Royal Albert Hall
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The Royal Albert Hall was built to fulfil the vision of Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's consort) of a 'Central Hall' that would be used to promote understanding and appreciation of the Arts and Sciences and would stand at the heart of the South Kensington estate, surrounded by museums and places of learning.
The Hall is a Grade I Listed building; and has been in continuous use since it was opened in March 1871. It was always conceived as a multipurpose building to host not only concerts of music but exhibitions, public meetings, scientific conversations and award ceremonies.
Today it hosts more than 350 performances a year including classical concerts, rock and pop, ballet and opera, tennis, award ceremonies, school and community events, charity performances and lavish banquets. The Proms is a popular eight-week summer season of daily classical music concerts and other events held annually at the Albert Hall
South Kensington (District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines) and High Street Kensington (District and Circle Lines) are the closest Underground stations to the Hall. Walking to the Hall takes approximately 10 minutes from both stations.
52 Victoria to Willesden stopping on Kensington Gore outside the Hall
9 Aldwych to Hammersmith, stopping on Kensington Gore outside the Hall
10 Archway to Hammersmith, stopping on Kensington Gore outside the Hall
70 Acton to South Kensington, stopping on Queen's Gate, 2 minutes walk from the Hall
360 Elephant & Castle to the Hall, stopping on Prince Consort Road, 1 minute walk from the Hall.
London Victoria is the nearest National Rail train station.
Black cabs can usually be hailed from Kensington Gore, outside the front of the building.
There are a number of public bicycle racks located towards the South side of the building. Bicycles are left on these racks at your own risk and the Royal Albert Hall cannot take responsibility for any loss or damage.