5 star classic deluxe hotel
Aldwych, Strand, WC2B 4DDShow on map
The Waldorf Hilton Hotel, conveniently located in London's Aldwych, completed an extensive refurbishment programme in 2004, and continues to provide not only a marvelous base from which to explore London, but... Read More »
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1 Aldwych, Strand, WC2B 4RHShow on map
One Aldwych is an award-winning, uber-chic, 5-star hotel in the heart of London's West End district. Housed in an ornate Georgian building, neighbouring the Lyceum Theatre, home of The Lion King musical; from... Read More »
3 star modern hotel
10 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B 5REShow on map
"Stay in London's vibrant Theatreland without wasting your budget on unnecessary frills" A low-cost hotel in the heart of London’s West End, Travelodge London Covent Garden offers affordable... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
372 Strand, Strand, WC2R 0JJShow on map
Near where John of Gaunt's Savoy Palace used to stand on the Strand before it was trashed in the Peasants' Revolt, is the Strand Palace, London. This four-star hotel offers real value for money in the heart of... Read More »
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4 star contemporary hotel
336-337 The Strand, Strand, WC2R 1HAShow on map
It really is all about ME as the new Melia opens its doors on London’s fabulous The Strand. Situated right in the heart of WC2, this high end venue promises much with its 157 rooms. As you are so close... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
66 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5BXShow on map
"Tried and tested hotel in an ideal central location - recommended" The Kingsway Hall hotel is a four-star hotel, ideally located very close to the vibrant Covent Garden district, so called because it used to... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
20 Mercer Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HDShow on map
The quintessential Covent Garden rendezvous, the newly transformed Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street effortlessly blends with the boutique appeal of its neighbourhood. A landmark in Seven Dials village, this is... Read More »
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10 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HBShow on map
"Chic hotel with opulent rooms in the heart of London's entertainment district" Covent Garden Hotel is a 5-Star deluxe hotel in London’s theatre district. This is the place to stay if you want luxurious... Read More »
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7 Monmouth St, Covent Garden, WC2H 9DAShow on map
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London's answer to La Scala sits on the corner of Covent Garden's main plaza with nearly 400 years of history behind its lavish white porticos.
Everything about it is regal, from the £178m interior filled with bars, eateries and expansive luxury to its resident companies, the Royal Ballet, Royal Opera and in-house orchestra, providing classical entertainment on a par with any other performance house in the world.
All this eminence was but a glimmer in the eyes of John Rich, founder of the then-Theatre Royal in 1728.
The area then an exotic fruit market and vestige of prostitutes and pickpockets flanked by the worst kind of London slums, the theatre began life in fierce competition with Drury Lane, as the only two London playhouses legally allowed to present drama.
Despite its insalubrious surroundings the theatre thrived, and Handel became an early musical director of the Covent Garden Company, presenting his Messiah to a royal audience in 1743. Handel's organ went up in flames along with the rest of the theatre in 1808, and its second incarnation was greeted with riots in protest at actor-manager John Philip Kemble's new pricing policy; the riff-raff got their way after three months of unrest, and affordable performances of opera, ballet, clownery and Shakespeare were soon back on the playbill.
Soon renamed the Royal Italian Opera, after another burning down incident - next time you're in a West End theatre pray for thanks that gaslit auditoriums are a thing of the distant past - the new theatre of 1858 became the undisputed centre of opera and ballet in London.
Major improvements in the 90s added some more lustre to the interior, and there's a constant programme of heavyweight opera classics in production as well as favourite ballets like Swan Lake and Giselle, always of the highest possible quality.
They're also first to try and break the myth of opera and ballet as an 'elite' art form - in the past opening nights have been screened live in cinemas around the country.
If you are travelling to the theatre on public transport, Covent Garden on the Piccadilly Line is the closest tube station, or the following bus routes will get you there: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 68, 76, 77a, 91, 168, 171, 176, 188, 501 (southbound only), 505, 521, X68 all go to the Aldwych, which is close to the Theatre.
There is no designated parking at the Royal Opera House. The nearest NCP car parks are five minutes walk away at Drury Lane and Shelton Street. There is a drop-off point outside the Bow Street entrance. A limited number of orange badge bays are available in the vicinity, but are not reserved for the use of Royal Opera House patrons.
The Box Office, Royal Opera House Shop, Information Desk and Cloakroom are situated at the entrance level below the Paul Hamlyn Hall. Counter heights at the Box Office, in the bars and at some public telephone points are designed to be accessible for wheelchair users. One Box Office sales position, the Information Desk and bars have induction loops to assist customers with impaired hearing. Menus are available in large print. The Bow Street/Piazza Link Coffee Shop is also accessible to wheelchair users.
Nineteen wheelchair spaces are available at every performance in the main auditorium. These are located in the Stalls Circle, Grand Tier, Balcony and Upper Amphitheatre.