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
Official Website: Royal Albert HallFee: Yes; Free tour with a London Pass.
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.
- Monday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Tuesday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Wednesday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Sunday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Category: Music Venues Venues & Event Spaces
Kensington SW7 2AP
Phone: +44 20 7589 8212
Nicole R. Mar-16-2022
What a great venue. My husband and I went there for the BAFTAs. He was nominated(and yes he won). The main hall is stunning. It is so tall you can see the... Read More
Joe D. May-31-2020
Not the greatest acoustics, but charm and glamor by the bucketful (Queen Victoria opened it in 1871)! We saw Shirley Bassey sing here for her 80th... Read More
Adrian H. Jan-12-2020
We went to see the Nutcracker by the Birmingham Royal Ballet. It really was a super performance, with a great orchestra. Just about every seat had a good... Read More
Accommodations near Royal Albert Hall:
|Tube Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines||South Kensington||10 MInutes|
|District and Circle Lines||High Street Kensington||10 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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