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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

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.


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.



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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