A taste of London's popular pre-theatre dining venues

London’s West End is famous not only for its theatres, nightlife and restaurants, but also for its choice of fine dining. Just walking over Waterloo Bridge can make you feel like a child on Christmas Eve and with so much to do and see, anyone new to the City can’t help but feel intoxicated by the atmosphere.

Taking in a West End show when in town is a must and with so many new shows being performed this Spring, such as Tina: The Musical based on the life of the iconic Tina Turner and Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, starring the 2002 Pop Idol winner Will Young, deciding what to see can almost be as difficult as deciding where to eat.

Planning on a restaurant which isn’t too far away from the theatre will mean you can relax in the knowledge that you will be able to enjoy your meal and not be rushing to take your seats before curtains up. As most of London’s renowned theatres are within walking distance of the West End, your only decision will be which mouth-watering menu to choose from.

The Leicester Square Kitchen, as its name suggests, is in the heart of Leicester Square and offers a pre-theatre set menu inspired by contemporary Mexican and Peruvian influences. You have the choice of three dishes for around £20, or four for around £25. The dishes on offer include smoked tuna with tequila lime mustard tostada, crispy tiger prawns with cayenne pepper mayo, or stone bass with crushed Andean chilli lime sea salt. If you fancy a treat, dessert specialities include warm chapon chocolate doughnuts with caramelised pistachio served with dulce de leche ice cream.

If you enjoy a fine steak, the Helior Steak House overlooking the magical Hippodrome casino offers a pre-theatre dining menu for £14.95 for two courses and £17.95 for three at the time of writing. Diners can choose to have rump steak served with a red wine sauce, or for non meat eaters, they offer pan-fried salmon or halloumi burger. Dessert includes a chocolate and orange ganache, almond millefeuille with winter fruits served with mascarpone ice cream.

If you’re looking for something a little more continental, Blanchette in Soho is a delightful Parisian restaurant offering pre-theatre menus between 5.30 - 7.30pm Monday to Friday. Costs are around £15.00 for two courses and £19.50 for three courses. Guests can enjoy classic dishes such as duck croquettes with Dijon mayonnaise, chicken thigh with white bean purée and Morteau sausage with passion fruit vacherin for dessert.

Italian food is world class and the Savini at The Criterion serves some of the best. You’ll be seated under a neo-byzantine gold tiled ceiling and taste exquisite dishes including gran biscotto cooked ham, burrata cheese, sweet and sour pickled cucumber, Norma style risotto with fried aubergine and salted ricotta cheese shavings. For dessert you can enjoy sautéed strawberries and berries, zabaione gelato and thyme crumble. Prices are approximately £29 for two courses and £36 for 3 courses and diners can choose whether to have a pre-theatre or post theatre meal. Serving times are 5 - 7pm or 10 - 11pm.

45 Jermyn Street is a modern British restaurant situated on the sophisticated Jermyn Street, renowned for Gentlemen’s clothing retailers and named after Henry Jermyn, the first Earl of St Albans. Offering pre-theatre menus for around £25.50 for 2 courses and £29.50 for three courses, this contemporary style restaurant offers an exciting menu including raw Cornish mackerel served with keta caviar tacos. Suffolk pork belly, Mangalitza black pudding and apple purée, or kimchee risotto. Desserts include pineapple carpaccio with passion fruit, chilli syrup and a coconut sorbet.

If you’re interested in seeing the best of British theatre, head to the iconic National Theatre. In-theatre dining is available, or you may wish to dine at one of the many restaurants along the Southbank overlooking the Thames River. If you fancy seeing something a little difference, London has many fringe theatres such as The Other Palace in Victoria. Their in-house restaurant - The Other Naughty Piglet, offers a fascinating menu including Smoked eel, rhubarb, ginger and coriander, Orkney scallops, monk's beard, with cauliflower, or more traditional dishes such as Apple sorbet, crumble and custard or a velvety 6 Chocolate mousse.

However you choose to spend your evenings, London has it all which is why it is regarded as one of the most vibrant cities on earth.