The Council of the Royal Albert Hall is ultimately responsible for the charity, its assets and activities.
Originally created in 1866, even before the Hall was opened, the Council of Trustees is the governing body of the Corporation for the Hall of Arts and Sciences (to give the Royal Albert Hall its formal title).
There are up to 18 Elected Members and five Appointed Members, plus an elected President.
The President and the Elected Members are themselves seatholders – this gives them a unique perspective and a personal link to the Hall.
The 5 Appointed Members come from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport; and from the Albertopolis institutions with very close links to the Hall.
None of the Trustees receives payment for their services to the Hall. All Trustees are members of at least one Committee, as well as Council. Further information on Council Committees is published every year in our Annual Report and Accounts, the latest version of which can be found here.
The Royal Albert Hall has a number of dining spaces on site, with food and drink provided by “rhubarb”. These are all open two hours prior to main auditorium events.
The restaurants and bars usually open two hours prior to all main auditorium events, and the bars and Verdi – Italian Kitchen remain open during the interval.
As the restaurants tend to be very busy, it is advisable to book in advance. This can be done by calling the Box Office directly or by reserving your table via our Food and Drink pages.
The bars also serve sandwiches and snacks and interval drink orders can be placed at any bar on your arrival at the Hall. Please ask the bar staff for more details.