The Royal Albert Hall is a globe-shaped monument that’s hosted historic events, world-famous speakers and superstars. With a seating capacity of over 5,500, the venue still preserves a certain majesty usually reserved for smaller London theatres.
The Royal Albert Hall was an idea conceived by its namesake, Prince Albert. Following the success of the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1851, the profits were used to buy up the ‘Gore Estates’ opposite so a “permanent exhibition” could be built. Although Prince Albert never got to see his idea blossom into reality, his wife Queen Victoria attended the opening in 1871, which included a 500-piece orchestra, a 1000-member choir and the largest organ in the world at the time.
The diversity of the venue never wavered, including mass baptisms, Miss World pageants and the BBC Proms.