Leicester Square Theatre is an exciting part of London’s Theatreland, hosting not only plays, but stand-up comedy from world-famous performers, cabaret, and live music.
Whatever kind of show is on, there’s nothing like finding the perfect meal to complement a trip to the theatre. The surrounding area is packed with award-winning eateries, so check out our choices for the best restaurants near Leicester Square Theatre.
1. Sophie’s Soho Book Sophie’s Soho
Steak, 400m from Leicester Square Theatre (5 min walk)
Set inside the former Moulin Cinema, Sophie’s Soho is a grand steakhouse with a real sense of theatre. A stunning custom-built firepit in the middle of the restaurant is used to prepare succulent speciality dishes like slow-roasted prime rib, and chargrilled tuna steak. The downstairs bar is a sultry setting for signature 10oz martinis, and other creative cocktails and premium international wines.
2. Beijing Dumpling Book Beijing Dumpling
Chinese, 60m from Leicester Square Theatre (1 min walk)
A traditional Chinese restaurant just seconds from Leicester Square Theatre, Beijing Dumpling showcases the talented chefs at work behind a glass partition, bringing a theatrical twist to pre-theatre meals. Along with signature dumplings there are classic rice and noodle dishes, while the drinks menu features traditional Chinese teas and sugar cane root infusions.
3. Balans Soho Society Book Balans Soho Society
British, 400m from Leicester Square Theatre (5 min walk)
Open 24 hours, Balans Soho Society Soho is a bustling, bohemian Theatreland favourite. Gourmet international dishes include succulent steaks from the grill, hand-picked Cornish crab linguine, and warm doughnuts with cinnamon apple compote for pudding. The energetic ambience and sultry style make this a great late night hangout to enjoy post-theatre drinks and people watch.
4. Babaji Pide Book Babaji Pide
Turkish, 250m from Leicester Square Theatre (3 min walk)
Bringing a new twist to the humble pizza, Babaji Pide in Soho serves perfectly fired Turkish-style pide pizzas straight from the restaurant’s centrepiece hand-built brick oven. Pides come stuffed with mouthwatering fillings like lamb, caramelised onion and kaşar cheese, while the restaurant’s late opening hours and slick modern design make this an inviting post-theatre restaurant near Leicester Square Theatre.
5. Pho & Bun Book Pho & Bun
Vietnamese, 280m from Leicester Square Theatre (4 min walk)
Pho & Bun is a relaxed place to eat near Leicester Square Theatre, specialising in authentic Thai street food dishes including aromatic pho soups simmered overnight. Signature steamed buns are filled with 28-day aged beef patties and BBQ honey pork, while the summer rolls are perfect for vegetarians.
6. XU Book XU
Taiwanese, 220m from Leicester Square Theatre (3 min walk)
From the team behind the hugely successful BAO restaurants, XU is a smart, sultry Taiwanese restaurant in Soho with a wonderful vintage feel. Gourmet dishes include 40-day aged beef with honey and black pepper sauce, and chilli egg drop crab with salmon roe, with a good selection of international wines and signature cocktails served from the bar. The restaurant also boasts its own tea master, on hand to perform traditional Taiwanese tea ceremonies that are a real treat.
7. Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour Book Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour
Chinese, 250m from Leicester Square Theatre (3 min walk)
A whimsical spot in Chinatown, Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour is hidden behind a secret door, and transports diners back to 1920’s Shanghai. This eclectic Oriental emporium serves traditional dim sum dishes that are perfect for sharing, or move upstairs to the attic bar for inventive speakeasy-style cocktails. With its intimate ambience and secretive location near Leicester Square Theatre, this is a perfect venue for romantic post-theatre dinner and drinks.
8. FuluShou Book FuluShou
Chinese, 90m from Leicester Square Theatre (1 min walk)
FuluShou overlooks the bustling gaming floor of the Casino at the Empire in Leicester Square, and serves a mouthwatering Asian fusion menu along with signature cocktails from the spectacular Iron Balcony Bar. Lobster is a speciality here, and comes served in a variety of styles, including whole with shoestring fries, or in aromatic Thai red curry, with a diverse selection of other Asian recipes also featuring.
9. W Hotel Book W Hotel
Afternoon Tea, 170m from Leicester Square Theatre (2 min walk)
An essential place to be seen in London, W Hotel is a glamorous setting with views out over Leicester Square. Afternoon teas are served in the stunning contemporary surroundings of The Perception Bar, with creative signature takes on this British dining tradition featuring handmade cakes, premium loose leaf teas and glasses of sparkling. In the evenings, the venue becomes an intimate people-watching spot, perfect for cocktails after a show at Leicester Square Theatre.