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Best photos in the house! Our favourite Instagram posts at the Royal Opera House

A selection of our favourite images capturing the magic of Covent Garden at the start of the 2016/17 Season.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

25 November 2016 at 10.59am | 1 Comment

Each day in December, we'll be sharing a festive photo on our Instagram channel from behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House, capturing the magic of this very special time of year.

But we're not the only ones snapping away as we marvel at the beauty of the building; we always enjoy seeing the thousands of photos you've taken during your visit and have selected a few of our favourites. If you're an Instagram user, why not share your own using the #royaloperahouse hashtag?


Arriving in style at the main entrance of the Royal Opera House on Bow Street.

Best. Car. Ever.

A photo posted by smallcarBIGCITY (@smallcarbigcity) on


The Crush Room, positioned next the auditorium, is a room steeped in history: many of its oil paintings and fittings have been in place since 1858.


The ultimate souvenir – this audience member went away with a programme signed by Principal dancers of The Royal Ballet Steven McRae and Natalia Osipova.


Capturing the beautiful architecture of the Paul Hamlyn Hall, formerly known as The Floral Hall.


A bird's-eye-view of the Paul Hamlyn Hall champagne bar, all lit-up during an evening performance.

#london #royaloperahouse A photo posted by Jennifer Godden (@jennifer.godden) on


A night view taken on Floral Street of the bridge that connects the Royal Opera House to the Royal Ballet School, known as the 'Bridge of Aspiration'.

#London #bridges #coventgarden #royaloperahouse #roh #architecture A photo posted by Aga Anastazja Szypicyn (@ines_designes) on


The morning sun shines through the windows and illuminates the wondrous cast iron skeleton of an empty Paul Hamlyn Hall.

The view through Royal Opera House atrium.. #royaloperahouse #beautifularchitecture A photo posted by Nicky Alger (@nickyjanealger) on


Ever sat in the Royal Box? It overlooks the pit and is adjacent to the stage, allowing you to see the fine details of each performance. Be warned though, the box was designed to allow everyone else in the house to see you too.


They may be the cheapest seats in the house, but the view from ‘the gods’ is priceless.

Let the entertainment BEGIN #RoyalOperaHouse #Nutcracker

A photo posted by Corinna Parker (@corinna.parker) on


‘The Young Dancer’, sculpted by Italian-born British sculptor Enzo Plazzotta, sits on Bow Street opposite to the entrance to the Royal Opera House.

  Rainy London #London #londonlife #royaloperahouse #coventgarden #ballet #anastasia #weekend   A photo posted by Magdalena Stefanni (@magdalena.stefanni) on


Curve appeal – a view of the horseshoe from a seat in the Amphitheatre section of the auditorium before a performance of The Royal Ballet’s Anastasia.


Things are looking up! Don’t miss the beautiful light blue ceiling of the auditorium, intended to replicate the sky.


Make sure you're following us on Instagram over the Christmas period as we count down to the 25 December with a selection of behind-the-scenes images, as part of our Royal Opera House Instagram calendar.

This article has 1 comment

  1. David Thompson responded on 13 December 2016 at 1:58pm Reply

    Such a beautiful set of photographs capturing the House at its best!
    It brings back my happy memories of ten years or so of working with the Development Board and the design team in my role of Construction Advisor prior to the major redevelopment project. A wonderful building.
    The Open Up works will no doubt be a
    success when completed. David

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