Londoners love a chance to get inside the historic buildings that we walk past every day: just look at the huge popularity of this weekend’s Open House. But this month, one London institution is taking that a step further. The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden has just had a three-year makeover and it’s inviting the public in to check out the results – not as a one-off, but for good.
As part of a project called ‘Open Up’, the home of opera and ballet aims to become a new place for Londoners and visitors to drop in, hang out in the revamped foyers, grab a coffee or a bite to eat at the new café and restaurant, or catch a whole range of free and cheap daytime events, including singing and dance workshops, family fun, open rehearsals and lunchtime performances. Oh, and yes: there will be free wi-fi. If you’ve ever found yourself desperately looking for an oasis in the West End (and, let’s be real, you have), this’ll be music to your ears.