Royal Opera House
Although there have been theatres on the site of the Royal Opera House since 1732, the present building was constructed in 1858. During WWII it was used as a dance hall, but soon became the permanent home of the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet. Covent Garden bolstered its position around the millennium, after a huge refurbishment and drive towards more democratic ticket prices. These days opera remains the big attraction, but with attention-grabbing principals like Carlos Acosta, there’s just as much to admire about The Royal Ballet. Their wide-ranging programme takes in visiting companies like The Bolshoi, the heritage works of founder choreographer Frederick Ashton, and ballets by his edgy successors. Behind-the-scenes tours meanwhile reveal the theatre’s colourful history.
Tel: 020 7240 1200
Entry Charges: Admission free. Tours: Child £8.50, Adult £12.00