In our mini series of interviews with the people who work inside the Royal Albert Hall, we get a behind the scenes look at what goes on in this iconic venue. This edition is with Executive Assistant to the Directors, Michele Finley, who has gotten to know the Hall over her years spent in this rewarding role. We spoke to Michele to find out what it is that makes the Royal Albert Hall such an outstanding place to work, and what events guests at The Milestone Hotel can look forward to for their upcoming stay.
What drew you to work at the Royal Albert Hall?
“I was young when I started working here. When I first heard about the role I thought, wow what an amazing famous building I could be working in.”
What do you like most about being there?
“I love the buzz and friendliness that surrounds the Hall. So much takes place behind the scenes and all staff work hard to make shows happen. Being a part of the excitement of day to day life here is rewarding, and no two days are the same.”
What makes the venue so unique?
“It’s definitely the history of the Hall that makes it so unique. It is a masterpiece of Victorian design, with great charm and character.”
What highlights have there been in the time you’ve worked at the Royal Albert Hall?
“For me, the biggest highlights have been seeing Robbie Williams, Crème, Coldplay, Spectre, and Kylie Minogue, but there are too many that stand out to name. I have also had the privilege of meeting the Queen and Princess Diana.”
Are there any upcoming events that you’re especially looking forward to?
What do you like most about the Royal Albert Hall’s Kensington location?
“I like being opposite Kensington Gardens and amidst some of London’s other historic institutions and museums. It’s close to South Kensington, too, which has a buzz about it, with cafes giving the area a cosmopolitan feel.”
Situated within moments of The Milestone Hotel, the Royal Albert Hall is easy to include in a London stay. An array of musicians, comedians and other performers, across a wide range of genres, appear at the Hall year-round, with one-hour guided tours revealing the history of this 150-year-old venue, enabling visitors to truly see inside the Royal Albert Hall.
Image credits: Cover photo © iStock / fotoVoyager. The Royal Albert Hall lit up © iStock / fazon1. The Albert Memorial and Hall © iStock / GoranQ. Inside the Royal Albert Hall © Flickr / Amanda Slater. Kensington Gardens © iStock / gregobagel.