Royal Opera House

Music, Classical and opera Covent Garden
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 (Backstage at the ROH - © Rob Greig)
Backstage at the ROH - © Rob Greig
 (Theatre stalls - © Andrew Brackenbury / Time Out)
Theatre stalls - © Andrew Brackenbury / Time Out
 (Baroque performance - © Belinda Lawley / Time Out)
Baroque performance - © Belinda Lawley / Time Out
 (Stage view - © Belinda Lawley / Time Out)
Stage view - © Belinda Lawley / Time Out
 (Wayne McGregor in rehearsal - © Ed Marshall)
Wayne McGregor in rehearsal - © Ed Marshall
 (Backstage at the ROH - © Rob Greig)
Backstage at the ROH - © Rob Greig
 (Backstage at the ROH - © Rob Greig)
Backstage at the ROH - © Rob Greig
 (Ornate Architecture - © Andrew Brackenbury / Time Out)
Ornate Architecture - © Andrew Brackenbury / Time Out
 (Bridge of Aspirations - © Britta Jaschinski/Time Out)
Bridge of Aspirations - © Britta Jaschinski/Time Out
 (© Michael Franke)
© Michael Franke
 (Exterior - © Susie Rea / Time Out)
Exterior - © Susie Rea / Time Out

Having secured its position as one of the world’s great opera houses following a turn-of-the-century refurbishment, the Royal Opera House has been able to conduct something of a PR campaign: in a bold move to woo new audiences, the opening performance of 2008’s ‘Don Giovanni’ was made exclusive to Sun readers at knockdown rates and beamed live to a chain of cinemas, and the Ignite Festival draws punters in with a terrific range of art installations, films and performances. Opera, of course is still the main attraction, but ballet too has become a parallel draw and the ROH is also home to The Royal Ballet. The company’s own Carlos Acosta can be seen bounding across stage, and the Royal Opera House regularly invites visiting companies such as The Bolshoi. Meanwhile the venue’s smaller spaces – Linbury Studio Theatre and Clore Studio – offer a line-up of experimental and independent dance and music works. The Royal Opera House is a Grade I-listed building, and with its beautiful modern additions it is a striking Covent Garden landmark. Book in advance for a behind-the-scenes tour.


Venue name: Royal Opera House
Address: Bow St
Opening hours: Check website for show times
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
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  • Installation Until Sunday June 18 2017 Free
  • Ballet Monday May 1 2017 - Saturday May 13 2017
  • Classical and opera Monday May 1 2017 - Monday May 8 2017
  • Classical and opera Friday May 12 2017 - Monday May 29 2017
  • Classical and opera Friday May 12 2017 - Monday May 29 2017
  • Ballet Thursday May 18 2017 - Wednesday May 31 2017
  • Classical and opera Wednesday July 19 2017 - Thursday July 20 2017

Average User Rating

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One of my favourite venues in London - after 10 times at this venue I still feel like it takes my breadth away each time. The grand entrance and beautiful stair case are just devine.  I love the bar area with the conservatory which is just so grand and opulent. 

The auditorium itself is perfect as all seats are great. I have set in the stalls and in the back row and the view is always perfect. 

The food is overpriced but the bar is ok - so take a look online and get some tickets - it wont be as much as you think. 

NakedPRGirl Claire

A visit to Royal Opera House was a dream come true for me. I went to see the ballet on a date (impressive idea for a date) around Christmas time and it was fabulous. The venue is in the heart of Covent Garden which is always lively so there are plenty of options for food and drinks before and after. We were impressed by the beautiful and high ceilings of the bar area and had white wine with smoked salmon sandwiches as we had arrived early enough. It's such a grand building and has plenty to marvel at before you go in plus there is a little outdoor terrace on the higher level where you can oversee Covent Garden. Our seats were high up but we could see just fine. The setting is outstanding with the lavish vintage features like the sumptuous red curtain and touch of regal gold making the whole experience feel very special. A special commendation goes to the superb ceiling - serious roof envy! Highly recommended for a special occasion.

Tara P

The Royal Opera House is a real treat - opulent and classic.

The tickets can set you back an arm and a leg, but there are ways of getting in for less - sometimes the upper benches are as little as £4! This requires you to sacrifice both comfort and view, of course, but if you're there for the opera you at least get to listen to the music.

The sets can be outstanding: I went to a revival of Turandot several years ago and it was wonderful - so plush - whilst the performances are undeniably beautiful.

I'll be returning for my first ballet in a few months, so have upgraded my bench seats to a slightly better view (though, at £16, I'm not holding my breath). It's a shame that the royal opera house is still quite inaccessible price-wise compared to it's European counterparts (the Budapest opera house is a steal comparatively, and I'd argue even more beautiful), but it really is worth going, even if you're on the bench seats in the gods.


I was a Royal Opera House virgin and decided to pop the proverbial cherry with an absolute classic: Romeo & Juliet Ballet! Tickets to the opera house are quite expensive, I had a seat quite high up (amphitheatre), was pretty uncomfortable most of the night and it set me back £70.00. The performance was spectacular though, Alexander Campbell was amazing as Mercutio, definitely stand out! The main hall and bar, architecturally, are stunning. Well maintained and opulent designs.

Also, I received a questionnaire via email after my visit, regarding the image of the opera house and seemingly wanting to expand and make it more accessible to a younger and diverse audience, which was great to see.

Staff Writer

The ROH is an outstanding place and the bar is amazing beautiful!


I have enjoyed a few ballets in the main hall as well as some events in the other studios, and I have to say, every time I'm here I find something else to fall in love with. The architecture is great - check out the main bar area from the top of the escalators!; the staff are friendly and courteous, and the performances are second to none. I also had the pleasure of experiencing some of the Deloitte Ignite Festival here in September and it was really cool to see how each space was used for a different event - we had a ballet class outside in the piazza under the terrace!


This is a great venue which also has another side to it. Companies hire the upper terrace to host private parties. The terrace overlooks Covent Garden and there is lots of space to include a live ensemble as background music. My steel drum band ensemble covered a company event here and the staff were great, the service was good and everything just had a really nice feel about it. I recommend this venue.


The Royal Opera House is a very special building. There is such a special atmosphere around the whole building and the performances staged are world class. You can't really go wrong here.