We have both always really enjoyed theatre and seem to constantly be booking tickets for the next musical or play to go on tour to Birmingham. I found out about The Theatre Cafe through their Twitter I thought it’d be an excellent surprise for her. The cafe is owned and run by London Theatre Bookings, who offer discounts on theatre tickets. You can also buy tickets for shows in the cafe, as well as collect pre-booked tickets.
The Theatre Cafe is located on Shaftesbury Avenue, just around the corner from Queen’s Theatre (where Les Miserables has been playing for the last decade!). The whole cafe is theatre themed, filled with posters and props from musicals. One of our favourites was the original Elphaba’s broom from Wicked (my favourite musical totally don’t know all the set movements). The cafe is also running an exhibition of the artwork for the original London production of Into the Woods (one of her favourite musicals!) at the moment.
The cafe offers a selection of food, cake and drink, but as we had just had lunch, we decided it was best to just get drinks. Each drink had a delightful musical themed name, including ‘My Fair Latte’ and ‘Phantom of the Mocha’ which was adorable!
In the end she went for a hot chocolate (topped with marshmallows) and I went mango and passion fruit smoothie. The hot chocolate was delicious with marshmallows a layer of froth, served in a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed cup, and the smoothie, served in a War Horse themed cup, was exactly what I needed after so much walking!
The decor throughout was adorable and the jukebox which seemed to contain every song from every musical (and every cast) ever gave a lovely atmosphere! The fact that anyone could choose any song they wanted meant there was an eclectic mix playing while we were there – everything from Legally Blonde and Wicked to The Book of Mormon!
We also learnt that the theatre theme continued into the bathroom (which were signposted with the titles of songs from Jersey Boys – Walk like a Man and Big Girls Don’t Cry!) with a make-up mirror surrounded by lights and a plethora of posters!
We both absolutely loved this place and next time you’re in London, whether to see a show or not, if you’re a theatre lover you simply have to visit the Theatre Cafe!