Royal Albert Hall

Top choice concert venue in Kensington & Hyde Park

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This splendid Victorian concert hall hosts classical music, rock and other performances, but is famously the venue for the BBC-sponsored Proms. Booking is possible, but from mid-July to mid-September Promenaders queue for £5 standing tickets that go on sale one hour before curtain-up. Otherwise, the box office and prepaid-ticket collection counter are through door 12 (south side of the hall).

A variety of tours of the Albert Hall are also available, ranging from a Grand Tour, giving a general overview of the building, to a Behind the Scenes Tour. These can be followed by afternoon tea in the bright, chic Verdi restaurant (£30).