The Rosemary Branch Theatre, Hoxton
For some, booking a big theatre show can feel a little much for a first date. But if your conversations have revealed a love for the stage you don’t want to ignore, then The Rosemary Bunch is the perfect compromise.
“It’s a pub/theatre so perfect for a date,” say eHarmony couple Michelle and Andrew. “A great conversation starter and the plays we’ve been to see are always laugh-out-loud funny. And if you fancy heading onwards after, it’s also not too far from Shoreditch and its bars.”
The Rosemary Branch hasn’t fallen far from its roots as a Victorian music hall. With anything from Wuthering Heights to a 5-star Christmas panto on the bill, it’s a little less conventional than your average theatre house. But that’s what makes it a local and London favourite. That and the creative team behind it all – Cecilia and Cleo, who’ve spent 15 years as Artistic Directors of the theatre.
For a really special night book the Royal Box at the back – it’s made for two, with space for an ice bucket and a pair of Champagne flutes.
And you don’t need to rely on the ‘Theatre and Dinner’ packages that the West-End offers either – The Rosemary’s a pub too. The quirky decor, huge selection of drinks and an OWE (Off West End) award for ‘Best Foodie Experience’ in 2011, all make for a winning first-date combination. With a menu that changes every week and an East London famous roast on Sundays, they’re just as good with the food as they are at providing the entertainment.
See what you fancy on the line-up or check out their menu on www.rosemarybranch.co.uk.
The Rosemary Branch
2 Shepperton Rd
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