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. It is a registered charity held in trust for the nation but is financially self sufficient: it receives no funding from central or local government.
Selected reviews for this venue:
Bonnie Raitt (05/07/13) - A Night To Remember!
Seeing Bonnie Raitt at such a plush venue was wonderful. She has been performing for over 40 years but she has a refreshing shyness and humbleness about her and she shows an appreciation of her audience as if it was her very first performance. A grand night and definitely one for the memory box!
Parking - in London? Do you even need to ask the question... The free upgrade was brilliant though.
Mick Hucknall (01/10/12) - Mick was great, support act was appalling
So long as youre not expecting to hear many Simply Red songs and expecting more like the Tribute To Bobby album then you will love this. Mick was full of energy and his support group (2 ex-Simply Red and 3 new members) was excellent. But dont bother to listen to the support act, Ren Harvieu, she is the WORST support act we have EVER heard at any concert - she was off tune, her diction was so bad she was unintelligible and she sang so close to the mic it was distorting.
Address: Royal 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.
By Bus: 9 Aldwych to Hammersmith, stopping on Kensington Gore outside the Hall
10 King's Cross Station to Hammersmith, stopping on Kensington Gore outside the Hall
52 Victoria to Willesden 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
452 Wandsworth Road Station to Kensal Rise stopping on Kensington Gore outside 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.
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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. There are also several Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations within walking distance of the Hall. The closest one is on Kensington Gore outside the Royal College of Art.
Strict parking controls are in operation in the vicinity of the Hall. We offer some parking spaces at nearby Imperial College. Spaces are £8.00 and must be booked in advance.
Gates open from 6pm for evening shows and from 1pm for weekend matinees (please note you may be refused entry if you arrive before those times).
Please note that parking is not available for weekday matinee performances. Entrances to the car park are on Prince Consort Road and Exhibition Road. (Sat Nav Postcode: SW7 2BX). Please note: Customers planning on driving to the Royal Albert Hall and parking in the local area are advised not to leave valuables in their car. The Royal Albert Hall has cloakroom facilities available. Customers are also advised that when entering the Imperial College car park they should not stop or wait on the double yellow lines.
Purchase Parking Purchase parking by clicking here and selecting a date. You may purchase parking before or after your ticket purchases. Please note that if the 'Select a quantity' dropdown does not show any options, this means the car park is already sold out for your chosen date.
Please note that this parking is only available for cars and not larger vehicles (e.g. Mini buses or coaches).
Limited disabled parking is available by contacting the Access Line on 020 7070 4410.