London has a world-class theatre scene with some fabulous restaurants ready to feed the audiences before curtain up. Now, while we would obviously recommend attending any of London’s theatres if you get a chance, guess what? You don’t have to be going to the theatre to take advantage of the local restaurants’ prix fixe, or fixed price, pre-theatre dinner deals; as long as you’re happy with dining a little earlier than usual, you can grab some serious bargains.

And while we’re on the topic of bargains, if you haven’t booked tickets yet, see our article on how to get cheap theatre tickets in London

N.B. The listings below are for the fixed price offerings. Do note the times they are available as some have a limited cheapo window of opportunity.


Blacklock – Soho | Photo by Lateef Photography

Blacklock Soho

Chop House. Check out the selection of cocktails for a fiver – and if you have a sudden craving for a burger, Blacklock have a ‘secret’ off-menu one you can ask for instead.

Sample Menu: Egg & Anchovy bites; Beef, Pork & Lamb Skinny Chops on Charcoal-grilled Flatbreads; Beef Dripping Chips

Price: ‘All In’ sharing menu for 2 people or more, £22.00 per person
Veg options: None, a la carte only
Available: 12pm-3pm and 5pm-10:30pm
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Meal at Blanchette restaurant
Blanchette | Photo by Blanchette


French Restaurant.

Sample Menu: Sea Bream Tartare; Moules Mariniere; BBQ Peaches & Vanilla Mascarpone

Price: 2 courses £15.00, 3 courses £19.50
Veg options: None, a la carte only
Available: Monday-Saturday 12 noon-11pm
Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus

Bocca di Luppo

Italian Restaurant. Note the pre-theatre dinner is only until 6pm.

Sample Menu: Sea Bream; Spaghetti with Squid Ink; Tiramisu

Price: £17.50 for starter, main & salad, + £10 to add dessert, glass of wine & coffee
Veg options: None, a la carte only
Available: Until 6pm
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Brasserie Zedel dishes London Restaurant
Brasserie Zedel

Brasserie Zedel

French Brasserie. They have also recently launched a Moulin Rouge cocktail menu in Bar Américain as part of their partnership with the play. Go for the ridiculously good value two-course Prixe Fixe menu and add their legendary Floating Islands dessert for £6.00. You haven’t really been to Brasserie Zedel until you’ve tried this.

Sample Menu: Prix-Fixe: Shredded Carrots; Chopped Steak Frites with Peppercorn Sauce; Manjari Chocolate Tart. Formule: Shredded Celeriac; Blanquette of Lamb; Lemon Meringue Tart.

Price: There are two set menus available – Prix-Fixe, 2 courses £12.25, 3 courses £16.00 and Formule, 3 courses and a glass of wine £24.75
Veg options: None – a la carte only
Available: All day
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Gunpowder Indian Restaurant
Gunpowder | Photo by Gunpowder

Gunpowder (Soho)

Indian Restaurant. This has a fine dining vibe, so put all thoughts of Friday night curries out of your head. The dessert wouldn’t look out of place in a French patisserie.

Sample Menu: Bengali Beetroot Croquettes; Kerala Beef Pepper Fry & Rice; Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon, Passion Fruit Shrikhand

Price: 2 courses £18.00, 3 courses £23.00
Veg options: Yes
Available: Monday-Saturday 12pm-2:30pm
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road

Covent Garden

Cafe Murano

Italian Restaurant.

Sample Menu: Charred Leeks & Romesco Sauce; Meatballs, Tomato & Parmesan Polenta; Saffron Poached Pear & Ricotta

Price: 2 courses £19.00, 3 courses £22.00
Veg options: None, a la carte only
Available: 12-3pm and 5-7pm
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden

Cora Pearl

British Restaurant. Note the fairly brief pre-theatre dinner window is 5:30 – 6:15pm.

Sample Menu: Devilled Whitebait & Lemon Mayo; Cheeseburger & Chips; Seasonal Sorbet

Price: 2 courses £23.00, 3 courses £27.00
Veg options: Yes
Available: 5:30pm-6:15pm
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden

The Delaunay  pre-theatre set dinner
The Delaunay | Photo by The Delaunay

The Delaunay

European Cafe & Restaurant.

Sample Menu: Truffled Cauliflower Soup; Grilled Spatchcock Chicken with Salsa Verde; Sachertorte

Price: 2 courses £27.50, 3 courses £32.00
Veg options: Yes
Available: All day
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden/Temple

Pre-theatre Dinner at Hawksmoor Air Street
Hawksmoor Air Street | Photo by Hawksmoor

Hawksmoor (Air Street)

Steak Restaurant.

Sample Menu: Ash-baked Beetroot Salad; Royal Sea Bream; Pear & White Chocolate Cheesecake

Price: 2 courses £22.00, 3 courses: £25.00
Veg options: Yes
Available: Monday-Sunday 5pm-6.30pm
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus


Seasonal British Restaurant.

Sample Menu: Golden Turnip Soup with Greens; Beef Kofte with Slow-Cooked Greens & Salsa Verde; Ice Cream with Caramel & Candied Citrus

Price: 3 courses £25.00
Veg options: None – a la carte only
Available: Wednesday-Saturday 5:30pm-6:30pm
Nearest Tube: Temple


British Brasserie. Note this restaurant also has post-theatre dinner timing.

Sample Menu: Pea & Mint Soup; Smoked Chicken Salad; Passion Fruit & Vanilla Creme Brulee

Price: 2 courses £16.95, 3 courses £19.95
Veg options: Yes
Available: Monday-Thursday 12pm-6pm & 9pm-close, Friday 12pm-6pm, Sunday 6pm-close
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden/Charing Cross


Aster chicken dish with wine glass
Aster – Victoria | Photo by Aster


Modern European brasserie.
Sample Menu: Ham & Celeriac Remoulade; Duck Confit; Creme Caramel

Price: 2 courses £25, 3 courses £29.50
Veg options: Yes
Available: Monday-Saturday, 11:30am-10pm
Nearest Tube: Victoria


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BIO: Freelance writer, flâneuse and former blogger at London Girl About Town, Amanda is dedicated to sharing the latest on London's restaurants, bars, hidden quirks and general wonderfulness.
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