Classical Music Halls in London

London, The English capital which is famous for offering different kind of entertainment also offers a wide range of choice for some quality classical music. There are many famous music halls in London among which few of the followings can surely be tried.


Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall is located on Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London. Initially the hall was supposed to be called the Central Hall of Arts and Sciences, but later the name was changed to the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences at the time of laying the Hall’s foundation stone in 1867 by Queen Victoria in the memory of her beloved husband Prince Albert.  This concert hall organises the annual Proms concerts in each summer. It has a huge capacity of more than 5000 seats. The Hall is run by the charitable trust for the nation without any government aid or public funding.It is considered to be one of the utmost treasured buildings of England as leading artists across the world from different genres have appeared there since its opening in 1871. It hosts many concerts on classical music, rock concerts and pop music shows throughout the year along with many other cultural events including charity performances. It also offers a wide range of choice for food and drink at all levels. The Cafe Bar is open throughout the day where you can choose delicious platters, sandwiches, deserts and ice cream. There is a famous Italian kitchen named as “Verdi” which offers a long array of Italian cuisine starting from canapés, nibbles to handmade petites and delicious patisseries. You can easily find some drink to suit you from their extensive menu offering finest of wines & champagne to ciders & draught beers. There is a very limited parking facility near Imperial College which requires an online pre-booking. Tube stations (Like South Kensington, High Street Kensington, Green Park) and National Rail Stations (Like Victoria, Paddington) are the few convenient ways to approach Royal Albert Hall.


Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is located at Bow Street, Covent Garden, London. This huge opera house in one of the main venue for performing arts in central London. This is often referred as “Covent Garden”too. The site was constructed way back in 1732. The opera house was heavily affected by devastating fires in the year 1808 & 1856. The present building is the result of a vivid reconstruction in the last decade of 20th century. The auditorium has a total capacity of more than 2200 seats spread over four tiers. You can enjoy delicate concerts on classical music and few of the finest opera shows here. You can also pre-book a table online at any of the fine restaurants at the Royal Opera House. The Balconies Restaurant serves a modern array of European menu with superb view.

You can cherish a glass of finest champagne with some mouth watering salmon dishes at the Paul Hamlyn Hall Champagne Bar before the show or at the interval. If you wish to enjoy some local & ancient delicacies then your place is at the Crush Room. They have one more famous eatery there named as the Amphitheatre Restaurant, but this will remain closed up to autumn 2018 for renovations. There is no parking facility available at the Royal Opera House except a few parking bays in close vicinity at Shelton Street. Best way to reach there is to take a Bus ride (Routes like 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 68, 76, 87, 91, 168, 171, 176, 188, 501, 505, 521, X68 etc.). And if you are staying at the Hotels near Finsbury Square, they will further take care of your sightseeing plans to any of these halls including the Royal Opera House.

Barbican Hall

The Barbican Centre is located in Silk Street, London. It is the largest centre for performing arts in Europe. They host various musical concerts both contemporary as well as classical at the Barbican Hall. Being the home for the two most famous orchestras of London, The BBC Symphony Orchestra & London Symphony Orchestra, it offers most extensive range of music concerts in London. They have three well maintained restaurants offering a large range of classic English and European menus. Tube stations (Like Barbican, Moorgate, St. Paul’s etc.) and Over ground Rail stations (Like Liverpool Street, Farringdon etc. ) are the few convenient ways to reach there.

Purcell Room

The Purcell Room is located at OXO Restaurant; Belvedere Road, London. It forms a part of famous Southbank Centre, one of the leading cultural compounds of central London. It got the name after the English musician & composer Henry Purcell. It has a capacity of more than 350 seats, smallest among the three venues offered by Southbank Centre. It offers small music concerts on jazz music, poetry narration and mime. The hall is temporarily closed due to renovation work and scheduled to be reopened in 2018.Parking is highly restricted at Southbank Centre and hence public transport is highly advisable. Tube stations (Like Waterloo, Embankment & Charing Cross) and Bus Routes (Like RV1, 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 521, N1, N68, N171, N343, 76, 77, 211, 341, 381, 507, N381, N76) can be availed to reach there.

Royal Festival Hall

The Royal Festival Hall is located too at Belvedere Road, London. It forms a major part of eminent Southbank Centre, having a capacity of 2500 seats. Being the resident for famous orchestras like; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment and the Philharmonia Orchestra; it hosts a wide range of leading concerts on classical music in London. The compound also includes a number of restaurants and bars for refreshment. “Clore Ballroom” can be mentioned in this context providing a seated dinner for more than 400 at a time. Riverside Terrace Cafe serves fresh sandwiches and light meals. You can enjoy a glass of drink from a long array of choice at Central Bar The most acclaimed eatery out there is the Skylon restaurant, which offers authentic contemporary cuisine, aboriginal cocktails with a splendid view of Thames.

Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall is a concert hall in Sloane Terrace in Chelsea, London. It has a total capacity of more than 900 seats. It organises several kind of music concerts as a resident to Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Tube stations (Like Sloane Square) and Bus Routes (Like 11, 19, 22, 137, 211, 319, 360 and C1) can be availed to reach there. Stay at “The Montcalm Royal London House, as that will help you to feel easier to access any of these music halls in London due to its unique location.

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall is located too at Belvedere Road, London. It forms another part of Southbank Centre, having a capacity of more than 900 seats to enjoy daily concerts on classical music as well as avant-garde & jazz music shows. The hall is temporarily closed due to renovation work and scheduled to be reopened in 2018.

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