Sarastro  

 
 
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126 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5SU
 
 
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Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday: 12:00-23:00
 
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Under £35
 

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SarastroOrnate, opera-themed Turkish restaurant with unique opera-box style seating.

One of Theatreland’s favourite restaurants, Sarastro must also rank highly as one of the capital’s most surreal eateries. Taking its theme from its proximity to the Royal Opera House and a host of other performance spaces, inside this is a homage to all things operatic. Customers can dine in one of ten elegant opera boxes perched high up in the ceiling (or ‘dress circle’) and accessed by winding staircases or sit in small booths (‘stall seats’) nestled underneath. Decorated in varying styles, from Gothic to Rococo, Ottoman to Byzantine, the main draw is the Royal Box in pride of place right at the end. Not by any means a large space, the owners have successfully made use of every available inch and crammed in tables on every different level. As a result it feels bustling and busy but - thanks to the booths and boxes - cosy and intimate at the same time. Rich reds, golds and purples promote a luxurious, ornate, Quality Street kind of indulgence to the setting, while an unusual assortment of theatrical props dangle from corners and crevices fighting for space among the velvet curtains, chandeliers and wall murals. Head for the toilets at any point during your meal and you’ll be greeted with a decidedly exotic continuation of the wall murals. Bordering on the pornographic, the toilets feature “art work” that might make you gasp or at least wash your hands a couple of times more than usual. On Sunday evenings singing waiters take to the floor with excerpts from operatic classics, helping diners digest dishes from the Turkish menu. The food is a little bland, but perfectly reasonable. Book yourself into the Royal Box, order a bottle of wine (or two), then sit back and watch the show.

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Booths and boxes, opera and ornaments and naughty pics in the toilets.

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Sarastro is a character in Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'.

 

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Rosewood London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
252 High Holborn, WC1V | 6 minutes from Sarastro
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
 
 
 
The Montague on the Gardens
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
15 Montague Street, WC1B | 10 minutes from Sarastro
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
 
 
 
Corinthia Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
Whitehall Place, SW1A | 10 minutes from Sarastro
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
 
 
 
 
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Sofra
London > Restaurants > Turkish restaurants
36 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Sarastro
Turkish cuisine. ... More
 
 
 
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Antalya Restaurant - Russell Square
London > Restaurants > Turkish restaurants
103-105 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 10 minutes from Sarastro
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Arma
London > Restaurants > Turkish restaurants
33 Dean Street, W1D | 11 minutes from Sarastro
Freshly made shawarma is the main draw at Arma, a grab and go cafe on Soho's Dean ... More
 
 
 
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Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
29 Kingsway, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Sarastro
Pret sells up market fast food, hand made from natural ingredients, to take away or eat on site, in its trademark no nonsense chrome interiors. The ... More
 
 
 
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Good Godfrey's - Waldorf
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
22 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Sarastro
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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FishWorks Covent Garden
London > Restaurants > Fish and Seafood
2-4 Catherine Street, WC2B | 1 minute from Sarastro
Combining an in-house fish counter with a seafood restaurant and private dining room, FishWorks puts together an appealing package especially for pescatarians. The fresh ... More
 
 
 
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Ryoji Ikeda
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 20th May to 1st August 2021 - 10am-6pm
Sarastro, 180 Strand, WC2R | 4 minutes from Sarastro
Labyrinth-like spaces of 180 Studios host the largest exhibition of the Japanese visual and sound artist's work: a multi-sensory exploration of light and sound comprising 12 ...More
 
 
 
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London Design Biennale 2021
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 1st to 27th June 2021 - 11am-7.15pm
Sarastro, Strand, WC2R | 5 minutes from Sarastro
Designers, innovators and curators from almost 50 countries gather at Somerset House for an immersive exhibition of artworks, installations and presentations based on the theme Resonance. ...More
 
 
 
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Constellations
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 18th June to 12th September 2021 - Various Times
Sarastro, 404 Strand, WC2R | 5 minutes from Sarastro
Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Michael Longhurst helms a revival of Nick Payne's multiverse romance exploring the infinite possibilities of a relationship. Four different casts perform the ...More
 
 
 
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Theatre Royal Drury Lane
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Sarastro
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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Fortune Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Sarastro
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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Peacock Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Portugal Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 2 minutes from Sarastro
This theatre is a major force on the national and international dance scene, with an innovative programme from Sadler's Wells that is keeping London's finger ... More
 
 
 
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London Film Museum Covent Garden
London > Attractions > Museums
45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Sarastro
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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Museum Of Freemasonry
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Freemasons Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from Sarastro
Aimed at freemasons and non-freemasons alike, the Museum of Freemasonry provides the chances to learn all about freemasonry and its cultural richness. The museum is ... More
 
 
 
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London Transport Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Sarastro
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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The Albion Emporium
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
38 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Sarastro
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
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
42 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Sarastro
If cupcakes are you cup of tea then head to the Covent Garden outlet of Primrose Bakery, a family owned enterprise which makes the most scrumptious ... More
 
 
 
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Penhaligon's
London > Shopping > Perfume and Cosmetics
41 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Sarastro
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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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 2 minutes from Sarastro
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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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 5 minutes from Sarastro
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 5 minutes from Sarastro
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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The Sanctuary
London > Leisure > Fitness
12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 4 minutes from Sarastro
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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h Club London
London > Leisure > Arts Centres
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Sarastro
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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Thai Square Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Sarastro
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 Marquess of Anglesey
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Sarastro
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Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from Sarastro
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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The Princess Louise
London > Nightlife > Pubs
208 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London WC1V | 5 minutes from Sarastro
The flagship London pub of Yorkshire's oldest brewery, Samuel Smith, the Princess Louise has been carefully restored to her original Victorian layout complete with snugs, removed ... More
 
 
 
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The Parrot
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Waldorf Hilton, WC2B | 1 minute from Sarastro
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
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
26 Wellington Street, WC2E | 2 minutes from Sarastro
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
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from Sarastro
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
London > Business > Venue Hire
Somerset House South Wing Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 5 minutes from Sarastro
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 | 5 minutes from Sarastro
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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Sir John Soane's Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A | 5 minutes from Sarastro
An appealingly higgledy-piggledy treasure trove of artefacts, the extraordinary Sir John Soane's Museum elegantly located on Lincoln's Inn Fields is well worth an exploratory rummage. Lurking ... More
 
 
 
 

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The Play That Goes Wrong
Theatre | Until 30th January 2022 

Duchess Theatre 2 minutes walk from Sarastro

Award-winning company Theatre Mischief presents a hilarious play-within-a-play about an amateur dramatic society staging a murder mystery, which is beset ...More

Ryoji Ikeda
Exhibitions | Until 1st August 2021 

180 The Strand 4 minutes walk from Sarastro

Labyrinth-like spaces of 180 Studios host the largest exhibition of the Japanese visual and sound artist's work: a multi-sensory exploration ...More

London Design Biennale 2021
Exhibitions | Until 27th June 2021 

Somerset House 5 minutes walk from Sarastro

Designers, innovators and curators from almost 50 countries gather at Somerset House for an immersive exhibition of artworks, installations and ...More

Hairspray
Theatre | Until 29th September 2021 

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 7 minutes walk from Sarastro

The feel-good musical set in 1960s Baltimore follows Tracy Turnblad and her big hair as she embarks on a mission ...More

Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt
Comedy | Until 26th June 2021 

Palace Theatre 8 minutes walk from Sarastro

Adam reads aloud unsettling entries from his diary as a junior doctor and intersperses the anecdotes with songs....More

Death Drop
Theatre | Until 11th July 2021 

Garrick Theatre 8 minutes walk from Sarastro

Willam and Latrice Royale from RuPaul's Drag Race headline a 1990s-set Dragatha Christie murder mystery set on Tuck Island, where ...More

Reflections: Contemporary Art Of The Middle East And North Africa
Exhibitions | Until 15th August 2021 

British Museum 9 minutes walk from Sarastro

A display of around 100 works on paper including etchings, photographs and artists' books, which celebrate the breadth of expression ...More

Conversations With God: Jan Matejko's Copernicus
Exhibitions | Until 22nd August 2021 

National Gallery 9 minutes walk from Sarastro

On loan from Krakow's historic Jagiellonian University, Polish artist Jan Matejko's huge painting Astronomer Copernicus depicts mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus ...More

Under Milk Wood
Theatre | Until 24th July 2021 

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre 9 minutes walk from Sarastro

Lyndsey Turner directs Michael Sheen, Karl Johnson and Sian Philips in Dylan Thomas's poetic drama set in a small Welsh ...More

After Life
Theatre | Until 24th July 2021 

National Theatre: Dorfman 10 minutes walk from Sarastro

Jeremy Herrin directs National Theatre's co-production with Headlong of Jack Thorne's philosophical drama set in a bureaucratic waiting room between ...More

 
 
 
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