An iconic theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, Queen’s Theatre has hosted Les Misérables since 2004, and is an essential choice for lovers of London theatre.
Before heading to a performance, there’s nothing like indulging in a pre-theatre meal, with the surrounding area filled with all kinds of grand, cosy and quirky eateries. No matter what your tastebuds are in the mood for, our pick of the best restaurants near Queen’s Theatre has something for everybody.
1. Mele e Pere Book Mele e Pere
Italian, 290m from Queen’s Theatre (3 min walk)
One of Soho’s most popular restaurants, Mele e Pere is a funky blend of Italian tradition and innovation. Sample mouthwatering dishes like homemade harissa pork sausages with cannellini beans and parsley sauce on the pre-theatre menu, followed by strawberry and blackcurrant crumble with basil ice cream. Move downstairs to the apothecary-style bar for homemade vermouth, along with signature cocktails and a lengthy list of Italian wines.
2. Sophie’s Soho Book Sophie’s Soho
Steaks & Grills, 170m from Queen’s Theatre (2 min walk)
An essential steakhouse in London housed inside the converted Moulin Cinema, Sophie’s Soho features a stunning custom-built fire pit in the centre of the restaurant which is used to prepare the mouthwatering menu. Enjoy dry-aged steaks from Oxfordshire that are butchered in house, as well as prime rib, corn-fed chicken with tarragon jus, and chargrilled tuna steaks. Be sure to try one of the signature 10oz martinis too, with signature mixes made with vanilla vodka and passionfruit.
3. Foxlow – Soho Book Foxlow – Soho
British, 350m from Queen’s Theatre (4 min walk)
From the founders of the iconic Hawksmoor steakhouses, Foxlow Soho celebrates the best British flavours in a classic neighbourhood restaurant setting. As well as offering one of the ‘best brunches in London’ according to the Evening Standard, there are succulent grill delicacies like Dingley Dell pork ribeye, house-cured Scottish salmon, and Sunday roasts at the weekend with all the trimmings. With its popular kids’ menus, this is a great family-friendly place to eat near Queens Theatre, while the stylish island cocktail bar is famed for its creative mixes like the Aperol Spritz slushy.
4. MASH Book MASH
Steaks & Grills, 350m from Queen’s Theatre (4 min walk)
Winner of Best Restaurant at the 2013 London Lifestyle Awards, MASH is another acclaimed North American steakhouse in Soho, this time with a Danish twist. Inside, there is stunning Art Deco design by duo Herbert and Duncalf, including a glitzy bar serving up imported US bourbon and ryes, while on Wednesday evenings there are popular live music performances. On the menu, tuck into celebrated Japanese Wagyu, Uruguayan rib eye, and indulgent desserts like white chocolate panna cotta with rhubarb and crumble. The pre and post theatre menus, along with special kids’ options, make this a great choice for families out for a show in London.
5. Delhi Brasserie – Soho Book Delhi Brasserie – Soho
Indian, 250m from Queen’s Theatre (3 min walk)
Serving exotic Indian delicacies for more than 25 years, Delhi Brasserie was called ‘the best restaurant in Soho’ by the Evening Standard. Experience aromatic recipes from across India, including a selection of colourful curries, and dishes made in the traditional tandoori oven. There are also all kinds of vegetarian dishes throughout the menu, making this a versatile restaurant for vegetarians in Soho.
6. Babaji Pide Book Babaji Pide
Turkish, 20m from Queen’s Theatre (1 min walk)
A great choice for relaxed, informal meals in Theatreland, Babaji Pide showcases traditional Turkish-style pide pizzas straight from the hand-built brick oven in the centre of the restaurant. Enjoy fillings like beef, lamb and kaşar cheese, complemented with imported raki, a concise wine and beer list, and refreshing soft drinks. Weekend brunches here are a popular draw too, with Turkish-style eggs and all kinds of breakfast meze options available.
7. The Duck and Rice Book The Duck and Rice
Chinese, 280m from Queen’s Theatre (3 min walk)
From the man behind acclaimed London restaurants Yauatcha and Hakkasan, The Duck and Rice is a stunning blend of British pub and modern Chinese restaurant. With a beautiful geometric stained glass frontage, and interior of gleaming copper beer tanks filled with local and international brews, this striking restaurant serves a diverse menu of Chinese treats. A packed dim sum menu is served alongside house specialities like jasmine-smoked pork ribs, and black pepper lobster, while the unique beer cocktails from the bar make for a great post-theatre nightcap.
8. Vinoteca Soho Book Vinoteca Soho
British, 450m from Queen’s Theatre (6 min walk)
Boasting a wine cellar with over 300 vintages, Vinoteca Soho is a bohemian hideaway close to Queen’s Theatre. Seasonal international recipes are served on the popular pre-theatre menus, including favourites like wild mushroom and garlic soup, and chicken Milanese with tomato and rocket salad, and diners can also enjoy carefully crafted wine flights, perfect for wine experts and amateurs alike.
9. Yauatcha Book Yauatcha
Chinese, 350m from Queen’s Theatre (4 min walk)
Holding a Michelin star since 2005, Yauatcha is celebrated as one of the best Chinese restaurants in London. With stunning interior design by Christian Liaigre, this intimate Soho restaurant is famed for its decadent dim sum, along with signature mains like Mongolian-style venison, and jasmine tea-smoked ribs. Handcrafted sweet treats from the in-house patisserie make for an indulgent end to a meal, and the talented mixologists at the bar are known for creating fruity, cleansing cocktails made with exotic infusions and tea blends.
10. 100 Wardour St Restaurant & Club Book 100 Wardour St Restaurant & Club
Modern European, 220m from Queen’s Theatre (3 min walk)
100 Wardour St Restaurant & Club stands on the site of the iconic Marquee Club, which once hosted acts like David Bowie and The Rolling Stones. Today, this swinging restaurant and lounge continues to play host to live music five nights a week, while the diverse menu serves up hearty mains from the robata grill, along with a modern raw menu, and a Mediterranean selection of vegetarian and vegan delicacies. Step up to the glitzy bar to enjoy something from the massive cocktail menu, or sip on a single malt while lounging in one of the vintage armchairs.