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Royal Opera House

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Address: Covent Garden, London WC2E9DD, England
Phone Number: 44 20 7304 4000
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Built in 1732, this well-known theater is the home to the Royal Ballet and...
Built in 1732, this well-known theater is the home to the Royal Ballet and Royal Opera, which regularly features world famous stars and performances throughout the year.
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I was lucky enough to be given tickets to see Swan Lake here a few months back, and have been dying to go back ever since. Everything from the outside of the building, to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I was lucky enough to be given tickets to see Swan Lake here a few months back, and have been dying to go back ever since. Everything from the outside of the building, to the inside interior is beautiful. You can't help but be in complete awe from the moment you walk in. The ballet itself had me transfixed, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

As a dancer growing up it was on my bucket list to see the Royal Ballet perform at the Royal Opera House. Exceeded my high expectations. Book well in advance for good seats as the Ballet is popular locally. Building is breathtaking. Instead of the backstage tour try to go for a performance, it's real London. Bring some cash for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Everytime in London I have to pay the Royal opera house a visit. Enjoy the ballet performances. Such a beautiful theater building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We visited here for the first time to celebrate a birthday. The whole evening was perfect - the ballet and music was wonderful and we enjoyed dinner in the restaurant so that with every interval we could simply return to our table to complete our meal. The acoustics were fantastic and we enjoyed perfect views of the stage in what... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a great experience. Arrive early for a drink and soak up the atmosphere as the audience arrives. The seats in the middle of the stalls offer a great view and are perfectly comfortable. Exiting at the interval and at the end is pretty slow though. The last night of Falstaff was amazing, it was performed in Italian with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

My daughter is ballet mad and loves her special visits to the ROH. We went on a family Sunday and had a look behind the scenes of what is a gigantic place. We managed to glimpse a RBS lesson, try on costumes and meet ballerina! We've been to many performances (sitting in the more affordable amphitheatre) and it truly is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Fabulous building, providing a great atmosphere for most kinds of show (we saw Ben Folds and yMusic, but I'd love to go back for some opera). Like any old building, it suffers a bit in terms of comfort, with cramped seats and narrow access up lots of stairs to the upper levels (or a single lift on each side), producing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We did a back stage tour of the Royal London Opera house. This was an amazing insite into the sheer size of the organisation and complexity of what happens behind each performance. The term backstage isn't really correct. We visited the costume department, saw a ballet rehearsal and learnt about the history of the opera house. Great value!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Beautiful venue, however let down by plain chunky china and plain tea pot, no garnish with sandwichs, mediocre service. Gift to follow tea advertised but not given. Over priced and not on a par with The Ritz or Claridges. Would write up my experience as disappointing, as lacks attention to detail for the price charged, such a missed opportunity for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

An evening at Covent Garden's Royal Opera House is the greatest treat. Last weekend I saw a screening of Michael Curtiz's 1942 film Casablanca, accompanied by a live musical score. Stunning. I've previously been to ballets and have just booked tickets to the opera in September to see Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice. My best advice would be to book early,... More 

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Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


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