The Royal Albert Hall
Attending one of Royal Albert Hall concerts is a one-of-a-kind experience and our top choice among things to do in Kensington. Step out from The Gore Hotel and in 5 minutes you will reach this iconic landmark in London and a cultural site of Albertopolis, an area of Central London envisioned by Prince Albert with several important institutions promoting the applied arts and science.
It was on 20 May 1867 that thousands of people watched HM Queen Victoria lay the Hall’s red Aberdeen granite foundation stone, and you can still find it underneath K stalls, row 11, seat 87 in the main auditorium! Use the time machine to learn all the details of the history of the Royal Albert Hall.
Each year spectators can enjoy more than 390 Royal Albert Hall shows in the main auditorium, meaning sometimes more than one per day! They range from classical, rock and pop concerts to film screenings with live orchestra and sports, such as Champions Tennis.
The world’s leading figures in music, dance, sport and politics have hit the stage of the Royal Albert Hall since its official opening in 1871. Look at the Heroes of the Hall to spot some of them.
Many events will remain in history, such as the presentation of famous Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The phantom of the opera” at the Royal Albert Hall held on 1-2 October 2011 in celebration of the show’s 25th West End anniversary. With special guest appearances, it was broadcast live to cinemas across the world and filmed for DVD.
What’s on at The Royal Albert Hall this summer:
Since 1895, each summer The Proms reign the stage at the Royal Albert Hall for eight weeks and each day you can attend orchestral classical music concerts and other events. This year, buy your tickets for the concerts that start on 15 July and end on 10 September.