London Coliseum
London Coliseum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Neighborhood: 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. 


How to get there
  • Leicester Square • 3 min walk
  • Charing Cross • 3 min walk
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  • AndyCostigan
    Warrington, United Kingdom108 contributions
    Home to the English National Opera
    The Coliseum is home to the ENO and we thoroughly enjoyed our first visit there to see Carmen. Much bigger than I expected it to be, the auditorium is ornately decorated and the seating was comfortable for the show. One minor gripe, and I guess maybe due to the building being over a hundred years old, there was a disappointing draught in the lower stalls that felt like someone had left a door open. It didn't spoil the evening but, was noticeable. Would I go again, yes, for sure - the show was excellent and the building well worth a look around.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 24, 2023
  • Brianthelion
    Birmingham, United Kingdom2,427 contributions
    Great building, strange show.
    Loved my first visit here in what seems a large auditorium. Staff welcome as good as it gets and whilst I like opera, Akhenaten just didn’t do it for me. Fabulous staging and music but boy is it slow. Luckily the third act is the best but you have to suffer to reach that part!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 5, 2023
  • ElaineVB66
    Vancouver Island, Canada325 contributions
    We Will Rock You
    I was back in London on vacation and I was so happy to hear that We Will Rock You was on for a 12 week run, returned after closing in 2014. I have seen it 3x before, but wanted to see it again. It has been updated and Be Elton is great as POP. The Coliseum theatre is just gorgeous. The interior has amazing architecture and lighting and it was so fortunate to be able to see a show there.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2023
  • SMC
    31 contributions
    Ben Elton amazing !
    Visited to see We Will Rock You. Great venue and amazing show. Ben Elton made the show and we laughed all the way through. I think you need to have seen Ben Elton on Friday Night Live to fully appreciate all the humour. We saw the original show and this updated version was even better. Great cast created a fab atmosphere- would go back and see it again tomorrow if we could,
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • MsLisaS
    Franklin, Tennessee214 contributions
    Beautiful!
    Such a beautiful venue! We saw “We Will Rock You’’ and had a wonderful time. The coliseum seats were comfy enough and bathroom facilities were cleaned and stocked. Free cups of water at the concession area. Great experience!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • John M
    52 contributions
    Don’t miss we will rock you
    What an unbelievable experience in a great theatre. The place is sensational and the staff are very good. The show is something that must not be missed. The music and show received a well deserved double standing ovation.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2023
  • iSooz
    81 contributions
    Excellent venue, brilliant show
    Superb venue, had everything we needed - good access (lift) great seats with excellent view. We Will Rock You was an amazing show, superb cast and musicians. Ben Elton was hilarious (you are still "the man" Ben as I told you at Upstart Crow...) and totally irreverent. Obvious that both the audience and the cast were having a great time, I can recommend everyone to see this show before it closes. It is an updated version of the original so worth another visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Storyteller795761
    Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom4 contributions
    Good
    Booked my tickets online in the Upper Circle, arrived went to sit down and thats when I found I couldn't sit down the seat was so narrow. I am a size 20. Not sure if the seats are all the same size. I had to go down to the box office to see if they could help the first person said we can't help you because you booked with a 3rd party agent. I said you have to be kidding me what am I supposed to do was almost in tears as it was a treat for my best friends birthday. It was embaressing then someone else said we can sort it out they actually moved us to a box with no extra cost I did offer. So can't fault the theatre just wanted to make people aware so they don't have the same problem
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Maria T
    1 contribution
    Heros & Stars Rocking the Coliseum
    "We will Rock you" the most amazing and breathtaken voices! Good vibes all along from start to finish. They definitely Rock us and Rock the place upside down!! Love it!! Well done to everyone 👏 you all are Rock stars 🌟 the show must go on!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Vanessa M
    London, United Kingdom172 contributions
    quite the spectacle!
    Attended the opera at the London Coliseum on a rainy Saturday evening. The staff have the attendance and leaving processes well worked out. No queueing with easy access to our seat. It is worth researching your seat ahead of booking in some detail. we were unable to see half of the surtitles, but the staff did allow us to move at no extra cost. Spectacular design and a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 1, 2023
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David M
1 contribution
Sep 2021
I am very disappointed after I booked two seats to see the Nutcracker on the 18/12/2021 for myself and a friend. This was booked on the 1st July 2021 and unfortunately, by the 9th September 2021, due to personal circumstances, I needed to cancel the tickets.

I contacted the box-office to be told that they do not do refunds, I assumed this was because it was passed the 14-day period, which I completely understood and so requested if they could give me a credit voucher instead. I was told that this also was not possible as they do not give refunds at all!

This was not clear to me, on their website and had it have been, I certainly would never have booked the tickets for this show with them. I am extremely disappointed in their "grab your cash" attitude and certainly will never be using this organisation for any shows in the future!
Written September 9, 2021
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nadine s
Surbiton, UK3 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
The most horrendous theatres experience I have ever had. Particular few members of staff are awful and when we complained that the seats we purchased at £75 with partially restricted views, we’re in fact un viewable at all for our little 6 & 7 year old girls unless they stood for the whole performance. Which is about 2.5 hours long ! We asked for booster seats, which apparently they aren’t allowed for some strange reason. I told the particular awful staff member this wasn’t good enough At the interval after having the most uncomfortable and totally not enjoyable 1st half of the show ruined the same staff member approached me to say she could move us but it would cost an extra £20 per seat. We were already leaving by that stage .
It was my daughters 7th birthday by the way which the staff knew and she didn’t care !!! We spent £300 for this awful experience . I apologise to the few staff that were lovely and also to the show itself which had we been able to enjoy, we would have . I will never visit this theatre again .
Written September 26, 2021
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Mrs U
United Kingdom157 contributions
Feb 2020
We went as a group to see Carmen by ENO and really enjoyed the opera, though very dark and haunting. Sitting in the upper circle we were unable to see very much, as visibility was poor and most of the action was at the front of the stage. In addition the seats have minimal legroom and you cannot stretch your legs at all, as the seat in front goes down to floor level. It was most uncomfortable. However, the theatre itself is very decorative and appealing.
Written February 15, 2020
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Ellie
7 contributions
Jan 2023
We went to see The Nutcracker for my birthday, sat in the upper circle. The performance was amazing, and the theatre itself is beautiful with a lovely feel to it. Unfortunately, we had a woman and her child in front of us who refused to sit properly in their seats (e.g. sitting on very front edge of their seat, hoisting themselves out of their seat by leaning on the arm rests, and leaning very far forwards). This blocked mine and my boyfriend’s view of the stage, and also blocked the view of two ladies sat behind us. We politely asked the woman to sit properly and she refused, so we spoke to the theatre staff, who refused to help or intervene other than splitting us up and giving us separate seats. I find this quite surprising given how militant the policing of people on their phones is (and rightly so). A man also shouted very loudly at a girl sat in front of him in the middle of the show, which caused a large disturbance, but again there was no intervention from the staff who just stood and watched on. I found it quite odd!

I would come again, but next time I’d just pay more to sit at the front of the upper circle so that you don’t run the risk of being exposed to rude and selfish members of the public. It’s a shame to have to do so though, because the staff should intervene if people are causing such disturbances.
Written January 4, 2023
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Art lover
Ramsey, UK689 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Three of us went to see The Nutcracker, a ballet which we haven’t seen for a few years. Wonderful dancing - such talent - and excellent choreography. We had a good view from the second row in the Upper Circle. We thought the scenery was a bit drab which tended to detract from the performance. Theatre staff were excellent.
Written January 4, 2020
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MommaT2014
Düsseldorf, Germany299 contributions
Dec 2019
We had a great visit for The Nutcracker on Christmas Eve. Tickets were ordered online and collected at Willcall with no problem. The theater staff was excellent in moving the crowds, bar service was excellent. The theater is a beautiful venue and adds to the experience. We had very inexpensive seats, so were at the very top. The top of the set was not visible, but we knew this. The acoustics were very good and we really enjoyed the orchestra and the entire performance. It was an excellent, professional production. It was a fantastic start to Christmas Eve.
Written January 2, 2020
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Robyn P
Sun City, AZ392 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We saw My Fair Lady last night, and had balcony seats. The view was pretty good, for bargain priced tickets. Depending on how much you want to pay for tickets, I would recommend considering other seating options, because there isn't enough leg room in the balcony seats. We still had a wonderful time just experiencing the thrill of attending. The theater is gorgeous and ornate. All staff were very friendly amd helpful. Acoustics were outstanding. We had a lovely night.
Written August 9, 2022
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Ian B
Bearsted, UK16 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Having booked to see the show nearly two years ago and having seen it cancelled and rebooked three times because of the covid situation my wife and I finally went to the matinée performance on the 18th August.
Imagine our disappointment when Michael Ball was missing .
We appreciate that circumstances can require changes but no mention prior to the start of the performance , or within the programme or the theatres website .We only booked to see Michael, a great disappointment
Written August 21, 2021
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You Only Live Once
High Wycombe, UK567 contributions
May 2022
The Coliseum is a truly beautiful theatre. We went to see My Fair Lady on this occasion, which is a very long show. A very good show, but very long. As a result, we found the seats became considerably uncomfortable the longer we sat. The staff on this occasion were incredibly rude. When we arrived the usher shouted at me to enlarge my phone image of my ticket (which I was in the process of finding my spectacles so that I could do this). He was so rude to my sister that she actually told him to change his tone! My elderly (79 year old) mother had a diabetic hypo during the interval and when we asked the staff for medical help, we got a 'sorry nothing we can do' reply and then he turned his back on us and went back to unloading his ice cream to the ice cream seller. Fortunately my mother has lived to tell this tale, but I wouldn't recommend anyone to visit this theatre unless they are in full health and able-bodied. Clearly their customer service is as archaic as the building!
Written June 5, 2022
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Hauyi
Loughborough, UK22 contributions
Dec 2019
Really sensational music that brings life to the ears and the dance was spectacular- a sight to see! The costumes flows so well with the dance.

I had seats at the balcony and although I am not expecting much, it was a very hard seat and very very petite size. Might be uncomfortable for some.
Written January 7, 2020
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