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Royal Opera House

Opera House, Theater, and Event Space
City of Westminster, London
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  • The experts at The New Yorker and Londonist recommend this place
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  • Geethi N.
    "The nutcracker at christmas"(4 Tips)
    Neli P.
    "... has been spectacular - Swan lake, The Nut Cracker, The Sleeping Beauty......"(3 Tips)
    London Symphony Orchestra
    "Home of the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet."(3 Tips)
    Dave S.
    "large glass of wine for the interval"(7 Tips)
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  • Neli P.
    Neli ParchikMarch 13, 2017
    Every ballet I have seen here has been spectacular - Swan lake, The Nut Cracker, The Sleeping Beauty... anything you choose to see will be an extraordinary experience ✨✨✨
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Marina
    MarinaApril 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Julian S.
    Absolutely amazing venue with world class stars and performances! But don’t get lost wandering around, the place is huge with many staircases lifts and passageways
  • Sarwar O.
    Sarwar OsmanJuly 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • 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!
  • Johanne R.
    Johanne ReydelMarch 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
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Giovanni W.
    Giovanni WilliamsJuly 20, 2017
    Outside terrace near the bar. Book interval sandwiches in advance. Amphitheatre seats up to row G are good value.
  • 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.
  • Leach E.
    Leach E. E.March 11, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Some amazing singers and productions for the operas although pricey and some productions sell out fast. Also stages ballet if you're into that kind of thing.
  • Mark P.
    Mark PatczaiMarch 21, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the most beautiful opera houses in the world with amazing productions on the stage. Don't forget to book your Ruinart champagne for the interval(s).
  • 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.
  • Emily-jane
    Emily-janeDecember 6, 2016
    Amazing interior, beautiful theatre! Saw the nutcracker, it was wonderful! Lovely champagne cocktails which we pre ordered for the interval.
  • Yannick B.
    Yannick BoussaertOctober 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This opera house is perfect for voices. International stars visiting all the time and decent price policy in the amphitheater
  • Opera C.
    Opera CreepAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The premier opera house of this country. Big name singers tend to make tickets rather scarce. But do try, many reasonably priced tickets.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Philippe G.
    Philippe G.October 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great outdoor terrasse with view on Covent Garden. You can also see where they make the costumes.
  • Mary M.
    Mary McKennaMay 25, 2013
    Great view over Covent Garden from the terrace - go up the escalator & walk thru the cafe
  • 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
  • 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 :)
  • Bijan Y.
    Bijan YoungOctober 29, 2015
    Great theatre and great events. Saw carmen and very special. A privileged place to visit.
  • HISTORY UK
    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’.
  • Mariel Alejandra D.
    One of the best places to go when in London!!! Pre book your tkts!
  • HISTORY UK
    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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • HISTORY UK
    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.
  • 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
  • Tamara A.
    Tamara AndriasyanFebruary 1, 2016
    L'Etoile is totally wonderful. Pure pleasure to attend this French thing.
  • Eugene A.
    Eugene AuJune 2, 2017
    Great architecture and can accommodate a vast number of audience for world class productions.
  • Dave S.
    Dave StainesJuly 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • J Dario I.
    J Dario InnellaMarch 27, 2015
    Some of the best productions in the world. On the top 3 opera houses worldwide
  • Pratiti M.
    Pratiti MajumdarOctober 11, 2015
    Nice place, just saw it from outside. The neighborhood ie Covent Garden is a very lively place.
  • Enzo M.
    Operatic productions of world class quality in a very charming setting
  • Bjorn V.
    Bjorn Van HoeymissenJanuary 7, 2016
    Reserve your intermission drinks & meals ahead of time to save you queuing up at the interval.
  • Petrina S.
    Petrina SohJanuary 30, 2016
    Upper slips offer good acoustics but you may suddenly develop a fear of heights. Watch out.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Anton P.
    Anton PerreauJune 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go up onto the roof terrace if you have time - great view over London
  • Alex W.
    Alex WJuly 26, 2011
    Coat check is free which is great! they'll even take your suitcase if it's not gigantic :)
  • Valentina C.
    Valentina CiolinoSeptember 25, 2014
    Seats in the Amphitheatre are cheaper for great sound and view
  • Londonist
    LondonistApril 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    For excellent seats at decent prices try the front of the orchestra stalls or stalls circle
  • Polina
    PolinaJuly 12, 2013
    I highly recommend to watch Tosca opera. Quite gripping plot and splendid voices!
  • Rusty D.
    Rusty DNovember 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Boxes are amazing but so expensive. Go as a guest!
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