Royal Albert Hall
Did you know?
There are 13,000 “A”s for Albert around Hall
The Hall is home to the world’s largest single woven carpet design, made of 326,666 sheep fleeces and 49 million tufts getting it into the Guinness World Records
The world’s biggest Christmas pudding was made at the Hall and weighed ten tonnes
The first ever body-building contest and Sumo wrestling tournament outside Japan took place in the main auditorium
The Elgar Room used to be home to the Central School of Speech & Drama, giving a stage to names including Sir Lawrence Olivier and Dame Judy Dench
5,500 bottles of champagne and 1,800 bottles of gin are drunk at the Hall every year
Afternoon Tea was introduced to Britain by Queen Victoria. The first tea party was held at the Hall in 1912. The tradition continues today in the Hall’s Verdi Restaurant
The Royal Albert Hall Grand Tour is fully accessible.
Some time slots and/or dates are unavailable due to events taking place in the auditorium.
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 and is financially self sufficient, receiving no funding from central or local government.
Thames River Red Rover Hopper Pass
With the River Red Rover ticket you travel in luxury on a fleet of river liners and may hop on or off at any of the piers as often as you like throughout the day.
As the River Thames weaves its way through the heart of London there is history around every bend and there is no better way to see and experience the sights and splendour of this great city than from one of City Cruises modern, wheelchair-friendly RiverLiners™.
Enjoy unsurpassed views of some of London’s most famous landmarks from the vantage point of our open upper decks and spacious lower saloons with panoramic windows. Take advantage of two bars providing light refreshments and snacks .
Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Waterloo (London Eye) Pier, Tower Pier and Greenwich Pier every day of the year except Christmas Day (25th December).
Our shortest trips between piers last about 20-30 minutes while the full round trip takes about two-and-a-half leisurely hours.