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Lyceum Theatre

The Lyceum. It’s the theatre king.

Walk towards the river from your apartment down Wellington Street and on your right you will see the Lyceum Theatre. This was founded in 1772 by the Society of Arts as a room for exhibitions and concerts near the site of the current building.

Since then the Lyceum has displayed a chameleon tendency, adapting to changing fashions and needs whenever necessary.

It is a comfortable size for both plays and musicals and productions at the theatre have included 1066 and All That, Heartbreak House with Edith Evans and Robert Donat, Billy Liar, Half a Sixpence with Tommy Steele, Bruce Forsyth in Little Me, Peter O’ Toole in Man and Superman, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Fame, The Beautiful Game, Jerry Springer –The Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s enormously successful production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. 

Covent Garden Piazza

Covent Garden Piazza attracts visitors from around the world.

Covent Garden Piazza is famous for the Royal Opera House, designer stores, a vibrant market, street performers, bars and restaurants.

Walking around the piazza is always a fascinating experience. It serves up an intoxicating mix of entertainment and colourful culture, a place where buskers ply their trade from all corners of the globe.

The market building was erected in 1830 and has always been a centre point for vibrant activity. In Covent Garden today, signs of the area’s rich history are all around you. The nearby Lamb & Flag was once frequented by Charles Dickens.

British Museum

Cavemen, Greek gods and Egyptian mummies. They are all housed nearby.

The British Museum is dedicated to human history. It is the country's largest museum and is one of the oldest and finest in the world, boasting vast Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman, European and Middle Eastern galleries, amongst others.

Best of all, this walk back through time is just a short walk from your apartment.

Just some of the must-sees are the Rosetta Stone, which was the key to deciphering Egyptian hiero­glyphics, discovered in 1799, the controversial Parthenon Sculptures, brought here from Athens by Lord Elgin, the large collection of Egyptian mummies, the Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo burial relics and the Winged Bulls from Khorsabad .

Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House, once home to Handel, is close to your new home.

The magnificent Royal Opera House, with its grand classical portico fronting Bow Street, is actually the third theatre built on the Covent Garden site.

Actor-manager John Rich built the first with the fortune he had made from the huge success of The Beggar’s Opera. At that time, under the terms of a Royal Patent

The first important musical works to be heard at the theatre were by Handel, who, from 1735 until his death in 1759, had close links with Covent Garden both as composer and organist. Many of his operas and oratorios, including Alcina and Semele, were first performed there.