Sing for your supper: A visit to LEON West End
When I was told we were invited to an interactive singing experience at LEON’s West End restaurant I was a bit apprehensive about what to expect. But my children are big fans of the musical Annie, and we always love a trip to London, so we were excited to try it out! I was also keen to dispel the myth for my children that fast food is always unhealthy and wanted to give them a different family restaurant experience than the usual run-of-the-mill Pizza Express and McDonald's! LEON certainly didn’t disappoint!
LEON's West End restaurant is located in Shaftesbury Avenue, so it's perfectly positioned if you're visiting any of the major tourist attractions or theatre shows - it's just a hop skip and a jump from Charing Cross Station and Trafalgar Square. When we arrived, I was impressed with the attractive and quirky décor. There is always something to look at from their unusual Spanish posters to the theatre style lighting and my daughter was really taken with the posters showing famous actors in rehearsal! She loved seeing how West End Theatre Shows were put together. The sparkly ceiling of the toilet was a fascination with them - they are hoping we can have a sparkly ceiling in our bathroom too!
The restaurant is spacious with tonnes of extra seating downstairs and it was easy to get a buggy in and navigate around.
The food was delicious and a big hit with my kids. It’s a great concept “naturally fast food, that both tastes good and does you good”. We were enticed by tonnes of different samples of the food you can order at LEON, my kids loved the idea of food in boxes, it made it more exciting and they were completely won over by the Mediterranean flavours too! Rice is a big hit in our house anyway so they really enjoyed that most of the boxes were served with rice but their favourite was the Moroccan Meatballs and the Brazilian Black Bean Stew which they have demanded I learn how to cook from home!
I was really pleased they tried all the different flavours with gusto and so although all of LEON’s food is healthy and nutritious, it's still food that children will love and we even found that my 10-month old son loved the sweet potato stew. The drinks were a real hit too as there is a whole variety of fresh fruit smoothies and juices.
Once we had sampled some of the food suddenly waiters burst into song and we were treated to musical entertainment with songs from the musical ‘Annie’ such as ‘Hard Knock Life' and they even had some Annie style wigs to try on!! Although the staffs' main job is to prepare and serve food, they are also professional singers. Everyone in the branch is a would-be musical theatre star and they serve up songs along with the food! But this is no karaoke, these are really talented stars in the making. It was a joy to be so close to singing sensations – my children sat agog!
If you're planning a trip out to London's West End to see a theatre show or just to enjoy the sights, then having a meal at Shaftesbury Avenue’s LEON is something not to be missed! It really gets you in the mood for all things theatrical! By the end, everyone was singing along! It’s a hugely different dining experience that the children talked about constantly!
LEON West End features performances of musical hits every day, but you can catch special Annie performances at the restaurant on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays to coincide with matinee performances at the Piccadilly Theatre.
P.S. Watch this space for an exciting competition, where we'll be giving away some exciting LEON goodies! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more info!