Top 10 Pre-Theatre Restaurants In London
London is one of the worlds premier theatre destinations, and we have collected together some of our favourite restaurants to fill you up before heading off to the theatre.
A Covent Garden restaurant icon, Café des Amis French restaurant has been a bastion of food excellence in London for more than three decades. The chic restaurant is always stylish and effortlessly smart, completely timeless in its décor and atmosphere with crystal drop lighting and dark velvet seating giving an ambience of comfortable indulgence. Known for its al freco brasserie terrace, a favourite destination in the summer months, Café des Amis’s modern European cuisine, working in harmony with the changing seasons, is full of old school French sophistication that emphasises quality and simplicity in dishes that delight gourmands and gourmets alike.
Situated in a Grade II listed Victorian building, this Covent Garden restaurant and martini bar is something of a London institution. Christopher’s restaurant is housed in a stunning building; Victorian features such as the high moulded ceilings have been preserved, and tall windows in the dining room offer views over Waterloo Bridge. Décor is elegant - rich deep colours are complemented by soft, subtle lighting and starched white linen.
With its jaw-dropping Phillipe Starck designed interior and prime location in St Martins Lane Hotel in London’s West End, Asia de Cuba restaurant is a magnet for a young, fashionable crowd. But while trend-led high rollers may be drawn to Asia de Cuba to experience the stylish dangling light bulbs, pale wood, retro photographs and the library pillars, they stay for the food, an exciting Asian and Latin American cuisine inspired by Old Havana.
Seasonally inspired classic French cuisine coupled with impeccable service is the order of the day at Clos Maggiore restaurant, with a focus on chic presentation and bold flavours. Sample braised shoulder of rabbit with sweet and sour black radish and wholegrain mustard mousseline, or a flavoursome roast blackleg chicken with foie gras, petits pois à la française and smoked bacon cream. Wine buffs adore Clos Maggiore’s wine list – it has won several awards from Wine Spectator magazine and the AA Restaurant Guide.
Housed within the stunning contemporary London hotel, One Aldwych, Indigo overlooks the dramatic polished Lobby Bar of this luxurious venue. Less formal than its sister restaurant Axis, Indigo provides relaxed surroundings. The polished tables, striking flower arrangements and comfy armchairs make for the ideal people-watching environment. Several dishes come in two sizes so you can decide how much or how little you would like to eat and for those watching their waistlines, there are a number of dishes which are light and healthy.
Joe Allen restaurant, in the heart of the Theatre District, is a London institution that, like the London Eye, remains lively and fascinating. It used to be that you had to work to find the dark door and tiny plaque by the entrance down Exeter Street by Covent Garden, but now a proper awning marks the spot so there’s no confusion. Once you enter, you descend into theatrical nirvana, an exposed-brick dark-wood New York-style complex, plastered with show posters, photos, and programmes.
Le Garrick restaurant located between Leicester Square and Covent Garden, right in the middle of London's Theatreland, is an intimate French restaurant that's a favourite with theatrical types, business people and lovers of French cuisine. There's a homely restaurant at ground level where a table by the window will let you watch the Covent Garden passing parade, while at lower ground level the friendly bar/dining room has intimate nooks for romantic moments.
A spacious and traditional French brasserie style restaurant, Les Deux Salons is in the very centre of London’s Theatreland, on William IV Street. The sister to hugely successful destination restaurant Arbutus and Wild Honey, Les Deux Salons brings to mind the most historic and famous of Parisian brasseries – indeed one almost expects to catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower from the windows.
For more than half a century, a little piece of the capital has been proudly French too - Mon Plaisir restaurant on Covent Garden’s Monmouth Street is famous as London’s longest-serving French restaurant. Is it romantic? Well, dozens, maybe hundreds, of marriage proposals have taken place here as well as countless first dates, third dates and anniversary celebrations. Acquired by the Viala brothers in the 1940s, Mon Plaisir has gone from strength to strength, entertaining a who’s who of London society with its uniquely French charm.
The Palm Court Brasserie restaurant brings a little touch of Paris to the heart of London. This Covent Garden restaurant has all the design details of an authentic bustling Parisian bistro, with Art Deco posters on the wall, a huge wrought iron chandelier and rattan chairs. Waiters in classic white shirts, black waist coats and aprons serve authentic French bistro food to a crowd of shoppers, theatre goers and local office workers enjoying what feels like a night out in Paris – without the need to fork out for a Eurostar ticket.