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Paul Hamlyn Hall Balcony Restaurant and Bar

Covent Garden
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Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD, England
+44 20 7212 9254
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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything was perfect at this pre-show meal. The organisation was spot on, the staff highly professional but very friendly, and the food excellent. Worth every penny.

Thank Brenda W
London, United Kingdom
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We eat here several times and year and the standard keeps getting better. It is hugely expensive actually, but it's a captive market and so opera-lovers just have to pay. The long-serving staff are excellent and welcome you back with enthusiasm. It is best to pre-order and they cook both fish and meat very well. Trip Advisor should separate out... More 

Thank Charles B
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2017

The bar and restaurant are part of the Royal Opera House and is a lovely room with glass ceiling etc. We pre ordered sandwiches for the interval of the opera we were attending. It was really hard to find them as they were put to the back of the Hall in a dark corner with no seating standing room only.... More 

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Westgate-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

Many visits to this atmospheric restaurant over the years for pre performance dinning and It has to be one of the best internal views of all the London venues. It enjoys the most amazing buzz of pre performance atmosphere with the views down and around of the floral hall. Food, drink and service all very smart, as you would expect... More 

Thank J J
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

We eat here because it's extremely convenient when at the opera or ballet, but I don't think we'd pay these prices for this food/service if it weren't in the ROH. That said, there's plenty of great things to say about our meal and experience, but tempered by a few not so good things which at these sorts of prices bring... More 

Thank BaronvonBiveur
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

Visited several times this year. Expensive but perfect every time. delicious food, inspiring menues. caters charmingly with vegan, vegeterian.

Thank Carrie V
Istanbul, Turkey
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

We had a chance to dine in this very nicely decorated restaurant in one of the nicest buildings in London when we saw an Opera. I recommend everyone to try at least once to combine opera with dinner in this restaurant. As one might expect, the food can not be excellent as they are served between intervals which last for... More 

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Bray on Thames, United Kingdom
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33 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

After an horrendous (Earls Court Road closed, with multiple, knock-on consequences!) drive into London from Bray, it was good to relax and enjoy an early dinner in familiar surroundings at the Balconies Restaurant at the Royal Opera House (ROH), before a very enjoyable production of the ballet 'Anastasia'. We have eaten at the Balconies Restaurant on numerous occasions previously and... More 

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Hadleigh, United Kingdom
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84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

We booked well ahead and selected a relatively simple and uncomplicated dinner for two from a fairly extensive menu, early in the evening so that we could enjoy the Opera, our prime reason for being there in the first place. Bearing in mind that the kitchen knew well in advance precisely what we had ordered, the resulting dishes left quite... More 

Thank Blaxhall
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

Situated in part of the old Covent Garden Market next to the Royal Opera House this is a lovely place for a pre performance meal. The champagne bar is downstairs with the tables up on the mezzanine floor. We pre-ordered our food via the internet at time of booking but you can change your order up to 24 hours before... More 

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Restaurant Details

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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Address: Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7212 9254

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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