The event was founded in 1895, and now each season consists of over 70 concerts in the Albert Hall, in addition to a series of events at other venues across the United Kingd om on the last night.
The Hall has also been used for classical and rock concerts, ballroom dancing, ballet, opera, conferences, poetry, education, keep fit displays and even a circus, as well as hosting sporting events such as boxing, tennis and wrestling (including the first Sumo wrestling tournament ever held outside Japan).
The Royal Albert Hall has an unrivalled history of association with the world's greatest musical artists from Verdi, Wagner and Elgar conducting UK premieres of their own works to performances by Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles: to enduring legends such as Tony Bennett, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler and a new generation of talent such as Jamie Cullum, Goldfrapp and The Killers.
Surrounding the oval- shaped Hall is a great terra cotta frieze depicting "The Triumph of Arts and Sciences", and the Hall welcomes daytime visitors to its restaurant and shop. It also offers daily tours, which usually run from 10.00am to 3.30pm from Fridays to Tuesdays and last around 45 minutes.