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“Proms night - Broadway musicals.”
Review of Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall
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Grand Tour of The Royal Albert Hall in London
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Opened in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. It is also one of London’s most iconic and visited tourist attractions. Over the years, it has been the scene of over 150,000 performances; from Wagner to Sinatra, The Beatles to Beyonce, Muhammad Ali to Adele, and is home to the celebrated BBC Proms. Whilst the venue is most famous for its shows by night, by day this treasured building is open for coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and guided tours of the building. Tip for tour ticket holders: Enjoy a 10% discount on items in the Hall’s gift shop and Cafe Bar.
London, United Kingdom
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“Proms night - Broadway musicals.”
Reviewed 28 August 2012

My mum and dad love the TV and Broadway musicals of the 40' through to the 70's so last night at the BBC proms was literally just the ticket.

I've been the Hall many times before and it is a great venue. I love it because it never fails, always great acts from Proms to Orbital every time is honestly a great night.

Great for the family or Friends, clearly this review is about the venue not the night as that is down to you , what you like but as a venue it is a great place of choice to go and see what you enjoy.

It is truly British too, you can't help feel honoured to be at a venue that has seen and heard so much before over the last 100 years.

You can have drinks, nibbles, even light meals, all pretty not, not absurdly expensive (though £8 for a 250ml of Sauvignon blanc took a deeper than usual swallow out of me when I went to pay).

All in all great place, great venue, great seats almost no matter where you sit, sound is great and the location is awesome.

Visited August 2012
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“A "must see" venue”
Reviewed 28 August 2012

Despite much time spent in London we had never visited the Albert Hall before and a spur of the moment walk around led to the box office where the surprise that tickets were available for the following evening led to purchase of two box seats (each £20) to watch The Proms (no 56). We chose pre performance food at Cafe Consort (reasonable all round once used to London prices) but there are other bars/restaurants on site.
The venue is magnificent - no other word to describe it. The acoustics are superb and in fact the surroundings were more interesting and pleasing than the performance which to our ears was just cacophony. This also may explain why the auditorium was only half full and many left before the encore.

Visited August 2012
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“Albert Hall”
Reviewed 27 August 2012

Have been to several different types of events here, Beethhoven, classic guitar, and Mike and the Mechanics but yet to do the Proms, would love to go to that. The sound here is amazing accousticly the Festival Hall doesn't compare nor the Barbican, this place has a magical feel to it, awesome too.

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“Great place”
Reviewed 26 August 2012

Amazing place to see, even if nothing is going on. Stunning inside - cant imagine not enjoy seeing anything there

Visited March 2012
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“Spend the money on a guided tour its fabulous”
Reviewed 26 August 2012

There is currently a 2 for 1 special through Visit London. We took advantage of this offer so rather than paying the usual 11 quid for the tour we got it for 5.50 each. Its worth hunting online to see if there are any special deals. RAH is included in the London Pass too.

You can purchase tickets from the entrance opposite The Albert Memorial on Kensington Road, or from the opposite side (Prince COnsort Rd). Tours are conducted in English only with a max of 20 people per tour. Conducted periodically between 10:30am-4:30pm depending on the time of year. Check with the Royal Albert Hall (RAH) website for accurate details.

FYI - no photography is allowed. 10% discount is available at the cafe & giftshop for tour-takers so keep your ticket.

An elevator is available for those with limited mobility but where possible try and stay with the group and take the the stairs.

Our tour was taken by guide Lisa. Lisa was extremely knowledgable, very friendly & more than willing to share her immence wealth of knowledge with anyone that would listen.

Lisa provided us with lots information about the history of RAH and how it came about including raising money for its creation through private seats that were sold on 999 yr leases, the acqusition of boxes through auction houses like Sothebys and interesting facts like the RAH only pays 5p per year for rent.

Our tour was conducted in the middle of BBC Proms season so the RAH was being actively used by orchestras rehersing for upcoming performances. Lisa lead us up to the boxes where we were able to sit and observe rehersals, see the Royal box, the Royal retiring room and provided us with interesting history facts about the RAH dating back to Queen Victorias time.

Behind the scenes there are plenty of pictures and history on the walls to compliment the knowledge from the guide. Pictures show the range of events that RAH has held over the years; music, concerts, fundraisers, opera, ballet, boxing and tennis just to name a few.

The tour assends to the Gallery where standing tickets are sold and patrons can stand for entire performances (ie The BBC Proms) for as little as 5 pounds. Take in the atmosphere and observe the "mushrooms" or "UFOs" hanging from roof to balance out the acoustics which change colour and have been known to be targets during celebrity tennis matches.

Overall I really enjoyed the tour, I think it's well worth the cost and would recommend to any newbie or tourist in London.

Visited August 2012
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