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Royal Albert Hall

Admiralty Arch
Kensington Gore, SW7
Tel: (0) 171 589 8212
Knightsbridge

After the conclusion of the Great Exhibition of 1851, Prince Albert suggested that the profits be used to purchase a tract of land which would be used for schools and museums surrounding a central hall containing libraries and space for lectures and exhibitions. A site in South Kensington was purchased and preliminary plans were drawn up, but the project was shelved, temporarily. Following the prince's death in 1861, the project was revived and culminated in the laying of the foundation stone by Queen Victoria in 1868. The Hall of Arts and Sciences was opened in 1870 with the words "Royal Albert" appended to it, at the request of the Queen. The oval-shaped building with its distinctive, 135-foot high central dome was designed by H.Y. Darracot Scott. An annual rent of one shilling is still paid each year on 25 March.

HOURS: Box Office: Mon. - Sun. 10am - 6pm



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