Royal Albert Hall sees record year after riding events boom

THE ROYAL Albert Hall yesterday announced a record-breaking year after 1.6m people flocked through its doors during 2012.

The home of the Proms and Cirque du Soleil saw off competition from the Olympics and mega venues such as the O2 to push up revenue by 4.3 per cent to £16.8m.

The 377 events it hosted during the year ranged from a gig by the band Pulp to the world premiere of James Bond film Skyfall.

Unlike other major London venues, The Royal Albert Hall operates as an independent charity and receives no public money. It has helped boost income by producing more of its own shows and raising more funds from its members.

The hall produced a £4.5m operating surplus last year, which will be help fund major projects, such as the regular maintenance required on the 142-year-old structure.