16th August 2017

Knightsbridge

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Albert Memorial, London Knightsbridge

Albert Memorial, Knightsbridge

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A recent visitor to London said: "I quite liked staying in the Knightsbridge area, it was handy to shopping and transport."

Knightsbridge is perhaps the most sophisticated area in London. Its air of refinement has to do with its many exclusive designer clothes shops, top boutiques, antique dealers, jewellery shops, museums and auction houses.

It's a neighbourhood partly in the city of Westminster, and partly in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Located south of Hyde Park and northwest of Belgravia, in London's West End, it is the site of stately houses and clubs and of the famous department store Harrods.

It was a village in the Middle Ages, and was recorded as Cnihtebricge ("Bridge of the Young Men") in the mid-11th century. From the 17th century the area was known for its taverns, including the Swan, the World's End, and the Fox and Bull.

HOW TO GET THERE

Nearest Tube to Knightsbridge Knightsbridge Underground Station is 3 stops from Piccadilly Circus on the Piccadilly Line.

 

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Royal Albert Hall, London Knightsbridge

Royal Albert Hall, Knightsbridge

ATTRACTIONS IN THE AREA: ROYAL ALBERT HALL & ALBERT MEMORIAL

Royal Albert Hall Address Royal Albert Hall Address: Kensington Gore Phone: +44 (0)20 7589 8212

The Royal Albert Hall, whose actual full name is ROYAL ALBERT HALL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, is one of Britain's most important concert halls and major landmarks, located south of the Albert Memorial and north of the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. Designated as a memorial to Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria, the immense oval-shaped structure was built in 1867-71.

Although the architect Sir George Gilbert Scott drew up plans for it in the early 1860s, his projected building was never even started due to lack of funds.

Later Sir Henry Cole, chairman of the Society of Arts and an astute manager of finances, arranged funding, partly through the clever idea of offering of 999-year leases on choice seats; so in 1865 new designs for the building by Francis Fowke were approved.

Later that year, after Fowke's death, Henry Darracott Scott assumed architectural responsibility. The foundation stone was laid by Queen Victoria in 1867.

The Royal Albert Hall has long been notorious for its poor acoustics, particularly its echo, probably due to its architecturally interesting but technically unorthodox shape, but the acoustics were improved by alterations made in the late 1960s. Classical and popular music concerts, balls, sports events, festivals, and all kinds of cultural performances are hosted there.

I attended at the Royal Albert Hall both a classical performance, Giacomo Puccini's opera La Boheme, and a rock concert by Eric Clapton. I enjoyed both, although the acoustics problem was more evident in the former execution.

The Royal Albert Hall seats over 5,000, although it held a record audience of 9,000 in 1906 for a gramophone (phonograph) concert. Today the Hall is the London home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the main venue of the famous "Proms", more formally known as The BBC Proms or Sir Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, held every year between July and September and sponsored by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC to you and me).

The Royal Albert Hall and the buildings around it were inspired by Prince Albert, and were made possible by the profits from the Great Exhibition of 1851, an event Prince Albert instigated. He wished to create a place where various branches of arts and industry could flourish in one location. When Prince Albert died in 1861, the public helped donate funds for both his memorial and the central building of the estate, named Royal Albert Hall by Queen Victoria herself.

The Royal Albert Hall is located across the street from the Albert Memorial.

The Albert Memorial (pictured above) is a monument in Kensington Gardens, standing near the southern boundary of the park, between Alexandra Gate and Queen's Gate, just north of the Royal Albert Hall, at the site of the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations.

The memorial honours Prince Albert (who died in 1861), consort of Queen Victoria. It was designed shortly after Albert's death by George Gilbert Scott (who was knighted for his work) and completed in 1872, although the central statue of Prince Albert was not placed upon it until 1876. The monument stands 175 feet (53 metres) high and is graced with scores of statues and sculpted figures that are, in scale, somewhat larger than life. It underwent major restoration work in the 1990s.

Nearest Tube to Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial Nearest Tube: South Kensington

 

Another major attraction in the area is the Victoria and Albert Museum.

 

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