Visit one of the most iconic entertainment venues in London, The Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is located in the prestigious South Kensington borough of London. It’s one of the most popular concert halls in the UK and is the most iconic and distinctive in London. The Hall plays host to some of the most notable events in British culture including hosting the BBC Proms concerts which have been taking place every summer for over 70 years. Hundreds of events are held in the main auditorium each year from orchestra performances, high-profile award ceremonies, to sporting events, opera and ballet and of course pop and rock concerts.
Compliment your visit to this iconic entertainment venue by staying in your own luxury serviced apartment near to the Royal Albert Hall just a short 10-minute walk away, with Fraser Suites Queens Gate.
The history of the famous Royal Albert Hall
The Grade 1 listed building is affectionately known locally as ‘The Nation's Village Hall’. Towering above at 135ft high is the great glass and wrought iron dome on the roof of the Hall. The Hall was originally designed with a capacity for 8,000 people and has accommodated as many as 9,000. Nowadays the maximum capacity is capped at 5,544 which includes standing in the Gallery.
You’ll notice the terracotta letters above the frieze depicting ‘The Triumph of Arts and Sciences’ on the building in 12-inch letters which spell out an inscription that combines both fact and Biblical quotations.
The Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871 who originally named it as the Central Hall of Arts of Sciences but she decided to rename it to the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences after her beloved husband, Prince Albert who had died six years earlier. In the years that followed the Hall was used for political party conferences, bodybuilding competitions, the suffragette's movement. More recently big name acts such as Cirque du Soleil, Eric Clapton and Kylie Minogue have performed to sold-out audiences, as well as sporting events such as the ATP Champions Tennis Tour.
Some redevelopment work has been carried out recently to maintain and enhance the structure and design of the building. The south steps as they are seen today were formed during the Hall’s redevelopment project carried out between 1998 and 2004 and renamed as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Steps. The works saw the original stone steps and balustrade entirely removed to allow for excavation to accommodate plant rooms, dressing rooms, an underground loading bay and other services for the venue.
Go behind the scenes
The Royal Albert Hall Box Office is open to everyone daily from 9am, with tours beginning at 9.30am. If you do not have tickets to see one of the many shows at the Hall, take the opportunity to go on an exclusive behind the scenes guided tour of the venue. Knowledgeable staff tell the inside story of the Royal Albert Hall, taking you on a fascinating journey through its unique history, incredible architecture and legendary performances. You can pre-book tickets online for this before you travel to the Hall. Each tour is unique and special in that you may be lucky enough to see and hear artists rehearsing for their show that night. Not only this, but you will be taken on a journey through the Hall through the mesmerising auditorium where some of the biggest names in theatre, dance and music have performed. Take a moment to take in the breath-taking view from the Gallery and the Royal Retiring Room. One of the popular stops on the tour of the Hall is the location of Henry Wills Organ one of the marvellous attractions in the complex. Described as ‘the voice of Jupiter’, the Hall’s organ was once the largest instrument in the world. The organ was built in Camden and moved to the Hall in time to be played at the venue’s Opening Ceremony (pictured) on 29 March 1871. The organ’s wind system was once powered by two steam engines. The largest of the 9,999 pipes measures over 2 ft. in diameter and weighs almost one tonne.
Each fascinating tour is held over the duration of one hour – afterwards, you can enjoy a 10% discount in the café bar, Italian restaurant and gift shop.
Staying in luxury serviced apartments near the Royal Albert Hall
We’re one of the closest hotels near Royal Albert Hall. Reaching the hall from Fraser Suites Queens Gate is quick and easy – just take a leisurely stroll towards Queens Gate Place and reach the destination in just 8 minutes. You can also take the number 70 bus from Cromwell Road which is a 3-minute walk from Fraser Suites and arrive in 9 minutes. Our reception staff will also be delighted to help you arrange a taxi to the venue which can take you there in under ten minutes.
Set in the heart of the Kensington area of the city, Fraser Suites Queens Gate comprises of stunning Victorian architecture with a timeless classic charm reminiscent of the 19th-century heritage and ambience. Having recently undergone a major refurbishment, our TripAdvisor® accredited residences stand elegant and regal with exquisite tall pillars and soaring ceilings.
If you are visiting London with your family, we recommend staying in one of our two bedroom apartments which are designed to suit the needs of those travelling with families. Each suite is well appointed with two double bedrooms, a spacious living area, as well as a modern and well-furnished kitchenette.
We’ve got the location, quality and comfort
Start your day in the best possible way with a delicious breakfast from The Dining Room. Choose from the breakfast buffet or continental breakfast or opt for fresh pastries with delicious coffee. Every aspect of your stay has been considered from the home entertainment system in each suite to the fully equipped kitchen, complimentary Wi-Fi and a personal safe. Plus, you can keep your fitness up to speed in our exclusive guest-only gym – we’ve created a home from home for you to enjoy in the heart to the capital.
Stay near the Royal Albert Hall and couple your visit with a relaxing and comfortable experience at Fraser Suites Queens Gate. We look forward to welcoming you soon – make your next reservation with us here.