Convenient Top Theatre Eats

Less than a 5 minute walk away

There is nothing worse than feeling rushed to get to the theatre.  Luckily, some of the top shows, including Back to the Future (Adelphi Theatre), Frozen (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Mamma Mia (Novello Theatre), The Play that Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre) and Six (Vaudeville Theatre) happen to be a 5 minute (or less) walk away from some of the bestWest End dining experiences:

Christopher's Grill — Enjoy pre- and/or post-theatre drinks Tuesday to Thursdays 11 am - 12 am, Friday & Saturday 11 am - 1:30 am and Sunday 11 am - 5 pm at this stylish art deco restaurant known for its martini bar. 2072 404222
18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7DD

Clos Maggiore 
— One of London's most romantic restaurants serves a reasonably priced pre-theatre dinner Monday - Sunday from 5 - 6 pm.  Two courses for £32.50 or 3 for courses £39.50 (both include a glass of bubbles).  Except for Mamma Mia and The Play that Goes Wrong*

The Crusting Pipe — Located in the heart of Covent Garden, the restaurant serves afternoon tea 2:30 - 5 pm for £29. Request a window table to watch 'live' performances. 2078 361415
27 The Market Building, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RD

Inamo Covent Garden London's only interactive restaurant where guests control their dining experience through digital projections on the table surface, including changing tablecloths, ordering, watching the chefs and playing retro games. Sushi & Asian Tapas Afternoon Tea starts at £22.95 start time is Monday 4 - 5:30 pm, Tuesday - Friday, Sunday Noon - 5:30 pm and Saturday 4 - 4:30 pm.  Except for Back to the Future and Six* 2074 840500
11-14 Hanover Place, London WC2E 9JP

One Aldwych — Located across the street from the Lyceum Theatre, One Aldwych's Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Tea is one of the sweetest afternoon teas priced at £52 with service Wednesday - Friday 12 pm – 3 pm Saturday & Sunday (plus school and bank holidays) 12 pm – 4 pm. 2073 0010008
1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ

Rules — One of London's oldest and most famous restaurants is open Tuesday - Saturday Noon - 11 pm (last orders) and Sunday Noon to 10 pm (last orders). Charlie Chaplin, Charles Dickens, Clark Gable, Laurence Olivier and HG Wells are just some of the famous actors and authors who have dined here. 2074 071002 
35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB
The Savoy — This iconic hotel was the first luxury hotel in Britain.  Famous guests include Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne.  Afternon tea is service Noon to 4 pm Mondays and Tuesdays, Noon - 6 pm Wednesday - Sunday is £65 weekdays / £70 weekends.  Except for Back to the Future* 2078 361415
The Strand London WC2R 0EZ

Spring Located in Somerset House, a popular filming location with its exterior featured in popular Hollywood films.  Pre-theatre Scratch Menu is served Tuesday - Saturday bettween 5:30 - 6:30 pm Three courses for £30 cleverly made using ingredients that are overlooked.

Bonus : There is still time to take advantage of The Offical London Theatre Sale until February 10th.  *And you can enjoy these restaurants if you are willing to walk a few extra minutes.

The Official London Theatre Sale

Tickets start at £10/seat for over 40 shows until February 10

The Offical London Theatre Sale is one of London's longest-running theatre promotions.  Tickets to top shows cost £10, £20, £30, £40 and £50 depending on the show and there are no booking fees.  Here are just some of the featured comedies, musicals and plays and what to look (and listen) for:

  • Back to the Future (£30, £40 and £50) — Checkout the movie-themed bar before the show begins or during the interval / intermission.

  • The Book of Morman (£30, £40 and £50) — Listen carefully throughout the show the character Nabulungi is referred to by different names.  Names are often changed to reflect the audience, British choices include 'Brexit', 'Meghan Markle', 'Natwest' and 'Nectar Card'.

  • Frozen (£20, £30, £40 and £50) — When you enter the foyer, keep an eye out for display cases with Elsa's and Anna's dresses along with Frozen merchandise strategically placed just behind them.

  • Jersey Boys (£10, £20, £30, £40 and £50) — Trafalger Theatre's 630 seat auditorium recently completed a muti-million pound restoration back to its original 1930s art deco design.

  • The Lion King (£40 and £50) — See how many of the 232 puppets used in each performance you can count.

  • Mamma Mia! (£20, £30, £40 and £50) — If you are an ABBA fan, ABBA Voyage featuring the Swedish band as digital avatars is playing at a purpose-built arena at Queen Elizabeth Park.

  • Matilda The Musical (£30 and £50) — There is a good chance you will go home with some confetti (annually 12 million pieces are used).

  • The Mousetrap (£10, £20, £30, £40 and £50) — The longest running theatre production still features one of its original cast members and props.  The pre-recorded voice of the newsreader is of the late Deryck Guyler and the clock above the fireplace in the main hall is from opening night.

  • The Play that Goes Wrong (£30 and £40) — Be on the look out for special guest appearance signage before you enter the theatre — just the beginning of the silliness.

  • Six (£30 and £40) — Since the pop concert type musical is only 80 minutes and has no interval, it is one of the few you can have dinner after the show.

  • Wicked (£20, £30, £40 and £50) — The production uses 250 pounds of dry ice to create the fog.  The song "Defying Gravity" has been played by NASA to wake up astronauts in space.
The list of shows changes as some sellout and new ones are added.  Book now on-line or in-person at the TKTS booth at Leicester Square since some sell out quickly!

Best of 2022, Part II

Top 10 posts — Part II

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4. Best shows and seats from £10 — best ways to get budget-friendly West End tickets

3. London Loop — 2 hour and 15 minute loop from Waterloo Station

2. London for (Book) Lovers — London boasts some of the biggest and most unique bookstores

1. Quintessential English afternoon tea — For less than 30 quid and conveniently located by some of London's most popular landmarks
Loads to do inside (and out) for 2023!

Best of 2022

Top 10 posts — Part I

With covid at bay, posts about about large-scale celebrations and other days out got the most attention:

10. Egg-straordinary Easter Hunts— At a castle or palace that also happens to be a popular filming location
9. Teas fit for a Queen — Celebrate 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign with a Platinum Jubilee Tea

8. Garden, Glamour & Buckingham — Day out for £35

7. Last minute Valentine's gifts — . . . that aren't flowers

6. Celebrate Chinese New Year— Starting January 31st

Best of 2022 — Part II will feature the best of the best from 2022.

12 Best Advent Calendars

Festive fun to fit every taste and budget

From books, chocolates, and toys to beauty, beer and cheese, these advent calendars starting at £8 to less than £100 (or less than 50 pence — £4.25 per day), are sure to please:

£.50 or less per day
Disney Storybook (£8) — The 24 books includes adventures of 101 Dalmatians, The Lion King, Mickey Mouse and Friends, Toy Story, Winnie the Pooh, and more.

Monty Bo Jangles (£9.99) — This advent calendar filled with six different chocolate truffle flavors (3 flavors in the vegan calendar).

£1 — £1.50 or less per day

Mini Brands (£19.99) — This collector’s item features the most popular minis from previous Mini Brand Series and 4 never-before-seen minis.

LEGO® (£21.99) — 24 buildable treats from LEGO® City, and Friends to favorite characters from Guardians of the Galaxy and Harry Potter.

T2 (£22) — Sip the Future Hello advent calendar includes either 24 individually wrapped tea bags or packaged loose leaf teas.

Bonne Maman (£25.99) — Everyday enjoy a different jam, marmalade or spread, including unusual combinations such as apricot with bergamot and pineapple with yuzu.

Chuckling Cheese (£34.99) — Say 'Merry Cheesemas' with 8 different wheels of cheese, including a limited edition and a mystery one.

~£2.50 per day

BrewDog (£59.95) — Features 24 beers, including core, headliners, new, seasonal and advent calendar exclusives along with a special glass.

Biscuiteers (£60) — The keepsake advent tin includes 24 festively decorated vanilla biscuits of bears, birds, cats, crocodiles and more.

~£3.50 per day

John Lewis (£85) — Wine advent calendar with 24 mini 187 ml bottles of red, rose and white wine.

Less than £4.25 per day

L'Occitane En Provence (£99) — Contains 24 of their best-selling body, fragrance and skin care products worth £132.

Master of Malt (£99.95) — Their Premium Gin, Spiced Rum and Whiskey Explorer each include 24 30 ml glass samples from some of the world’s top producers.

Best of all — they come wrapped and ready to give!

10 Black Friday Sales

Black Friday, the day after US Thanksgiving holiday (fourth Thursday of the month), is considered one of the biggest shopping days of the year and has become increasingly popular in the UK. Here are just some of the retailers participating:

Accessorize — Black Friday week with 50% off

ASOS — Black Friday through Cyber Monday

The Body Shop — Up to 50% off

Debenhams — Up to 50% off fashion and home

H&M — Black Friday Week through Cyber Monday

Monsoon — 25% off everything and 50% off new lines

Sports Direct — £20 voucher for every £100 spent

River Island — 25% off for £150 spent, 20% off for £85 spent and 15% off for £50 spent

Sweaty Betty — 25% off everything with code SBSAVE

Waterstones — Half-price books

Whether you shop on-line or in-person, there are only 5 Fridays left until Christmas!

The Crown Watch Party

Nearly a year since Netflix’s season four release of
The Crown, season five will return on November 9th. Since the Queen’s passing, the original series is once again on the Netflix Top 10 list. What better way to binge watch The Crown then throwing a tea party for yourself or with friends.

Place an on-line order for afternoon tea treats to be delivered to your door:

Fortnum & Mason : The Cream Tea Selection — The picnic cooler includes Piccadilly Clotted Cream Digestive Biscuits, Giant Almond Brownie, Fortnum’s Afternoon Blend Tea and BrutReserve Champagne along mini scones, clotted cream and strawberry preserves.

Harrods : The Tea Time Treats Hamper — The wicker basket features Dark Chocolate Chip Shortbread Biscuits, Mixed Chocolate Almonds, No. 14 English Breakfast Tea and strawberry preserves.

John Lewis : Afternoon Tea Treats Gift Basket — Afternoon tea treats include afternoon tea bags, chocolate chip biscuits, chocolate salted caramel slab, confectionery strawberry hearts, macaroons, shortbreads, two fruity posh pops and raspberry jam.

Whittard : The Afternoon Tea Collection — Four loose leaf tea caddies with Whittard’s most popular blends accompanied by a silver-plated infuser.

Marks & Spencers : Brit Kit Afternoon Tea — Mr. Kipling Bakewell Tarts, Jam Tarts and Whirls, green scone mix, PG Tips tea bags, raspberry jam and clotted cream

In case you have difficulty selecting just one, Netflix has confirmed that there will be a sixth (and final season) of The Crown.