Royal Albert Hall
London’s most beautiful concert hall The Royal Albert Hall is a huge circular building with wings built in 1871. It was built in honour of Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, who had died six years earlier. It is located in the ‘Museum Quarter’, just south of Kensington Gardens.
The architectural design was by the English designer Francis Fowke, but he died before the building was completed. The project was then taken over by British architect Henry Scott, who completed the building. He was inspired by ancient amphitheatres and had the Royal Albert Hall built on the model of ancient theatres.
The Royal Albert Hall is the city’s premier classical music venue and attracts many of the world’s leading musicians. It can accommodate up to 5,272 people. It opened in 1871 with a performance of Edward Elgar’s Oratorio ‘The Dream of Gerontius’.
The building is also used for pop and rock concerts, film screenings, dance performances and music festivals. The most famous popular concert was when the Beatles and the Rolling Stone put on a unique one-night show. More than 350 shows are held each year.
Notable events at the Royal Albert Hall have included concerts by George Frideric Handel, performances by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the annual Promenade Festival and the BAFTA and BRIT Awards ceremonies.
The Royal Albert Hall is also known for its special shows, including New Year’s Eve fireworks, Christmas concerts and memorial concerts for fallen soldiers.
At lunchtime, a stage is dedicated to young and promising artists of all kinds. The concerts take place next to the Royal Albert Hall café, allowing visitors to enjoy this magnificent building. The guides are also happy to show visitors around.
How to get to the Royal
Ticket prices for an adult: £18.50 (€21), children (5-16): £10.50 (€12). Children under 5 are not allowed from mid-July to mid-September.
- November to April daily from 10am to 1pm
- May to October daily from 10am to 4pm
Metro: South Kensington or High Street Kensington station (10-15 minute walk)
Bus: routes 9 (Kensington Gore), 23 (Kensington Gore), 52 (Kensington Gore), 70 (Queen’s Gate), 360 (Prince Consort Road), 452 (Kensington Gore), 702 (Kensington Gore).
Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP, UK