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Queen Anne/Jacobean revival-style building having many original features.
It has been in continuous use since 1884 as a purpose-built hostel for female students of music and science.
The tour includes the entrance hall, staircase, drawing room, dining room and music practice rooms.
£15.00 per person.
Tea or coffee with cakes and biscuits.
Ground floor access from Jay Mews. Disabled cloakroom but no handrails.
Queen Alexandra’s House provides comfortable student accommodation for women only and is just two minutes walk to the Royal College of Music, the Royal College of Art and Imperial College.
Extra advantages for music students
Queen Alexandra’s House is close to the Royal College of Music (see map), and has a large number of practice rooms with pianos. Students sometimes give informal performances in the social area attached to the dining room.
Centrally located next to the Royal Albert Hall and close to music colleges
Choosing the right accommodation is one of the most important decisions to make when you start at university or college.
Queen Alexandra’s House is centrally located next to the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, near several arts and music colleges including the Royal College of Music, Imperial College and Royal College of Art. QAH is also convenient for buses and the underground (view map), and within easy travelling distance of many colleges, theatres, museums and art galleries.
QAH is ideal for those new to London and keen to experience life in the capital, whilst benefiting from living in a comfortable environment. We provide fully catered, managed accommodation for women students in London, a stepping stone between school and complete independence.
With full catering and a convenient historical location, QAH is also an ideal residence for students who are familiar with London and who wish to dedicate their time to their studies.
Queen Alexandra's House's history and features
Built as a student hostel for 100 women students at the Royal Colleges of Music, Art and Science. This red brick building in a free Jacobean/Queen Anne revival style has a prominent location next to the Royal Albert Hall.
The curved façade features seven full height canted bay windows at intervals along the façade with stepped gables over, culminating in chimney stacks. The entrances feature inset terracotta plaques modelled by Richard Ledward RA.
The elaborate surviving interiors include an open iron staircase with slender decorated iron supports; decorative glazed faience to the entrance hall; stained glass; a faience fireplace in the drawing room; elaborate plasterwork and woodwork, and a dining room with 12 Doulton tile panels illustrating the arts of music and pottery, designed by John Eyre.
Listed as an early example of purpose-built student hostel; terracotta faience and tile pictures donated by Henry Doulton.