Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, London, was built as the result of a vision of Prince Albert - Queen Victoria's husband and consort, who dreamt of a 'Central Hall' being built to increase the publics awareness and appreciation of the Arts and Sciences. Sadly, Prince Albert died ten years before his vision was realised, but since it was opened in 1871, The Royal Albert Hall has proved to be one of the nations most famous and widely loved buildings.
Originally meant to be called 'The Central Hall of Arts and Sciences', Queen Victoria decided to change the name after she had laid the first foundation stone, and called it instead the 'Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences', in memory of her late husband. These days, the Royal Albert Hall is most famed as being the host of the yearly 'Summer Proms' concerts - eight weeks of daily classical orchestral music - which has been held there since 1941.
Every year more than 350 events take place at the Royal Albert Hall - From classical music, ballet and opera to rock and pop concerts, award ceremonies and sports, as well as charity events and banquets - The Royal Albert Hall is the buzzing central of cultural and artistic events in London. Regular, recurring events at the Royal Albert Hall include the Cirque de Soleil, The Classic Brit Awards, Film Premieres, The National English Ballet and much more.