4 star contemporary hotel
31-34 Queens Gate London, South Kensington, SW7 5JAShow on map
"Situated on one of the most desirable and upmarket roads in Central London" Situated on the broad and leafy Queens Gate, the Abba Queens Gate, London (previously the Queens Gate Concorde, London) offers a... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
60 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington, SW7 5BBShow on map
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of staying in Kensington is how green this part of the city is. From landscaped garden squares to Kensington Gardens, which inspired JM Barrie's Peter Pan, to Hyde Park, the... Read More »
Imperial College London, Kensington, SW7 1BAShow on map
"Stay in London cheaply at modern London University campus accommodation" Imperial College London, founded in 1907, is the UK's leading science, technology and medicine university. With locations in and around... Read More »
4 star classic boutique hotel
15-16 Prince of Wales Terrace, Kensington, W8 5PQShow on map
Situated on a 19th Century site, long associated with style and elegance, in a lovingly restored Victorian town house Kensington House Hotel offers its own modern brand of hospitality within an historical... Read More »
Apartment - classic modern
5 Prince Of Wales Terrace, Kensington, W8 5PGShow on map
High Street Apartments offer you a home away from home in a tucked away, peaceful enclave of the very desirable Kensington district. Discretely placed in the Prince of Wales Terrace, you will have some very... Read More »
35a Gloucester Rd, London, South Kensington, SW7 4PLShow on map
Citadines South Kensington Apartments offer guests a sophisticated temporary home in elegant and stylish surroundings. Located on the corner of Gloucester Road, with Hyde Park on your doorstep, you are placed... Read More »
4 star classic boutique hotel
54 Queens Gate, South Kensington, SW7 5JWShow on map
"Queens Gate - one of the plushest addresses outside of Mayfair" Just around the corner from Gloucester Road tube station, on a wide, tree-lined avenue opposite some of the country's best museums, sits 54... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
1 Kensington Court, Kensington, W8 5DLShow on map
The Milestone Hotel is consistently rated London's most outstanding boutique hotel. It was recently voted "One of the Best Places in the World to Stay" in the Conde Nast Traveller’s Gold List 2011 and... Read More »
65-67 Queens Gate, London, South Kensington, SW7 5JSShow on map
"Hostel in Central London offers cheap accommodation for groups, backpackers and families" If you want to stay in London on a budget, then a good quality hostel is a great choice – especially if you are... Read More »
Search for cheap hotels near Royal Albert Hall
Situated at the edge of Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall is one of London's most well-known and respected musical institutions. It is so named because it was built by Queen Victoria's consort Prince Albert (who also established the Crystal Palace exhibition) to establish Kensington as a centre of culture and learning, a nod to a particularly Victorian ethos, with their enlightening scientific, industrial and cultural discoveries; and advances in international trade. Since the RAH was officially opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria it has survived two world wars and has been host to musical concerts of all kinds, exhibitions, public meetings, scientific conversations, film premieres and award ceremonies.
Music is perhaps the RAH's most significant contribution to the area and it has a weighty musical legacy, with luminaries from all over the globe gracing the stage. Classical legends, Wagner, Elgar and Verdi conducted their first performances at the hall and the swinging sixties saw colossal acts such as The Beatles, The Who and Jimi Hendrix perform.
In recent years the RAH has made efforts to reflect London's expansive musical landscape. Contemporary musicians have introduced a plethora of new styles to the traditional building, from Swedish prog rockers Opeth, to rap artist Jay-Z, to drone music courtesy of Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood. The RAH also plays an important part in supporting Britain's up and coming artists, with more intimate performances in their Cafe Consort (which offers a range of light refreshments and drinks for visitors) and Elgar rooms; they also offer discounted rates to young bands who wish to perform in the hall.
The hall has also had some notable, unusual events including Leo Theremin's first demonstration of his titular, eerie instrument in 1927 and the hall has also hosted a sumo wrestling match and squash championships. So you could find something surprising on their programme. Notable speakers at the RAH include Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Winston Chruchill and the Dalai Lama, adding a touch of gravitas to the imposing space so if you visit you may find yourself greatly inspired, just as Prince Albert intended.
If you're travelling with children, the RAH is a great entertainment option. Alongside their musical programme there are also spectacular shows such as Cirque De Soleil, a Doctor Who experience and Close Encounters of the Third Kind where the RAH was transformed into a spaceship. There have also been performances of musicals such as The King And I and the RAH has an enchanting singalong carol show at Christmastime, complete with decorations, mince pies and mulled wine.
The RAH is conveniently located near to many great places to stay. Reasonable rates can be found at 54 Boutique Hotel, which offers contemporary chic and well-appointed rooms. Abba Queen's Gate Hotel, just two minutes walk away, provides fairly cheap accommodation in sleek, stylish rooms in a traditional Victorian townhouse and a renowned tapas bar. Knightsbridge Green Hotel and the Baglioni Hotel are costlier, but offer sumptuous bedrooms, elegant Edwardian and Victorian architecture and luxurious amenities such as a spa and wellness centre. Both are located close to the RAH so you won't need to travel far for a night on the town.
Hotels near the Royal Albert Hall
♦ Montana hotel
Family run hotel in a great location just across the road from the Gloucester Road tube station in South Kensington. Some budget single rooms with shared bathroom which are a bargain for the area. Noisy at the front. Great unpretentious Indian restaurant.
♦ Holiday Inn Kensington Forum
Massive purpose built 4 star hotel towering above the surrounds. Excellent public areas with coffee shop and pub. Very close to the tube station at Gloucester Road. Secure car parking. Really good self help buffet breakfast. No road noise.
Really nice townhouse hotel close to Gloucester Road tube. Worth upgrading to an Executive Bedroom here. Avoid the front facing bedrooms due to road noise.
♦ Royal Garden Hotel
Modern 5 star with some rooms overlooking Kensington Gardens and the Palace. Very handy for the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park. Rooms are a good size and the restaurant is top quality. 5 minutes walk to the High Street Kensington tube station.
♦ The Milestone
Knock out 5 star hotel very close to the Royal Albert Hall and overlooking Hyde Park. Some of the best guest reviews in London and some of the best staff. Highly recommended.
♦ Xenia hotel
On the border of Earls Court and South Kensington. Next door to the West Cromwell Hospital. Good for tube stations and taxis. Road noise can be an issue at the front. Tablet device in every room.
♦ Rembrandt Hotel
On the border of Kensington and Knightsbridge and just 10 minute walk from Harrods. Traditional style 4 star styling. Has a seriously good health club spa next door with swimming pool. Easy car parking at the rear. We like this one but would avoid the front bedrooms due to traffic noise.
♦ Kensington Close Hotel
Brilliant setting next to the High Street Kensington tube station. Quiet street with minimal road noise. Fully refurbished to a high standard in 2013. Some bedrooms may be a little small but its a really good choice given the location and the prices. Good bar and handy for local restaurants and gastropubs.
♦ Copthorne Tara Hotel
Quiet but very handy location being just 2 minutes walk from the tube at High Street Kensington. Large public areas and car parking. Some rooms a little pokey and approaching the need for a refurbishment. Not as good as the neighbouring Kensington Close but may be cheaper.
♦ Cranley Hotel
Boutique townhouse hotel around 5 minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube. Rooms are a good size and Victorian styled. Immaculately clean. No public areas so regard this as an upmarket bed and breakfast. We were disturbed by creaky floorboards. Very good guest reviews but not our cup of tea at the prices asked.
♦ Marriott Kensington
Very distinctive with its glass frontage. It's a modern 4 star on Cromwell Road but very little road noise due to soundproofing. Very good upscale bar. May be worthwhile seeing if the Holiday Inn next door is cheaper.
♦ Nailer Kensington
This used to be the Base2stay hotel. It's in a quiet but very convenient location. Modern style with excellent walk in showers. Very good for Earls Court access. Lots of restaurants and bars in the area.
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