Royal Opera House  

 
 
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The main auditorium is open 1.5 hours before curtain-up.
 

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Royal Opera HouseThis impressive building in the heart of Covent Garden has been playing host to major stars of the classical music world since 1858. The third theatre to be located on this site, today's Royal Opera House is the result of a reconstruction in the 1990s (although the main auditorium is part of the original building). It is a beacon of modern theatre design and the place to go for high quality performances in sumptuous surroundings. As one of London's most esteemed, iconic and beautiful performance venues, it's worth a visit even if you're not a ballet or opera fan. Before 1999 the theatre only opened its doors to ticket holders just before performances but today you can explore parts of the building for free during the day - the Paul Hamlyn Hall with its dramatic glass atrium is especially worth a peek. For smaller scale productions such as chamber opera and experimental dance shows there's the 400-seat Linbury Theatre and the Clore Studio which holds an audience of 180 for more intimate events and performances. Both were refurbished in 2018 as part of a three year, £50.7 million project which saw the entrances, foyers and terraces upgraded and a new café, bar and restaurant added.

 

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Royal Opera House Architecture Tour And ExhibitionRoyal Opera House Architecture Tour And Exhibition2018-09-22T10:00:00+01002018-09-22T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Royal Opera: Das RheingoldRoyal Opera: Das RheingoldKeith Warner's production of the first part of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Sung in German with English surtitles.2018-09-24T19:30:00+01002018-10-26T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Royal Opera: Die WalkureRoyal Opera: Die WalkureKeith Warner's production of the second part of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Sung in German with English surtitles.2018-09-26T16:30:00+01002018-10-28T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Royal Opera: Die Walkure
Sing At The Royal Opera HouseSing At The Royal Opera HouseLiterary & Education, Music Workshop.2018-09-28T14:15:00+01002018-09-28T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Royal Opera: SiegfriedRoyal Opera: SiegfriedKeith Warner's production of the third part of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelunge. Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Sung in German with English surtitles.2018-09-29T15:00:00+01002018-10-31T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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Royal Opera: Siegfried
Ballet DotsBallet Dots2018-10-01T10:30:00+01002018-10-01T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Royal Opera: GotterdammerungRoyal Opera: GotterdammerungKeith Warner's production of the fourth part of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelunge. Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Sung in German with English surtitles.2018-10-01T16:00:00+01002018-11-02T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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Royal Opera: Gotterdammerung
Royal Ballet: MayerlingRoyal Ballet: MayerlingKenneth MacMillan's daring ballet inspired by the true story of the deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf and his teenage mistress Mary Vetsera.2018-10-08T19:30:00+01002018-10-30T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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Royal Ballet: Mayerling
Royal Opera: SolomonRoyal Opera: SolomonHandel celebrates the wisdom of the King of Israel in this three act work, conducted by Christian Curnyn.2018-10-11T19:30:00+01002018-10-11T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Royal Opera: Solomon
Verdi's RequiemVerdi's RequiemAntonio Pappano conducts the fundraising performance of the famous choral work, with Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.2018-10-23T19:30:00+01002018-10-23T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Underground Stations

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Covent Garden Tube Station
 
1 minutes walk
 
Leicester Square Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
8 minutes walk
 
City Thameslink Station
 
16 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

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Upper St Martins Lane NCP
 
3 minutes walk
 
Drury Lane NCP
 
3 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £117  22% off
Seven Dials, WC2H | 3 minutes from Royal Opera House
In the middle of Covent Garden, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street (formally the Mountbatten) is perfect for those wanting to be in the heart of ... More
 
 
 
The Waldorf Hilton Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £124  22% off
Aldwych, WC2B | 3 minutes from Royal Opera House
Positioned between the City's Square Mile and the thriving West End, this grand, Edwardian Hilton hotel welcomes guests with a patisserie and champagne bar in the ... More
 
 
 
Strand Palace Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £78  24% off
372 Strand, WC2R | 4 minutes from Royal Opera House
This West End Art Deco hotel right on the Strand and next to Covent Garden is in a fantastic location for accessing central London and theatreland. ... More
 
 
 
 
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Alternative Theatres nearest Royal Opera House

Nearest to Royal Opera House
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Fortune Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from Royal Opera House
The first theatre built after World War I is an astonishing piece of architecture. Built in 1922-4, it preceded the arrival of the Art Deco and ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from Royal Opera House
London's oldest theatre is also its most spectacular, with a palatial auditorium that is among the most impressive in the world. The first theatre on this ... More
 
 
 
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New London Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from Royal Opera House
Although this site has been an entertainment venue since at least the mid-19th century, the New London Theatre only opened its doors in 1973, making it ... More
 
 
 
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Near Royal Opera House
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Top Secret Comedy Club @ The Africa Centre
London > Entertainment > Live Music
170 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from Royal Opera House
This new Covent Garden alternative to the West End tourist traps has welcomed the likes of filthy San Franciscan Scott Capurro and TV favourite Andi Osho. ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Vue West End
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
3 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 6 minutes from Royal Opera House
Vue's flagship West End cinema in Leicester Square, which first opened in October 1938, underwent a £6.6m refurbishment in 2017, upgrading its seating and sound systems ... More
 
 
 
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Curzon Soho
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
93-107 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 6 minutes from Royal Opera House
This cracking, refurbished Soho cinema shows a broad-range of art-house films. The three screens feature Dolby THX sound and ample leg-room. The regular Sunday double-bills ... More
 
 
 
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Events near Royal Opera House

Near Royal Opera House
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School of Rock
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 24th October 2016 to 13th January 2019
Royal Opera House, Drury Lane, WC2B | 3 minutes from Royal Opera House
Students at a prestigious prep school "stick it to the man" with encouragement from their substitute teacher - wannabe rock star Dewey Finn - in the ...More
 
 
 
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True West
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 23rd November 2018 to 16th February 2019
Royal Opera House, 404 Strand, WC2R | 4 minutes from Royal Opera House
Kit Harington - famous for his leading role in Game of Thrones - and Johnny Flynn - star of Lovesick, Beast and US TV series Genius, ...More
 
 
 
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The Importance Of Being Earnest
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th July to 20th October 2018
Royal Opera House, 404 Strand, WC2R | 4 minutes from Royal Opera House
Concluding the Classic Spring Oscar Wilde Season, The Importance of Being Earnest is staged at the Vaudeville Theatre this summer. Olivier Award-winner Sophie Thompson takes ...More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near Royal Opera House

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Royal Opera House
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Covent Garden East Piazza
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Royal Opera House
A visit to Covent Garden is a must, whether you intend to shop, sightsee or soak in the carnival atmosphere. The focal ... More
 
 
 
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London Film Museum Covent Garden
London > Attractions > Museums
45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Royal Opera House
The London Film Museum, located on the site of the Theatre Museum in the original Flower Cellars in the heart of Covent Garden, is the second ... More
 
 
 
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London Transport Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Royal Opera House
After a two-year, £22 million refurbishment the London Transport Museum reopened on 22 November 2007 revealing more exhibition space than before. The museum travels back through ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near Royal Opera House

The best shops and markets near Royal Opera House
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Godiva
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
17 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Royal Opera House
Belgium's finest export, the first Godiva was opened in Brussels approximately 75 years ago by master chocolatier Joseph Draps and named after the legendary Lady Godiva. ... More
 
 
 
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Lola's Cupcakes, Covent Garden
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
14-18 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Royal Opera House
Sweet to taste, cute to look at and made with natural ingredients, Lola's Cupcakes can hold their own when it comes to the coveted title of ... More
 
 
 
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Camper
London > Shopping > Shoes
39 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Royal Opera House
Exciting shoe design from Camper, both quirky and sensible and currently the epitome of cool footwear. ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near Royal Opera House

What are the best dining options near Royal Opera House London?
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Paul Hamlyn Hall Bar & Restaurant - Royal Opera House
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | Same location as Royal Opera House
The hall over which this stunning restaurant and champagne bar looks was named in honour of publisher Paul Hamlyn after his foundation gifted a generous £10m ... More
 
 
 
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Masala Zone
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
48 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Royal Opera House
The obvious point of comparison for this chain of trendy, inexpensive Indian restaurants is Wagamama's. Like that sainted chain, they offer authentic street food, quick service ... More
 
 
 
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Busaba Eathai - Floral Street
London > Restaurants > Thai restaurants
44 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Royal Opera House
Thai Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Education near Royal Opera House

Near Royal Opera House
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 2 minutes from Royal Opera House
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 5 minutes from Royal Opera House
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
 
 
 
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 6 minutes from Royal Opera House
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
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Leisure near Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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The Sanctuary
London > Leisure > Fitness
12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Royal Opera House
This day spa exclusively for women is a total pampering experience from the minute you step through the door. Located in bustling Covent Garden you'll soon ... More
 
 
 
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Thai Square Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Royal Opera House
Let the Thai Square Spa transport you to the shores of Asia with their traditional Thai spa treatment rooms, smack bang in the centre of Covent ... More
 
 
 
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The Hospital Club
London > Leisure > Arts Centres
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Royal Opera House
Before it was a hip private members' club designed specifically for the creative industries - complete with bar and dining rooms, cinema, TV and recording studios ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near Royal Opera House

The best pubs near London Royal Opera House.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Marquess of Anglesey
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Royal Opera House
Gastropub ... More
 
 
 
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Lamb & Flag
London > Nightlife > Pubs
33 Rose Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from Royal Opera House
One of the oldest pubs in London, the Lamb & Flag was once known as the Bucket of Blood, thanks to the bare-knuckle fights held here. ... More
 
 
 
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Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from Royal Opera House
Philomena's is an Irish themed bar and sports cafe on Great Queen Street, just two minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station. A great place to ... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Lowlander Beer Cafe
London > Nightlife > Bars
36 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from Royal Opera House
The reputation of the Benelux breweries precedes them and this themed bar captures the flair of Dutch cafe culture too. The impressive row of shiny silver ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Detroit Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
35 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Royal Opera House
Covent Garden "style" bar serving cocktails and a chilled out, trendy vibe. Considered to be one of London’s original “style” or “concept” bars, despite being on the ... More
 
 
 
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Grays & Feather
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
26 Wellington Street, WC2E | 3 minutes from Royal Opera House
Specialising in sparkling wines Grays & Feather offers an exploration, education and, most importantly, enjoyment - without breaking the bank - of fizz. From the rolling ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near Royal Opera House

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Royal Opera House.
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St Martins Lane Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Royal Opera House
To enter the stunning St Martins Lane Hotel in the heart of London's Theatreland you pass through the tallest revolving door in London, a luminescent yellow-glass ... More
 
 
 
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Royal Society Of Arts
London > Business > Venue Hire
8 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 6 minutes from Royal Opera House
... More
 
 
 
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Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 6 minutes from Royal Opera House
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the week's big releases. Aside ... More
 
 
 
 

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Poster Girls
Exhibitions | Until 2nd January 2019 

London Transport Museum 2 minutes walk from Royal Opera House

Female focussed exhibition Poster Girls at the London Transport Museum puts the spotlight on 20th and 21st century women graphic ...More

Year of Engineering: London Transport Museum
Exhibitions | Until 24th September 2018 

London Transport Museum 2 minutes walk from Royal Opera House

In 2018 the London Transport Museum hosts a Year of Engineering exploring engineering feats like Crossrail and the Brunel tunnel. ...More

Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Theatre | Until 10th February 2019 

Cambridge Theatre 3 minutes walk from Royal Opera House

The Royal Shakespeare Company's multiple award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at ...More

 
42nd Street
42nd Street
Theatre | Until 20th October 2018 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from Royal Opera House

Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton plays legendary diva Dorothy Brock in the hit Broadway musical 42nd Street at London's Theatre ...More

 
Aristocrats
Aristocrats
Theatre | Until 22nd September 2018 

The Donmar Warehouse 3 minutes walk from Royal Opera House

Part of Josie Rourke's penultimate season as artistic director, the Donmar Warehouse stages Brian Friel's Aristocrats. Directed by Lyndsey Turner, ...More

 
School of Rock
School of Rock
Theatre | Until 13th January 2019 

New London Theatre 3 minutes walk from Royal Opera House

Students at a prestigious prep school "stick it to the man" with encouragement from their substitute teacher - wannabe rock ...More

 
Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots
Theatre | Until 29th September 2018 

Adelphi Theatre 3 minutes walk from Royal Opera House

Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Kinky Boots is really ...More

 
The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 29th September 2018 

The Lyceum Theatre 4 minutes walk from Royal Opera House

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and ...More

 
The Importance Of Being Earnest
Theatre | Until 20th October 2018 

Vaudeville Theatre 4 minutes walk from Royal Opera House

Concluding the Classic Spring Oscar Wilde Season, The Importance of Being Earnest is staged at the Vaudeville Theatre this ...More

99 Club Covent Garden Late Show
Comedy | On 22nd September 2018 

Strand Palace Hotel 4 minutes walk from Royal Opera House

Biting observations and caustic wit from TV and radio regular Jo Caulfield. Plus Chris McCausland and Pierre Novellie....More

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Combining shop, workshop and office under one roof, Tom Dixon's shop in Coal Drops Yard ...More

 
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The Vinyl Factory

A student of Central St Martin's, Charming Baker presents bronze sculpture, painting and prints and inspired by life, vulnerability and humanity at The Vinyl Factory. In the past ...More

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Ribera: Art of Violence
Exhibitions | From 26th September 

Dulwich Picture Gallery

The first UK show of work by the Spanish Baroque artist and printmaker, Jusepe De ...More

 
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Exhibitions | From 28th September 

Saatchi Gallery

An exhibition for these uncertain times, Black Mirror shows the importance of art when the ...More

 
The Parrot
Drinking 

Actor, DJ and producer Idris Elba is set to ruffle feathers with The Parrot, an intimate cocktail bar within the Waldorf Hilton....More

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Bean & Wheat
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Adam Handling's Bean & Wheat coffee shop and deli in Hoxton houses a craft beer ...More

 
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Thousand Island is a new self-contained music venue and late, late night club, in what used to be Upstairs at The Garage on Highbury Corner....More

Sin Gusano
Sin Gusano
Drinking 

It started as a pop up and now Sin Gusano, London's only dedicated agave bar, ...More

 
 
 
 
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