London Explorer PassFree tour of the Royal Albert Hall Save up to 40% Holders of a London Explorer Pass you can enjoy a free guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall – home to the annual BBC Prom concerts
London PassFree guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall Save up to 55% Buy a London Pass and go behind the scenes on a free tour and see the Queen’s private box and Royal Retiring Room
How about a guided tour around the Royal Albert Hall? It's one of world's most prestigious entertainment venues, with history dating all the way back to Queen Victoria, but most people only see it during a performance.
On this tour you'll learn about its history as you walk around the corridors. You'll also see inside some of the rooms where you're not usually allowed to go, like the Queen's Private Suite and the Royal Retiring Room. After that you'll enter the auditorium itself, and enjoy a birds' eye view from the standing gallery that runs around the top (if you've never been up there, then you're in for a treat).
Craig has tried this himself, and quite enjoyed it. Read his review of the Royal Albert Hall tour on his blog before you go, so you can get an idea what it's like. Feel free to ask him some questions. You might also like to read about the time he saw a Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Craig’s review – “I've never been inside the Royal Albert Hall before and I'm quite looking forward to it. The closest I've ever got to the auditorium is watching The Proms on the telly -- the bit where they all stand up waving the Union Jack like we've just won the World Cup. It's definitely one of London's best-looking buildings from the outside -- let's hope it's pretty on the insid… continued”
Lunchtime concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields – 14 Jan to 30 Apr 2019 (selected dates only) – St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square usually puts on a free classical music recitals a couple of times each week.
BBC SO playing Schumann, Brahms and Causton – 23 Jan 2019 – The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Schumann, Brahms and Causton at Barbican Hall.
BBC SO playing JS Bach’s Mass in B Minor – 2 Feb 2019 – John Butt and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will be performing JS Bach's Mass in B Minor at Barbican Hall.
Mendelssohn, Schumann and Weber — Barbican Hall – 7 Feb 2019 – The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Weber at Barbican Hall.
BBC SO playing Beethoven and Thomas Larcher – 8 Feb 2019 – The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Beethoven and Thomas Larcher at Barbican Hall.
Sir John Eilot Gardiner conducting Schumann – 10 Feb 2019 – Sir John Eilot Gardiner and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Schumann at Barbican Hall.
Shostakovich, Peteris Vasks and Gavin Higgins – 13 Feb 2019 – The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some music by Shostakovich, Peteris Vasks and Gavin Higgins at Barbican Hall.
Look for more guided tours in January
If you enjoy Royal Albert Hall then you might like to visit Barbican Hall (catch the train from South Kensington to Barbican), Royal Festival Hall (catch the train from South Kensington to Waterloo) and Royal Opera House (catch the train from South Kensington to Covent Garden)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans