Engaging facts about the famous Royal Albert Hall of London

One of the most popular and beautifully made concert halls of London, the Royal Albert Hall is world famous for the legendary concerts it hosts as well as its stunning dome shaped building.

Located on the northern edge of South Kensington, it is the venue that hosts the Proms concert every year. Fact about the Royal Albert Hall is that it can seat up to 5,272 people. It was inaugurated in by Queen Victoria in 1871 and since then has seen some iconic artists perform here with pride. The hall has been a performing platform for several classical, rock and pop concerts, ballets, opera, film screenings, live orchestra, sports, award ceremonies, charity events and other community events. Plus, a further 400 events are also hosted here in its non-auditorium spaces.

To access this iconic hall easily and attend a special event here, you should book you stay at the luxurious Shaftesbury Hyde Park International hotel in London. This hotel is close to the venue and provides unmatched comfort with services that will make your stay the super-convenient and truly memorable. Designed in a contemporary style, the hotel offers all modern facilities and amenities that will leave you fully satisfied with your stay.

The best feature about the hotel is its ideal location. Located in the heart of the city, it’s close to prime locations like the Royal Albert Hall and other popular London attractions. The hotel is also close to public transport facilities that keeps the commutes easy for you. Plus, if you book direct, you can avail Hyde Park International Member of Park Grand London.

When you are visiting the Royal Albert as a tourist attraction or are attending an event, here are few facts about this place you will amused to know and discover:

  • The fact about the Royal Albert Hall is that, it was supposed to be named the Central Hall of Arts, but the name was changed by Queen Victoria to what it is called now. This was done in the memory of her husband Prince Albert.
  • Designated as the Grade I historical building, in its first year of opening it showed only 36 shows in the whole year. This fact is now hard to believe for this popular venue now hosts more than 400 events a year.
  • Close to 150 years old, this place is the most iconic event venues in London. As a tribute on its big birthday in 2021, the celebrations are in way with a massive The Great Excavation project. This project will see it getting renovated and getting a new makeover.
  • Spanning over 20,000 square feet the glass dome of this hall broke world records as it features the largest unsupported glass dome in the world.
  • This eye-catching roof was used during the WW1 and WW2 as it became the landmark for war pilots.
  • A hidden marvel in the hall that a lot of people miss seeing is the message written along the roof of the hall. It reads, ‘This Hall was erected for the advancement of the Arts & Sciences and works of industry of all nations in fulfilment of the intention of Albert Prince Consort. The site was purchased with the proceeds of the Great Exhibition of the year MDCCCLI. The first stone of the Hall was laid by Her Majesty Queen Victoria on the twentieth day of May MDCCCLXVII and it was opened by her Majesty the twenty ninth of March in the year MDCCCLXXI. Thine O Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine. The wise and their works are in the hand of God. Glory be to God on high and on Earth peace.
  • The decorations on the ceiling of the hall are referred to as mushrooms and are fibreglass acoustic diffusers that solved the problem of echoing in the hall.
  • Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of this iconic building in 1867 and the inscribed slab can still be seen from Stall K, row 11 and seat 87.


Can you take your own drinks into the Royal Albert Hall?

You should not carry any drinks inside the Royal Albert Hall. But you may carry water bottle inside

Does the Royal Albert Hall have a cloakroom?

Yes, the Royal Albert Hall have a cloak room, but carry small bags

What time does the Royal Albert Hall box office open?

The Royal Albert Hall opens at 9 AM and closes at 9 PM


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