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Royal Opera House

Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom WC2E 9DD

Covent Garden, Seven Dials & Holborn Neighbourhood

Access Information

Venue Information

London Underground
Covent Garden (120m) Leicester Square (approx. 500m)
National Rail
London Charing Cross
London Buses
1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 68, 76, 77a, 91, 168, 171, 176, 188, 501(southbound only), 505, 521, X68

50% off parking at Q-Park Chinatown, only 6 minutes walk away.

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

The Royal Opera House is home to both The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, performing with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

The current Royal Opera House, with its grand classical portico fronting Bow Street, is actually the third theatre built on the Covent Garden site; the previous 2 buildings were both destroyed by fire. The first important musical works to be heard at the theatre were by Handel, who, from 1735 until his death in 1759, had close links with Covent Garden both as composer and organist. Work on the third and present theatre started in 1857 with designs by E.M. Barry and the new building opened in May 1858 with a performance of Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots. Barry also designed the striking glass and iron Floral Hall, intended as a flower market but also hosting the occasional ball.

In 1892, with the repertoire broadening, the theatre was renamed the Royal Opera House.

 

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Bar

Lift to Amphitheatre bar and restaurant, and Floral Hall and Terrace cafes (low counters, moveable seats and tables).


Toilets

Adapted toilets by lifts at all levels. Non-adapted toilets have some cubicles with wider doors and hand rails (marked on door).


Guide Dogs Policy

Guide dogs are allowed in to the auditorium and staff are available to dog-sit if required.


Wheelchairs

Spaces for wheelchair users at Stalls Circle (6 spaces), Grand Tier (4 spaces), Balcony (6 spaces), Upper Amphitheatre (3 spaces). Express lift too small for motorised wheelchairs/scooters, but other lifts are fine. Wheelchair and scooter transfer seating available, wheelchairs/scooters stored in cloakroom.


Sound Amplification

Infrared system with 20 headsets. Collect headsets from FOH Duty Manager’s Desk in main foyer. Surtitles for all opera productions.


Air Conditioned

Yes


Accepts Theatre Tokens

Yes


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