Royal Albert Hall
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Built as a memorial to Queen Victoria's husband in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall's vast rotunda was once described by the monarch as looking like 'the British constitution'. It has been the venue for the (now BBC) Proms since 1941, despite acoustics that do orchestras few favours. The Royal Albert Hall's splendid exterior is matched by the regal red-and-gold interior which is crowned by a domed stained-glass skylight. Occasional classical concerts are held throughout the year – look out for recitals on the Willis pipe organ. Other key events in its calendar include pop and comedy gigs (including the annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows), and circus extravaganzas from the likes of Cirque du Soleil.
In addition to seasonal tours during the Proms, the RAH has launched daily Secret History Tours, which draw on a rich seam of stories about London's largest hall for hire and offer access to areas not normally open to audiences.
For a full list of events taking place at the Royal Albert Hall, check their website or click the 'book online' button.
Outside the main stage, the Hall is busy with concerts, screenings, silent discos, comedy and much more. Four restaurants and fourteen bars serve breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea and dinner, often featuring live music covering jazz, classical, and soul.
Last year, the Hall's breathtaking auditorium presented 401 events by the world’s greatest performers – taking in rock, pop and classical music, dance, films, Cirque du Soleil and even tennis – with the magical setting and inspired artists creating amazing memories for audiences.
|Transport:||Tube: South Kensington|
|Opening hours:||Tours run most days from 9.30am-4.30pm, but check website for details.|
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