Royal Albert Hall
Things to Do in London
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Contrary to what the Beatles sing, the Royal Albert Hall is not filled with holes, just beautiful music. Guitarist Eric Clapton has played there so many times that he claims it feels like his personal sitting room; the acoustics are that good. The stately building is round, and the hall similarly curved, with a large domed roof. It seats 5,272 patrons and is situated in the London area of South Kensington.
Opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria and named in honour of her beloved husband, Prince Albert, who had died six years prior, the venue is constantly in use for a litany of entertainments and celebrations, even tennis! Albert Hall, as it is commonly referred, hosts concerts of many sorts from classical to jazz, rock to opera and ballet, as well as films. This glorious hall is also used for special events like speeches, tributes and graduation ceremonies.
A registered charity, Royal Albert Hall’s arguably most famous annual tradition is an eight-week summer concert series known as The Proms. It sells out well in advance, so if you are planning a summer visit to London, book your tickets as soon as possible. The venue stages almost 400 shows per annum; performances and dates are posted on its website along with ticket prices.