London Coliseum Guided Tours

Discover the secrets of London's largest theatre on one of our guided tours.

21 Sep - 18 Apr 2020

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.

London Coliseum opened as a Music Hall in 1904. It’s a sensational example of Edwardian architecture in the grand style. When it first opened it became known as ‘The Peoples Palace’. A theatre that was affordable to enter but which would also inspire a sense of wonder and excitement.

Our friendly and informal guided tours include a great deal of the building. The tours take in the following rooms

  • Old Gentleman‘s Baronial Smoking Hall
  • Stoll’s Balcony
  • Some Private Rooms
  • Upper Glassed Terraces
  • Fabulous auditorium
  • The warren of staircases backstage
  • Underneath the vast revolving stage and orchestra pit (when possible)

Tours vary according to what is available on the day. Please remember that you are visiting a working theatre and plans may change at short notice.

Entrance to the main auditorium is not guaranteed, and during the tour it is never possible to attend stage rehearsals. However you can become an ENO Friend and enjoy entry to our dress rehearsals.

Private tours

We are sometimes able to arrange private tours upon request. We will try to accommodate your group around any rehearsals that may be taking place. Please contact the Box Office to discuss your tour, or email us with your request.

Running Time
1hrs 30mins

*Booking fee is £2.25 per ticket.

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.