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.

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. Varies by event. Visit the official website to see upcoming shows.

Royal Albert Hall Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • 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

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

Phone: 020 7589 8212

Official Website: Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Great venue. Fantastic acoustics with uninterrupted views from the majority of seats (though you can check on their app to see what the view looks like from your seat). Was there to see French Band AIR. Who were formidable. Stunning venue inside and out. If you get the chance come early and have a walk around the building and have a look at the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens a minutes walk from the main entrance, the souvenir/concession stall for bands is also usually located there. South Kensington tube station is the nearest as far as walking distance to the RAH. About 7-10 minutes away. High Street Kensington is a short bus trip away too. It’s also possible to use Gloucester Road tube station though it’s a 15-20 minute walk.
Andy “Warhol’s Favorite” Wig - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Attended Bryan Adams Reckless Gig. Sat in Loggia box and was great view. Sound was on point and overall great friendly experience. Expect queues for bars and toilets as per. Note to establishment, have management located within close distance of bars to support them. One bar near Door 3 poor girls were pushed and clearly needed help when they got confused or weren't sure on certain drinks. Also need better selection and cheaper prices as they were too high for a venue.
Liam McGregor - a month ago

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4 Star Rating The Royal Albert Hall is a fantastic venue. I attended for Dave Matthews Band in April and I was very happy overall, though that’s largely due to the concert itself. The staff were all very useful and were able to direct and inform perfectly. The doors opened earlier than originally stated which was good as I could just get straight in. The main issue with the venue is the astronomical prices at the bar. I hope you’ve brought your mortgage broker with you because you’ll need them if you want a coke and a packet of crisps! Getting over that, the overall feeling of the venue was great, incredibly positive vibe and the show felt very intimate. The sound certainly wasn’t fantastic, but was very good from where I was. I imagine there are better places to be sat in the venue.
Daniel Vivian - a month ago

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4 Star Rating I always love going to this beautiful building! The staff are incredibly polite and always helpful. I love the atmosphere and the music on offer. The only downside is that the entire place is cashless. I went to buy an ice cream and realised I left my card at home. Despite this though, the Royal Albert Hall is a truly spectacular venue.
E_melxa - 4 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating My second time at this place. Great experience and fast entrance. Restaurantes are beautiful and the theatre is magnificent. Anywhere you seat you have a great view. It was really a wonderful night and a must place to visit.
Nil Romano - a month ago

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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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