Dating for more than 250 years back, the Royal Opera House of London has an impressive history and has gone through extensive rebuilding work many times until it reached the grandeur of these days. It started as a theatre, but after remodelling the auditorium in the middle of the 19th century, it reopened as the Royal Italian Opera. Based on Bow Street, with a capacity of more than 2.200 people, the venue is still one of the most emblematic opera houses of London, with spectacular ballet performances on the list.
Royal Opera House is well placed, close to River Thames, in Convent Garden, and it has connections with public transport from all over the capital. You can always choose to get there by car too.
By train and tube: the nearest underground station is Convent Garden, on the Piccadilly line, while the nearest train station is Charing Cross, within a 10-minute walk. There are also southbound bus stations in the proximity.
By car: depending on your departure point, you can get to Royal Opera House either via A501 or A301, on Waterloo Bridge. Any other route is suitable, depending on your map directions.
International: At Heathrow International Airport, take the Piccadilly line to Convent Garden Station, then walk for 2 minutes to your destination. From Gatwick, take the Southern Railway to Victoria Station, then take the bus 11 to Aldwych and walk for 3 minutes to the venue – it should be a 55 minutes journey.
The venue doesn’t have its own parking, but you have NCP car parks within reach, at a 5-minute walk distance, on Shelton Street and Drury Lane. There are also some orange badge bays available near the Opera Royal, and a Q-Park at about 8 minutes’ walk away in Chinatown, Newport Place. The entire Convent Garden area has disabled parking bays available for Blue Badge holders.
Access for people with special needs
There is lift access to all levels of the Main Auditorium, where there are 19 spaces designated for wheelchair users. Other 4 spaces are at disposal in the Linbury Studio Theatre and 2 more in the Clore Studio. Also, there’s always the possibility to borrow a wheelchair if needed. The venue has accessible toilets and for some performances in the Main Auditorium, there is also a BSL interpretation. Assisted hearing facility is also available, those with impaired hearing can use a radio system which amplifies the sound – a set of headphones can be borrowed to benefit from the facility. Assistance dogs are welcome in all spaces, and you can take your partner with you during the performance, as long as you mention it when booking the seats.