On the 7th October 2003 Zvi Meitar was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Albert Hall in recognition of exemplary support at that stage of its restoration. On the re-opening of the Royal Albert Hall on the 30th March 2004, after eight years of refurbishment, Zvi and Ofra Meitar were presented to her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

The Royal Albert Hall has a capacity of 5,300 seats and the lobby of the new south entrance bears the name the Meitar Foyer. On the outside of the outer wall at the south entrance four spaces were made available for the four major donors to the restoration fund to add their plaques. One of these four plaques bears the Zvi and Ofra Meitar coat of arms which includes a brief text, in Hebrew, from Ecclesiastes from the Old Testament of Bible.

The Royal Albert Hall underwent a second refurbishment; part of which was the restructuring of a space of over 450 square metres which became a new space for a bar and club with daily access also for people who do not have tickets for Royal Albert Hall performances. This space opened in May 2013 and was named the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Porch and Foyer, in recognition of the Family Fund’s further support. It has open seating for visitors and a space to meet and gather for public tours of the building.

The south porch (Door 12) serves as an entrance to the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Porch and Foyer, home to the Café Bar and the Box Office. It also acts as an entrance for Verdi, the Hall’s Italian restaurant.

 
 
The Royal Albert Hall
 
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