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

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Royal Opera HouseThe Royal Opera House building is closed to the public from Tuesday 17th March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all performances are cancelled up until 19th April 2020. 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 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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Rosewood London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
252 High Holborn, WC1V | 8 minutes from Royal Opera House
Located in High Holborn, Rosewood London is the most luxurious hotel in the area and is nearby to the capital's main business district and a number ... More
 
 
 
Corinthia Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
Whitehall Place, SW1A | 9 minutes from Royal Opera House
With 294 bedrooms, multi-level penthouse suites and terraces offering spectacular views of the River Thames, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall - the £300 million restoration of the ... More
 
 
 
The Montague on the Gardens
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
15 Montague Street, WC1B | 9 minutes from Royal Opera House
Overlooking the gardens of Montague Garden Square, this sedate hotel has a peaceful feel even though the British Museum is right next door and Covent Garden's ... More
 
 
 
 
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Linbury Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Bow Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2E | Same location as Royal Opera House
Part of the Royal Opera House , the Linbury Theatre was completely refurbished in December 2018 revealing, "a handsome new ... More
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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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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
 
 
 
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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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The Play That Goes Wrong
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 5th September 2014 to 2nd May 2021
Royal Opera House, Catherine Street, WC2B | 3 minutes from Royal Opera House
Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society ...More
 
 
 
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Hairspray
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 22nd April to 28th August 2021 - Various Times
Royal Opera House, St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 5 minutes from Royal Opera House
The feel-good musical set in 1960s Baltimore follows Tracy Turnblad and her big hair as she embarks on a mission to dance her way onto national ...More
 
 
 
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Andy Parsons: Healing The Nation
London > Events > Comedy  Dates: Friday 16th April 2021 - 7pm
Royal Opera House, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H | 6 minutes from Royal Opera House
The stand-up offers his satirical take on Brexit and Covid-19 and how he was forced to re-write his new show multiple times....More
 
 
 
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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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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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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
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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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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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h Club London
London > Leisure > Arts Centres
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Royal Opera House
On the site of the old St Paul's Hospital in Covent Garden, hip private members' club h Club London has been designed specifically for the creative ... More
 
 
 
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The Marquess of Anglesey
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Royal Opera House
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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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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
 
 
 
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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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Circus London
London > Nightlife > American restaurants
27-29 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Royal Opera House
Opened mid January 2010, Circus is a hip eaterie serving Pan-American cuisine and boasting an interior design by Tom Dixon. More than just a dining experience, ... More
 
 
 
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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
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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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The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong
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Trafalgar Square 8 minutes walk from Royal Opera House

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Wellcome Collection: Being Human
Exhibitions | Until 1st September 2021 

Wellcome Collection 19 minutes walk from Royal Opera House

Replacing Medicine Now as a permanent display at the Wellcome Collection, Being Human is a free exhibition which takes a ...More

 
 
 
 
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