With tickets, hotels and transport sorted, the final thing to add to your London theatre experience is a delicious restaurant or cocktail bar! Located on the famous Shaftesbury Avenue, the Lyric Theatre is close to a variety of interesting eateries and bars. Whether looking for a light bite or serious fine dining, you can be sure that your tastes can be catered for in this area! Below are some great places that suit different types of budget and appetite.

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The Lyric (1 min)

The bar at The Lyric, LondonA quaint Victorian pub located in Central London, The Lyric offers a large variety of delicious draught and bottled beers, fine wines and spirits and freshly prepared food. Located a stone’s throw away from the Lyric Theatre, The Lyric delivers the finest British food in substantial portions, making for the perfect pre-theatre meal. A large selection of lagers, ales and ciders are on offer, accompanied by atmospheric music, friendly staff and a general warm welcome. An affordable gastropub, The Lyric has an expansive menu that will have something for everyone, making it a wonderful stop before your evening at the theatre.

Reviewers on TripAdvisor have given The Lyric 4 stars.

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 11am-11:30pm, Friday to Saturday: 11am-12am, Sunday: 12pm-10:30pm

Contact: 020 7434 0604

37 Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7LU

Rainforest Cafe (1 min)

Animatronic elephants at the Rainforest Cafe, LondonA family-fun restaurant, the Rainforest Café is suited to those with children who are eager to continue a family-fuelled day. With rainforest settings surrounding the tables and chairs, complete with animatronics, puppets, convincing noises and thunderstorms, this is a real dining experience! A huge range of drinks are on offer, with several fruit juices themed to the restaurant. A wide variety of cocktails, wines, beers and ciders are also on offer, so there is a lot of choice! There is a separate adult and children’s menu, ensuring that there will be food everyone will like. All food is themed to the restaurants lively jungle atmosphere – just by name though – as there are salads, Mexican food, British food and American classics all on offer!

Reviewers on TripAdvisor have given Rainforest Cafe 3.5 stars.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10am-12pm, Saturday: 11:30am-10:30pm, Sunday: 11:30am-10pm

Contact: 020 7434 3111

20 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EU

Archer Street (1 min)

The bar and seating at Archer Street, LondonArcher Street is perfect for both pre and post dining and cocktail experiences. The Cocktail Lounge Bar is an intimate, candle-lit experience, perfect for a couple on their first theatre date! A delicious range of drinks are on offer, including an abundance of tasty cocktails, wines and beers. Food is available, but must be ordered a week in advance. Charcuterie and cheese platters are available throughout the evening, with complementary aperitifs between 5-7pm. Cocktails are bespoke, and with Archer Street open until 1am, this is ideal for a post-theatre tipple.

Reviewers on TripAdvisor have given Archer Street 3.5 stars.

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 4pm-1am, Friday to Saturday: 2pm-1am, Sunday: Closed

Contact: 020 7734 3342

3-4 Archer Street, London W1D 7AP