The Top 10 Best Restaurants near The Old Vic
A completely independent, not-for-profit theatre, The Old Vic has a rich 200-year history of vibrant theatre and performing arts. Moments from the South Bank in Waterloo, there’s no shortage of acclaimed places to eat near The Old Vic.
So if you’re looking for modern pre-theatre menus, or perhaps a luxurious afternoon tea near Big Ben, take a look at our pick of the best restaurants near The Old Vic Theatre.
Steaks & Grills, 800m from The Old Vic (10 min walk)
An essential choice for meat lovers looking for somewhere to eat near The Old Vic, Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar is a plush space inside the historic County Hall. Mouthwatering 35-day aged steaks from O’Sheas Butchers are served alongside gourmet sides like truffle and Old Winchester chips, with an award-winning cheese table also being a popular draw. Take in stunning views of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from the windows, all while enjoying one of the signature cocktails, or sample a gin from the 120-strong selection.
2. Union Street Café – Gordon Ramsay
Italian, 650m from The Old Vic (8 min walk)
A bold, creative venture from the world-famous chef, Union Street Café is a converted warehouse-style space with a a New York feel. Time-honoured Italian delicacies are served with signature flair, while downstairs there is a stunning bar area filled with lush olive trees, with creative cocktails and fine wines served.
European, 400m from The Old Vic (5 min walk)
Winning acclaim from Time Out and the Evening Standard, Baltic Restaurant and Bar is a striking Old Vic restaurant with a stunning 40-foot wooden trussed ceiling with huge skylights. Enjoy pre-theatre menus of bold Eastern European delicacies, including Russian and Polish dumplings, through to Hungarian spiced stews. Over 70 vodka varieties are served in frozen glasses, including one made in-house with fresh fruit and spices.
French, 700m from The Old Vic (9 min walk)
A seductive setting inside the luxurious Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, Brasserie Joël boasts 2 AA Rosettes, and has won high praise from acclaimed food critic Giles Coren. Enjoy gourmet French classics with bold contemporary twists, including a celebrated selection of meat and fish dishes cooked on the charcoal grill. There is also an extensive wine list, and children’s menus for the little ones. Set at the foot of Westminster Bridge, the attractions of the London Eye and County Hall are seconds away.
Modern British, 750m from The Old Vic (10 min walk)
A true taste of timeless European fine dining, Skylon is on the first floor of the Royal Festival Hall, and offers beautiful views of the London skyline. Popular pre and post-theatre menus are served, with inventive dishes featuring stunning presentation and attention to detail. From the bar, a diverse wine list boasts celebrated international vintages, or go for one of the classic cocktails made with artisan spirits and homemade infusions.
British, 850m from The Old Vic (11 min walk)
A quintessentially English retreat on the South Bank, The Library at Marriott County Hall is is filled with regal 1920’s style, with oak bookcases, busts of literary and historical figures, and flicking candlelight. Indulgent afternoon teas are served with river views and treats like salted caramel cups, while in the evenings there are fixed menus complemented with an Art Deco-style after-dinner drinks trolley.
7. Bao Fa Garden Restaurant
Chinese, 1km from The Old Vic (13 min walk)
An exotic addition to County Hall, Bao Fa Garden Restaurant sits above the London Aquarium, and features bold, aromatic Chinese fusion dishes. Specialities include stir-fried whole lobster with ginger and spring onions, or enjoy roast Beijing duck carved at the table. The dim sum menu is perfect for theatre-goers looking for light bites before or after a show, or you can sit at the glitzy bar to sample Chinese rice wines, or classic cocktails.
8. Dandelyan at Mondrian
British, 1km from The Old Vic (12 min walk)
Winning Number 2 in the World’s 50 Best Bars list 2017, Dandelyan at Mondrian is a jaw-dropping venue right on the South Bank. Enjoy wonderfully creative cocktails at the stunning green marble bar, with a range of eclectic international light bites including sea bass and sea bream ceviche tacos. There are also signature afternoon teas, with a 1970s-inspired menu, and botanical cocktails from Ryan Chetiyawardana, World’s Best Bartender 2015 at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.
9. Locale – County Hall
Italian, 850m from The Old Vic (11 min walk)
Just behind the London Eye, and with a popular terrace to enjoy al fresco drinks, Locale County Hall is a great spot for a pre-theatre diner. The buzzing open kitchen serves a seasonal menu of traditional Italian dishes, including gluten-free pasta options and kids’ choices, while the chic bar is a stylish spot to sit and enjoy cocktails prepared by award-winning mixologists.
Afternoon Tea, 850m from The Old Vic (11 min walk)
With unmatched views of Big Ben through floor-to-ceiling windows, Executive Lounge at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is a great spot to relax near The Old Vic. Classic and champagne afternoon teas are perfect before a matinee performance, while in the evenings you can sink back into the plush leather furnishings and enjoy canapés while watching the sun set over Westminster Bridge.
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