The London Palladium is situated in one of London’s busiest districts – nestled in between the rush of Oxford Street and the fashionable buzz of Soho.

This means the crème de la crème of the city’s restaurants are within arm’s reach. Here are ten of our favourites.

Obicá Mozzarella Bar

Obicà Mozzarella Bar, London. Photo Obicà

We all know that Italians take their mozzarella very, very seriously. In fact, Obicá (which has restaurants across Italy, so you know it must be good) is dedicated to this famous cheese. At this Poland Street outlet, there are at least nine different variations of mozzarella you can try: from tiny bocconcini bites to creamy smoked burrata. But the fun doesn’t stop there: pick from a selection of delectable small plates to accompany the star of the show. Try the Black Angus and sausage meatballs in organic tomato sauce or the Sicilian caponata stew.

They also have a great pizza menu and some stunning pasta dishes – look out for the ravioli with ricotta and kale, served with straciatella di burrata cheese and tomato confit.  

Location: 19-20 Poland Street, London, W1F 8QF
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Dishoom Carnaby

Dishhoom Carnaby London

The Soho branch of this modern London legend promises to take diners back in time to 1968, and a “stylish Irani café-bar” in Bombay. But there’s certainly nothing passé about the food: an intoxicating fusion of Persian and Indian flavours that will have you salivating from the moment you read the menu. The toasted and buttered pau buns are a must-try (they’re said to be Bombay’s version of the chip butty) as is the signature, slow-cooked black daal.

It’s Indian food as you’ve never experienced it before, with prices as refreshing as their watermelon sharbat drink. Just get there in plenty of time, its popularity means queues are almost guaranteed.

Location: 22 Kingly Street, London W1B 5QP
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Yotam Ottolenghi Nopi Soho

Yotam Ottolenghi Nopi Soho. Image: Yotam Ottolenghi

Yotam Ottolenghi has transformed the way Britons eat – it’s thanks to him and his hugely popular Guardian column that ingredients like pomegranate seeds, sumac and harissa are becoming household staples. His iconic London restaurant features all of his trademarks: a focus on vegetables with a Middle Eastern slant (look for the courgette and manouri fritters with cardamom yoghurt) and adventurous, always delicious flavour combinations: just try the quail with burnt miso butterscotch and walnut salsa.

It’s food worth savouring, but if you’re in a rush, there’s an excellent pre-theatre menu to give you a taste of this exquisite establishment.

Location: 21-22 Warwick Street, London, W1B 5NE
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Pizza Pilgrims

Pizza Pilgrims London. Photo: Pizza Pilgrims

A real-life pilgrimage through Italy led to the creation of Pizza Pilgrims, which serves some of the best Neapolitan pizza in central London. The dough is soft and chewy, the tomato sauce is just sweet enough, the mozzarella perfectly fondant. Put simply, this is pizza as it should be. Obviously you can’t go wrong with the classic Margherita, but anyone looking for another Southern Italian classic should try the Salsiccia and Friarelli – a white pizza with fennel sausage, wild Italian greens and a hint of chilli. And don’t leave without trying the Nutella pizza ring – a loop of pizza dough filled with the addictive hazelnut spread and baked until it oozes.

The Carnaby branch has an outdoor space, too, so you can go the full Italian and dine al fresco.

Location: 11 Dean Street, London, W1D 3RP
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Yalla Yalla Soho

Yalla Yalla Soho

Tucked away just off Oxford Street, Yalla Yalla is dedicated to serving authentic and delicious Lebanese street food. When it comes to mezze, as well as creamy hommos, smoky baba ghanuj and zingy tabbouleh, make sure you order the grilled halloumi and figs in rose honey syrup and laham bil ajine – an oven-baked flatbread topped with spiced lamb, pomegranate seeds and mint. If you’re in a group, opt for the spiced lamb shoulder, which is marinated and slow-cooked to perfection.

Finish up with vanilla ice cream topped with date molasses, tahina and roasted mixed nuts and a refreshing glass of their fresh orange blossom mint tea.

Location: 1 Green’s Ct, Soho, London W1F 0HA
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The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club, Soho. Photo: The Breakfast Club

Don’t let the name fool you: this is not merely a local caf selling a decent fry-up before 11am. The Breakfast Club has taken breakfast and brunch to another level, appropriate for meals at all times of day. The theme is big American breakfast: bold, brash and just a tiny bit bonkers.

Expect dishes such as the argy-bhaji (a spiced onion waffle, with chilli fried egg, spinach and mango chutney) and the Huevos al benny waffle benedict: poached eggs with peppers, avocado, chillies, hollandaise and fried chorizo – all served on a green chilli and cheddar cheese waffle. Sides include mac’n’cheese and hash browns, and there are pancakes and milkshakes are available until 11pm. It’s every American dream come true.

Location: The Breakfast Club, 33 D’Arblay Street, London, W1F 8EU
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Bob Bob Ricard

Bob Bob Ricard Soho, London. Photo: Bob Bob Ricard

Bob Bob Ricard is said to serve more champagne than any other restaurant in the UK. This is probably because each of its glossy booths is equipped with a “Press for champagne” button – which does exactly what you’d imagine. If you’re able to focus on the food, the restaurant offers a mix of Russian and British classics: from oysters and caviar to chateaubriand and steak tartare.

Choose from hearty home dishes such as Chicken Kiev or Mariner’s Fish Pie or go all-out and try the Lobster Macaroni and Cheese: made with fresh lobster, mozzarella, gruyere, cheddar and parmesan. Much of the evening menu is available at lunch for reduced prices, so it’s definitely worth making the most of it on a matinee day!

Location: 1 Upper James St, Soho, London W1F 9DF
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Ping Pong

Ping Pong Dim Sum, Soho London. Photo: Ping Pong Dim Sum

If you have yet to try dimsum – delicately steamed Chinese dumplings with a mixture of fillings, look no further than Ping Pong. They offer a mouth-watering selection of pan Asian small plates: from fluffy Taiwanese chilli prawn bao to Cantonese mushroom puffs and Japanese gyoza. Fillings include chicken and cashew with hoi sin sauce, honey barbecued pork and beef, kimchi and water chestnut. There’s an excellent selection of vegetarian and vegan options as well – don’t miss the crispy aubergine bao: white steamed buns with aubergine, pickled carrot and cabbage and sweet chilli sauce.

If you’re spoilt for choice (and we don’t blame you), go for one of the set meals, which cost as little as £9.95 per person! For a traditional finish, opt for one of their excellent teas, or go cosmopolitan with one of their classy cocktails.

Location: 45 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7JL
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Flat Iron

Flat Iron London. Photo: Flat Iron London

The goal of Flat Iron when it launched in 2012 was to serve top-quality steak at affordable prices – and it’s stayed true to that aim. A steak costs £10, including a side salad. Yes, really. Their signature cut is, surprise surprise, the flat iron: well-marbled and juicy, served medium-rare. Yes, the menu is small – the steak is the only main dish, plus a handful of sides – but we promise it’s absolutely worth it (especially if you opt for the chips cooked with dripping).

Flat Iron doesn’t take reservations, but there’s a handy text system to let you know when there’s a table available, so you can relax in one of the many local bars until they’re ready to serve you.

Location: 17 Beak St, Soho, London, W1F 9RW
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Kiln

Kiln, Brewer Street London. Photo: Kiln London

In 2018 Kiln won first place at the National Restaurant Awards, at which the food was described as “incredible”. But it holds no Michelin stars and does not charge Michelin prices – instead it serves rustic-looking small plates starting from as little as £2.90. The menu is inspired by Thailand and the regions that border Laos, Burma and the China’s Yunnan Province. And it’s all cooked with charcoal: in clay pots, woks or on the barbecue. This traditional technique lends the food a unique, delicious flavour.

Try the langoustines served with kaffir lime and sweet mint or the Burmese wild ginger and beef neck curry, and enjoy with one of their fabulous cocktails, such as the Thai basil and peppercorn mojito.

Location: Kiln, 58 Brewers Street, London, W1F 9TL
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