Royal Albert Hall, London.
Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is one of the world's most famous stages. Its breath-taking auditorium hosts over 380 shows a year by the world's greatest artists across all genres. The magical atmosphere combined with inspired artists creates legendary events.
Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert's vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences, the Hall is a registered charity which operates without public revenue funding, remaining true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. Extending the brand with 200 events annually outside the auditorium in the state-of-the-art Elgar Room, the Hall has broadened its appeal to younger, diverse audiences. It also has regular daytime tours and works extensively with schools, young people, disadvantaged groups and partners such as Music For Youth through its Education programme. For more information, visit www.royalalberthall.com Registered charity number: 254543.
FOOD AND DRINK
The Hall also offers six dining spaces and 14 bars for customers attending performances at the Hall. These open two hours before the performance giving you plenty of time to eat and drink at the Hall before the show. To find out more about the Hall's food and drink and pre-book a table, please visit http://www.royalalberthall.com/visit/food-drink/default.aspx or call the Box Office on 020 7589 8212.
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.
London Victoria is the nearest National Rail train station.
The Royal Albert Hall is located in South Kensington, facing onto Hyde Park. The address is Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP. Strict parking controls are in operation in the vicinity of the Hall. They offer some parking spaces at nearby Imperial College. Spaces are £10.20 (including a £0.20 Card Handling Fee) and must be booked in advance through http://www.royalalberthall.com/visit/getting-here/parking.aspx
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).
Black cabs can usually be hailed from Kensington Gore, outside the front of the building.
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.
Number of Steps
The Hall has many stepped entrances at Ground level. Ramped access is located at Doors 1, 3, 8, 9 and 12. Public lifts are located at Doors 1 and 8 and serve all levels from Basement to Gallery. The Arena Foyer bars can be accessed via a platform lift from the Basement level at Door 1.
Fourteen wheelchair spaces with adjacent companion seats are situated in the Stalls at Ground floor level. They have a limited number of chairs that can be elevated which may be used by customers seated at the back of the Stalls platforms who are able to transfer from their wheelchair. If you are interested in this facility, please speak to a Steward on arrival. There are also six wheelchair spaces in the Circle at sections P, R, V and X and four spaces within the unreserved standing area of the Gallery. Please note that due to the physical limitations of the circular shape of the auditorium, the spaces in the Circle are more suitable for customers with good upper body mobility.
The auditorium has an infra-red system with a number of personal headsets for use with or without hearing aids.
If you have a guide dog, the best place to sit in the Royal Albert Hall is in a Loggia or Second Tier Box, where your dog may stay with you. If you are sitting elsewhere, stewards will be happy to look after your dog while you enjoy the concert. Please call the Access Information Line on 020 7838 3110 to organise in advance of your visit.
General Access Info
For all access bookings and information, please call 020 7070 4410.