Is there anywhere to park/to eat near the Royal Albert Hall?

9 January 2014

Parking. We advise you not to drive unless you are very familiar with the area. Quite apart from the weekday London Congestion Charge, which currently extends as far as Hyde Park Corner, parking is expensive and heavily controlled. There is also the ULEZ charge which applies seven days a week to vehicles considered to be particularly polluting (more details here). At the time of writing (March 2021), parking is free at times on single yellow lines on some streets. We dare not give detailed advice; the two London Boroughs of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea between them aggressively control the streets surrounding the Hall; restrictions are constantly being tightened and can change without warning. On certain days, the Hall itself can arrange somewhat expensive spaces at nearby Imperial College (click here to find out more).

Eating. There are a number of catering outlets within the Hall, ranging from bars to full service restaurants. If you are seated in Boxes you can also have catering in your Box. However, because the Hall’s catering is operated on a franchise (currently held by rhubarb) the Hall completely forbids self-catering in any of the public areas of the Hall, and this includes Boxes. See the Hall’s website for catering options.

In fine weather at suitable times of the year, Kensington Gardens opposite the Hall is excellent for picnics. Particularly in July, the steps of the Albert Memorial and adjacent lawns take on a festive atmosphere between rehearsals and concert. There is a huge choice of pubs and restaurants ranging from fast food to Michelin-starred eateries within 15 minutes walk of the Hall.

When we schedule a morning rehearsal as well as one in the afternoon of a concert day, rhubarb often make special arrangements for our singers; these will be notified on a concert-by-concert basis.

Is there anywhere to park/to eat near the Royal Albert Hall?