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Royal Albert Hall London
Kensington Gore
London SW7 2AP
TfL Fare Zone 1
 
 
 
 
The oval, domed Royal Albert Hall is a major landmark in the Knightsbridge area of London situated close to Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Its extraordinary shape and Victorian decoration can be best appreciated from on the steps of The Albert Memorial.
 
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The Hall is now used for all types of events including classical music and rock concerts, poetry readings, conferences, ballet, awards ceremonies, Suomo wresting, ballroom dancing and table tennis competitions. In excess of 350 events are staged each year.
 
The Proms
However, it is probably best known to overseas visitors as the home of the annual BBC Promenade Concerts held between July and September.
 
The Hall’s correct name is The Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences and was the brainchild of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert. His Great Exhibition held in 1851 fired the Victorian public’s imagination with its innovative and exotic displays. Albert wanted to build a permanent cultural and exhibition centre to continue this stimulation.
 
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The Hall was the result. Unfortunately Albert died before it was completed in 1871 but Victoria saw it as part of a grand memorial to her beloved husband.
 
The massive Hall is an example of Victorian daring and confidence. It measures 272 feet (83 metres) by 238 feet (72 metres) on the outside. The wrought iron and glass domed roof is 135 feet (41 metres) high. Five galleries running around the interior provide seating and standing space for an audience of 5,544.
 
Outside, beneath the roofline runs a grand mosaic frieze made up of 16 subjects depicting "The Triumph of Arts and Sciences". The frieze is in white on a background of Wedgewood blue while the rest of the building is of Fareham red brick, with terra cotta block decoration.
 
Tours
The Hall offers a varied selection of tours. Details are available by going to Web:   Royal Albert Hall/ Tour
 
Plan Your Visit
What’s On & Tickets
The main Royal Albert Hall website has comprehensive interactive listing of shows and a portal for booking tickets. Tickets are also available in advance by Tel: +44 (0)2078 383 105 or from the Box Office (open every day 09:00 - 21:00 hours)  Web:  Royal Albert Hall/ Whats On/ Tickets
 
Gift Shop
The shop is incorporated with the Box Office located at Entrance Door 12.
Open daily from 09:00 – 21:00 hours. Further information  Web:  Royal Albert Hall/ Shop & Merchandise
 
Disabled Access
Accessible. Go to this web link  Web: Royal Albert Hall/ Disabled Access
 
Refreshments
One Dining space and Cafe Bar open all day. Remaining restaurants and bars open 2 hours before main auditorium events. Further details Web:  Royal Albert Hall/ Food & Drink
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)2075 898 212
 
Getting There
To find the best way for getting to Royal Albert Hall, visit TfL Journey Planner, link above.
 
- By Underground
South Kensington Station            District, Circle and Piccadilly lines.
High Street Kensington Station    District and Circle lines.
 
Approximately 10 minutes walk to the Royal Albert Hall from both stations.
 
- By Bus
Routes 52, 9 and 10 stop on Kensington Gore outside the Royal Albert Hall
Route 70 stops at Queen’s Gate, approximately 2 minutes walk from the Hall
Route 360 stops on Prince Consort Road, only 1 minute from the Hall
 
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