Before you visit the Piccadilly Theatre it is likely that you will want to stop off somewhere to have a pre-theatre meal. Fortunately the Piccadilly Theatre is in close proximity to Piccadilly Circus and Soho, meaning that there is an overwhelming variety of restaurants and fast food outlets to choose from before you go to see the show. However, as there is so much choice it can be a daunting prospect narrowing down your options to just one, so to avoid a last minute queue at McDonalds we’ve picked out some of our favourite affordable restaurants around the theatre!
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The Queen’s Head is a rare free house in the heart of London. A hideout two steps away from the throng of Piccadilly Circus, this late Victorian to early Deco pub with a cosy upstairs dining area prides itself on using fresh seasonal produce, bringing out the best in their homemade traditional menu. Only using fish from sustainable sources, all of their seafood is traceable so they know where your fish has come from. Situated next door to the Piccadilly Theatre, they have created a two course pre-theatre dinner menu of classic English cuisine, and their homemade pies are a popular choice.
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Situated in the backstreets of Soho within walking distance of the Piccadilly Theatre, El Camion is a cool and colourful restaurant serving creative Mexican street food, with some mouth-watering and affordable options that make it a great bet for pre-theatre eats. Having branched off from its original popular Notting Hill venue, the restaurant has all the Mexican favourites on its menu including nachos, enchiladas, burritos and quesadillas, as well as a few options that may be more experimental for Western palates such as zinging ceviche and Mexican pork scratchings. El Camion is full of friendly, hip staff that wind their way between the tables, and the wall full of hot sauce bottles is a nice touch that reinforces its dedication to full-on Mexican flavour! You cannot book tables so if you have to make it to the show for a particular time it is worth turning up well in advance given the popularity of El Camion; however, the bar serves strong cocktails, beers and an awe-inspiring range of tequilas to help make the time pass!
Sputino is a trendy New York style restaurant specialising in signature American dishes, with the entire restaurant in the theme of a downtown diner with a few unique contemporary twists. Based in Rupert Street, within easy walking distance of the Piccadilly Theatre, Spuntino comes at a slightly higher price point than El Camion but its food is arguably more polished and innovative, with a posh mac and cheese and deconstructed peanut butter and jelly sandwich all on the menu. The decor is the epitome of shabby chic, the staff are effortlessly cool and the food is tasty and creative, making Spuntino a good option for those looking for some style with their pre-theatre meal.