Royal Albert Hall: London

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Last Christmas my amazing man bought tickets for the Carols by Candlelight show at the Royal Albert Hall as a surprise date. We got dressed up in our best and caught a cab from our hotel (The Garden View Hotel, review here: Garden View Hotel Review). We did a walkabout of the building trying to figure out where to go in (we weren’t the only ones confused!). It’s architecture is stunning.

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Before the show we went to one of the ground floor bars (located at doors 3 and 9). It was quite busy; mostly standing room only. We each had one drink; they didn’t have anything sweet enough for my tastes as I’m not a wine drinker, but it would be fine for someone with more dry tastes. I had a drink anyway to feel like a grown-up. We got our first glimpse of the theatre on the tv screens in the bar.

Complete list of dining facilities inside: Dining at the Royal Albert

Complete list of bars: Drinking at the Royal Albert

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The best part of the evening was getting dressed up and exploring the beautiful building, feeling awfully classy :p. There are a variety of restaurants and bars on each floor, beautiful grand staircases, art and because of the season, no shortage of Christmas trees!

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The auditorium is spectacular; it makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time in that way old theatres often do. It also tends to draw an older crowd; we felt quite young! The act itself wasn’t our taste; we were hoping for more of a show, more humor, but it felt more like singing in a church service despite the few jokes that were added in. I did like the conductors elaborate  18th century costume but I felt like they could have done so much more with the spectacle.

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All in all I’m glad we got to explore this grand old theatre, but next time we’d choose a different show. We still had a really enjoyable night out🙂.

Carols by Candlelight at the Royal Albert Hall: 2.5/5

 

 

 

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