Experience the west end like never before
An all-day destination for entertainment, afternoon tea, dining, drinking, art & culture, in the heart of Covent Garden and London’s West End.
From casual and contemporary, to formal and theatrical, each of The Lane’s spaces has its own charm. The unique building now features the spacious and regal Grand Saloon, with seasonal outdoor terraces taking guests from afternoon tea to a lively bar; the relaxed all-day dining area, The Garden; a cocktail bar inspired and named after high society photographer and theatre costume designer Cecil Beaton; a sun-filled terrace filled with flowers and seating and finally, the Rotunda bar with the magnificent ceiling inspired by the Pantheon in Rome.
A centrepiece of theatrical history for over 350 years, the theatre’s impressive list of past performers and productions reads like a who’s-who of theatrical royalty. Theatre Royal Drury Lane has been home to some of the most breath-taking spectacles seen on a West End stage as well as being the trailblazer for theatre innovation.
First constructed in 1663, Theatre Royal Drury Lane is the oldest theatre site in continuous use in the world. Under the leadership of award-winning architect Steve Tompkins, the restoration plans not only brought the building’s original features back to life, but focused as much on the future as they did the past. For example, the grand cantilevered Wyatt staircases which were lost 100 years ago are now revealed to create new areas for seating and hospitality.
The auditorium has been remodelled to create wider seats, more legroom and better sight lines. The auditorium has also been reshaped to create a tighter curve, bringing the audience and the performer closer together, with flexibility built in to allow for both a thrust stage, and in the round performances. Behind the scenes, a new flexible staging system has been installed as well as a new steel grid, making the stage capable of housing the biggest musicals in the West End.