Lonely Planet Writer

London's Royal Opera House gets makeover

The Royal Opera House in London‘s Covent Garden has been transformed following an extensive three-year construction project.

With new entrances, extended foyers and terraces and a new café, bar and restaurant, along with an extensive programme of ticketed and free daytime events, activities and festivals for people of all ages, the Royal Opera House is now open to the public daily.

At the heart of this project is a brand new Linbury Theatre, the West End’s newest and most intimate theatre, which provides an additional world-class stage for The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera and a host of internationally celebrated artists.  In its inaugural Season, the Linbury Theatre showcases work spanning over 300 years – with 25% of seats priced at £25 or less. The project, designed by award-winning architects Stanton Williams, unites 19th-century grandeur with 21st-century elegance.

The Royal Opera House's redesigned Linbury Foyer. Image: Luke Hayes
The Royal Opera House's redesigned Linbury Foyer. Image: Luke Hayes
The Royal Opera House's redesigned Linbury Foyer. Image: Luke Hayes
The Royal Opera House's redesigned Linbury Foyer. Image: Luke Hayes
The Royal Opera House's Main Foyer. Image: Luke Hayes
The Royal Opera House's Main Foyer. Image: Luke Hayes
The Royal Opera House's Dorfman Conservatory. Image: Luke Hayes
The Royal Opera House's Dorfman Conservatory. Image: Luke Hayes
Paul Hamlyn Hall from the Main Foyer. Image: Luke Hayes
Paul Hamlyn Hall from the Main Foyer. Image: Luke Hayes
Terrace Level 5 at the Royal Opera House. Image: Luke Hayes
Terrace Level 5 at the Royal Opera House. Image: Luke Hayes
The new front of house spaces at new Front of House spaces. Image: Luke Hayes
The new front of house spaces at new Front of House spaces. Image: Luke Hayes
The new entrance to the Royal Opera House. Image: Luke Hayes
The new entrance to the Royal Opera House. Image: Luke Hayes
Royal Opera House exterior. Image: Luke Hayes
Royal Opera House exterior. Image: Luke Hayes