signature Sheekey’s fish pie and a glass of house wine for under £20. 
Where: 33-35 St Martin's Court, WC2N 4AL 
How much: Post-theatre special, £19.75 (served after 9.30pm)

Joe Allen

What: The unofficial canteen for stars of the stage, Joe Allen has endured for years, even surviving a move down the street. You can find duck liver parfait on toasted brioche, and steak frites on the theatre menu, before finishing up with white chocolate pannacotta and poached strawberries. 
Where: 2 Burleigh Street, WC2E 7PX 
How much: Two/three courses, £15.95/18.95 (Mon-Sun 12N-7pm)

Soho and Shaftesbury Avenue

Hix Soho

Hix Soho

What: For grown-up class with a hefty dollop of style and heritage, this original from Mark Hix still cuts it. The theatre menu here kicks off with nettle soup, before moving on to neck of Launceston lamb with spring carrots and wild garlic, and finishing up with a hearty helping of warm apple crumble. 
Where: 66-70 Brewer Street, W1F 9UP 
How much: Two/three courses, £19.50 /23.50 (Mon-Sat 12N-6.30pm 10-11.30pm)

Brasserie Zédel

What: This archetypal brasserie provides Gallic staples at low prices in glitzy surrounds. The incredibly good value prix fixe features three courses; start with carottes rapées, before indulging in steak haché with frites, and a chocolatey dessert. Spend your saved pennies on something from the all-French wine list. 
Where: 20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED 
How much: Two/three courses, £10.50/13.75 (served all day)

Social Eating House

What: Jason Atherton’s regularly rammed Soho outpost boasts a buzzy atmosphere that’s sure to start a night at the theatre on a high. On the menu, you’ll find roast Cornish cod cheeks with wild garlic and pistachio, and a dessert of rhubarb and custard with honeycomb and caramel nuts. 
Where: 58 Poland Street, W1F 7NR 
How much: Three courses, £26.50 (Mon-Thur 6-6.45pm)

Haymarket and Leicester Square

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Brumus at The Haymarket Hotel

What: This quirkily British dining room serves up a menu of comfort food with an Anglo-European accent. From its pre or post-theatre offering, you can enjoy dishes such as grilled piquillo pepper with courgette and bocconcini on bruschetta, or grilled lamb leg steak with Lyonnaise potatoes, cherry tomatoes and mint hollandaise sauce.  
Where: Haymarket Hotel, 1 Suffolk Place, SW1Y 4HX 
How much: Three courses, £19.95 (served all day)

Hawksmoor Air Street

What: At this branch of steak supremo Hawksmoor, you can make sure you arrive to the theatre with a full stomach. The good value set menu here includes starters of potted beef and bacon with Yorkshires, 35 day dry-aged rump with sides for mains, and desserts including sticky toffee pudding. 
Where: 5a Air Street, W1J 0AD 
How much: Two/three courses £25/28 (Mon-Sat 5-6.30pm 10-11.30pm)

Leicester Square Kitchen

What: This all-day Mexican is only a hop, skip and jump away from some of the capital’s best theatres, so is perfect for a pre or post-show pit stop. Tuck into a set menu which features dishes such as robata pisco-glazed smoked paprika ribs, and crispy tiger prawns with cayenne pepper mayo. 
Where: The Hampshire Hotel, 31-36 Leicester Square, WC2H 7LH 
How much: Three/four courses, £20/25 (Mon-Sun 5-11pm)

South Bank and The Cut

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Brasserie Blanc

What: This branch of Raymond Blanc’s user-friendly brasserie chain is tailor-made for visitors en route to a show. The pre-theatre menu is served for two hours from 4pm and includes beef stroganoff, as well as smoked ham hock on toasted sourdough, and a chickpea and coriander cake in tomato sauce. 
Where: 9 Belvedere Road, SE1 8YP 
How much: Two courses, £14.50 (Mon-Sun 4-6.30pm)

Oxo Tower Restaurant

What: If you want your entire night to be a critical success, check out the five star views from Oxo Tower. The pre-theatre menu here includes smoked salmon terrine with wasabi peas and crispy rice noodles, and desserts such as blood orange treacle tart with marmalade ice cream.
Where: Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, SE1 9PH 
How much: Three courses, £35 (Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm Sun -3pm) 

Skylon

What: Add some glamour to your next pre-theatre bite with Skylon’s impressive views. With four options for each course, guests can tuck into dishes such as crispy confit pork belly with thyme-baked turnips, and wild garlic risotto. For afters, there’s millionaire’s shortbread or honey and chamomile pannacotta with a blackcurrant sorbet. 
Where: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX 
How much: Two/three courses, £25/30 (Mon-Sun 5-6pm)

Victoria

Aster

Aster

What: This Nordic restaurant and café is spread across two floors of the shiny Nova development in Victoria. Before or after a show, you can tuck into the likes of smoked duck with pumpkin and golden raisins, before moving on to butternut risotto and a stellar final scene via apple terrine served with cider granite and treacle ice cream.  
Where: 150 Victoria Street, SW1E 5LB 
How much: Two/three courses, £25/30 (Mon-Sun 5-7pm)

Hai Cenato

What: Another Nova resident, this glitzy Jason Atherton outpost pays homage to the chef’s favourite New York pizzerias. The restaurant serves up a good-value theatre menu; try beef shin ragu with pappardelle or a pizza topped with mozzarella, gorgonzola, taleggio and parmigiana. Finish up with a warm salted-caramel gelato sandwich. 
Where: 2 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ 
How much: Two/three courses with a glass of wine, £19.75/23.25 (Mon-Sun 5.30-6.30pm)

The Other Naughty Piglet

What: If your heart sinks at the words ‘theatre restaurant’, this wine-focussed charmer will make you think again. From its pre-theatre menu, we’re taken by the barbecued pork belly imbued with Korean spices, and grilled pear with Jerusalem artichokes, hazelnuts and blue cheese. Chocolate mousse with salted caramel should provide a standing ovation-worthy finale.  
Where: The Other Palace, 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA 
How much: Two/three courses £22/25 (Mon-Sat 5.15-6.30pm)

For a broader take on where to eat before or after a show, check out our full list of the best pre- and post-theatre menus in London.