For centuries, culture vultures have swooped in on Covent Garden.

They obviously relished the area’s eclectic, ever-changing mix of opera, ballet, theatre and drama, from highbrow to mainstream, fringe and beyond; all tastes are catered for and all emotions are stirred. No other urban quarter in the world is home to two esteemed artistic companies – The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet – in addition to more than twenty thriving theatres in the vicinity.

Royal Opera House Covent Garden

Royal Opera House

The words ‘Covent Garden’ have long been used as a synonym for British opera thanks to this beautiful and deeply historic venue which is home to two world-famous companies - The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet.

Originally built in 1858, the current Royal Opera House is the third incarnation of this high culture hub, and legends including Maria Callas, Margot Fonteyn, Luciano Pavarotti and Rudolf Nureyev have graced its stage.

A major reconstruction in the 1990s resulted in the creation of a series of beautiful, modern public spaces to complement the historic grandeur of Covent Garden’s main arena and further improvements are being planned.

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Matilda The Musical. RSC Matilda By Manuel Harlan

The Classics

From icons of the stage to modern classics they are all here in Covent Garden. Whether you're seeing The Mousetrap from the 16th time or in for a scare with the Woman in Black, Covent Garden has always been at the very heart of theatreland.

Disney's The Lion King Reprise Credit Dewynters Photography ®Disney (2)

World Firsts

If you know Les Mis by heart or can sing along to every word in Mamma Mia then have no fear. Covent Garden is surrounded by over 40 theatres with some of the world's hottest new shows being performed here first like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Kinky Boots

Official London Theatre

Official London Theatre

Official London Theatre is home of the best theatre scene in the world. Whether you’re looking to visit one show in the capital this year or have a whole spreadsheet of London shows to see, Official London Theatre is where to book your tickets.

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