Got your hands on the season’s hottest show ticket, but at a loss for where to get your pre or post-theatre fuel? We’ve rounded up our favourite restaurants near Royal Albert Hall, with menus spanning from artisan Italian to French fine dining. So whether you’re after a speedy express-course pit stop, or a slow-paced savouring of multiple dishes, we’ve got the perfect restaurant-ticket for your evening of culture.
The Royal Albert Hall plays host to over 360 shows a year, and is one of the most prominent stages in the world. The events at this venue run the gamut, from opera and world music, to jazz and comedy. Browse through our list of best restaurants near Royal Albert Hall.
1. Hawksmoor Knightsbridge Book Hawksmoor Knightsbridge
Steaks & Grills, 1km from Royal Albert Hall (14 min walk)
Famed for serving some of the best steaks in London and beyond, Hawksmoor is a carnivore’s paradise. Exuding a casual elegance with its Art Deco interior, the Knightsbridge branch sees the legendary steaks joined by hearty sides like triple-cooked chips or mac ‘n’ cheese, sustainably sourced seafood dishes, and an extensive wine list. The Hawksmoor Sunday roast is also a must try, with roast beef cooked over charcoal and duck fat roast potatoes amongst the tempting options.
2. Bombay Brasserie Book Bombay Brasserie
Indian, 1.1km from Royal Albert Hall (14 min walk)
An elegant, brasserie-style restaurant, Bombay Brasserie has been serving authentic Indian cuisine in Kensington since 1982. Showcasing signature twists on classics, popular dishes include slow-cooked lamb shanks in a delicate saffron curry, Goan chicken curry, and a masala tea brûlée with ginger and pineapple sorbet. Also home to a chic yet cosy bar complete with armchairs and a fireplace, the Bombay Brasserie drinks menu features new and old world wines, a range of Indian beers, whiskies, and a selection of exotic spirits.
3. Brunello Book Brunello
Italian, 600m from Royal Albert Hall (8 min walk)
Brunello is a trendy Kensington establishment presenting fine Italian dishes crafted by Michelin-starred chef Alberto Rossetti. This 50’s-style trattoria comes alive in the evening, with delicate lighting and dramatic artwork in line with the striking theme of the neighbouring theatre. The pre-theatre menu is designed to gently tease the palate with offerings like tagliolini with amatriciana sauce, and chocolate bonet with amaretto caramel.
4. Le Petit Sud Book Le Petit Sud
French, 600m from Royal Albert Hall (8 min walk)
A stone’s throw from the Royal Albert Hall, Le Petit Sud serves small plates, charcuterie boards and fine wine in an intimate setting. With the feel of a laidback French bistro, an impressive wine list and flavour-rich dishes are served alongside a warm continental ambience.
Offer: Bavette Steak & Wine £18
5. Aubaine High Street Kensington Book Aubaine
French, 950m from Royal Albert Hall (12 min walk)
The buzzing and trendy Aubaine in High Street Kensington presents skilfully-crafted French cuisine, as well as breads and sweet treats from the on-site patisserie. The warm and open dining space features crisp white furnishings and fresh flowers, creating an idyllic setting, and there is al fresco seating, perfect for meals out during summer. Aubaine is also a perfect spot for afternoon tea near the Royal Albert Hall.
6. Umami Book Umami
Asian, 1.1 km from Royal Albert Hall (15 min walk)
Umami is a popular favourite among pre or post-theatre diners looking for Thai, Malay, Indonesian or Vietnamese cuisine near the Royal Albert Hall. This much-loved, authentic hidden gem features trendy furnishings and jazz music in the background, creating a cosy, informal environment. Enjoy signature favourites from the South China Sea in addition to a unique selection of teas.
7. Launceston Place Book Launceston Place
Modern European, 750m from Royal Albert Hall (10 min walk)
Inventive modern European cuisine leads the menu at Launceston Place, which offers refined fine dining in a relaxed setting. Tucked away in Kensington, expect signature dishes such as cod with fennel and razor clams, or confit leg of duck with endive and lemon thyme.
Pre-theatre menu: 3-courses £30 per person
8. Min Jiang Book Min Jiang
Chinese, 850m from Royal Albert Hall (11 min walk)
On the 10th floor of the Royal Garden Hotel, Min Jiang serves authentic Chinese cuisine, with views over Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Served in a dining room which blends contemporary style with traditional Chinese elegance, menu highlights include the steamed dim sum platter, native lobster with signature sauce, and sauteed duck breast in Sichuan sauce.
Set menu: From £60 per person
9. La Trattoria by Alfredo Russo Book La Trattoria
Italian, 1km from Royal Albert Hall (13 min walk)
La Trattoria’s menu captures the essence of traditional Italian cooking, with Chef Alfredo Russo bringing in a harmonic blend of fresh flavours and textures. The venue is stylishly decked out in reds and whites, with artwork, mirrors and a bookshelf adding a touch of class. Set menus filled with crowd-pleasing dishes help keep things cheap, and make this a perfect destination for an Italian pre-theatre dinner near Royal Albert Hall.
10. Verdi at Royal Albert Hall Book Verdi at Royal Albert Hall
Italian, Located at the Royal Albert Hall (1 min walk)
At Verdi at Royal Albert Hall, guests are immersed into an exquisite casual Italian dining experience, and the restaurant is open to non-ticket holders. Its stone’s-throw proximity to the performance space itself makes it one of the best places to eat near Royal Albert Hall, and Verdi is renowned for its afternoon tea as well as stone-baked pizzas, seasonal dishes and fine wines. Live music on Fridays keeps the mood upbeat, and allows guests to experience some form of artistry, even if they don’t have theatre tickets.
11. Chenestons Book Chenestons
British, 800m from Royal Albert Hall (10 min walk)
Awarded 2 AA Rosettes, Chenestons is an elegant restaurant, befitting of its sophisticated Kensington location. Both innovative and classic European dishes are served, as is a wine list of over 400 vintages, all against a backdrop of ornate décor and mahogany furniture.
12. Shezan Book Shezan
Indian, 1km from Royal Albert Hall (13 min walk)
A charming independent hideaway amongst the restaurants around the Royal Albert Hall, Shezan serves an array of Indian and Pakistani delights. The interior styled with Mughal paintings, rustic arches and dim lighting creates a warm and cosy space for guests to dine in, and is perfectly in keeping with the exclusive Knightsbridge postcode. Enjoy a delicious dum pukht, in addition to popular favourites like butter chicken and biryani.
13. Byron Gloucester Road Book Byron Gloucester Road
Burgers, 1km from Royal Albert Hall (14 min walk)
A firm favourite on the London burger scene, Byron pack carefully sourced British beef into their signature creations, all joined by fries, sides, thick-churned milkshakes, craft beers and homemade desserts. Leather seating and wooden flooring ensure a relaxed yet chic ambience, all a short walk from the Royal Albert Hall.
14. The Builders Arms Book The Builders Arms
British Pub, 1km from Royal Albert Hall (13 min walk)
For a more casual dining experience, perfect for a pre-theatre meal near the Royal Albert Hall, The Builders Arms in Kensington showcases a diverse array of British dishes alongside a wide range of cask ales, wines, craft beer and house tipples. Unwind in the heated pub garden, or in the contemporary-styled interior decked out in an eclectic colour scheme.
15. Richoux – Gloucester Road Book Richoux
British, 1.1 km from Royal Albert Hall (15 min walk)
Stuck for where to eat? Richoux Gloucester Road presents an informal retreat to Kensington diners who are on the lookout for sweet treats and cakes before or after a show, along with moreish international flavours and a huge list of drinks. The interior is fit out in a soothing colour scheme and there is al fresco seating, ideal for a meal or drink during summer. Richoux presents the perfect spot for lunch near the Royal Albert Hall.
Restaurants near Royal Albert Hall