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Five London restaurants that are great for a pre-theatre meal

Headed to a show? No need for drama – book one of these tables for a tip-top meal before curtain-up

By Time Out in association with Quandoo
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Nobody wants a rumbly tummy by the time they get to the interval – it's a situation that'll only end in panic-buying loads of tiny tubs of ice cream. Thankfully, Theatreland is full of great restaurants offering great pre-show deals – see below for a few of Quandoo's West End faves.

Spot something that takes your fancy? All the restaurants listed below are bookable through Quandoo – simply click the booking button and get that res in your dinner diary.

Pho and Bun

This Vietnamese restaurant's location on the edge of Chinatown means it's ideal for a quick pre-show bite. The menu covers all the steamy soups and wok-tossed noodles you'd expect, plus a few fusion-y innovations – bao burger, anyone?
Don't miss: You'll be kicking yourself if you don't order a round of super-fresh summer rolls for the table.

Jamon Jamon

Best to pass on the slow-cook paella (you've got a show to see!), but everything else is fair game at this cheery tapas joint, which is a short trot from a number of West End playhouses.
Don't miss: The pork and beef meatballs are bound to be a crowdpleaser. Expect a clash of forks over the last one.

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Gamma Gamma

Asian tapas is the name of the game here, with dishes taking influences from Thailand and Japan in particular. Well placed for dining before a play or comedy show at nearby Soho Theatre.
Don't miss: For pure Instagrammability, it's got to be the sea bass and betel leaf scotch egg.

Augustus Harris

Dishes at this Venetian restaurant pack as much clout as a tenor in full flow – which is appropriate, since it's right next to the Royal Opera House. It's a tapas-style affair here, so bring mates.
Don't miss: This is the kind of food that pairs perfectly with an icy Aperol spritz, so that's your pre-show aperitif decided for you.

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Beso

Quality North African cuisine in the heart of Theatreland. The great-value £20 pre-theatre menu includes crispy squid with creme fraiche and confit duck leg with caramelised prunes, plus a glass of vino.
Don't miss: If you're catching a weekend matinee, drop in for a halloumi-topped shakshuka brioche – the highlight of a tempting brunch menu.

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