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Royal Albert Hall

Adored by audiences and performers alike, this tribute to Prince Albert is one of the world’s most celebrated concert venues.

Royal Albert Hall holds a special place in the architectural and cultural heart of Great Britain. It was opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria as a tribute to her beloved husband Prince Albert.

The hall’s distinctive glass and iron dome rises above the northern edge of South Kensington. Circle the hall’s exterior and gaze upward at the mosaic frieze, which represents the triumph of art and science. The hall was originally conceived as a multipurpose “Central Hall” and today hosts more than 350 events each year. Whether you prefer arias or rap, ballet or comedy, you’ll be sure to find the perfect evening of entertainment within the hall’s diverse program. But plan ahead, as tickets for the 5,500-seat auditorium sell briskly year-round.

The opportunity to perform here often represents one of the highlight of many artists’ careers. Legendary acts such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan have all graced the opulent stage.

In summer, get swept away by the good-natured patriotic fervor of the BBC Henry Woods Promenade Concert, better known as “The Proms.” This eight-week-long classical music concert series culminates in “The Last Night of the Proms,” an event televised worldwide. True music aficionados may want to forgo a seat and opt for the standing area near the orchestra pit.

The Royal Albert Hall maintains a thriving educational program, which ranges from school tours to community events. Join the one-hour Front of House Tour to experience the energy and buzz as the hall prepares for the evening’s performance. The tour includes visits to the Queen’s private suites and the Royal Retiring Room. Families with younger children might enjoy the Victorian Experience Tour, with two costumed characters leading an entertaining journey into the hall’s 140-year history. 

On open days, pop into the ground floor, which hosts an ever-changing exhibition series featuring anything from photographic displays to watercolors. And don’t forget to visit the bronze statue of Prince Albert himself, seated just across the road in the Albert Memorial.

Royal Albert Hall is located in South Kensington. The nearest Underground stations are High Street Kensington, South Kensington and Knightsbridge.

Popular Activities at Royal Albert Hall

Get the most out of your time spent at Royal Albert Hall. Here's a list of the top activities:

When preparing for your visit, you might want to consider buying a Royal Albert Hall Tour and a Private Victoria & Albert London Walking Tour.

If you're looking for even more activities, take a look at our London things to do page.


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Park International Hotel

Park International Hotel

117 - 129 Cromwell Road, London, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Kensington, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Science Museum. Imperial College London and Kensington Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). Gloucester Road Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Earl's Court Station is 11 minutes.

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    104 Bayswater Road, London, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and Kensington Palace. Royal Albert Hall and Imperial College London are also within 1 mi (2 km). Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 5 minutes.

      Queens Park Hotel ¥5,409
      Queens Park Hotel

      Queens Park Hotel

      48 Queensborough Terrace, London, England
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and Kensington Palace. Kensington High Street and Royal Albert Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 6 minutes.

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        The Rembrandt

        11 Thurloe Place, Kensington, London, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Central Park Hotel ¥7,171
            Central Park Hotel

            Central Park Hotel

            49/67 Queensborough Terrace, London, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and Kensington Palace. Kensington High Street and Royal Albert Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 6 minutes.

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              Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington

              Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington

              4-18 Harrington Gardens, London, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Kensington, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Kensington Gardens. Kensington High Street and Royal Albert Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Gloucester Road Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and South Kensington Underground Station is 8 minutes.

                Holiday Inn London-Kensington Forum ¥9,158
                Holiday Inn London-Kensington Forum

                Holiday Inn London-Kensington Forum

                97 Cromwell Road, London, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Kensington, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Natural History Museum, Kensington High Street, and Victoria and Albert Museum. Kensington Gardens and Royal Albert Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Gloucester Road Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and South Kensington Underground Station is 10 minutes.