London Coliseum

London Coliseum

London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane


(3mins) Take Cranbourn Street until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.

Please note: the location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.

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Tosca - English National Opera

Tosca - English National Opera

Compromise is for the weak: and Tosca is nothing of the sort.

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The Yeomen Of The Guard - English National Opera

The Yeomen Of The Guard - English National Opera

The Tower of London is the scene for a tangled web of melancholy and mirth in Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved operetta, The Yeomen of the Guard. The arrival of a travelling troupe of performers sparks forbidden romances, fantastical plots and unrequited love.

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It's a Wonderful Life - English National Opera

It's a Wonderful Life - English National Opera

The classic Christmas story, redefined for a new generation.

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Gloriana - English National Opera

Gloriana - English National Opera

In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, we present a rarely performed gem from Benjamin Britten’s pool of works: Gloriana.

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Swan Lake - English National Ballet

Swan Lake - English National Ballet

English National Ballet brings the timeless classical ballet to life in this enthralling production.

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Nutcracker - English National Ballet

Nutcracker - English National Ballet

The timeless Christmas story of Nutcracker makes its way back to the London Coliseum for Christmas, performed by the brilliant English National Ballet.

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London Coliseum Information

Getting There

If you are driving, there are NCP car parks at the following addresses:

Brewer Street
Brewer Street, London, W1F 0LA

Covent Garden
Parker Street, Parker Mews, London, WC2B 5NT

Selkirk House, Museum Street, London, WC1A 1JP

You can see these, and other NCP car parks on their website http://www.ncp.co.uk/

However, you can participate in the Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme and get 50% off your parking costs by validating your parking ticket in the foyer at the theatre.

For more information on Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme either call +44 (0)870 442 0104 or visit Q-Parks website http://www.q-park.co.uk/theatreland

The closest participating car park for the London Coliseum is at 20 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7PR. The rates for this car park are £6.50 per hour, up to 4 hours, and after that it is £38 for up to 24 hours.

Don't forget to pay the £11.50 (£1 less if you register, but that costs you £10 for a car) daily congestion charge for central London which applies from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, if you are driving into London.

Alternatively, plan your journey using Transport for London journey planner https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

Additional Information

The opening times for the box office are 10.00am to 8.00pm on performance days and 10.00am to 6.00pm on non-performance days.

You can dine at the venue – the American Bar Restaurant – you can book your table, enjoy your pre-theatre dinner (or at least the first 2 courses) and then mid-theatre pudding, in the interval!

With a choice of 3 bars; Veuve Clicquot Bar for champagne; Hunter's Bar for a choice of New Zealand wines; and Sky Bar at the top, with amazing city views. You can also enjoy a range of snacks and sandwiches from these locations.

If you are looking for something a little more exclusive, why not book a box and choose from a range of hampers, including red or white wines?

Private parties can also be catered for by reserving a private room and take advantage of the full dining service available.

There are also opportunities to hire space for company functions at the theatre, see below for additional information – contact the venue direct for details of this.

Access Scheme

If you are entitled, you can join the ENO access scheme. Membership provides the opportunity to purchase half-price tickets (subject to conditions and availability), free newsletter and priority bookings. For more details, contact the ENO on access@eno.org


Wheelchair users are catered for with spaces in the stalls, dress circle and stalls boxes. Transfer seats are also available in the dress circle and balcony. There are adapted toilets on 4 levels – basement, stalls, dress circle and balcony. The lifts provide wheelchair access to the bars & restaurants and most other levels. Wheelchair spaces should be booked direct with the theatre.

Sound Loop

There is a sound system available for deaf or hard of hearing patrons, and this should be requested at the information desk in the foyer.

There are frequently sign language-interpreted performances. For specific details of these special performances, please contact the theatre for details.

In The Area

Cash/ATM - HSBC at 455 Strand (approx. 7 min walk); Barclays cash machine at Eurochange on Coventry Street (approx. 6 min walk); Nat West at 440 Strand (approx. 4 min walk); Lloyds at 49-50 Strand (approx. 3 min walk).

Eating – There is a wide choice of eateries in the immediate vicinity of the theatre, including Garfunkels, The Lemon Tree, Spaghetti House, Les Deux Salons and Hazuki.

Drinking – The Marquis on Chandos Place offers an old time boozer!; whilst The Harp, also on Chandos Place, offers ciders and real ales on tap. For coffee, Notes on St Martins Lane offers coffee with pastries & pies, with Caffe Nero just up the road.

Venue Hire

The London Coliseum is located in “Theatreland”, and is very close to Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square and as such has great public transport links with both tube and national rail stations.

The venue has the widest stage in London and therefore provides a brilliant stage for dance and performing arts. At times when the ENO is not performing the venue can be hired. Provision of additional services/areas such as the dressing rooms, ticketing and event promotion.

Alternatively, it is possible to hire private rooms at the venue. These rooms can be suitable for receptions, dinners and meetings.

Please contact the venue direct for more details of venue hire.


Sir Oswald Stoll wanted the London Coliseum to be a venue for a variety of entertainment; not just a theatre, not just a music hall, and certainly for the people – the theatre's slogan was “Pro Bono Publico” – for the public good. It was designed by Frank Matcham to reflect these wishes. In 1960 the building was given English Heritage listed status.

Opened in 1904, the first performance too place on Christmas Eve in 1904. This was a variety bill, again reflecting the wishes of Sir Oswald.

Seating for 2,359 makes the Coliseum the largest of London's theatres. Along the way renovations have taken place and an original staircase that was planned in the original architecture was finally placed. As with most of London's theatres the venue underwent a name change, from London Coliseum to Coliseum Theatre for a period of 37 years between 1931 and 1968. The Second World War saw the venue used as a canteen for Air Raid Patrol workers and a stage for Winston Churchill to make a speech. From 1945 the productions were mostly musicals from American, through to 1961 when it became a cinema until reopening in 1968 as the home of the Sadlers Wells Opera, under the name of The London Coliseum.

Support by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, and a number of other generous trust and individual donations meant that a comprehensive restoration took place from 2000. At this time there were several areas that were returned to their original state, together with new spaces which were created. This restoration was completed in 2004.

Performances at the London Coliseum include Annie Get Your Gun, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls, the Royal Variety Performance. It is, of course, also the London home for performances by the English National Ballet.