The Royal Albert Hall is one of the most stunning buildings I've ever been into and it's the most perfect mix of traditional architecture and modern quirkiness (fibreglass discs on the ceiling to improve the acoustics, I'm looking at you here).
We were lucky enough to get row 6 seats for Russell Howard's Wonderbox tour and the view was INCREDIBLE. For the first time ever, I could actually see facial expressions and eyes. Eyes! Actual real no foolin' eyes, that's how close we were! I know the Royal Albert had a reputation for having terrible acoustics in the past but they've definitely fixed that because we could hear every word. Couldn't have asked for better seats.
You can tell the place is old and steeped in history too. Yes, the seats themselves feel a bit rickety and thin due to age, but looking around, you can see all the architectural details and it has that kind of musty smell. It all just adds to the atmosphere.
On a more practical level, all the doors are clearly signposted, there are plenty of announcements during the intervals to make sure you know how long you've got and the walkways inside the main arena are huge, allowing plenty of room for the amount of people using them. No queuing to get in and out here.
If I were going to give one bit of advice though, it'd be to have dinner before and fill up so you aren't tempted to buy the extortionate ice creams and chocolates, and to head to a bar after to avoid the bar. They definitely mark up. A LOT.
Above all else, a visit to the Royal Albert Hall is more than the show you've paid to see. It's the history of the building and the atmosphere it creates too, and that makes the money worth it, 100%.
Absolutely stunning venue, from both the outside and in.
This circular building is both beautiful on the outside, dotted with murals and ornate stonework and stunning on the inside, hosting period features, snaking columns, and lined with opulent red theatre seating.
I've visited the Royal Albert Hall to see Quidam (Cirque du Soleil), Tori Amos (twice), Rodrigo y Gabriela and Opeth. All of which I can say were worth the money and were some of these artists better performances.
Whilst tickets can be pricier than you may come across at other venues, you'll know seeing performances at this venue, that not only will you be in for a visual treat, worth it just to soak in the sophisticated grandeur of this venue, you'll also know that wherever you sit, you won't have issues with sound quality.
The sound quality at this venue is outstandingly superb!
I've stood ringside and sat way up in the upper circles and cannot fault either, with the only difference being how close you are to the acts and how much you value being able to see facial expressions. Although I've been equally impressed by the view from the upper circles, as well as being equally awe inspired standing at the front on the ground floor.
The respectful age and beauty of this venue adds to the elegance of the experience. I find the seats comfortable and easy to sink into and I particularly like how the ones in the lower circles can also be angled towards the act as required.
I would however like to give you a couple of heads up:
1) You may want to find a bar for pre-show drinks as it can get busy at the bar, expensive and you have a limited choice.
2) For those with a fear of heights, it's better that you pay the extra not to get seating in the upper circles. Whilst for some the giddy and unnerving feeling of being on the edge of the balcony and a precipice might be exhilarating, for those that do not like heights, I could imagine that this to be extremely traumatic.
I made my way here just to check out the nice architecture with my own eyes. It was pretty magnificent, to say the least. I had the London Pass so I could've gone on an hour-long tour, but I decided not to so that I could visit more museums during opening hours. Not sure if I missed out on anything, but that's what I did. Was it worth the visit to just go outside? I guess so. After snapping a few pictures, I walked through the park to the Kensington Palace so Royal Albert Hall was just a quick stop. If only I lived in London, I would watch a show or two here.
From a very novice photographer point of view, the best place to photograph this building is from behind the statue across the street. Otherwise, you'll be taking pictures of random walls of the building leaving the viewer to imagine what the wall is connected to.
RAH is unique and beautiful. Saw George Benson there last night, he was fab! The sound is awesome and it would be hard to get a bad seat. As George B said it's the best music venue in the world. Bar No3 serves cocktails, a very polite bar man explained what went into cocktails on the list. On the down side is, if like me you get drunk loud idiots sitting behind you the floor staff are ineffective and do nothing to resolve this poor behaviour. Why go to a concert if you just want to loudly chat and degrade yourself with stupid behaviour. You pay good money and the stewards should have the skills to eject louts with too much money and little sense, who are not fans but are just there because it's the thing to do. That rant over, luv George B will follow you to RAH always. Xoxo
Saw Alison Moyet on the last night of her european tour.
I have never been to RAH before but I must say I will definately see another concert here again.
The acoustics were amazing, Alison has an amazing voice and well.. it was out of this world.
I love the venue!
The history that surrounds it and the location
Normally going to a gig the ques are horrendous going in but this building has doors all around this round building which really breaks up the flow of traffic.
We were in a box, a 10 seater with its own door. Amazing!!
The beer was a fair price for london and you can bring your drink to your seat.
Loved the champagne bar
I will defo go again
Can you get better than this venue, really? I came here to see Russell Howard (hilarious, by the way) and sat in the front section on the ground floor, and even though I was further back I could still see (especially with the huge screens, but even without them). The place is round and gorgeous. There is a plush bar area in the back you can get refreshments from, so naturally I got wine gums. The bathroom facilities are pretty good too. Woot.
I'm in awe of Royal Albert Hall. It was a night that my husband and I will never forget. We went to see Danny Elfman perform with the BBC orchestra. Holy cow....everything from the venue, the performance, our seats, even our drinks at the interval were amazing. We had box seats and seats 1,2 and they couldn't have been better!
I will be back Royal Albert Hall. Thank you for a wonderful evening!!!
OK for reals. I was happy with my Royal Albert Hall experience. I ordered Proms tickets a couple months in advance, and even though we were up in the nosebleed section we could see and hear the entire Bach concert we were there for. Nice.
Getting there was just a tiny bit difficult. You have to walk through an admittedly cool but verrrrrrrrry long tunnel to get to the area, and on our way back we nearly missed the last tube train...kind of stressful. We *did* walk past Boujis, however, so that was a little bit interesting...
It was easy to get to our seats even though it was crowded - they assign an entrance to you based on your seat. I was totally scared to try to go to the loo, but even that wasn't bad, especially for England.
Even though they have air conditioning, it did get hot by the end. I've come to expect that though, for most places in England, so that's just an observation and not a negative.
Love is a Gypsy Child! This is truly a beauty of a structure, and an architectural feat! We came here to watch Carmen performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, an opera I've always wanted to watch/hear live! Even though there are probably thousands of seats here (maybe hundreds?), the acoustics are pretty amazing and there are great seats all around, and it feels grand just to be inside this building!
This is a historical site in itself, and any music fan has probably had one of their favorite bands perform here and recorded... it's seen a lot of big wigs including Elton John, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney... and truly is a gorgeous place to be! The domed roof and intricate decor... magical! I didn't get to see the BBC Proms here, which it is famous for, but maybe someday!
They offer discounted tickets for students, as well as unemployed people, I think! Obviously you can't be as selective about the dates, and usually the discounted tickets are for daytime showings.
The only down side about this place is that the seats in the upper levels are SOOOOO cramped... and it is also designed in a way where if you are sitting towards the middle and away from the aisles, you probably have to squeeze past 20-30 people just to get inside your dinky seat. So basically if you are sitting on the inside and you have to pee in the middle of the show, I hope you're wearing a diaper. Also, the rows are so small and steep that it is impossible to fit two people or even one person, and when you stand up you almost feel like you're going to tumble over.
But I guess that's what the laypeople of the late-1800s had to suffer...
Unfortunately There's no close tube stop to the Royal Hall, either way you'll end up walking at least 15 minutes to get here unless you're made out of money and can actually afford a London taxi. There are also multiple entrances, which can get confusing! But this is definitely a wonderful venue to set eyes on and experience!!!
Time to put on my sophisticated hat (a metaphysical top hat if you will) and prepare to dive into the cultural world of classical music. Now in this case I'm a total water baby, can't get enough of the stuff! So surprise surprise for me that I went to my first of the year's outing at The Proms! Just too much going on in my calendar obviously to go to many of these amazing concerts this year.
If I had to pick one prom to see, this was a good choice. Highlights included some stunning playing of Elgar's Enigma Variations and a mesmerising (new to my ears) piece by Bantock based around Celtic music. This was played by strings with 6 harps in the background and was absolutely gorgeous. Nectar for the ears. And in the Royal Albert Hall, one of the most beautifully constructed buildings in London. How can a night get better? With good company that's how and I went with some of the best :)
Also, if you want to explore the proms at low cost, do what I did this time and go promming. It costs £5 to get in, first come first served (they have ~500 tickets) and you normally queue for about an hour maximum to get in. What. A. Bargain!
This review is for the venue and for the tour I took on London Open House weekend,
Firstly, the tour. Our guide was super knowledgeable about the building, the history and all the major events that occurred. We were able to see the Queen's rooms and the secret staircase she uses to access them. We also got to look into her reserved box... cool! We went to the top floor and were able to see the disks that had been installed to eliminate the echo that occurs due to the domed roof. A great tour, very informative and cool to see the behind the scenes.
Now on to the venue. I was taken to see Cirque du Soleil: Totem as a birthday present. We had box seats on the left side of the auditorium. The show was absolutely fantastic and used the space of the venue really well. The seats were comfy and there were enough toilets so that you didn't end up waiting in line for ages.
The building itself is gorgeous and I highly recommend seeing an event here.
Amazing venue for many types of music. I never fail to be entranced by the beauty of the architecture and the awe factor the building inspires. Lots of the classical or Proms shows have cheap seats available (£10 - 12) so you don't have to shell out loads of cash to experience it. The acoustics are of course great and the lighting of the interior simply beautiful.
Tip: Order your interval refreshments in advance at the bar. It's much more fabulous to sashay up to your set of drinks awaiting on a table than to wait in a queue.
What can I say? It's the Royal Albert Hall.
Grand shows, rock concerts, lectures, graduations, all are hosted in a lovely auditorium with good acoustics and nice decor.
The snack bars aren't bad all things considered, and they have some neat options like chocolate coated strawberries with champagne.
If you want to impress on your first date or please any other visitor to London, take them here!
The Royal Albert Hall is just so beautiful. It takes my breath away every time I visit!
Our last visit was to see the fantastique 'Fantasia: live in concert'. It was simply BRILLIANT! There was a massive screen to allow everyone to watch the movie, accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This has to be the best way to watch a film EVER. I have to admit that when I was little, I always loved the mushroom dance in Fantasia...and it seems I am not alone - there was a bit of a cheer when that song started. :)
Previously we saw the matrix in the same way, with a live orchestra...and it was similarly awesome. I really hope I can afford to get tickets again next time they show good films here. I can't recommend the experience highly enough.
For those of you with long legs, I would recommend trying to get seats in the stalls (the section around the edge with turning chairs and decent leg room) If you go for the Loggia Boxes, it can be a bit difficult to fit your knees in the space provided!!
If you need to stretch your legs during the interval, wander up to the gallery, right at the top of the building for amazing views of the hall. I think I might try buying cheapy tickets, bring a cushion and listen from the gallery in the future.
Everytime I come here I'm amazed.
Such an authentic, legendary hall, and yet a very multifunction auditorium... in the 2 years I've been in London, I came here to watch Matrix with live music, listen to a Proms concert, attend my Imperial College graduation, and, like yesterday, to watch an ATP Tour Legends tennis game !
The Royal Albert Hall is one of my favourite buildings in London. It's an impressive architectural landmark located just across the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park
I've been here for many musical events and the acoustics are excellent. I'm not sure if the dome helps to amplify and clarify the sound but music does sound more vibrant than the Royal Festival Hall for example.
Access by public transport is good with South Kensington Tube station being only 15 minutes walk away and there are lots of eating options nearby for a meal before or after performances
I've heard everything from classical music at the Proms to watching a Cirque du Soleil performance to seeing the stage transformed to a large steam paddler in water for a performance of Show Boat to performing Verdi's Requiem as part of an audience participation event
My graduation ceremony from the University of London was also held here
Worth a look whatever the performance
Just breathtaking on the inside. A stunning building with a great lineup of events throughout the year.
However, I've only visited during the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts that have taken place over a long weekend in March for the past 9 years. They put on a great series of shows for a great cause in one of the most famous venues in the world -- what's not to love?
Get some culture in you and visit the RAH at some point in your life.
Last Night of the Proms review..
Woke up at the crack of Dawn to queue up for the Last Night of the Proms and worth every moment!!
Last Night of the Proms at Royal Albert Hall was definitely one of my best London life experiences to date! When I heard about this event, three years ago I knew I had to go. Finally, living in London this summer granted me the chance to realize my dream.
When I got there, about 63 people were queued in front of me (I was number 64) and around 10am we were given our tickets. We were allowed to leave the line for no more than 45 minutes at a time (although the queue checkers were lenient) and had to be there for the mandatory checks throughout the day. The people at the front of the line were Aussies who camped overnight and even brought out a cooker for brekky.
Most people brought blankets and picnic and lots of wine and bubbly to enjoy in the queue.
Once there, the first half was quite formal and the second half was a riot. Yes, it was definitely exhausting standing for hours but once everyone started singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" and a Liverpool Flag was flying, I quickly forgot any foot pains.
After learning all the words to God Save the Queen (which the yanks have turned into another song, sincerely appalled to realize that) and Rule Britannia, I felt like an adopted Brit and was singing all the way to the Tube waving my Union Flag. The atmosphere was just magic and getting caught up with all the singing made me understand why my Danish and German Queue-mates told me that the Brits were known for singing well.
To top it off, during one of the song, members of Team GB came out on stage to celebrate and sign. I nearly wanted to cry I was so swept up with happiness by then!
I had a stupendous time, seriously and majorly TOTES BRILL to the full extent!
Can't wait to go back!
A recent visit to the Royal Albert Hall was for the night of Steven Sondheim stuff - even Dame Judi Dench came on and did a couple of numbers. The show itself was brilliant and the experience of standing near the stage for £5 in what is one of the most staggeringly stunning venues there is will be remembered for a long time.
The outside of the hall is handsome and grand but the inside blew me away, oozing class and elegance with the lofty ceiling possessing an ostentatious yet aesthetically pleasing display of sound enhancement equipment that wouldn't look out of place in the TATE Modern.
Oh, the sound!
Why doesn't this grand venue receive 5 stars? Oh, the sound!
The orchestra sounded great, and most sound travels well around the concert hall. Except for the microphone system. The vocalists with their mic's always carried an unwanted, slight echo and generally below-par quality (purely the mic's, not the vocalists themselves). After a while you start to get used to it but surely the sound people at the Royal Albert Hall can do better? It's a shame really because that's the only thing letting down this otherwise brilliant venue.
I believe the Proms continue until the end of August and as I mentioned, £5 standing tickets down the front or up in the gallery. A bargain if your prepared to queue early although not all shows are as popular as the Sondheim one.
'til next time, Ian
All Hail Adele!
As anyone who regularly follows my blog knows, I initially started the blog to chart my notoriously pants lovelife.
Realising quite quickly that I wasn't half as amusing or interesting as Carrie Bradshaw and her pals, I expanded it to the more general content about my life, friends, family and other stuff !
The soundtrack to my blog which I write to, used to be just be pop, jazz and soul music, usually accompanied or interrupted by girlie gossip and food or the heartbreak diet depending on the state of my lovelife !New favourites were pretty rare, until Adele sang her way into my heart.
Tonight I finally saw her in concert with Aisha. Adele was in her own potty mouthed way 'freaking amazing'!
Appearing first as a backlit silhouette singing Hometown Glory, her actual appearance onstage practically blew the roof off the Royal Albert Hall, with mass applause from a very appreciative audience.
I have to admit I just about made it through Turning Tables (arguably my favourite track off '21'), without turning into a tear puddle, due to some hilarious pre-song banter from Adele regarding her ex partner who she wrote the song about.
Between song banter is a talent sadly lacking in some of the world's biggest music stars, which means when you come across gold star quality banter, which is exactly what Adele has in spades,you can't help but lap it up.
She is side splittingly funny, without being crude, nasty or harsh. Refreshingly honest about her mistakes in life and in particular with men.
We loved it. Nodding in agreement at those 'crappy' empathetic romantic moments that we've all experienced and laughing with her, about her mock diva outbursts. For someone who's known for singing sad songs, this lady is anything but that.
She sang all her hits - Chasing Pavements,Don't You Remember, Rumour Has It to name a few,and a few covers - Bonnie Raitt's I Can't Make You Love Me and the Cure's Lovesong, all of which were interwoven with her infectious personality and funny stories.
Her tone was beautiful, rich,warm and effortless. Her pitch was unbelievable, especially as she explained that she was recently recovered from a respiratory problem. She gave it her all, even restarting one song, because she felt she hadn't nailed the beginning of it correctly.
Poignantly she paid tribute to Amy Winehouse by dedicating Make You Feel My Love, to her. Her beautiful rendition was heightened by the lights being dimmed, everyone switching their phone lights on at her request, while a blanket of lit stars spiralled around the hall, bouncing off a huge mirrored ball in the centre of it.
She saved Someone Like You, until the end and was just as electrifying as her now famous Brit Awards performance. We sang the chorus back to her twice and just like she did at the Brits, the love in the hall for her, moved both her and quite a lot of us to tears.
Fortunately, she came back out for an encore of Rolling In the Deep, which had everyone on their feet dancing and clapping. Adele left the stage, exactly as she arrived, to the sound of an audience, besotted by her voice, now in love with her humour and humility.
If you get the chance to go and see her, take my advice and do it !
How can I really like the Albert Hall when Frank Zappa was (or possibly even in death still is) banned from playing there for "obscenity" in 1971? He is the only genius whose life has overlapped mine. Good one Albert..ban the genius.
I have however been to some great gigs there over the years.
New heroes made.
If I do look at the place objectively, I can however point out some classic examples of prime English stupidity and classic "stuffiness"...
My dad going to the bar, asking "if I buy a white wine, can I take it in with me?" We walk ten paces from the bar to the seating door. "Oh no - you can't take that in, sir" says the old fruit usher and continues his discourse with his colleague about what Diana Krall was late on stage in a kinda "How dare she do that - does she know where she is?" kind of way. Which is kind of the problem with the Albert Hall - the staff think that they own the place.
The bars all shut way too early. Yes indeed, a shut bar is ALWAYS a problem, but even more so when you have to wait in the hallway for 30 minutes twiddling your thumbs if you have VIP passes while they open the Artist's Bar after the show. It seems it has been like this since coming here as a boy...
I once got "told off" for talking to my friend during a gig there. Not a quiet gig - it was Toto, rocking out in their AOR splendor. I get moaned at for saying all of ten words to my friend. Stuffy old fuds.
The temperature of the place is more suited to the geriatrics who work there (or lizards, but I did not see any there last night) than humans of childbearing age. Stuffier than the staff's attitude. Warm / Stuffy + Jazz = Drowsy Chris. *I know!...I'll go get a Diet Coke to wake...oh...the bar is closed isn't it?*
Also, acoustically, the Albert Hall favours classical music. I have spent time at sound-checks at rock gigs while engineers have toiled for half an hour to get the kick drums to stop encountering weird slap-back echo effects that the design of the building throws into the mix. Last night's Diana Krall performance was too quiet at first, and then too harsh and aggressive a sound to match Krall's smooth delivery.
It occurred to me last night that I clearly don't have enough fat on my arse. After half an hour of the gig, it went to sleep due to the under-padded chairs. Hand me that pizza!
Such a stunning venue. The acoustics are incredible as is the giant organ built into the back wall.
I got a front row seat in the rake stage right (for free I might add) which swiveled 45 degrees so I could look at the stage without straining my neck.
I also got to go backstage, right into the bowels of this historic venue. The semi circular corridor that goes past the dressing rooms to the artists bar is adorned with photos of previous greats onstage. It's inspiring to the point of intimidating! Frank Sinatra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra.. There's even a picture of Mohammed Ali back in the days they staged high profile boxing matches.
Big city's need beautiful building like this one to make their mark and even the view from outside when you see it all lit up at night is breath taking!
Was it worth missing the Yelp Karaoke night? ...The jury's still out!
i can't believe i never rated this place until now. RAH really takes your breath away. i came here twice last year, once to see a broadway retrospective w/ various singers when my parents came to visit, and once to see jools holland when the hubby and a friend came to visit. both were great, even when we sat super high up for jools holland. the acoustics in the bldg are such that no seat is a bad seat.
coming here is like going to the fillmore in sf, b/c they have pix of all the famous performers who have played at RAH. definitely a must-do if you find yourself in london.
What an absolute GEM in the crown of London's culture.
I went to an evening of Steve Reich at the Proms. The 5 pound tickets are probably one of the greatest deals i've ever come across for concert tickets. I still have good eyesight so I opted to sit up in the gallery!
The cavernous space and volume of mental space it affords you to absorb and take in the music is heaven.
I was a little less than impressed with the bar staff, who I almost had to jump behind the bar to help him find my drink. Prices were what you'd expect for a venue like this and the plastic cups give it that festival feel... which I happen to enjoy.
I want to throw something in the mix here though.... i dont understand this QUIET appreciation of classical music. Where are the cheers and the whoops, our expression of enjoyment happens in many ways, mine certainly is not always in the plain of silent judgement. I find it terrifying.
I urge you all to whistle and whoop at the next classical gig you are at!
Sang the Anvil Chorus here back when I was 13 with the San Diego Children's Choir. Ohhhh my gaaaaaad, we sounded so good. and Ohhhhhhh wow was it packed with people and gorgeous architecture. We were so impressed with ourselves, sounding insanely damn good.
The other night a friend of mine sent me a text saying there's a gig at the Albert hall... I jumped at the chance to go, so when I meet up with them I asked who were to see....
When they eventually told me I was really not excited, turns out I gone to a "James" gig, you know! That great band that had a number hits including "sit down" and...
So, feeling like an outcast, I to tried and fit in and get into the spirit of things and I started miming to song I didn't know, feeling like a complete donkey this soon stopped.
As a younger gentlemen I had the chance on two occasions to perform in the Albert Hall and I loved the spectacle it is truly a beautiful building, although could have done with a few more seats... thankfully the gig wasn't too long and watching the woman standing in front of me who was doing the same swaying dance for 2 hours was just about as entertaining as the prospect of getting the bus home.
One thing though, the bar!!! It's some kind of port-a-pub where the staff don't know how to serve a drink, along with sort of makeshift steel kitchen work surfaces that are meant to actually be the bar.
Yes, Royal Albert Hall is a VERY impressive venue, especially with the jovial atmosphere of Proms. I love coming here. I love sitting in the boxes and looking down on the whole spectacle of the evening. No question, it's a wonderful evening out and a great experience.
But folks, the acoustics here are abysmal. The Royal Albert Hall is a BARN. I don't care what they have done to try to improve the acoustics, music still gets swallowed by the size of this place. I was here for Mahler's 3rd Symphony last night, and while that's got to be one of the most beautiful pieces of music written in the last 150 years, and the performance was spot on, things got lost and swallowed. It's a shame, because on all other accounts, the Proms are one of my favourite things about living in London.
I came here mere hours upon my arrival into the UK and I am ashamed to say that I was having trouble holding my head upright from my fearful jetlag. I do not even remember what I heard here, but I do remember being ever more gently lulled into circadian-rhythm induced sleep by the orchestra.
Next time I come to London I will definitely take in another symphony here, albeit once I have adapted to the time difference :)
I pretty much freaked out when I came here with my friend a couple of years ago during the Classical Spectacular.
My friend and I were both music majors and we decided to go see some popular classical performance because we were doing papers on theater in London.
Let me just say that we had an amazing time. We're Americans so it was an absolute blast to see so much British pride! I'm not sure Americans would have little flags in a venue and start waving them around during one of our traditional songs. Every booklet came with a mini British flag and once God Saved the Queen and a few other British classics came on, everyone started to wave their flags around. I can't tell you how happy we were to see so many dedicated citizens! :)
Audience aside, the actual venue was truly breathtaking. The stage was gargantuan and didn't look like anyone was uncomfortable on it. There were so many different groups on the stage, it was hard for me to believe it! They really know how to put on a show.
If people are familiar with the Classical Spectacular show, they know that there are laser lights that shine all over the venue. This wasn't as exciting as I was expecting, but still thrilling none the less. I really didn't have anything to complain about.
Zadok the Priest, Bolero, Nessun Dorma, Mars from the Planets are just a few pieces that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performed during the show. Zadok the Priest is already one of my favorite pieces so that was great. But honestly, the best performance of the night was the 1812 Overture. I would hate to ruin it for people who haven't seen this show, but they really do a great surprise at the end of it. I just about leapt out of my seat due to the mind-blowing performance.
The acoustics of the theater were great. No complaints from my end. We had high seats but we saw absolutely everything and I remember telling my friend how there couldn't have been a bad seat in the house.
Amazing performance, a very participating and enthusiastic audience and beautiful music making. If there was one performance I could see again in London, it would be this one at the Royal Albert Hall. Don't miss a chance to see something like this here!
So many reviews about this place and have to agree with all who have said what a lovely venue it is, and it is.
This specific review though is for the staff at the box office.
We recently attended a concert Dead Can Dance and because a couple who were going to go with us had to cancel, we had two tickets to get rid of.
It could be because the gig was sold out, but the box office bought our tickets back from us. So much easier than trying to put up on an auction site or resale site.
Oh, and the acoustics where we had seats (on the floor) were great.
It's a historic building, and a London landmark. It's immense and impressive from the outside. Pay attention to which door you need to enter through, though!
Inside is ornate, detailed, grand and breathtaking. The floor area usually has seats (called the Arena), though these can be removed for some events. Then there is a lower tier of about a dozen rows of seats (the Stalls). Above this is a tier of private Boxes. Above this is a tier of very steep seats (the Circle) - don't worry about the person in front blocking your views, though you are getting a bit far away now. Finally, the Gallery is a wide open area circling the top. There are no seats here, and you simply stand (or sit, if you can peek through the railing).
Prices obviously get cheaper the higher you go. Not all tiers are open for all events. There are stairs and lifts all the way up. There are toilets on every level, and lounge areas with bars on almost all levels.
The sound is gorgeous in the Hall, and the opulent surroundings give every event a sense of grandeur and gravity.
The Proms - the annual series of popular classical music, with cheaper seats than normal - are a big event, and I've been twice. I've also seen musical acts like Eric Clapton (who does stints of several nights from time to time), David Gilmour, and The Be Good Tanyas.
This review is for the BBC proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
For me, the proms are one of the great things about summer in London. An annual season of over 70 concerts between mid July and September with a wide range of music with visiting orchestras from all over the world.
The Albert Hall is like no where else and is the perfect venue for the proms.
This is no stuffy, formal occasion but has a wonderful informal atmosphere which is all about appreciation of music rather than a fashion parade. It can get hot in there so dress lightly.
A great feature is that even when tickets are sold out you can always buy £5 tickets for the central arena standing area ' mosh pit' right in front of the orchestra on the day. Just queue up an hour or so before and bring some sandwiches to eat while waiting.
All around excellence and great value too. A definite 5 star experience for me.
My husband and I went here for date night. It was during Proms and we went for free. Yup, for free. I was browsing their website and saw that they had a late performance (10PM is late for me, I'm old, yo!) for free. We got the tickets and decided to make a whole affair of it. We booked a hotel room nearby (no late bus for us, we're old...) and had dinner at one of their restaurants on site. The food was meh but the performance was wonderful.
Definitely a place worth returning to. There really isn't a bad seat in the place. The accustics are wonderful and hopefully I will return again to see another performance.
This is not everybody's cup of tea, but certainly touched my heart - Late Night Prom 75 - the Silk Road Ensemble. Thousand of years have passed, the Silk Road remains a powerful metaphor for cultural exchange. Yo-yo Ma has called the routes, the "Internet of Antiquity."
RAH is perfect for the Prom as musicians walk in from the peripherals and the music rises to the centre. Leading exponents of instruments from Japan, China and India conversing with their counterparts on Western instruments in an everlasting dialogue...
This short Prom (105 min) is just about right for promming in the "promenade" area. My first time to see Yo-yo Ma so close - a ceaseless and fearless musical explorer. Bravo!!!
In case you still fancy promming, the last prom tonight is @ Hyde Park (need alternative energy for tkts :)
While writing, I'm listening to the Silk Road Suite again @ feeds.bbc.co.uk/programm…, modern technology enhances the little recap. Kudos to BBC Radio3.
The Royal Albert Hall is one of the most amazing venues in London. The first time I was in the Royal Albert Hall was to see Erasure last year. I was astounded by the sheer vastness of the place, the opulant gold and blood red decor throughout! Oh and Erasure were great too!
First opened in 1871! Each year it hosts more than 350 performances including classical concerts, rock and pop, ballet and opera, tennis, award ceremonies, school and community events, charity performances and lavish banquets.
Well worth a visit!
Never will the building ceases to take my breath away. Majestically placed in South Kensington, the Royal Albert Hall plays (and has played) host to everything from the Royal National Ballet to our very own Chatty Man, Alan Carr.
Erected in the 19th century and opened by Her majesty Queen Victoria in the March of 1872. What a absolute pleasure it is to behold the architecture and the distinctive red brick and terracotta ornamental finishing.
I have had the pleasure of visiting my beloved a number of times but still each time is like the first! Fond memories. Fond times.
i went here a few years ago to watch the proms. getting there was a bit of a stress - tube isnt so close. but it was amazing inside, truly beautiful. we were sitting right at the top and it was amazing to get such a good view of the sheer enormity and all the people around us. i would recommend it, such a british thing to do and great night out. you feel very civillsed!
A truly stunning venue with great acoustics and an organ that will shake the skin from your bones.
Whether you are attending a classical concert, a prom or something more contemporary, the Royal Albert Hall is a great place to witness it.
The events calendar is very varied and it seems that the hall can mould itself to whatever and whoever is on stage.
Tony Bennett performed live there in 2006 and it truly was one of the best concerts I have ever been to. Never have I witnessed a modern artist perform with no mics or amplifiers (for two numbers) and yet thanks to it's design and his great voice, he managed to fill the hall with sound.
Don't be surprised if the interior feels much smaller than it looks on TV!
For a different experience, go to the Proms and attend in the gods. You rarley get the chance to go to the top and you're offered the unique opportunity of walking around or laying down to enjoy the music. What other arena offers that?
Went to see Richard Dawkings speak (though really, I ended up seeing him plug his new book) and was absolutely overwhelmed by the beauty of RAH. I've lived nearby for 6 years, and somehow had never visited (my culturally deficient and vapid life could be to blame) and am glad I finally did.
I will surely return, but next time to enjoy music rather than see some old dude talk eloquently about science in a rudimentary fashion.
Only gripe is that drinks lines are bananas -- who would have thought that watching Richard Dawkings would provoke such an overwhelming desire to imbibe? Perhaps Believers drowning their sorrows?
One of the best venues in London. I've been to Last Night at the Proms, Cirque du Soleil, Eric Clapton, Chris Rhea and many more.
Bars are never packed, but the only drawback is lack of food outlets in the immediate vicinity.
However, what a building.
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