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Opera Tavern

Covent Garden, Greater London, Westminster

This really is a ‘Phantom of the Opera’ pub, designed by Jonathon Treacher in 1879, which is used by singers from the Theatre Royal. The actor, Richard Baddeley, who died in 1794, haunts the inn, with there is a room named after him. Over the years there , commentators have heard, a rich voice declaiming, with sights of him in a long, dark cloak. Baddeley first appeared in 1761 and, a huge success in low comedy, made a fortune. When he died, he left his wealth and property to fund a home for ‘decayed actors’. He also bequeathed £3 a year to provide wine and cake in the Green Room at the Theatre Royal on the 12th night of Christmas.