London is the home to some of the most amazing of the UKs national treasures: the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the Tower of London, and more recently the London Eye. Whatever your interest, whether it’s exotic food or exotic music, you’ll be able to find it all in abundance inside the Londoner’s unofficial demarcation zone, the M25 motorway.
If you’re coming to London with children there’s so much to do from a visit to the London Zoo, a trip down the River Thames or simply to go out to one of the many green parks and enjoy boating on the lakes, feed the ducks, or play on the swings!
With so much to do in London it’s easy to miss things out, so I thought I’d shed some light on one of the Borough of Westminster’s most unique auditoriums and concert halls, the Royal Albert Hall. The building is cherished and well-loved by Londoners and is one of London's most distinctive buildings. Also, as evidenced by the number of hotels near Albert Hall, the concert hall is a popular tourist attraction.
Royal Albert Hall was opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria. The idea for the hall, originally named the Central Hall of Arts and Sciences, originated with Prince Albert. Prince Albert was the consort and husband of Queen Victoria, but died before seeing his ideas come to fruition. In his honor, the Queen had the name changed to the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences.
During the very first Albert Hall concerts, acoustics issues with the hall's design became immediately apparent. The hall echoed greatly, and engineers attempted to fix it by placing a canvas awning below the hall's dome. This helped, but did not completely solve the issue.
Throughout the years, the Hall saw a series of renovations and upgrades. In 1887, electric lighting was fully installed. The Hall suffered damage in 1942 by German bombing during World War II, but was mostly spared because the Germans used the hall as a distinctive landmark.
Further attempts were made to fix the Hall's echo were made. In 1949 the canvas awning was removed and panels were installed to try to overcome the echo. However, it wasn't until 1969 that the acoustics issues were finally solved by the installation of fiberglass discs.
In addition to regular events, Albert Hall concerts have included a variety of acts and concerts such as Cream and the Killers.
Perhaps the most famous of the regular Albert Hall concerts is the annual BBC Promenade Concerts, also known as the "Proms." This is an eight-week summer festival of classical music, an event founded in 1895 that still continues yearly today, and is much loved by Londoners and music lovers from around the world.
Additionally, since the year 2000 (with the exception of 2001) the Teenage Cancer Trust has held annual charity concerts to raise money for the organization.
Cirque de Soleil has also had several engagements at Royal Albert Hall going back all the way to their first performance at the Hall in 1996.
Hotels near the Albert Hall often reaps the benefits of these concerts and events and can range from simple 3 starts all the way up to 5 star luxury hotels that you’ll find lining the roads of Park Lane.
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