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Here are some of the famous concert halls of London.

The Royal Albert Hall.
Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria on March 29, 1871. It is an arts venue dedicated to Queen Victoria's husband and consort, Prince Albert. It is situated in the royal borough of Westminster. It forms the practical part of a national memorial to the Prince Consort. The hall also accommodates the largest pipe organ in the UK, and is the home of The Proms. The dome (designed by Rowland Mason Ordish) on top was made of steel and glazed.
Royal Albert Hall
When the hall opened, its acoustic problems became immediately apparent. These were not properly tackled until 1969 when a series of large fibreglass acoustic diffusing discs (commonly referred to as "mushrooms" or "flying saucers") were installed in the roof to cut down the notorious echo.
The Proms (also more formally known as The BBC Proms, or The Sir Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC) is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts held annually. Founded over 110 years ago, each season now consists of over 70 concerts in the Albert Hall. It is the biggest classical music festival in the world.
(Proms is short for promenade concerts. The term promenade concert arose from the original.)

The London Coliseum
London Coliseum

The Coliseum Theatre is one of London's largest and best equipped theatres, opening in 1904. It was designed by Frank Matcham, a famous theatrical architect who also designed the London Palladium. It is the home of the English National Opera.

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The Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall
The Royal Festival Hall, one of London's premier concert halls. Opened in 1951.


The Royal College of Music
Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music is a prestigious music school located in Kensington, London. This photograph was taken from the steps of the Royal Albert Hall.
It was founded in 1882 as a successor to the National Training School for Music by the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII). The concert hall has very fine acoustic properties. The College's Museum of Instruments has a collection of 800 items, mainly Western, but including some from Africa and Asia. It is housed in purpose built premises dating from 1970 and is open to the public two afternoons a week.