London Coliseum Guided Tours

Discover the secrets of London's largest theatre on one of our guided tours, the home of some of your favourite operas.

Please note the London Coliseum is now closed to the public.

Explore the hidden world of ENO and discover the secrets of the largest theatre in London’s West End on one of our guided tours.

The London Coliseum opened as a variety theatre in 1904 and is a wonderful example of Frank Matcham’s unique Edwardian style. Planned by theatre impresario Oswald Stoll, he wanted it to be the “Peoples’ Palace of Pleasure” and the best equipped theatre in London. When building began it quickly caught the attention of the public who were bewitched by our iconic revolving globe.

On your visit you will get to see our beautifully preserved front-of-house areas and explore the warren of staircases and hallways backstage. Our friendly tour guides will share with you the history of the building and how it has adapted over time to its changing cast of characters and companies. Find out why the tram line on the Strand was so important to the theatre and just how we once had a cricket match on stage.  Don’t forget to ask about what we uncovered under the carpet too!

As we are a working theatre we cannot guarantee access to the auditorium and some areas are only accessible by stairs.

Group Bookings and Private tours

We are happy to arrange group or private bookings on request where possible. Please email us with your request or contact us on 020 7845 9300.

If you would like to arrange a bespoke experience backstage at the London Coliseum please contact our Events Team or call 020 7845 9479.

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Running Time
1hrs 30mins

Please note that tours include quite a lot of walking, with many stairs to climb. If you would like to discuss your requirements, please call 020 7845 9300 or email us You can also explore the theatre virtually via our Google Streetview tour.

Places on guided tours must be booked in advance. Please do not arrive for a guided tour unless you have confirmation of booking.