The London Coliseum

London Coliseum is the home of the English National Opera

London Coliseum and its crowning globe at night
London Coliseum and its crowning globe at night cc licensed photo by celesteh

London Coliseum which is also commonly called the Coliseum Theatre, was built in 1904 with the goal of be finest and largest entertainment venue of that day.

From 1931 through 1968 the theatre hosted 651 performances of White Horse Inn, a musical comedy. For a short period from 1963 until 1968 it became one of three Cinerama Theatres in London after which it became home to the Sadler's Wells Opera Company which has since become the English National Opera. They still operate the London Coliseum Theatre today. The London Coliseum underwent major renovations from 2000 to 2004, but still has most of its original features.

Today the Coliseum presents world-class contemporary and theatrical operas from both the English National Opera and visiting companies.

For more information about London Coliseum as well as current and upcoming operas visit their official website link above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • 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
  • Sunday: Closed

Address: St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4ES, UK

Phone: 020 7836 0111

Official Website: London Coliseum


Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Northern and Bakerloo LinesCharing Cross5 Minutes
Picadilly LineLeicester Square3 Minutes
District and Circle LinesEmbankment7 Minutes

How to get to London Coliseum by Tube

From Charing Cross Station exit onto Strand and cross the street. Walk to you left (west) and then a slight right onto Duncannon St. Go right (north) onto St. Martin's Place and then the next right onto St. Martin's Lane. The London Coliseum is just ahead on your right.

From Leicester Square Station exit onto Charing Cross Road and go left (south) to St. Martin's Court then go left (east) to St. Martin's Lane then right (south). The London Coliseum is ahead on your left.

From Embankment Station exit onto Villiers St. and follow it north to Charing Cross Station. See directions from Charing Cross above to continue from there.

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Rated 4.6 out of 5English National Opera Star Rating

5 Star Rating Fantastic venue with ornate decoration adds to a great experience. Staff were friendly and helpful. Drinks orders for interval is good service to avoid queues so worth doing and prices were ok.

M Sage - 7 hours ago

5 Star Rating A truly breathtaking building architecturally. I was lucky to be invited to a dress rehearsal for the English National opera "War Requiem". If you love opera it's a must. It's a very big cast so and the main performers are incredible but when everyone sings together it's simply breathtaking. Also, a little fact I was told while there is it was the 1st theatre to ever have air conditioning (I think in Victorian times, but I may be wrong). & that they only discovered the theatre had all the beautiful marble walls when they refurbished. What was strange - was apparently what covered the marble was "marble affect" paint! Enjoy x

Soraya Wilkinson-Wyke - 28 days ago

4 Star Rating Nice experience in a traditional setting at the Coliseum. The bar is pretty nice staff are helpful etc. The view we had was 'restricted' by a tiny speaker in the ceiling, so it really didn't make a difference. There are no large central columns here to views are generally good. Of course it depends what you're seeing - but our can't fault the venue.

James Harrison - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This is an amazing auditorium. Historic, but not archaic it, like the English National Opera company that uses it as it's base. In the past 18 months I have seen two world class shows there: Sunset Boulevard and, most recently, Porgy and Bess

Gordon Charlton - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I saw Porgy & Bess last night - it was fantastic. The song 'Summertime' is one that I've grown up hearing. I've always loved it so it was wonderful to see/hear it performed live and so beautifully. The acting and singing were great and I particularly loved the parts sung by the chorus, gave me goose bumps.🌹🌹 Prior to the start of the show my friend and had dinner at the American Restaurant. The food was lovely and, coupled with excellent service from staff, including the chef, who readily accommodated my diatery needs, made it a fabulous evening. I'll definitely eat there again. Thank you.

Sylvia Anderson - 1 month ago


A quick look around the inside of the magnificent London Coliseum

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