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Theatre Royal Drury LaneLondon's oldest theatre is also its most spectacular, with a palatial auditorium that is among the most impressive in the world. The first theatre on this site was built in 1662 on the orders of Charles II. It has been rebuilt a number of times since then, but the current auditorium incorporates many elements from as long ago as 1820. As a result, this vision in cream and gold possesses an elegance unmatched in the West End. Its broad staircases, its chandeliered salon, its statuary and panels speak of an older, more glamorous theatrical age. The performance history here is the history of popular theatre in Britain. From Nell Gwynne's debut, when Charles II fell in love with the 15-year-old actress, through the great Colley Cibber, to a three decade stint by David Garrick, London's greatest stars have appeared beneath the Theatre Royal's gorgeously decorated arch. Noel Coward's Cavalcade (1931), with a 250-strong chorus, brought audiences to their feet every night, before Ivor Novello took the theatre up to the Second World War with a series of shows which he scored, wrote and starred in. After the war, the Theatre Royal blazed a trail into the modern world of long-running musicals, with a series of hits including Oklahoma, South Pacific, 42nd Street and Miss Saigon, which ran for 4,236 performances.

 

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Rosewood London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
252 High Holborn, WC1V | 7 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Located in High Holborn, Rosewood London is the most luxurious hotel in the area and is nearby to the capital's main business district and a number ... More
 
 
 
Corinthia Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
Whitehall Place, SW1A | 9 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
With 294 bedrooms, multi-level penthouse suites and terraces offering spectacular views of the River Thames, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall - the £300 million restoration of the ... More
 
 
 
The Montague on the Gardens
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
15 Montague Street, WC1B | 11 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Overlooking the gardens of Montague Garden Square, this sedate hotel has a peaceful feel even though the British Museum is right next door and Covent Garden's ... More
 
 
 
 
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Fortune Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The first theatre built after World War I is an astonishing piece of architecture. Built in 1922-4, it preceded the arrival of the Art Deco and ... More
 
 
 
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Novello Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Built in 1905 to form a pair with the near-identical Aldwych Theatre, the Novello Theatre (formerly known as the Strand Theatre) is one of London's more ... More
 
 
 
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Royal Opera House
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The Royal Opera House building is closed to the public from Tuesday 17th March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all performances are cancelled up ... More
 
 
 
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Top Secret Comedy Club @ The Africa Centre
London > Entertainment > Live Music
170 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
This new Covent Garden alternative to the West End tourist traps has welcomed the likes of filthy San Franciscan Scott Capurro and TV favourite Andi Osho. ... More
 
 
 
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Somerset House
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute ... More
 
 
 
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The Funny Side of Covent Garden (Upstairs at The George)
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
213 Strand, Holborn, London WC2R | 6 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The Funny Side comedy group runs comedy clubs in three locations in London, including the flagship Covent Garden venue above The George pub which puts on ... More
 
 
 
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The Play That Goes Wrong
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 18th June 2021 to 30th January 2022 - Various Times
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Award-winning company Theatre Mischief presents a hilarious play-within-a-play about an amateur dramatic society staging a murder mystery, which is beset by a malfunctioning set, waylaid props, ...More
 
 
 
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Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 25th June 2021 to 13th February 2022 - Various Times
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 166 Drury Lane, WC2B | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The fairy tale heroine shall go the royal ball when Laurence Connor directs a musical comedy with a book by Emerald Fennel, music by Andrew Lloyd ...More
 
 
 
Matilda The Musical
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 22nd June 2021 to 9th January 2022 - Various Times
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H | 5 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The Royal Shakespeare Company presents Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin's multi-award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's much loved tale about an extremely clever girl, who uses ...More
 
 
 
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London Film Museum Covent Garden
London > Attractions > Museums
45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The London Film Museum, located on the site of the Theatre Museum in the original Flower Cellars in the heart of Covent Garden, is the second ... More
 
 
 
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London Transport Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
After a two-year, £22 million refurbishment the London Transport Museum reopened on 22 November 2007 revealing more exhibition space than before. The museum travels back through ... More
 
 
 
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Covent Garden East Piazza
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
A visit to Covent Garden is a must, whether you intend to shop, sightsee or soak in the carnival atmosphere. The focal ... More
 
 
 
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The Albion Emporium
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
38 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
As British as a bacon buttie, buying your groceries at The Albion Emporium is like getting first dibs on Mrs Beeton's pantry. A bastion of Britishness, ... More
 
 
 
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Primrose Bakery
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
42 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
If cupcakes are you cup of tea then head to the Covent Garden outlet of Primrose Bakery, a family owned enterprise which makes the most scrumptious ... More
 
 
 
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Penhaligon's
London > Shopping > Perfume and Cosmetics
41 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
For a sweet-smelling, sensory overload, Penhaligon's has to be the place to go. From the original Hammam Bouquet to the Winston Churchill's favourite - the Blenheim ... More
 
 
 
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Good Godfrey's - Waldorf
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
22 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Nestled within the world famous Waldorf Hilton, Good Godfrey's offers charming 1920s nostalgia. Bold cocktail concoctions and sumptuous light meals are served in this gentlemen's club-style ... More
 
 
 
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FishWorks Covent Garden
London > Restaurants > Fish and Seafood
2-4 Catherine Street, WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Combining an in-house fish counter with a seafood restaurant and private dining room, FishWorks puts together an appealing package especially for pescatarians. The fresh ... More
 
 
 
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Augustus Harris
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
33 Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Augustus Harris opens late October 2013. Keeping good company on Catherine Street, Augustus Harris is just down the road from Mishkins and Salt Yard Group's Opera ... More
 
 
 
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 3 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
 
 
 
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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The Sanctuary
London > Leisure > Fitness
12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
This day spa exclusively for women is a total pampering experience from the minute you step through the door. Located in bustling Covent Garden you'll soon ... More
 
 
 
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h Club London
London > Leisure > Arts Centres
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
On the site of the old St Paul's Hospital in Covent Garden, hip private members' club h Club London has been designed specifically for the creative ... More
 
 
 
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Thai Square Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Let the Thai Square Spa transport you to the shores of Asia with their traditional Thai spa treatment rooms, smack bang in the centre of Covent ... More
 
 
 
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The Marquess of Anglesey
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Philomena's is an Irish themed bar and sports cafe on Great Queen Street, just two minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station. A great place to ... More
 
 
 
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Lamb & Flag
London > Nightlife > Pubs
33 Rose Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 5 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
One of the oldest pubs in London, the Lamb & Flag was once known as the Bucket of Blood, thanks to the bare-knuckle fights held here. ... More
 
 
 
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The Parrot
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Waldorf Hilton, WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Actor, DJ and producer Idris Elba is set to ruffle feathers with The Parrot, an intimate cocktail bar within the Waldorf Hilton. It's all very A-list ... More
 
 
 
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Grays & Feather
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
26 Wellington Street, WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Specialising in sparkling wines Grays & Feather offers an exploration, education and, most importantly, enjoyment - without breaking the bank - of fizz. From the rolling ... More
 
 
 
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The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Named one of the top five hotel bars in the world by the Sunday Telegraph, the Lobby Bar at the chic One Aldwych hotel is renowned ... More
 
 
 
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Silver Fleet - Woods River Cruises
London > Business > Venue Hire
Somerset House South Wing Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Enjoy a luxury cruise on the Silver Fleet. Departing from the Savoy Pier and cruising along the Thames. A classy way to see the Thames.... More
 
 
 
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Somerset House
London > Business > Venue Hire
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute Gallery, ... More
 
 
 
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Royal Society Of Arts
London > Business > Venue Hire
8 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 6 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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The Play That Goes Wrong
Theatre | Until 30th January 2022 

Duchess Theatre 1 minute walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Award-winning company Theatre Mischief presents a hilarious play-within-a-play about an amateur dramatic society staging a murder mystery, which is beset ...More

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella
Theatre | Until 13th February 2022 

Gillian Lynne Theatre 4 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The fairy tale heroine shall go the royal ball when Laurence Connor directs a musical comedy with a book by ...More

Oleanna
Theatre | Until 23rd October 2021 

Arts Theatre 6 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Lucy Bailey directs Jonathan Slinger and Rosie Sheehy in David Mamet's incendiary drama about a female student, who threatens to ...More

Leopoldstadt
Theatre | Until 30th October 2021 

Wyndham's Theatre 7 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Patrick Marber directs the world premiere staging of Tom Stoppard's intimate drama set in 1900 Vienna in the crowded tenements ...More

Mary Poppins
Theatre | Until 13th February 2022 

Prince Edward Theatre 9 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Step in time with Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and Charlie Stemp as chimney sweep Bert in Richard Eyre's revival ...More

Fourth Plinth: Heather Phillipson THE END
Fourth Plinth: Heather Phillipson THE END
Exhibitions | Until 26th March 2022 

Trafalgar Square 9 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

London born artist Heather Philipson puts an ice cream with a cherry on top on The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar ...More

 
The Prince Of Egypt
Theatre | Until 8th January 2022 

Dominion Theatre 9 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Scott Schwartz directs a biblical musical based on the DreamWorks Animation film, which includes the Oscar-winning song When You Believe, ...More

Jersey Boys
Theatre | Until 2nd January 2022 

Trafalgar Studios 11 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

A return to the West End for the award-winning jukebox musical charting the rise and eventual break-up of 1960s rock'n'roll ...More

Les Miserables
Theatre | Until 13th February 2022 

Sondheim Theatre 11 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's long-running musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's revolutionary novel of tragedy and loss plays out a ...More

 
 
 
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