Pre-theatre dining

The West End is bursting with great theatre and musicals to suit every taste, but when was the last time you enjoyed it?  We have picked out a few must-see favourites – and some well-located wine bars, where food is more than just a support act…

 

MATILDA, CAMBRIDGE THEATRE
CLOSEST WINE BAR: CRUSTING PIPE

“Anarchically joyous” says The Guardian and we agree – it’s an ingenious adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story about an extraordinary child with hideous parents, which transcends all age groups.

A few minutes walk away in Covent Garden market, The Crusting Pipe is hard to beat for pre-theatre dining.  Opera singers and musical quartets appear frequently and add to the cultural atmosphere.

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PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS, WYNDHAM THEATRE
CLOSEST WINE BAR: DAVY’S AT ST. JAMES’S

People, Places and Things sees an “astonishing performance” from Denise Gough as an actor grappling desperately with addiction.  She brilliantly portrays the recovery, trauma and consequences and difficulties of living in the modern world.  People, Places and Things runs until 18th June.

Down the road at Davy’s at St. James’s in Crown Passage, atmospheric vaults and a characterful bar and dining rooms await.

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SUNNY AFTERNOON, HAROLD PINTER THEATRE
CLOSEST WINE BAR: CHAMPAGNE CHARLIES

The Kinks musical will soon be moving to the West End from The Hampstead Theatre, where it has received rave reviews.  We think it’s so good it could run forever and a day – but don’t delay, bag some tickets today.

Beneath Charing Cross Station, the brick-lined vaults of Champagne Charlie’s offer a welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle of the West End.   A well priced menu and impressive wine list await.

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