Theatre Royal Drury Lane Is Now Open
Posted 23rd July 2021
Today, we are thrilled to be re-opening the doors of the iconic Theatre Royal Drury Lane, affectionately known as The Lane, following a two-year, £60 million restoration. The world-class theatrical and performance space has been entirely restored with the addition of exciting new food and drink spaces which will make this an entertainment and cultural destination alive throughout the day.
From today, we will be open to the public during the day and into the evening, no ticket required.
From casual and contemporary, to formal and theatrical, each of The Lane’s spaces has its own charm: the spacious and regal Grand Saloon; the relaxing, all-day dining area The Garden, serving cocktails, coffee, and light bites; a cocktail bar, inspired and named after high society photographer and theatre costume designer Cecil Beaton and finally, the Rotunda Bar where champagne will flow and elegant Georgian architecture shines.
Acquiring Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2000 enabled Andrew Lloyd Webber to combine his love of musical theatre with a deep interest in architecture. Alongside his wife Madeleine, this restoration project sought to bring to life the building’s history, creating a space that will see the building busy throughout the day, for those coming to a show and those not.
The Garden offers a seasonal and simple curated menu, with coffee and pastries in the morning and cocktails, wine & light bites, such as cheese boards, in the evening. With landscaping designed by Cameron Landscapes, the industrial space has soaring high ceilings, oversized chandeliers and indoor/outdoor seating. A hidden oasis, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the West End, The Garden will be open 9.30am to late daily.
In addition to The Garden, The Lane also has an elegant cocktail bar and lounge, named after high-society photographer and renowned costume designer Cecil Beaton. The Cecil Beaton Bar is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy a tipple from our bespoke cocktail menu. Open till late, with no reservation required, the Cecil Beaton Bar is ideal for those wanting to experience a little glamour in the evening.
Soon to be announced, the Grand Saloon will be opening later in the year offering a delicious and decadent Regency-inspired afternoon tea by one of the UK’s top cake makers. Be the first to book by subscribing to updates here.
The Lane will also offer the public a chance to learn more about the history of the building through guided theatre tours. Tours will run from the 15th September and will take guests through an unseen part of West End history, discovering hidden – and sometimes spooky – tales that date back over 350 years. You can find out more and book onto a tour here.
The restoration of Theatre Royal Drury Lane has been a journey, and we cannot wait for our beloved member of the LW family to be a hive of activity once again. Visit thelane.co.uk to find out more, or better yet, come and see for yourself. Everyone is welcome.
“Madeleine and I hope that the Theatre Royal will become a vital part of the Covent Garden community. We want to welcome you all through its doors all day and every day for everything from cocktails to coffees and lots, lots more.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber