The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington, London. One of the UK's most treasured and distinctive buildings, it is held in trust for the nation and managed by a registered charity which receives no government funding. It can seat 5,272.Plan your Royal Albert Hall visit and explore what else you can see and do in London using our London trip itinerary website.
Since the hall's opening by Queen Victoria in 1871, the world's leading artists from many performance genres have appeared on its stage. It is the venue for the Proms concerts, which have been held there every summer since 1941. It is host to more than 390 shows in the main auditorium annually, including classical, rock and pop concerts, ballet, opera, film screenings with live orchestral accompaniment, sports, awards ceremonies, school and community events, and charity performances and banquets. A further 400 events are held each year in the non-auditorium spaces. Over its 150 year history the hall has hosted people from various fields, including meetings by Suffragettes, speeches from Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein, fights by Frank Bruno, exhibition bouts by Muhammad Ali, and concerts from performers such as Eric Clapton and Shirley Bassey.
The hall was originally supposed to have been called the Central Hall of Arts and Sciences, but the name was changed to the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences by Queen Victoria upon laying the Hall's foundation stone in 1867, in memory of her husband, Prince Albert, who had died six years earlier. It forms the practical part of a memorial to the Prince Consort; the decorative part is the Albert Memorial directly to the north in Kensington Gardens, now separated from the Hall by Kensington Gore.
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Royal Albert Hall reviews
we went on the tour of the building.The guide was great,everything was explained about history and sound. Was very informative and enjoyable.lots of walking up stairs though.
we went on the tour of the building.The guide was great,everything was explained about history and sound. Was very informative and enjoyable.lots of walking up stairs though. more »
I was fortunate enough to have my wife surprise me with tickets to Eric Clapton on May 8th when we were in town on vacation. To see a legend like him in such a legendary and historic venue was a...
I was fortunate enough to have my wife surprise me with tickets to Eric Clapton on May 8th when we were in town on vacation. To see a legend like him in such a legendary and historic venue was a... more »
The Royal Albert Hall is a fabulous venue for a concert and Joe Bonamassa didn’t disappoint He was tremendous with a great sound and stage performance enjoyed by nearly a full house. What a...
The Royal Albert Hall is a fabulous venue for a concert and Joe Bonamassa didn’t disappoint He was tremendous with a great sound and stage performance enjoyed by nearly a full house. What a... more »
Ok so 3 is a score I've deliberated on. But feel given there were a few bits that I feel could be improved, I think it's fair. Firstly, if you want to eat before a show BOOK online. There's limited option in the area and within. Choice of snacks are limited and there is little to no dietary consideration at the snack areas. Secondly, if booking an event you really want to see then spend a bit. Unlike some of the other theater venues in London, the cheapest seats have average sound and the performance will look like mini Lego people. Also they have limited leg room! As for the directions. Minimal way finding so read your ticket. The lifts are a fair distance to the central entrance and it's stairs all the way. So for anyone with accessibility needs...say so to get the best help. Otherwise it's a magnificent building, steeped in history and our show was spectacular!
A great place. Fantastic performance yesterday with the Classical Spectacular. One of the best shows I've seen in my life. Truly an elite institution which upholds the finest tradition and artistry. Pro tip: get there early and enjoy the interiors and the cafes available. Also a nice stroll through the Hyde Park would be a great way to come up to the Hall.
First time visiting the RAH and it was a fantastic experience. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Picked up the tickets at the box office with no problems. Easy to find your way around. Had a brilliant view and was able to get out at the end with no delays. All in all an excellent customer experience.
Blimey where to start. Staff or building? both more than deserving of 5 stars. Magnificent building, immaculately looked after both inside and outside. We went to a Patti Smith concert heart and was blown away by the whole experience. The staff are professional and courteous without being snooty or pompous, they are also 100% on the ball, and helpful, they fully deserve any praise given, we had 'safe journey' etc upon leaving, along with directions. We treated ourselves and ate at the Verdi which also deserves a 5 star review with the same compliments to the staff much deserved. The building is stunning, and we were granted sneak peeks on the other floors. Our tickets were for the gallery which granted us not only a great view but lots of room for dancing. A truly memorable night on all counts
I went to the Albert Hall last Wednesday, for the Salvation Army Christmas Celebration. It was slightly smaller inside than I expected and the seating not as comfortable, but it was still a very atmospheric place and a great evening. It is a magnificent building from the outside and of course there is the huge golden statue of Prince Albert in the park, opposite the front entrance. At the moment, the nearest tube station is Gloucester Road, though normally it would be South Kensington. It was about a 15 minute walk from the station, though there are buses. Clearly, this is an iconic, world-famous venue.
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