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Royal Albert Hall, London

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The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington, London. One of the United Kingdom'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.
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.

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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  • We came here for a tour but it was still closed due to Covid. Striking building with so much detail on the outside and it stands right opposite the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens. Would love....  more »
  • Goid show and good place to go bit far and long to get to loo but otherwise decent surroundings especially for people in a wheelchair.  more »
  • It was my first time to visit this place and it was so gorgeous! I was shocked when I get into the theatre I mean what a lovely place to watch a show! Unfortunately, I am not able to manage my time...  more »
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  • beautiful old building. perfectly matched decor. there are bars in which there is no chair. there are small restaurants. You can have a good meal. you must make an appointment in advance. very large control at the entrance. perfectly sound system. nice atmosphere. nice people easy to reach. It is difficult to access the Internet poor coverage. does not work on every floor. it needs some refurbishment but it is reasonably good. from my view, a little too small stage to perform. I generally recommend it. a worthy place for visitors
  • Great venue for a Concert. Where ever you seat you can see the show because it's not a big venue. Bars, coffee shop and a restaurant available to enjoy a drink before the show. My favourite so far.
  • Excellent venue for concerts/choirs etc. Went today to see my daughters primary school perform and sing. Splendid. Staff friendly. Security was good. Friendly happy atmosphere. But if you want a glass of wine... hope you have £8 to spend for 175ml glass.
  • Coming to this venue is always an exciting experience. Whether it be a comedy gig, a film or an orchestral performance it always blows me away. The venue is very well laid out with a beautiful selection of bars. They are definitely worth a visit! If you can watch some of the fantastic films they put on with a live orchestra I highly recommend it
  • Well staffed... well accessed and well placed.... Huge yet cozy venue in the beginning of east Kensington. Absolutely stunning venue, a pleasure to visit. Even the security searchers make you feel welcome, and they search you properly... not like the cheap frisk, football stadium staff give you... the beers and food are massively over priced... but its posh Kensington... of course you're paying top dollar.... Best large seater venue I've been to so far in London, regarding quickness and thoroughness of entrance and safety. All I can say is... enjoy royal Albert's hall.

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