We’ll see your Starbucks and we’ll raise you: The Theatre Cafe – because why would you want to sip your oat flat white in peace when you could sip it whilst listening to someone belt out a heart-felt rendition of ‘Defying Gravity‘ at the top of their lungs, hey?
Proudly claiming the title of the ‘stagiest place in London’, The Theatre Cafe offers the ultimate theatrical pitstop to musical-lovers in the capital city. With show memorabilia adorning the walls, weekly open mic events, exclusive performances from stars of the West End, and a menu jam-packed with delicious (and of course, musical-themed) food and drinks; this place is a complete and utter haven for theatre-fanatics.
A visit to this tribute to Theatreland is an absolute must-do for London’s musical theatre devotees. Whilst you munch on a tasty treat and sip your drink (with options including Starlight Espresso, Phantom of the Mocha, and My Fair Latte), you can expect to be serenaded with a whole host of musical theatre classics. Heck, if you go on the right day – you can even grab the mic and belt one out yourself.
Show posters, musical memorabilia, and original props cover every inch of the interior, and they even sell Theatre Cafe merchandise for the truly hardcore fans. But don’t break out the jazz hands just yet, because there’s even better news: they also have a diner up the road on Shaftesbury Avenue, complete with a royal box and – wait for it- singing waiters.
Grab a coffee and a slice of cake, get those toes-a-tapping and fully immerse yourself in all things showbiz – you can even buy yourself some show tickets inside. It’s certainly a place to make a song and dance about, in my opinion.
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