Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall is both an architectural icon and a famous London concert hall

Outside Royal Albert Hall at night
Outside Royal Albert Hall at night cc licensed photo by peter pearson

The Royal Albert Hall was opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria. It is one of the most renowned architectural buildings in the United Kingdom and is indeed well recognized throughout the world. The hall also houses the 2nd largest pipe organ in the UK.

The hall was first proposed by the Queen's husband Prince Albert as a permanent facility for exhibitions and arts and concerts. Unfortunately he died ten years before his dream was completed. For that reason the proposed name was changed from The Central Hall of Arts and Sciences to the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences.

Since opening the Royal Albert Hall has been home to over 150,000 events. The extremely popular BBC Proms concert series has been hosted there every summer since 1941. Today the hall is a venue to over 350 performances each year ranging from classical concerts to rock and roll, pop concerts, opera, ballet, tennis matches, awards ceremonies, school and community events and banquets. The hall was designed with a capacity of 8000 guests, but is now limited to 5544 people due to modern safety regulations. Whether or not you are attending a concert or event, you won't want to miss seeing this spectacular hall, even if just from the outside during your London vacation. You can also enjoy a free tour of the Royal Albert Hall if you have the London Pass.

For more information about the Royal Albert Hall and to book tickets for upcoming events visit their official website linked above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes; Free tour with a London Pass.

Address: Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP, UK

Phone: 020 7589 8212

Official Website: Royal Albert Hall

Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
District, Circle and Piccadilly LinesSouth Kensington10 MInutes
District and Circle LinesHigh Street Kensington10 Minutes

How to get to Royal Albert Hall by Tube

Royal Albert hall is about a 10 minute walk from either of the above tube stations. From South Kensington Station exit onto Thurloe Place. and go right to Exhibition Road. Go left (north) on Exhibition Road, then left on Prince Consort Road, then right onto Kensington Gore. The Royal Albert Hall is straight ahead.
From Kensington High Street Station exit onto Kensington High Street and go right (east) until you get to the hall.

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Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5Royal Albert Hall Star Rating

5 Star Rating Amazing venue! The architecture alone will leave you in awe. There are many bars and toilets so the queues weren't that long, even for s full house. The staff are friendly and out had a warm atmosphere You can actually park outside, after 6'30pm. This pleases me no end as a driver in London, that is a big deal!

K Anthony - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating Everyone should experience a concert here. The acoustics are out of this world. I will definitely be back. I don't think you have experienced music until you have heard it played at the RAH.

Victoria Knappett - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating Been here twice for the Harry Potter concert and the Movies soundtracks night and never disappointed, it is actually incredible and I am looking forward for the next time. I recommend to take seats in the arena if you are going to see a movie night where the movie is projected while the orchestra plays every single bits of music in it as if you seat on the sides you will have limited view and stiff neck. Beautiful anyways.

Luca De Lisio - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating Paid for a tour. £14. Well worth it. Loved every minute. Very informative. The building is amazing. Beautiful. Also were lucky enough to hear military bands practising for classic FM while we were there. Finished the experience off lovely.

Margaret McCaffery - 1 month ago

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This time lapse video taken over the course of one year at the Royal Albert Hall illustrates the diverse range of events for which this spectacular venue can be configured.

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