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Dining before or after the show

The choice of places to eat in London is bewildering. There is cuisine from every country and region, from pubs and cafes to top restaurants.

Restaurant recommendations
There are many restaurants in London of every cuisine, catering for a variety of tastes, and even more pages of reviews or recommendations, so we can't possibly say something that hasn't been said. If you are planning on booking tickets to the west end you can try a combined dinner and theatre package, available from London Theatre Bookings, which can save some money, though it does limit your options. Check out similar offers on our special offers page. Some places such as the Barbican Centre and National Theatre have a restaurant, with excellent menu's where you can eat before the show and not have to rush to get to the show after your meal.

Booking and reservation
It is not always necessary to book a table unless you are a) in a large party, b) want to eat at a certain popular restaurant or c) need to be at a certain theatre's own restaurant. There are so many eateries in London that you should have no problems finding something to eat. If in doubt it doesn't hurt to make a reservation. You can do this on-line by going to the restaurant booking site.

Dining before or after the show?
This is largely a matter of personal preference, although if you are crafty you can save yourself some money. A number of places are quiet between 4 and 6 in the afternoon and have "happy hours" where the meals are discounted or there are special offers. You can always take advantage of these, walk off the meal with a stroll around London and be at the theatre around 7 for a drink at the bar!



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