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Royal Albert Hall London

About the Royal Albert Hall

Arguably London's most iconic performance venue, the Royal Albert Hall first opened in 1871. Forming part of the Prince Albert memorial space next to Kensington Gardens, this impressive feat of architecture has become synonymous with the Proms, which have been performed at the venue for almost every year since 1941.

The building's distinctive shape, reminiscent of a Roman amphitheatre, was designed by Francis Fowke and Henry Y.D. Scott, and built by Lucas Brothers. Taking influence from the Italianate design trends of late Victorian England, the Hall has impressive arched windows and friezes on the outside. It was originally intended to be named The Central Hall of Arts and Sciences, but Queen Victoria instead named it after her late husband, who had raised the funds for the building with profits from the 1851 Great Exhibition.

The Hall has gone through a number of renovations since its opening, including work in 1969 to vastly improve the venue's acoustics. Most recently, Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England funded work between 1996 and 2004 saw thirty smaller projects completed to bring the Hall into the 21st century. These included improved ventilation, seating, technical facilities and backstage areas; new bars and restaurants; and a redesign of the Circle seating to make it more comfortable for audiences.

Now a world-renowned performance and events hub, the Royal Albert Hall continues to be one of the capital's most diverse venues, with rock concerts, variety performances, classical orchestras and more gracing the stage.

Plan your visit

The Royal Albert Hall is open daily from 9am, with all restaurants and bars in the building usually open two hours prior to a performance's start time.

The Box Office opens from 9am all week.
Most performances at the Royal Albert Hall do not specify a dress code, and visitors should wear clothes that they feel are comfortable and appropriate. If a performance does have a dress code, this will be specified on your ticket.
There is an air conditioning system in the Royal Albert Hall.
Cloakroom facilities are available for visitors up to two hours before a performance starts. There is a cost of £1 per item, and access is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Security staff at the Royal Albert Hall will undertake ticket checks and random bag checks. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time for this prior to a performance.
There are a range of bars and eateries on-site at the Royal Albert Hall. During a performance, visitors can enjoy wine, beers, spirits, soft drinks and light snacks from bars on every level of the auditorium.
There are a number of eateries on-site at the Royal Albert Hall, including Verdi Italian Kitchen and Elgar Bar & Grill. South Kensington has many other options for pre-show dining, including The Builder's Arms, which serves a seasonal menu of classic British pub food. Kensington High Street also has a fantastic range of chain and independent eateries for all tastes.
South Kensington has plenty of hotels for every budget, with Holiday Inn on Cromwell Road offering a no-fuss but comfortable stay a short walk away. Visitors can also book at the stylish and good value Queen's Gate Hotel, which is right next to the Royal Albert Hall.
The Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871, and named after her late husband, Prince Albert. The distinctive Grade I listed building forms part of the wider memorial to Prince Albert in South Kensington area, and is best known as the home of The Proms, which first opened at the venue in 1942.

Help booking tickets

Ticket collection is available at the box office, which is located inside the venue, at Door 12. You may be asked to show ID as well as the payment card used to purchase the tickets when collecting.
The Box Office opening hours are 9am – 9pm, Monday to Sunday (including Bank Holidays).
The Royal Albert Hall box office can be contacted directly on 020 7589 8212 or by emailing
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) is the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check the STAR ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
The Royal Albert Halls can be hired for private and corporate events. For full details of pricing and what the venue can offer, please email
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