One of the most well known and prestigious venues in the capital, the Royal Albert Hall boasts an enormous capacity and regularly attracts some big names to its stage. It has been an important and prestigious part of the capital since it first opened its doors back in 1871 and over the years this status has not diminished, remaining one of the most recognisable buildings amongst the host of attractions in the capital. Whether it is the concerts of some of the best known music stars, comedians or other acts with further stand-out shows no venue in London can rival its importance in the live scene.
The venue has been in the capital since the 1870s and was designed by architects Captain Francis Fowke and Major-General Henry Y.D. Scott, both of whom worked for the Royal Engineers. The former designed an array of buildings that would become London landmarks, from the Royal Albert Hall itself to other buildings like the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Natural History Museum, though he did not live to see the latter finished.
His co-architect Major-General Henry Y.D. Scott was a well known architect as well, though this was largely thanks to his work for the Royal Albert Hall.
But their achievement with the venue cannot be understated, arriving in the late 19th century and going on to stage some important events throughout the 20th century, from the celebration rally of the British Empire in 1936 to the annual Proms. With a capacity of more than 5,000 people it regularly welcomes an array of visitors and this amounts to an impressive number when tallied at the end of the year. So by visiting the Royal Albert Hall, audiences not only get to witness an impressive stage production, they also get to visit one of Britain’s best know venues, steeped in history and renowned for its prestige.
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