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Royal Opera House

Opera House, Theater, and Event Space
City of Westminster, London
  • London Symphony Orchestra
    "Home of the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet."(3 Tips)
    Cate T.
    "Queue at 10am to get free lunchtime recital tickets"(3 Tips)
    Philippe G.
    "Great outdoor terrasse with view on Covent Garden."(9 Tips)
    Dave S.
    "large glass of wine for the interval"(5 Tips)
119 Tips and reviews
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  • upper slips
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  • Chris P.
    Chris PhillipsOctober 31, 2015
    Tickets don't cost the earth if booked in advance. Elitism is not a dirty word - the best opera and ballet in the world is very affordable! Food and drink is good, but expensive, however.
  • Marina
    MarinaApril 12, 2015
    Must-visit for any trip to London. Come to the box office at 10am on the day of a (sold-out) performance to try to score one of the 67 same-day tix. Savour the beauty with a drink on the terrace
  • Sharifa I.
    Sharifa IslamAugust 7, 2014
    Mariinsky's Swan Lake was wonderful. If you want to avoid the interval crowds and queues (and can afford some extra expense) book a table in advance at one of the Opera restaurants - it was worth it!
  • Sarita S.
    Sarita SMarch 31, 2014
    A magical artistic place n worths a visit every season.Opera n Ballet shows are not for anyone.I didnt know what to watch the ballet dancer or the impressive decor or the orchestra leader?Excellent !!
  • Sarwar O.
    Sarwar OsmanJuly 16, 2014
    Beautiful building and the productions vary depending on Director and Stage Manager. Worth visiting the Terrace Balcony where you can have a Bird's Eye View of Covent Garden and London Landscape
  • Tim R.
    Tim ReganMarch 30, 2010
    If you eat at either of the restaurants (I like the Amphitheatre Restaurant) you get your table for the whole night so that you can have starters and main course before the performance, and then desse Read more
  • Johanne D.
    Johanne DesangesMarch 12, 2013
    Quite impressive. Not as beautiful as l opera Garnier in Paris but still worth a visit. We were sitting in the upper amphitheater and the view was nice so really good value for money
    HISTORY UKFebruary 10, 2011
    The Theatre Royal Covent Garden opened on this site in 1732, and hosted the first public piano performance in 1767. It burned down in 1808, again in 1857, and became the Royal Opera House in 1892.
  • Dave S.
    Dave StainesJuly 10, 2014
    They don't have plastic cups to pour leftover interval drinks into. So if you've ordered a large glass of wine for the interval and haven't finished it, you'll need to neck it back #tootighttotoss
  • Phillip {{ FJ }} 2.0
    Phillip {{ FJ }} 2.0December 5, 2013
    In 1837 The Royal Opera house was the first ever theatre to use limelight. Limelight comes from the mixing of oxygen and hydrogen and then adding real burning lime to achieve a bright light.
    HISTORY UKFebruary 10, 2011
    In 1837 the manager of the Theatre Royal (the modern Royal Opera House) pioneered the use of lamps brightened by the use of lime to create a spotlight effect, hence ‘in the limelight’.
    HISTORY UKAugust 9, 2011
    In 1837 The Royal Opera house was the first ever theatre to use limelight. Limelight comes from the mixing of oxygen and hydrogen and then adding real burning lime to achieve a bright light.
  • A.
    A.February 21, 2012
    Incredible building and great if you get a £10 restricted view ticket (which are usually fine). Advise against getting a drink at the upstairs bar if not there for a show.
  • Y K.
    Y KimMay 25, 2015
    Woolf work is the best. It's a great art work. But don't recommend sandwich collection and coffee in the bar during the intermission. Nope!
  • National Maritime M.
    Britten’s opera ‘Billy Budd’ was adapted for Covent Garden for the 1951 Festival of Britain. Based on a Herman Melville novella, it is set on the imaginary HMS ‘Indomitable’. Find your maritime story. Read more
  • Style by Stylism
    Style by StylismOctober 13, 2011
    'Swan Lake' another ballet to watch. Although can pretty much be enjoyed any season. But its better to watch it around winter as you get the warm fuzzy christmas feeling inside.
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RosenbergMarch 23, 2014
    Get yourself onto their email list for the occasional amazing deal (eg best Orchestra Stalls seats for less than half price - £85 rather than the usual £180)
  • London Symphony Orchestra
    London Symphony OrchestraSeptember 16, 2011
    Home of the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet. Prestigious productions, but tickets at all prices. Also lunchtime recitals and smaller productions in the Linbury Studio.
  • Paul D.
    Paul DolemanMay 7, 2010
    The Crush Room is a great space - dramatic and airy. Good for networking, if you're presenting make sure you speak "Operatically" the acoustics expect a command performance.
  • Zegna
    ZegnaJune 16, 2011
    The famous concert scenes of the movie “The fifth elements” (1997) were filmed at the Royal Opera House, starring Milla Jovovich. She will be the guide in the Zegna in_STORE, the first 3D store. Read more
  • Zaya K.
    Zaya KadyrovaMarch 17, 2014
    Can generally get same day tickets in person at the box office after 10 am on the same day. They reserve about 70-80 tickets which are released on the day of performance
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WrobelJune 4, 2013
    Saw "Charly and the chocolate factory". Great performance, lots of kids.Really worth a visit, not only because of the show, but also because of the theatre.
  • Opera C.
    Opera CreepAugust 8, 2014
    The premier opera house of this country. Big name singers tend to make tickets rather scarce. But do try, many reasonably priced tickets.
  • Bridey L.
    Bridey LipscombeJanuary 2, 2012
    Until 3pm you can access the cafe and restaurant over looking Covent Garden square, an incredibly beautiful setting for any occasion.
  • Yannick B.
    Yannick BoussaertOctober 15, 2015
    This opera house is perfect for voices. International stars visiting all the time and decent price policy in the amphitheater
  • Louis Vuitton
    Louis VuittonMay 19, 2010
    While its star performances can be sold out within hours, in the summer you can watch its performances live in squares around London!
  • Naomi B.
    Naomi BullivantApril 14, 2012
    Go along to an insight evening. You get to see up close how hard the directors and dancers work together, then get to ask questions after :)
  • Christopher W.
    Christopher WoodhamsApril 15, 2010
    If you want cheap tickets go for the ampitheatre there's a slightly blocked view but for £6 to £10 you can't go wrong
  • T C.
    T CFebruary 18, 2010
    Get here an hour before the opera starts to avoid the queues. Browse the programme, have a round of smoked salmon sandwiches & champagne & leisurely find your seat.
  • Faith S.
    Faith SpinoApril 1, 2015
    Beautiful! If you are a ballet dancer, you will appreciate the home of the Royal Ballet! Come even just to see it and take a photo!
  • Philippe G.
    Philippe G.October 6, 2013
    Great outdoor terrasse with view on Covent Garden. You can also see where they make the costumes.
  • AnyTrip
    AnyTripMay 13, 2011
    The mirrored Opera House Bar is a work of art, and seats in the upper upper stalls can go for under £10!
  • Bijan Y.
    Bijan YoungOctober 29, 2015
    Great theatre and great events. Saw carmen and very special. A privileged place to visit.
  • Londonist
    LondonistApril 22, 2011
    For excellent seats at decent prices try the front of the orchestra stalls or stalls circle
  • Alex W.
    Alex WJuly 26, 2011
    Coat check is free which is great! they'll even take your suitcase if it's not gigantic :)
  • Mary M.
    Mary McKennaMay 25, 2013
    Great view over Covent Garden from the terrace - go up the escalator & walk thru the cafe
  • Xavier S.
    Xavier SiquinSeptember 22, 2010
    Left stalls, seats B24 and B25 (benches) are not bad at all. Especially for the price (£49)
  • Pratiti M.
    Pratiti MajumdarOctober 11, 2015
    Nice place, just saw it from outside. The neighborhood ie Covent Garden is a very lively place.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HopchetMarch 23, 2011
    get the breakfast in the upstairs canteen, such range and great quality for money!
  • Nea B.
    Nea BachtiarSeptember 29, 2010
    Pick up Royal Opera House tickets after 10am on most Mondays for FREE lunchtime recitals. Perfect antidote to a tough day.
  • Tamara A.
    L'Etoile is totally wonderful. Pure pleasure to attend this French thing.
  • J Dario I.
    J Dario InnellaMarch 27, 2015
    Some of the best productions in the world. On the top 3 opera houses worldwide
  • Peter S.
    Peter SigristOctober 8, 2009
    Pick up Royal Opera House tickets after 10am on most Mondays for FREE lunchtime recitals. Perfect antidote to a tough day.
  • Petrina S.
    Petrina SohJanuary 30
    Upper slips offer good acoustics but you may suddenly develop a fear of heights. Watch out.
  • Morgans Hotel Group M.
    And now for some iron & glass from a very different era. The Floral Hall once sold flowers aat the old Covent Garden Market. Read more
  • Winston T.
    Winston ThomasOctober 12, 2012
    It was my first visit, the entertainment...different.."like it!!!"
  • Bjorn V.
    Reserve your intermission drinks & meals ahead of time to save you queuing up at the interval.
  • Valentina C.
    Valentina CiolinoSeptember 25, 2014
    Seats in the Amphitheatre are cheaper for great sound and view
  • Kate E.
    Kate EltringhamDecember 9, 2011
    Bring your own M&S snacks if you're not in the mood for expensive lobster!
  • The British Monarchy
    The British MonarchyFebruary 17, 2014
    The Duke of Cambridge presents Dame Helen Mirren with the Bafta Fellowship award at the Royal Opera House, 16 February 2014. Read more
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