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Top 10 Best Restaurants near the Theatre

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London’s West End is very popular with tourists and Londoners alike, taking in parts of Soho, Leicester Square, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, The Strand, Aldwych, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, and Shaftesbury Avenue. London’s famous West End theatres - such as Her Majesty’s Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Cambridge Theatre, Vaudeville Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Fortune Theatre, Royal Opera House, Playhouse Theatre, and Criterion Theatre - collectively live in the area known as Theatreland (plus the Apollo and St James Theatres in Victoria). For many an evening at one of London’s theatres is preceded by a quick yet enjoyable restaurant meal. Finding such a restaurant can be an arduous task, especially with so many available options. Here then are the best restaurants for a spot of pre-theatre dining.

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Veeraswamy is the oldest surviving Indian restaurant in the UK; possibly the world. It is a London institution. Ideally located for visitors to London in the heart of the West End, close to Theatreland, fashionable shopping areas, and the rest of the entertainment district. It's also the perfect lunch venue with a light airy room located on the 1st floor overlooking Regent Street. Closest theatre: Criterion Theatre.

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West End
Bar / Restaurant

Rainforest Cafe is a tropical hideaway in the heart of the West End. This unusual restaurant recreates the sights and sounds of the Amazon Rainforest with the help of stunning special effects such as thunder and lightning storms, tropical rain showers and cascading waterfalls. The restaurant is also home to a cast of astounding, lifelike, animatronic inhabitants including chattering gorillas, a menacing jaguar and our trumpeting elephants. Rainforest Cafe offers a varied menu of American and tropical cuisine made from the freshest ingredients. Combine this imaginative food with the magical scenery and you have a great time out for the whole family.

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Bringing a taste of Mumbai to the West End, Soho Wala offers affordable, authentic Indian street food that can be served quickly with minimal fuss. It is close to some of the leading theatres of London, such as The London Palladium and The Soho Theatre, offering an ideal pre-theatre restaurant option. They have a fine mixture of small sharing plates, curries and grilled dishes from their clay oven to cater for all tastes. And even though this restaurant is situated inside a leading Soho hotel, the prices are extremely pocket-friendly with most dishes within the £5 - £10 mark.

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West End

With a cosy room in winter and an open front in summer, this Italian restaurant close to Her Majesty's Theatre, the Theatre Royal and the Comedy Theatre is perfectly situated for everything, from Piccadilly Circus with the famous statue of Eros, to the unmissable madness of the West End and the street entertainment of Covent Garden.

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Bar / Restaurant

Although the menu at this smart Piccadilly restaurant (the newest of the Bath-based chain's London outlets) is not particularly original, the fish is as fresh as it gets, and every dish is served to unwavering perfection. Child-friendly, great value, and featuring a wet fish counter where you can buy fish to either take home or have cooked to your liking there and then, Fishworks provides the quality of an independent with the crowd-pleasing consistency of a chain.

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West End
Bar / Restaurant

Dine with the stars at the vibrant Planet Hollywood London on Haymarket, a modern restaurant & bar near Piccadilly Circus. This restaurant offers a mouth-watering menu with a variety of movie memorabilia for the whole family to enjoy. A great central location for pre or post theatre dining in the company of costumes and props from films such as Dr No, Star Wars, Rocky & Love Actually. Closest theatre: Criterion Theatre.

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West End
Bar / Hotel
Afternoon Tea

This luxury hotel's Lobby Bar is walking distance from most of Central London's larger galleries and all 15 of the major West End theatres, so now your day is bookended, time to book some R&R in between. Afternoon Tea in the Lobby Bar has highlights such as Welsh rarebit, quail scotch eggs with caper mayonnaise, smoked salmon sandwiches, and scones with cream and jam. And let's not allow standards to slip: wear your almost-best attire.

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West End
Bar / Restaurant / Club
Pan Asian

Close to some of the leading theatres of London - such as the Prince of Wales theatre, the Criterion theatre, and Her Majesty's theatre - FuluShou restaurant is tucked away inside the Empire Casino in Leicester Square; a hidden gem of a restaurant. There's much to love about the freshly prepared, Asian fusion menu. Specialty dishes include steamed seabass ginger and spring onion, Wagu fillet steak and Szechuan peppercorn sauce, and pan-fried halibut with chilli bean sauce. The restaurant has an open-plan kitchen so you can see your food being expertly cooked and prepared right before your eyes. Book ahead early and treat yourself to a cheeky bet on the way out after dessert.

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