The oldest theatre site in continuous use in the world, the iconic Theatre Royal Drury Lane in Covent Garden has reopened with new eating and drinking spaces, following a £60 million restoration. And it is stunning…
Lead image: The Cecil Beaton cocktail lounge; Photo: Andy Paradise
Andrew Lloyd Webber, who acquired the theatre in 2000, and his wife Madeleine championed the refurb which took two years to complete.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, or The Lane, has been in operation since the 17th century, and the makeover of the Grade I listed Georgian interiors celebrates the building’s long history and cultural legacy.
Restored areas include the front of house, the Benjamin Dean Wyatt-designed staircases and auditorium, which has been refashioned to bring the performer and audience closer together.
The refurb also sees three new spaces now open for theatre-goers (now showing Frozen the Musical) and diners to enjoy. And regardless if you want to singalong to Disney’s biggest hit in recent times or feel like a drink and a nibble or not, the opulent, stately interiors are worth a visit for themselves.
Cocktail bar Cecil Beaton takes its name from the early 20th century costume designer and society photographer who worked for Vogue.
Cocktails take on a theatrical twist. The menu includes whimsically-named drinks such as the Eliza Doolittle, Beautiful Wasp and Peter Pan. Open daily from 10am.
The Rotunda is a champagne bar in a perfectly preserved Regency-style interior. The space was inspired by Rome’s Pantheon and the restoration has preserved the rooms historical details including the King’s side and Prince’s entrances.
All-day dining area, The Garden is now serving up a simple menu of coffee and pastries for the morning, and cocktails, wine, and light bites, such as cheeseboards, for the evening. The industrial space boast high ceilings, oversized chandeliers and seating both indoors and outdoors. Open daily from 9.30.
Another space, the Grand Saloon, will open later on in the year, serving up Regency-inspired afternoon teas.
Catherine St, Covent Garden, WC2B 5JF; thelane.co.uk