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Pre-Theatre Dining in South Bank

July 8th, 2021 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

Pre-Theatre Guide to South Bank

Live performance and theatre have returned to South Bank, which means pre-theatre dining is no longer a relic of another era. Cut the drama out of choosing where to eat. With live theatre making a comeback this summer, pre-theatre restaurant menus are back. If you’re now stuck with the dilemma of where to eat before the show, we’ve whittled down the choices to make your decision a little easier. So, if you’re catching After Life or Under Milkwood at the National, a live classical concert at Royal Festival Hall or seeing Bagdad Café at the Old Vic, then this is the guide for you.

  • The Green Room

    Ideally located just behind The National Theatre, you won’t find a handier spot for a meal before you head over for the performance. The restaurant even gets its name from its close ties with The NT, as a ‘green room’ typically functions as a lounge for performers before and after their shows in theatrical venues. The Green Room is a single-storey pavilion surrounded by a beautiful garden. Designed by Benjamin Barfield Marks, the timber-framed building won the top award in the temporary category of the New London Architecture Awards in 2015.

    With a brand spanking new pre-theatre menu, it’s the perfect way to grab a quick, high-quality bite before watching a show. Mains include a choice of grilled sardines or miso rump steak, plus, there’s vegan and vegetarian options for each course too. You can view the Pre-Theatre menu in full here and please bear in mind the menu is only available for advanced bookings from 5 – 7.30pm, Monday to Saturday.

    The Green Room
  • Brasserie Blanc

    Another great option for those wanting proximity to The National Theatre, Brasserie Blanc serve up their Pre-Theatre menu Monday to Saturdays from 4 – 6.30pm. There’s plenty of summery dishes too, including the likes of; Cucumber gazpacho, lemon crème fraîche, cucumber & dill julienne; Herb-crusted cod fillet, sautéed leeks, mousseline potatoes, saffron sauce; and steamed lemon sponge pudding, confit lemon, lemongrass syrup.

    With a raft of gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options included on the menu, everyone will be able to enjoy. Click here to view the Brasserie Blanc menu.

    Brasserie Blanc
  • Wahaca

    Who doesn’t love a Wahaca? This is one of South Bank’s most striking restaurants, made from recycled shipping containers that straddle the eastern side of Queen Elizabeth Hall. Known for their speedy service, it makes a great alternative to the typical pre-theatre options, especially when you order one of their set menu's, which comes as either a meat based or vegetarian option.

    Even if you don’t have the time for a sit down meal, with Wahaca’s takeaway taco van parked right outside on the riverfront, you’ll always be able to pick up a delicious bite before your show. Plus, if you’re heading to the Old Vic, there is even another Wahaca restaurant just a stones throw from the theatre too.

    Wahaca South Bank
  • OXO Tower Restaurant

    Fancy some stunning London views before your show? With their rooftop balcony on Oxo Tower, OXO Tower Restaurant and Brasserie are serving summer set menu's from both locations, with a cocktail included, all for £40.

    Main courses on the summer menu include; Burrata and truffle pecorino, summer vegetable caponata, cavolo nero or pan-fried seabass, grilled courgette mash, salsa verde, black garlic emulsion. 

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    OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie
  • Skylon

    Skylon is set inside the Royal Festival Hall itself, making it the perfect place to head if you are catching one of the many classical concerts set to be held there this summer. Skylon have also launched their new summer set menu, with two course for £27 or three for £32.

    There's Gazpacho made using Isle of Wight heritage tomatoes and pan fried chalk stream trout among the choices. Click here to view the menu in full, which is served

    Skylon Restaurant & Bar
  • Côte Brasserie

    For years Côte Brasserie have been known for their delicious French food with a regular Prix Fixe menu, served between midday until close Monday to Thursdays and from midday to 7pm on Fridays and weekends. These flexible hours give you a fantastic option, especially if you are catching a matinee rather than weekend performance. 

    You can view the Prix Fixe menu here, which includes dishes such as Crispy Whitebait and their classic Steak Frites.

    Côte Brasserie

Find The Venues

  • 1 - The Green Room

    101 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PP

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  • 2 - Brasserie Blanc

    9 Belvedere Rd, South Bank SE1 8YL

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  • 3 - Wahaca South Bank

    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    London
    SE1 8XX

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  • 4 - OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie

     Oxo Tower, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

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  • 5 - Skylon Restaurant & Bar

    Royal Festival Hall
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX 

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  • 6 - Côte Brasserie

    Festival Terrace, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

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