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Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall, opened by Queen Victoria on March 29, 1871, is one of the most famous live entertainment venues in England. As well as playing host, since 1941, to the annual BBC Proms, it has been used for rock concerts (by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Bob Dylan), boxing matches, and even a sumo wrestling competition. In the Beatles’ song, A Day In The Life, John Lennon sings, “Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.”

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The hall was designed by Francis Fowke and H.Y. Darracott Scott in the style of a Roman amphitheatre, topped by a massive dome. Unfortunately, the design created an annoying echo. This was first heard during the opening ceremony, when the Bishop of London, leading prayers, said a loud ‘’Amen” which bounced around the building. This led to the joke that the Albert Hall was the one place where a British composer could be sure of hearing his work twice. The acoustics were greatly improved in 1969, with the addition of large saucer-like objects suspended from the ceiling.


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One of the most well-known performance halls, it is absolutely magnificent and plays host to a great number of famous events, including the Proms. Even the name has connotations of Englishness and Victorian times.

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I think the National Gallery is part of the heritage of England

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