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

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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 Little bit outside of London City. The number 9 bus left us right outside royal Albert hall, about 15 minutes to get to from city. Went to see cirque and it was absolutely incredible! No matter what section you are sitting in, you’ll be able to see the show perfectly. Front row, the odd few lights shine on your eyes, middle is fine, upper circle seats all still perfect! It said the show was sold out, but the upper seats were all empty so plenty of seats to choose from to find the perfect section 👌🏼 you can also get food, drinks, chocolate here.

M LOC - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating A beautiful venue. Although I imagine you'll be going to see an act you love, so the venue is just a great bonus. However, it's a great place to see anything. It's probably even worth just popping in to see it if you can, even with nothing on.

Nick Stagg - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Brilliant venue, been here many times and always happy. Tend to sit in a box rather than seating area as just prefer the extra leg room etc. Never tried the food as just cant justify the price and bar drinks are costly but no more than a normal London venue. Always a brilliant atmosphere and shows have been fantastic

Tallia Smith - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Superb venue in London. Very large but the sound is wonderful. Used for all kinds of performances from classic to rock. The best seats can be expensive but almost all seats have a decent view of the stage. It can be a pleasant 15 minute walk from South Kensington tube station too, with plenty of places to eat. Highly recommended.

Simon C - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating My first time attending the Christmas Carol concert. It was an enjoyable afternoon. The seats were in the side stalls and could swivel so I could face the stage. They were comfy with plenty of leg room. The acoustics were perfect. I have watched many RAH shows on TV, which were enjoyable, but nothing can beat being in the auditorium soaking up the atmosphere.

Mary Raby - 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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