The Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences is a room devoted to the arts, named in honor of the husband of Queen Victoria and Prince Consort, Prince Albert. It is located in South Kensington in central London in the middle of the square also known as Albertopolis of, and in the City of Westminster. The Royal Albert Hall is part of the Prince Consort National Memorial.
The decorative part is the Albert Memorial directly to the north in Kensington Gardens, now separated from the Hall by the heavy traffic on Kensington Gore.
Its construction started May 20, 1867 and its inauguration took place four years later, March 29, 1871.
On 15 November 1941, General de Gaulle gave a speech there for the French present in Britain, broadcast on the BBC as part of the hit show The French speak French to.