Guide to... Guide to Theatres in Covent Garden

Covent Garden is one of the best areas of London for nightlife but at the centre of it all are Covent Garden's theatres. The theatres in Covent Garden have been entertaining people for hundreds of years and Covent Garden is still the heartbeat of London's theatreland.

If you are looking for a night of fun with family or friends, or a special date night idea then a trip to one of Covent Garden's best theatres should be high on your list of ideas if not at the top with double underlining.

Our guide to theatres in Covent Garden includes lots of information to find the best performance for your night out and lots of recommendations for pre-theatre restaurants and post-theatre bars to help you plan a memorable evening.




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Royal Opera House
Royal Opera HouseTop Pick

Bow Street, London

The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in the...Read more

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Theatre Royal (Drury Lane)
Theatre Royal (Drury Lane)

Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF

Since 1663 the Theatre Royal Drury Lane has provided entertainment for the masses and has been visited by every...Read more

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Donmar Warehouse
Donmar Warehouse

41 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LX

Led by Artistic Director Josie Rourke and Executive Producer Kate Pakenham, the Donmar is an intimate 251-seat,...Read more

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Ambassadors Theatre
Ambassadors Theatre

West Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9ND

The Ambassadors Theatre, one of the smallest West End Theatres, was designed by W G R Sprague, with the intention of...Read more

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Duke of York's Theatre
Duke of York's TheatreTop Pick

Saint Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG

The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) is an extraordinary success story. Founded in 1992, ATG is now the world’s number...Read more

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Lyceum Theatre
Lyceum TheatreTop Pick

21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ

The Lyceum Theatre in London is a long and complex tale of success, downfall and rebirth. It all started in 1772 when...Read more

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Aldwych Theatre
Aldwych Theatre

The Aldwych, 49 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF

The Nederlander Organization operates 9 theatres on Broadway and a further 15 across North America.In London, we own...Read more

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Arts Theatre
Arts Theatre

Great Newport Street, London, WC2H

Didi and Gogo wait on a country road by a tree for a man named Godot. All they know is that when Godot arrives they...Read more

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Duchess Theatre
Duchess Theatre

1-3 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JZ

The Duchess is one of the youngest and smallest West End theatres. The building was originally promoted by Arthur...Read more

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Fortune Theatre
Fortune Theatre

Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH

The Fortune Theatre, once so succinctly described as 'This most intimate of theatres' first opened to the public on...Read more

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Garrick Theatre
Garrick Theatre

Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

In 2005 veteran producers Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer purchased the Garrick Theatre, along with the Apollo,...Read more

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New London Theatre
New London Theatre

166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PF

Whilst the New London is a modern building there has been entertainment on the site since Elizabethan times. The...Read more

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Noël Coward Theatre
Noël Coward Theatre

Noel Coward Theatre, 85-88 Saint Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU

The New Theatre opened with a revival of Rosemary by Louis N Parker and Murray Carson in which the co-directors Sir...Read more

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Novello Theatre
Novello Theatre

Aldwych, London, WC2B 4LD

The Novello Theatre, known as the Waldorf Theatre opened on 22 May 1905 with an eight-week season of opera and drama...Read more

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Phoenix Theatre
Phoenix Theatre

Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP

The Phoenix Theatre opened in 1930 with the premiere of Noel Coward's Private Lives featuring Coward himself in the...Read more

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Shaftesbury Theatre
Shaftesbury Theatre

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP

Welcome to the Shaftesbury Theatre. The largest independent theatre in the West End, we have been presenting high...Read more

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Wyndhams Theatre
Wyndhams Theatre

Charing Cross Road, London

Wyndham's opened on 16 November with a revival of David Garrick by T W Robertson in which the theatre's owner Charles...Read more

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Vaudeville Theatre
Vaudeville Theatre

404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

0.1km

The current building is the third theatre to be built on this prominent Strand site. The first theatre, which had a...Read more

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Adelphi Theatre
Adelphi Theatre

Strand, London

0.13km

Having celebrated its bicentenary in 2006 the current Adelphi Theatre is actually the fourth venue on this site in...Read more

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Savoy Theatre
Savoy Theatre

Savoy Court, Strand, London, WC2R 0ET

0.16km

The Savoy Theatre opened on 10th October 1881, on the site of the old Savoy Palace in London. The theatre was built...Read more

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Cambridge Theatre
Cambridge Theatre

London, WC2H 9HA

0.22km

The Cambridge Theatre is one of the youngest and most attractive theatres in the West End, having opened in 1930 with...Read more

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Gielgud Theatre
Gielgud Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London

0.28km

Opened as the Hicks Theatre on 27 December with The Beauty of Bath, a musical play by Seymour Hicks (after whom the...Read more

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Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre

113 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EG

0.3km

The Palace Theatre was originally built by impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte as The Royal English Opera House in 1891,...Read more

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Playhouse Theatre
Playhouse Theatre

Northumberland Avenue, London

0.34km

The Playhouse Theatre is thrilled to announce the launch of a Coffee House set within the grand reception area of the...Read more

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Prince Edward Theatre
Prince Edward Theatre

Old Compton Street, London

0.36km

The Emporium draper's shop was demolished and work began on a new theatre, designed by Edward Stone and built by...Read more

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Harold Pinter Theatre
Harold Pinter Theatre

Panton Street, London, SW1Y

0.39km

The Harold Pinter Theatre opened on 15 October 1881 as the Royal Comedy Theatre. The theatre's reputation grew...Read more

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Prince of Wales Theatre
Prince of Wales Theatre

Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS

0.4km

The first hit production at the original Prince of Wales Theatre, initially known as Prince's Theatre, designed by...Read more

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Theatre Royal Haymarket
Theatre Royal Haymarket

18 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HG

0.4km

The Theatre Royal Haymarket, known originally as ‘The Little Theatre in the Hay’, is a Grade I listed building...Read more

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Theatre Royal Haymarket
Theatre Royal Haymarket

18 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HG

0.4km

The Theatre Royal Haymarket, known originally as ‘The Little Theatre in the Hay’, is a Grade I listed building...Read more

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Trafalgar Studios
Trafalgar Studios

14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY

0.4km

Trafalgar Entertainment Group is a live entertainment business that owns and operates distinctive, stylish cultural...Read more

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Queens Theatre
Queens Theatre

51 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA

0.41km

Committed to providing the best facilities for patrons owner Cameron Mackintosh, one of the world’s most successful...Read more

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Her Majesty's Theatre
Her Majesty's Theatre

57 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4RL

0.43km

With the exception of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, the site of Her Majesty’s has been associated with a playhouse...Read more

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Apollo Theatre London
Apollo Theatre London

31 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 7EZ

0.44km

After first opening its doors February 1901, the Apollo Theatre has since become an inspiring destination for London...Read more

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Lyric Theatre
Lyric Theatre

29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES

0.45km

The Lyric Theatre, opened on 17 December 1888, was designed by C. J. Phipps and built by producer Henry J. Leslie. ...Read more

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Dominion Theatre
Dominion Theatre

268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ

0.45km

The Nederlander Organization operates 9 theatres on Broadway and a further 15 across North America.In London, we own...Read more

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Jermyn Street Theatre
Jermyn Street Theatre

16b Jermyn Street, St James's, London, SW1Y 6ST

0.53km

The Jermyn Street Theatre is a small theatre based on Jermyn Street.Read more

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Criterion Theatre
Criterion Theatre

218 Piccadilly, London, W1J

0.53km

A new circus comes to townHaving demolished the White Bear, a 17th century inn, Thomas Verity (Victorian...Read more

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Piccadilly Theatre
Piccadilly Theatre

16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7HN

0.54km

At its grand opening in April 1928, the Piccadilly Theatre was one of the largest theatres to be built in London - as...Read more

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Young Vic Theatre
Young Vic Theatre

66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ

0.9km

We have the most diverse and engaged audience in London, enjoying work of the highest quality at low prices. In our...Read more

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Shakespeares Globe
Shakespeares Globe

21 New Globe Walk, London, SE1 9DT

1.17km

Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international...Read more

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Victoria Palace Theatre
Victoria Palace Theatre

Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5EA

1.33km

 There has been a theatre on this site since 1832, originally known as Moy's Music Hall, well before the coming...Read more

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Barbican Centre
Barbican Centre

Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

1.39km

The Barbican was developed from designs by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon as part of a utopian vision to...Read more

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Covent Garden has some great pubs which is no surprise as it is such a great area of London to meet in. Particularly if you like traditional pubs you are spoiled for choice as Covent Garden has some of the oldest and most traditional pubs to be found anywhere in London.

There are lots of pubs that serve Sunday lunch and traditional British pub grub too so if you are looking for a reasonably priced place to eat and drink one of the best gastro pubs in Covent Garden is well worth considering as a destination.

For a list of Covent Garden pubs you can view our Covent Garden pub guide (https://forbidden.london/london-guide/covent-garden/pubs) we have also recently created a blog post about our top picks for the best pubs in Covent Garden (https://forbidden.london/london-blog/best-pubs-covent-garden).



Covent Garden Piazza is always open, but the shops usually operate between 10am and 8pm Monday to Saturday and on Sunday from around 11am to 6pm. The Apple Market is open from 10am until 6pm and the East Colonnade Market is open from 10:30am until 7pm.



Jermyn Street Theatre is located at 16b Jermyn Street which is on the Regent Street side of Jermyn Street a few moments walk from Piccadilly Circus tube station.
You can see the profile for Jermyn Street Theatre, which has more information, here ... https://forbidden.london/london-guide/listings/jermyn-street-theatre



There is Pay & Display parking on the streets off the Piazza - Henrietta Street, Southampton Street and Tavistock Street. There is also an NCP car park on Drury Lane.



You can view a list of shops in Covent Garden, including information about offers, by viewing our Covent Garden shopping guide (https://forbidden.london/london-guide/covent-garden/shopping-in-style#businesses)


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