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Theatre Royal Drury LaneLondon'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 site was built in 1662 on the orders of Charles II. It has been rebuilt a number of times since then, but the current auditorium incorporates many elements from as long ago as 1820. As a result, this vision in cream and gold possesses an elegance unmatched in the West End. Its broad staircases, its chandeliered salon, its statuary and panels speak of an older, more glamorous theatrical age. The performance history here is the history of popular theatre in Britain. From Nell Gwynne's debut, when Charles II fell in love with the 15-year-old actress, through the great Colley Cibber, to a three decade stint by David Garrick, London's greatest stars have appeared beneath the Theatre Royal's gorgeously decorated arch. Noel Coward's Cavalcade (1931), with a 250-strong chorus, brought audiences to their feet every night, before Ivor Novello took the theatre up to the Second World War with a series of shows which he scored, wrote and starred in. After the war, the Theatre Royal blazed a trail into the modern world of long-running musicals, with a series of hits including Oklahoma, South Pacific, 42nd Street and Miss Saigon, which ran for 4,236 performances.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Covent Garden Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Holborn Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

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

Car Parks

 
Drury Lane NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
Upper St Martins Lane NCP
 
6 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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The Waldorf Hilton Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £124  40% off
Aldwych, WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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
 
 
 
ME London
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336-337 The Strand, WC2R | 2 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
A luxurious 5-star hotel situated right in the heart of the city, ME London offers guests a lavish accommodation experience. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide the impeccable guestrooms ... More
 
 
 
Strand Palace Hotel London
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372 Strand, WC2R | 3 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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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Fortune Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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
 
 
 
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Novello Theatre
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Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Built in 1905 to form a pair with the near-identical Aldwych Theatre, the Novello Theatre (formerly known as the Strand Theatre) is one of London's more ... More
 
 
 
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Royal Opera House
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Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
This impressive building in the heart of Covent Garden has been playing host to major stars of the classical music world since 1858. The third ... More
 
 
 
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170 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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
 
 
 
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Somerset House
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Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute ... More
 
 
 
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The Funny Side of Covent Garden (Upstairs at The George)
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213 Strand, Holborn, London WC2R | 6 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The Funny Side comedy group runs comedy clubs in three locations in London, including the flagship Covent Garden venue above The George pub which puts on ... More
 
 
 
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Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 18-20 Maiden Lane, The Strand, WC2R | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 404 Strand, WC2R | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Drury Lane, WC2B | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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The Albion Emporium
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38 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
As British as a bacon buttie, buying your groceries at The Albion Emporium is like getting first dibs on Mrs Beeton's pantry. A bastion of Britishness, ... More
 
 
 
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Primrose Bakery
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42 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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Penhaligon's
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41 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
For a sweet-smelling, sensory overload, Penhaligon's has to be the place to go. From the original Hammam Bouquet to the Winston Churchill's favourite - the Blenheim ... More
 
 
 
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Good Godfrey's - Waldorf
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
22 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Nestled within the world famous Waldorf Hilton, Good Godfrey's offers charming 1920s nostalgia. Bold cocktail concoctions and sumptuous light meals are served in this gentlemen's club-style ... More
 
 
 
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Augustus Harris
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
33 Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Augustus Harris opens late October 2013. Keeping good company on Catherine Street, Augustus Harris is just down the road from Mishkins and Salt Yard Group's Opera ... More
 
 
 
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Opera Tavern
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23 Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The team behind two of London's most successful Spanish restaurants, Salt Yard and Dehesa, have taken over the Opera Tavern in Drury Lane, Covent Garden, and ... More
 
 
 
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1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 3 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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Courtauld Institute of Art
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Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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The Sanctuary
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12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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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The Hospital Club
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24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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Thai Square Spa
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25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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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39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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Philomena's Irish Bar
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40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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Lamb & Flag
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33 Rose Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 5 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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The Parrot
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Waldorf Hilton, WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Actor, DJ and producer Idris Elba is set to ruffle feathers with The Parrot, an intimate cocktail bar within the Waldorf Hilton. It's all very A-list ... More
 
 
 
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Grays & Feather
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26 Wellington Street, WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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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The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych
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1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Named one of the top five hotel bars in the world by the Sunday Telegraph, the Lobby Bar at the chic One Aldwych hotel is renowned ... More
 
 
 
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Silver Fleet - Woods River Cruises
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Somerset House South Wing Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Enjoy a luxury cruise on the Silver Fleet. Departing from the Savoy Pier and cruising along the Thames. A classy way to see the Thames.... More
 
 
 
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Somerset House
London > Business > Venue Hire
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute Gallery, ... More
 
 
 
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Royal Society Of Arts
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8 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 6 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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