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World-class opera and ballet
The grander of London's two major opera houses, Covent Garden [as it is commonly known] attracts international singing superstars. The building is a stately, cream-coloured 19th-century monolith, whose adventurous 1990s extension features the high-ceilinged and decorative Floral Hall — a pleasing space for drinkees and perambulations during intervals. Covent Garden is home not only to the Royal Opera, but also to the Royal Ballet and a resident top-drawer orchestra. Productions are, on the whole, top-notch. Day seats are available, but affordable tickets at this relatively pricey institution can be difficult to come by. Depending on the production, prices range from under £10 to more than £200. A five-minute walk away, the English National Opera is decidedly the cheaper (and potentially less snooty/stuffy) option, though all of its productions are sung in English and the quality of singing does not always match the international standard normally heard at Covent Garden. Should you crave a gay drink afterwards, Soho is a mere seven minutes away.

Tags: Music, Opera

Covent Garden
London, England WC2E 9DD

(207) 304-4000


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