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Royal Opera House

#31 of 1,522 things to do in London
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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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Christmas performance of the Nutcracker

This was a first visit to the ROH for us and it did not disappoint. We were on a coach trip to the afternoon performance (included ticket price £16.50) were a real bargain. This... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Sheila A
Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had been on the backstage tour before and it was great so we came back and brought some friends. This time is was really disappointing though. The whole tour lasted an hour and during that we saw very little of the opera house. We saw the auditorium which was great but apparently wasn't a scheduled stop and we weren't... More 

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a first visit to the ROH for us and it did not disappoint. We were on a coach trip to the afternoon performance (included ticket price £16.50) were a real bargain. This took the sting off the rather expensive sandwiches we had for lunch. The music was superb; the dancing was awesome and the combination was a wonderful,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fabulous Tuesday evening attending the spectacular Nutcracker ballet at the London Royal Opera House. Heavenly Tchaikovsky music and orchestra, beautiful dancing and costumes. It was like stepping into history !

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful building, fabulous service in the amphitheatre restaurant. Sensational performance of the Nutcracker, stunning costumes, sets and of course wonderful music. We were swept up in the sheer Beaty of it all. Thank you royal ballet .

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had the chance of tickets to see The Nutcracker, one of those things I've always wanted to do and finally got round to doing. The building is beautiful, this old theatre is filled with nostalgia. The amphitheater and terrace views over Covent Garden are gorgeous. The Royal Ballet put on an amazing performance, it was absolutely superb. The first half... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow, beautiful theatre, gorgeous pre cocktail in the amphitheater, terrace views over Covent Garden. The ballet performed by the Royal Ballet was superb. Beautiful dances, stunning scenery and fantastic orchestra. Tick off my bucket list. Worth every penny for an amazing experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Simply a cracker! Simply a cracker! Simply a cracker! Simply a cracker! Simply a cracker! Simply a cracker! Simply a cracker! Oh, and do have dinner at the Amphitheatre restaurant first. Expensive, but very very nice.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended on 27th December and were so let down. Performance was a mess, dancers out of time with music, place overpacked. Orchestra was great though. I am not sure how many understudies were on that night but it was too uncoordinated. The seats are minuscule and I am a size 4, can't imagine a larger man. Not sure it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the opera house was beautiful inside. we saw the nut cracker right after Christmas. the orchestra was flawless and top notch! the sets were magical and enchanting. the dancing was incredible. our first ballet-- we loved it!

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Ankara, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hoffmann's Tales was the performance. Dining in the balcony restaurant made the event more elegant and romantic. I would always prefer to go to the RoH with a pre-scheduled dining at the balcony. It makes the night more Royal. Try it, you'll like it. The cuisine is worth tasting.

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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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