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Royal Opera House

Opera House, Theater, and Event Space
City of Westminster, London
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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)
    "Lovely champagne cocktails which we pre ordered for the interval."(7 Tips)
    London Symphony Orchestra
    "Home of the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet."(3 Tips)
132 Tips and reviews
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  • Neli P.
    Neli ParchikMarch 13
    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 ✨✨✨
  • 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!
  • 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)
  • Mark P.
    Mark PatczaiMarch 21
    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).
  • Giovanni W.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Leach E.
    Leach E. E.March 11
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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’.
  • 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
    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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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
    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
  • Bijan Y.
    Bijan YoungOctober 29, 2015
    Great theatre and great events. Saw carmen and very special. A privileged place to visit.
  • Mariel Alejandra D.
    One of the best places to go when in London!!! Pre book your tkts!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Eugene A.
    Eugene AuJune 2
    Great architecture and can accommodate a vast number of audience for world class productions.
  • J Dario I.
    J Dario InnellaMarch 27, 2015
    Some of the best productions in the world. On the top 3 opera houses worldwide
  • Tamara A.
    Tamara AndriasyanFebruary 1, 2016
    L'Etoile is totally wonderful. Pure pleasure to attend this French thing.
  • Pratiti M.
    Pratiti MajumdarOctober 11, 2015
    Nice place, just saw it from outside. The neighborhood ie Covent Garden is a very lively place.
  • 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!
  • Alex W.
    Alex WJuly 26, 2011
    Coat check is free which is great! they'll even take your suitcase if it's not gigantic :)
  • Petrina S.
    Petrina SohJanuary 30, 2016
    Upper slips offer good acoustics but you may suddenly develop a fear of heights. Watch out.
  • Bjorn V.
    Bjorn Van HoeymissenJanuary 7, 2016
    Reserve your intermission drinks & meals ahead of time to save you queuing up at the interval.
  • Londonist
    LondonistApril 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    For excellent seats at decent prices try the front of the orchestra stalls or stalls circle
  • Anton P.
    Anton PerreauJune 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go up onto the roof terrace if you have time - great view over London
  • Valentina C.
    Valentina CiolinoSeptember 25, 2014
    Seats in the Amphitheatre are cheaper for great sound and view
  • Winston T.
    Winston ThomasOctober 12, 2012
    It was my first visit, the entertainment...different.."like it!!!"
  • Dan H.
    Dan Hopchet ✨March 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    get the breakfast in the upstairs canteen, such range and great quality for money!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Ben A.
    Ben AdelieApril 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Pay a visit to the Linbury Studios for cheaper and more intimate performances.
  • Cyndie D.
    Magical! You can go to Balthazar before for a theatre menu.
  • Tom W.
    Tom WallaceMarch 2, 2013
    Ballet Black get's a thumbs up, danced with precision, warmth and character
  • Fabian W.
    Fabian WilliamsApril 18, 2013
    This place is awesome no bad seats, attend an opera here at least once please
  • Kate E.
    Kate EltringhamDecember 9, 2011
    Bring your own M&S snacks if you're not in the mood for expensive lobster!
  • Christina L.
    Christina LiJuly 4, 2015
    What is good? Everything of course!
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MarksOctober 23, 2014
    Great Student Standby offers, and free opera every Monday afternoon.
  • Edwina F.
    Take the morning tour . Lucky enough to see the stage set up & ballet rehearsal
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerMarch 21, 2013
    (3/25/13) Alex Ross writes on George Benjamin's long-awaited masterpiece, "Written on Skin," playing now at the Royal Opera House: Read more
  • Corine S.
    Corine SchmalJuly 23, 2016
    Take your time and have a drink before your concert starts
  • 毛毛毛脑袋太躁 C.
    better not buy top side view tickets, it is cheap but u will miss some view and very tired after show
  • 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.
  • Yi Y.
    Yi YuanJune 14
    I've got a very cheap standing ticket on that day (last day of the ballet Jewels), and it was just spectacular!
  • Desiree C.
    Desiree CJuly 17, 2015
    The standing tickets are really worth it.
  • Stacey
    StaceyNovember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Romeo & Juliet first act 60 mins, second act 34 mins, third act 40 mins
  • MarKi
    MarKiJanuary 8, 2011
    Guided Tour is really worth it. Go with Simon As Ur Guide.
  • Sebastian O.
    Sebastian OstmanSeptember 23, 2014
    Head upstairs for an amazing roof terrace
  • 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
  • Petrina S.
    Petrina SohJanuary 30, 2016
    Pre-order a supper tray at Paul Hamlyn for enjoyment during the interval
  • Alice
    AliceOctober 24, 2012
    It is expensive, but the restaurant serves excellent sandwiches.
  • Xavier S.
    Xavier SiquinSeptember 22, 2010
    Left stalls, seats B24 and B25 (benches) are not bad at all. Especially for the price (£49)
  • Ekaterina S.
    Ekaterina SkorobogatovaJanuary 28, 2016
    I love classical music and the place is gorgeous
  • Bea A.
    Bea AsavajaruMarch 12, 2013
    On the day of a performance 67 tickets are sold from 10am to personal callers at the Link Box Office
  • Lívia F.
    Lívia FreitagNovember 26, 2015
    Amazing place, perfect music!
  • Joanna P.
    Joanna PietersAugust 2, 2010
    Outdoor balcony cafe/bar a great place for daytime meetings, way up above Covent Garden
    Upvoted Aug 7
  • clive k.
    clive kornitzerDecember 10, 2016
    Worth every penny fabulous auditorium
  • Enzo M.
    The temple for opera and ballet in London
  • 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.
  • Palm Beach Opera
    Palm Beach OperaAugust 3, 2011
    A must for the arts lover when in London!
  • Idan C.
    Idan CohenApril 27, 2012
    If you wanna see an opera or ballet come at 7pm and catch the last minute tickets.
  • Jhonny T.
    Jhonny TinocoAugust 5, 2012
    Olympic Museum highly recommended and is free
  • Bijan Y.
    Bijan YoungOctober 29, 2015
    A must have if you can afford it
  • Cate T.
    Cate TJanuary 29, 2015
    Queue at 10am to get free lunchtime recital tickets
  • Cody C.
    Cody ColeApril 5
    One of the great opera houses.
  • Paul in L.
    Paul in LondonDecember 27, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Upper slips offer opera at an affordable price... Just get in when booking opens!
  • James
    JamesSeptember 17, 2014
    Great time here watching Anna Nicole!
  • Laura G.
    Laura GalyerDecember 18, 2012
    The orchestra circle is amazing!
  • Kanako H.
    Kanako HayashiOctober 9, 2014
    Royal Ballet Manon
  • Pieter d.
    Pieter de MeerNovember 21, 2015
    Saw Romeo and Julliet by Kenneth MacMillan and Profokiev. So beautiful
  • Bert V.
    Bert Van der AuweraNovember 4, 2015
    Amazing Opera House!
  • 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.
  • Clara R.
    Clara RoblesJanuary 13, 2016
    The Nutcracker
  • Geethi N.
    Geethi NathanDecember 24, 2015
    The nutcracker at christmas
  • Iryna L.
    Iryna LysenkoDecember 6, 2014
    Alice starts soon
  • Arwa F.
    Arwa FlembanNovember 4, 2015
    One day i will visit it
  • Ofer G.
    Ofer GuezFebruary 1, 2011
    Beware from the ushers with the bell they will knock your ears off!
  • Tatjana F.
    Tatjana FjodorovaAugust 2, 2013
    Today! La Bayadere Bolshoi Ballet presented
  • Saxow B.
    Saxow BoyFebruary 6, 2016
    Gorgeous opera room
  • Alessia F.
    Alessia FiorentinoJanuary 8, 2014
    Amazing theatre!
  • Franco I.
    Franco IavicoliOctober 7, 2012
    Istituzione storica dei londinesi, situata proprio su un angolo di Covent Garden, che bello assistere ad una prima qui, anche se prenotare i biglietti in anticipo è d'obbligo!
  • Vladislav L.
    Vladislav LaninAugust 8, 2013
    Билеты лучше брать с резервированием столика в ресторане, иначе найти свободный очень не просто
  • Galina
    GalinaSeptember 19, 2013
    Новые декорации! Красочно ! Шикарные оперные голоса ! Турандот-Lise Lindstrom
  • Fernanda S.
    Lugar incrível e obrigatório para se visitar na ida a Londres!
  • Яна Ч.
    Потрясающий уровень исполнения,да и сам театр красоты неописуемой!!
  • 7161440
    7161440October 5, 2014
    Хороший зал. Великолепное место!
  • #Avalon
    #AvalonAugust 26, 2015
    Maravilloso y de los mejores!
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