Royal Albert Hall, London

Royal Albert Hall, London

After the funds raised upon the death of the Prince Consort in 1861 were used for the nearby Albert Memorial instead, significant efforts led by Henry Cole, who had collaborated with the Prince on the Great Exhibition, were required to secure funding for the completion of the Royal Albert Hall. Plans for this magnificent auditorium with its iron and glass dome had been designed while the Prince was still alive, featuring an exterior made of red brick, terracotta, and marble, which had already become a signature of South Kensington's architectural style. Eventually finished in 1871, the hall has hosted a wide range of events, from Miss World competitions to pop concerts, and it remains the primary venue for London's annual BBC Promenade Concerts (commonly known as the Proms), held from July to September.

The rounded auditorium, with a seating capacity of 5,272, boasts an exterior made of terra-cotta adorned with a mosaic frieze known as "The Triumph of Arts and Letters", portraying individuals involved in cultural activities. Numerous visitors take leisurely walks around its circumference to appreciate the architectural beauty and immerse themselves in the atmosphere. For those interested in experiencing the interior, there are several choices available, such as reserving a guided tour, attending a live performance, or enjoying a meal at one of the venue's dining establishments.

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Sight Name: Royal Albert Hall
Sight Location: London, England (See walking tours in London)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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