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The five coolest theatre venues in London?

They aren't the big grand theatres, they are smaller venues that are full of atmosphere or have the coolest bars to hang out in. This is my top five:

1. Royal Court

The cafe bar serves the best chips in London (according to @polyg), take your time walking down the stairs to scan the crowd because you are virtually guaranteed to spot a thesp/director/writer. Get there early and you'll often find one or two of the Royal Court cast members lounging around on one of the sofas or having a quick drink with friends.

2. Old Vic Tunnels

Now that the Southwark Playhouse has temporarily moved from its under-the-railway-arches home at London Bridge, the Old Vic Tunnels is the place to go for your fix of theatre with a damp smell, low-lighting and trains rumbling overhead. You approach it from a down at heel street around the back of Waterloo. Blink and you miss the nondescript door but inside it oozes atmosphere, character and quirky features and feels like you've found a secret club.

3. Arcola Theatre

If you thought being able to take a real glass of something into the auditorium was cool and grown up, try settling down to watch a play with a... mug of tea. Yes, the Arcola will let you take a cuppa in with you, that's if you can get off the lovely saggy, leather sofa in the cafe bar.

4. Theatre 503

A good pub downstairs, upstairs it's like a trendy sitting room with lots of huge sofas and coffee tables. Get their early and curl up with a book and a drink or for pre-play natter.

5. Young Vic

Another great theatre with a great bar or is it a great bar with a great theatre? Difficult to tell these days as both are always busy. Theatre-goers tend to hang out for food and drink on the ground floor while those just wanting to enjoy a glass of something cold and people watch head to the balcony bar. Has outdoor seating and a large outside balcony overlooking The Cut which naturally gets busy on warmer evenings.

OK, so those are my five, where I have missed?