Royal Albert Hall, London

Royal Albert Hall, London

Royal Albert Hall is arguably one of the most recognizable buildings in London. The brain child of Prince Albert, the hall is located south of Kensington Park facing the Albert Memorial.

The concert hall was built in 1871 from a design by Captain Francis Fowke and Major General Henry Y.D. Scott of the Royal Engineers. The Italianate-style building stands at 135 feet tall. The building is constructed of Fareham red brick with a 20,000 square foot glazed iron roof. An 800 foot long mosaic frieze titled "The Triumph of Arts and Letters" encircles the building.

Royal Albert Hall features regular performances by artists of varying styles from around the world. Though many associate Richard Wagner with the hall, due to his early involvement as a conductor, modern acts have appeared with much more frequency. For instance, Eric Clapton has played at the hall more than 200 times. The Cirque du Soleil has performed an annual show since 2003.

Visitors may walk the periphery of the hall to enjoy the architecture and atmosphere. Those interested in viewing the interior may book a tour, take in a show or dine in one of the venue's restaurants.

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Sight Location: London, England (See walking tours in London)
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