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The Theatre Café66 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6LX How to get here
The Theatre Café (Shaftesbury Avenue) | Coffee Shop
Established by the founders of London Theatre Bookings, Joe and Jill Davey, Shaftesbury Avenue’s The Theatre Café is an essential pit stop for any musical and show aficionado’s caffeine fix.
Bedecked in West End memorabilia and souvenirs, it’s a theatre-lovers paradise, with a NYC Broadway-esque vibe thanks to bare-brick walls and hotchpotch décor.
Diners can chow down on cake and sip a Starlight Espresso (see what they did there?) whilst booking show tickets, using one of the iPads provided. Or simply pick the brains of The Theatre Café team who are walking, talking encyclopaedias when it comes to show knowledge.
Just across the road from Les Mis, you’re almost certainly guaranteed to rub shoulders with like-minded musical fans with whom you can compare CATS notes and discuss the finer points of The Book of Mormon. Win-win all round.
And every Saturday is open-mic night at The Theatre Café so budding musicians (and operatic sopranos) can release their inner star.