Royal Albert Hall
I first saw the Royal Albert Hall a couple of months ago. I lived in the boutique hotel The Gore just nearby and since we were so close by we decided that was the perfect time to pay a visit. In the evening, when we walked the five minutes to Royal Albert Hall we got a bit surprised to see a long line of people on the street. I know that the venue is popular for different events and concerts, but not that popular.
Royal Albert Hall is really impressive and we felt satisfied by simply admiring it from outside. Sometimes watching is enough. [more]
A definitive London experience, if you get the chance (and it was a long held ambition of mine to do so) is to attend a “Prom” concert at London’s beautiful Royal Albert Hall and, if you are spending enough time in the capital, attend enough concerts to qualify for the famous “Last Night of the Proms”.
The “Promenade Concerts” as they are more fully known are a London institution of classical music concerts held through July, August and September. Tickets for seats in the stalls can be expensive but if you’re happy to stand/lie/sit on the floor then much cheaper tickets are available by queuing on the day and going into the “God’s” (at the top of the hall) or the “floor” right in front of the orchestra in the middle of the building.
The classical programme is always excellent and the last performance is so popular that tickets are limited to those who have attended at least six concerts through the rest of the season.
If you get the chance the last night is superb however with a charged atmosphere, performances of many old favourites (“Land of Hope and Glory” and “Rule Brittania”) and concert goers usually dress up for the occasion to set the party mood. [more]
Albert Hall is located at Kensington Gore (to get there take tube to South Kensington).
Albert Hall has a long history. Queen Victoria's husband Albert was the one who came up with the idea of the Great exhibition of 1851. The purpose of the exhibition was to promote free trade between nations and showed more then 15.000 items and had a number of 6 million visitors at the Crystal Palace. Such a successful exhibition was a premise for Albert's further plans to build a Hall for Arts and Science. So Albert Hall was funded by the proceeds from the exhibition plus selling some of the 7000 seats for 999 years leases. The system is still in place today and many private citizens and/or corporations have seats in Albert Hall. Albert Hall finally opened up its doors to the public in 1871. 10 years after Albert died. It is venue not only for the classical music concerts but also for rock concerts as well.
Tours are available from Fri to Tue usually 6 times a day, while price of the admission is Ł7.50. For concert tickets check out Albert Hall website. [more]
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