Pre-theatre dining in London

For many visitors London’s theatres are a treat and are just one of the (many) reasons why London is such a wonderful city. Part of the theatre experience is the pre-theatre dining but how to choose a restaurant that’s both fun and fast?

Take a leaf out of the locals’ book and stop in at two places that are guaranteed to get you into the right mood for the evening show.

Start off at Hix Soho 66-70 Brewer St, Soho, W1F 9UP. The doorway enters into the restaurant but tell the hostess you want Mark’s Bar and you are shown into a charming subterranean bar with a clubby retro-cool atmosphere and plenty of leather Chesterfields to relax on or sit at the low bar. It’s a lovely place to drop down a gear, meet your friends, have a cocktail and get ready for the evening.

Now to the food, this is where you will have your first course or appetisers, choose from the Bar Snax menu or partake of the Happy Hour oysters 4pm-7pm.

Your most difficult task here is to leave, it would be all too easy to stay for much longer, but leave you must.

Up the stairs and back onto Brewer Street and one minute’s walk away is Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood St, Soho W1F 7ED.

Hidden away behind the ZL Café in the heart of Piccadilly it’s another walk downstairs to the authentic Art Deco brasserie interior. Famous for being the only real ‘grand Parisian’ brasserie in London it oozes an aura of French charisma and professionalism.

Choose just one course here – I recommend the Steak à la Bordelaise - let your waiter know your timeframe and they’ll take it as a personal challenge to have you charmed and fed in the time you’ve allowed.

Up the stairs and into Theatreland, now it’s time for the thespians to work their magic.

Post theatre entertainment? You could do a lot worse that return to Brasserie Zedel venue and visit the Bar Américain and live music and cabaret venue – you know the way!

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