Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP

Royal Albert Hall, exterior picture

Address:Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
Map:See Royal Albert Hall on a map
Nearest Station:South Kensington
Link:www.royalalberthall.com

About: The Royal Albert Hall was first opened in 1871 and has remained central to London's culture ever since. The hall was built for the advancement of science and the Arts and was named after the late Prince Albert- who had died ten years before the halls completion. The building was funded by private individuals and help from the Crown.

The architect in charge of the project was Francis Fowke. The annual Proms season has been held here since 1941. The building is constructed from red brick and terracotta, and was designed around the amphitheatres that the prince had seen on his visits to Europe. A frieze that represents the arts and sciences circles the building. The roof of the Albert hall is made of an iron and glass dome, and offers excellent acoustics.

To date the Albert Hall is used for a variety of functions including concerts, fashion shows and corporate events. Since it first opened more than 150, 000 performances have taken place at the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets for the promenade seasons are difficult to get and must be bought in advance. The Royal Albert Hall is easily accessed via Knightsbridge or Kensington Underground Stations.

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London's best gig venues
The grand dame of London concert venues, The Royal Albert Hall is a class act. All-seater and all style, there is more to the Kensington venue than the classical Proms. Contemporary artists perform from time to time so keep an eye on events listings.

London's Most Opulent Buildings
When Prince Albert came up with the idea for this concert hall he had in mind a lavish, world-class venue inspired by Roman amphitheatres that could seat 30,000. Aside from the capacity (which had to be reduced to a mere 8,000) he got his wishes, albeit posthumously, and when the Royal Albert Hall opened in 1871 it was the biggest structure of its kind in the world.A terracotta frieze that goes all the way round the building shows figures building, dancing, and engaging in other worthy activities; most spectacular is the domed glass ceiling, not the most conducive to good acoustics but a stunning example of typically Victorian iron and glass architecture.


What's On

Dec
8
Sun
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London
Time: 14.00 & 16.00
Admission: From £34
Dec
10
Tue
Christmas with the Royal Choral Society
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London
Time: 19.30
Admission: From £22.50
Dec
11
Wed
John Rutter's Christmas Celebration
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London
Time: 15:00 - 17:00 19:30 - 21:30
Admission: £66.51, £60, £57.21, £54.42, £46.98, £42.33, £37.97, £32.09, £27.44, £17.21
Dec
14
Sat
London Community Gospel Choir at Christmas
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London
Time: 19.30
Admission: From £23
Dec
15
Sun
My Christmas Orchestral Adventure
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London
Time: 13.00 & 16.30
Admission: From £15
Dec
18
Wed
Handel's Messiah
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London
Time: 14.30 & 19.30
Admission: From £20
Dec
19
Thu
Guy Barker’s Big Band Christmas
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London
Time: 19.30
Admission: From £25
Dec
19
Thu
Late Night Jazz - Neue Grafik Ensemble
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London
Time: 21:30
Admission: £16.50
Starts on
Dec
22
Sun
Carols at the Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London
Time: Matinee and evening, various times
Admission: From £25
Starts on
Dec
28
Sat
The Nutcracker
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London
Time: Matinee and evening, various times
Admission: £10-£95
Starts on
Apr
19
Sun
Great Choral Classics
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Admission: £66.51, £60, £57.21, £54.42, £46.98, £42.33, £37.97, £32.09, £27.44, £17.21
Starts on
May
9
Sat
Film Music Gala
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London
Time: 15:00 - 17:00 19:30 - 21:30
Admission: £66.51, £60, £57.21, £54.42, £46.98, £42.33, £37.97, £32.09, £27.44, £17.21
Starts on
May
17
Sun
Sea Shambles
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore
Time: 7pm
Admission: 10-65
Jun
7
Sun
Let's Face the Music
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London
Time: 14:30 - 16:30
Admission: £66.51, £60, £57.21, £54.42, £46.98, £42.33, £37.97, £32.09, £27.44, £17.21


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