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

Map of nearby accommodations:


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 Received the beautiful gift of two tickets, to see Swan Lake, from my lovely husband, for Christmas 😍 The English National Opera was absolutely stunning. Perfect venue for the most beautiful ballet. We had box seats, so it was a lovely, quiet setting in which to relax and truly enjoy.

Megan Prevost - 30 days ago

5 Star Rating Stunning venue, not too big... But certainly feels full of grandeur and history! Friendly and helpful staff. Set in the heart of theatre land, very easy to travel to and lots of great eateries around! Highly recommended.

Rachel Last - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful theatre, wonderful production (The Nutcracker) particularly liked the ballet shoe Christmas tree in the lobby. Cloakroom is great, self service set up makes the whole process for coats much more efficient. The attendant for bags was also incredibly quick and helpful. My only complaint being the noise of bottle/glass clearing during the interval and at a couple of quiet points during the performance. Overall fantastic venue and a magical performance!

Zoe Ricketts - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Went to watch The Nutcracker and was just blown away by the talent of all the dancers and musicians. What a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas festive season. Well worth paying the money to watch this show. Wonderful well done to everyone involved who clearly worked so hard. Beautifully done 👌🏼🎉

Abigail Araujo - 2 months ago


A quick look around the inside of the magnificent London Coliseum

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