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Royal Opera House

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Covent Garden
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Address: Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD, England
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+44 20 7304 4000
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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madama butterfly

I rated Madama Butterfly 4 stars because I enjoyed the performance very much.The opera house was very easy to find and didn't take that long to get there. The opera house was a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Harlow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I rated Madama Butterfly 4 stars because I enjoyed the performance very much.The opera house was very easy to find and didn't take that long to get there. The opera house was a very grand place, I was privileged to sit in one of the boxes and they were very grand as well. Although the performance was in Italian I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

ROH is a grand old venue offering many types of performances. Seating is generally good but you can have a problem with some seats positioned almost right behind the seat in front of you. Acoustics were very good. There is a large bar area for intermissions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Opera is not my greatest passion, but this is a great experience for those who have not been. The building, the staff, the area, Covent Garden and of course your choice of opera or ballet. Tickets can be expensive but it is a wonderful night. In the intervals, you can take your drinks on the terrace overlooking the piazza, simply... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I did three things here in one day: took a backstage tour; ate in the Crush Room; and attended a performance of Die Meistersinger. The backstage tour was interesting and worth the time and money, though there was much more that I would have liked to see (e.g., costume and wig shops). My meal at the Crush Room was reasonably... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a place with such immense history. Fabulous acoustics and they always produce fantastic shows. I can't recommend it enough. If you're in London and a fan of the opera or the ballet it's a must see. The restaurant and cafe extremely expensive but don't let this put you off.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very special venue for a memorable evening. Although everything comes at a cost - the experience is one that will never leave you . Everyone is enormously helpful and architecture truly stunning

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite apart from a good performance which we enjoyed, the theater is very disappointing -unwieldy and uncomfortable. Although a renovation is underway, it's hard to see how it could affect or improve several aspects such as awfully narrow seats, endless tube-like, stuffy and gloomy corridors, limited corridor seats or scarce women's restrooms. The open bar hall is a mob scene... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love watching The Ballet or The Opera here. The old and the new parts of the building blend quite well. Having visited both Day and evening performances I've experienced the different atmospheres. Day performances are quite relaxed and informal, people of all ages and walks of life. Food is available, lunch in the restaurant to sandwiches and cakes in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting London and being unable to book tickets for the Opera House we decided to plump for second best with an afternoon backstage tour. This turned out to an utterly fascinating insight into the lives of the artists and the huge amount of organisation, artistry and machinery required for the Opera and Ballet productions. Our tour started in the auditorium... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I thought I had seen Ballets before - until I saw Sleeping Beauty here! Now I know nothing else compares!! With a full orchestra, amazing building and sublime dancing I cannot fault it! Advice would be to order interval drinks / food before either via app or at the bar and it is all laid out ready for you. We... 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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