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Royal Opera House

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Address: Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD, England
Phone Number: 44 20 7304 4000
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Balconies restaurant - combine with an opera

A really civilised way to enjoy some Mozart is to arrive an hour and a half before the performance and head to the Balconies restaurant in the Paul Hamlyn Hall. Start with a glass... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Having spent £360 on two tickets to see Norma - a birthday treat for my opera loving husband - I was bitterly disappointed by the experience. The seats were EXTREMELY uncomfortable, (we were in row D of the balcony on the right) and this completely ruined the performance for us. I endured 2 hours 40 minutes of torture and felt... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A really civilised way to enjoy some Mozart is to arrive an hour and a half before the performance and head to the Balconies restaurant in the Paul Hamlyn Hall. Start with a glass of Ruinart blanc de blanc and then enjoy top quality food served efficiently and enthusiastically. We had a delightful smoked salmon mousse followed by wonderfully succulent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to see the first night of Cosi Fan Tutti, a wonderful production and performance from the young cast. Great tickets in the orchestra stalls.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether you like opera or not, a visit to he ROH is real pleasure. The building still has a grand feel, harking back to a by-gone age and contributes to a sense of occasion. The seats in the auditorium are plush and comfortable (at that price, most will argue they should be!) and generally the view is good as long... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have just been to see barber of seville at ROH. have been loads if times and usually good. However when you pay the huge prices they demand one would expect more than a 'school play minimalist set' clearly everyone there for the sound itself but this looked like lazy cheap set production and was awful. Especially the helium balloons that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There ist not much to say about this place. The royal oper speaks for itself. I am from Germany and I was impressed. The acoustics war great, the viewing is without problems possible ( I'm 1.60m) :)). “II barbiere di Siviglia” was outstanding. The performance was funny but tearfully balanced with a pinch drama. We were delighted.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding performance and that's from a person that doesn't like opera! Must see, great night out for couples. Do order intermission drinks in advance and don't forget to order a few waters too as it was really hot and we needed those waters. Watch out when you pick seats as a few over from us a lady was seated right... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attended the Royal Opera House last night to watch the opera "The Barber of Seville", I was quite excited as I had never been to the Royal Opera House before as I have never managed to get tickets until now. I paid £28 per seat which I thought was reasonable until we sat in the seats! we had Auditorium... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Upper amphitheatre top right hand side facing the stage, I was in seat S64. High up yes but great view of the stage and orchestra pit. Surtitles perfectly visible but there are also surtitles in the front of the amphitheatre (unnecessary in my view). Take your opera glasses with you and give yourself enough time to get up to this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Royal Opera House is a beautiful building , and a must see if you are in Covent Garden. Has place to eat and bar and gift shop. I visited to see the Royal Ballets Giselle in February. Pleasant experience but having seen Natalia Osipova dance in Swan Lake I have been Spoilt, and feel slightly disappointed by other leading... More 

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Covent Garden
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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