Royal Opera House

Rich in history, the Royal Opera House is a major venue for performing arts in London

Bow Street entrance to the Royal Opera House
Bow Street entrance to the Royal Opera House cc licensed photo by markhillary

The Royal Opera House, a prominent venue for opera and performing arts in London is located in the district of Covent Garden the building is often referred to by the same name.

The theatre is home to The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and to the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

The original building called the Theatre Royal was built in 1732 and functioned primarily as a playhouse for it's first 100 years. The theatre was destroyed by a fire in 1808 and rebuilt by 1809. It was later destroyed in yet another fire in 1856 and replaced by a new building in 1858, which still forms much of the present building. In 1892 the theatre was named the Royal Opera House or ROH for short. It served as a dance hall during the Second World War. From 1996 through 2000 major reconstruction and enhancement took place which included the old Covent Garden Market creating an extensive new gathering place.

The Royal Opera House has collections of several hundred thousand items that highlight the history of the ROH. You can visit exhibitions of some of these collections on Monday to Friday from 10am to 3:30pm.

For more information about the Royal Opera House as well as performances and schedules visit their official site at the link below.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Royal Opera House Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM

Address: Bow St, London WC2E 9DD, UK

Phone: 020 7304 4000

Official Website: Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating It's just a spectacular place. Beautiful, historic building. Incredible views from the balcony. Historical pictures, stories and stars from epic shows. The world is fortunate the Royal Opera House lives and Opera and ballet 🩰 can flourish and grow for new audiences.
David Liss - a month ago

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5 Star Rating The Royal Opera House is an impressive venue. The acoustics are great, and the seats are comfortable enough for long productions. The staff is friendly and professional. Prices at the bar are reasonable. Generally, you have a good view from most seats. I tried the Director’s Box and Row E, and the views were great. It is centrally located and features a classic, luxurious design with a touch of modernity.
Roy Peleg - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating Carmen opera was fantastic Saturday, would highly recommend! The only downside to the evening was the appalling service at the pre booked restaurant,an hour and a half for two courses is not acceptable we had to cancel the third course so we would be seated in time.Any future visits to the Opera House we will dine elsewhere.
Matt Drury - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating I came here to celebrate my friend birthday. The terrace restaurant is fantastic with a wonderful view of the city. I recommend booking ahead. Weekday set lunch sounds great too.
Wendy Leung - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Fantastic venue, very unpretentious. There's no dress code and staff are very friendly and on hand to answer any questions you may have and help you find your seats. Bags are checked at entrances so make sure you're ready and there's plenty of toilets so even if the queue looks long, it moves quickly.
Lucy Goddard - a month ago

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Picadilly LineCovent Garden2 Minutes

How to get to Royal Opera House by Tube

From Covent Garden Tube Station exit onto Long Acre and go right(east), then go right onto Bow Street. The Royal Opera House is just ahead on the right.

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