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Royal Opera House

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Covent Garden
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Address: Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD, England
Phone Number: +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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Amazing and Magical Venue

Attended the Nutcracker in November. Such a memorable night and wonderful venue. The acoustics are amazing. Seats are spacious with plenty of legroom. Truly wonderful place to... read more

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Attended the Nutcracker in November. Such a memorable night and wonderful venue. The acoustics are amazing. Seats are spacious with plenty of legroom. Truly wonderful place to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Nutcracker was magical, with exquisite costumes and staging, and Peter Wright made an appearance at the curtain call. Very highly recommended. Lauren Cuthbertson as the Sugar Plum Fairy was captivating, brava.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went to see the Nutcracker, really for my wife, but loved it. Amazingly beautiful building with the Paul Hamlin bar and resteraubnt superb Inside is as sumptuous as you can get The nutcracker, even if not into Ballet as im not, is amazing . The scenery is incredible

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Amphitheatre seats for Verdi's Il trovatore on the 4th of December. An excellent performance! Booked everything on line, selected seats at reasonable price, despite last minute booking. The theatre is very nice, including the bars, restaurants and generally the whole building and atmosphere. We dined at the Amphitheatre restaurant (pre ordered online) before the opera, which was en excellent experience... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw at excellent performance of The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden this week. A fantastic performance to begin the Christmas festivities. Such a special place to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have reviewed the Royal Opera House before.However we have not been for about 2 years and we went last night to see Manon( Jonathan Kent's production of which received a veritable pounding in both the Telegraph and theTimes) Despite being a little put off by the awful reviews, we had a fantastic night. The Theatre is magnificent and beautiful.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Read that title again. How much better does life get then that. The building was beautiful, the staff helpful and food excellent. My only complaint is they sell ice cream at intermission, but don't allow you to take it to your seat.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous ballet, wonderful food in the restaurant, great service. An expensive night but worth it - you only have a birthday once a year!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to see a show in the amazing auditorium and ate at the restaurant. Yes the food is slightly on the pricey side but is stunningly presented and simply to die for. Great Chardonnay as well. Very attentive and helpful waiting staff. Worth a visit if you are going to see a show.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Here on this occasion to see a dance production. I've visited before just to look around the building and to have a coffee and chat with friends. To see a performance here & to take in the beauty of the venue is a true privilege. We were seated in the amphi theatre and it could have been signed more clearly.... 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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