Pre-theatre Pubs and Grub

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Mamma Mia

So you’ve bagged your theatre tickets (from Lastminute.com? Well done you, enjoy) and you’ve perused the pre-theatre mealy dealys too! Fabulous. But you want somewhere a little bit different this time. In that case, here’s a list of the top shows on Lastminute and where you should be supping and munching before you go. All of the venues are within skipping distance of the theatres, so you’ll have time to sup up before the curtain call, or get there for a bevvy before last orders.


Mamma Mia tickets – from £30

This show is still going strong and if you fancy dancing along to all things Abba, tickets are a steal at the moment. The Prince of Wales Theatre is on Coventry Street, so The Blue Posts on Rupert Street is your best bet for food and booze.

Oliver! tickets – from £18.25

Going to see the Artful Dodger and that bird off the telly sing some tunes? Hurrah! Head to Sarastro on Drury lane for a theatrical dining experience. Or pop to Guanabara for cocktails after the show.

Dirty Dancing tickets – from £33

Ready to have the time of your life (seriously, did you expect me not to make a bad pun during this post?), then you’ll need some food first. Bistro 1 on Southampton Street does great bargain food. Speedy too.

The Lion King tickets – from £21

The Lion King is showing at the Lyceum Theatre so head to the Coal Hole. It’s one of London’s oldest pubs and used to be a working music hall.

Wicked tickets – from £15 (no booking fee on selected dates)

Still one of the most popular shows. If you fancy seeing the witches do their stuff (and do, before everyone goes Lloyd Webber crazy when his Dorothy is on stage in the West End) make sure you pop into the Phoenix on Palace Street for a drink first. This area is sorely lacking decent pubs, but this one is alright. You might as well pop in here if you’re going to see Billy Elliot too.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert tickets – from £20

After Jason Donovan starred in this show, it got a bit of a cult following. Not my cup of tea, but apparently it’s fabulous. It’s right by Old Compton Street so you’re spoiled for choice bars wise. My favourite? Bar Soho for cocktails. Or head to Ed’s Diner and buy takeaway to eat in Soho Square.

Grease tickets – from £27.50

One of the most popular shows in the West End, Grease is at the Palace just off Piccadilly. You’ll be best off holing up in the Glasshouse Stores for a pint. Rather predictably, it’s on Glasshouse Street.

Avenue Q tickets – from £19.50

To the innocent bystander, this show is just the Muppets talking about sex. But to everyone who has seen it, it’s fabulous and oh so very funny. And, there’s a couple of decent pubs right by the Wyndhams Theatre. You best bet though is wine and cheese at the Cork and Bottle in Leicester Square.

Sister Act tickets – from £18.25

Whoopi Goldberg isn’t in it, but that doesn’t stop this show from being awesome apparently (it’s on my ‘must see’ list). The bars around here can be hit and miss, so head to the bar in The Courthouse Hotel and have a cocktail in a prison cell.

Les Miserable tickets – £16.25

This show is in its 25th year, but if you haven’t been to see it yet, you really should. It’s at the Queen’s on Shaftesbury Avenue, so pop to Crispy Duck in China Town for something to eat first.

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Flickr image from Andy Rob‘s photostream.

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