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Hayward Gallery

Hayward Gallery is a world-renowned contemporary art gallery and a landmark of brutalist architecture.

The exhibition programme focuses on presenting a wide range of adventurous and influential artists from across the world, while its rich history includes exhibitions by modern pioneers such as Paul Klee, Lucio Fontana, Francis Bacon, Bridget Riley, and Anthony Caro.

About our renovation project

Between September 2015 and January 2018, the gallery was closed for a two-year refurbishment project, the focus of which was the replacement of its 66 iconic pyramid rooflights. 

This project was made possible through the generous support of Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, trusts and foundations and over 50,000 individuals and Southbank Centre friends supporting our Let The Light In fundraising campaign.

What the Hayward brings to the party is a genuine independence of vision: a sense that the crowd is being led, not followed. Hayward shows don’t preach, accuse or bang the drum. They dart about the perimeters of art, making clever connections and delightful observations.
Waldemar Januszczak, The Sunday Times

Hayward Gallery opening times

11am - 7pm every day except Tuesdays when the gallery is closed.
Late night opening on Thursdays until 9pm.

Cafe

11am - 7pm every day except Tuesdays when the gallery is closed.
Late night opening on Thursdays until 9pm.

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Southbank Centre Food Market.Stall 1 - Elephant Juice.August 2016

Free

Free

Various times
until 2 Sep 2018
Various times | until 2 Sep 2018
Southbank Centre Food Market delights food lovers and explorers alike
Southbank Centre Food Market delights food lovers and explorers alike
Language Shift, collage art

Free

Free

Various times
until 23 Sep 2018
Various times | until 23 Sep 2018
Literature
Poetry
Explore visual artwork that maps poems written in endangered European languages in this exhibition
Explore visual artwork that maps poems written in endangered European languages in this exhibition

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Tue 21 Aug 2018
1:30 pm | Tue 21 Aug 2018
Join us for a spin around the floor at this month's fabulous, fun and free tea dance
Join us for a spin around the floor at this month's fabulous, fun and free tea dance
The Jam Shed Supper Club Summer
Various times
until 8 Sep 2018
Various times | until 8 Sep 2018
Join MasterChef contestants for delectable fare at this supper club overlooking the Thames
Join MasterChef contestants for delectable fare at this supper club overlooking the Thames

Free

Free

Various times
22 Aug 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
Various times | 22 Aug 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
DRAG is an exhibition of radical self-portraiture from the 1960s to the present day
DRAG is an exhibition of radical self-portraiture from the 1960s to the present day
Southbank Centre Archive Visitors and Objects

Free

Free

Various times
until 22 Aug 2018
Various times | until 22 Aug 2018
Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections
Drop in and lend a hand with the organisation of Southbank Centre’s collections
John Travolta in Grease

Free

Free

9:15 pm
Wed 22 Aug 2018
9:15 pm | Wed 22 Aug 2018
Spend a summer night with the Pink Ladies and T-Birds at an outdoor screening of the kitsch croon-fest
Spend a summer night with the Pink Ladies and T-Birds at an outdoor screening of the kitsch...
Various times
23 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
Various times | 23 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Oliver Jeffers' magical story of friendship is brought to life through puppetry and music
Oliver Jeffers' magical story of friendship is brought to life through puppetry and music
Heart 'n Soul. The Beautiful Octopus Club Festival, Royal Festival Hall.

Free

Free

Various times
until 23 Aug 2018
Various times | until 23 Aug 2018
Gigs
Urban
Get your groove on to summer tunes at this dance party overlooking the river
Get your groove on to summer tunes at this dance party overlooking the river

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 23 Aug 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 23 Aug 2018
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Join us for a discussion on the experiences of black women navigating an unbalanced dating world
Join us for a discussion on the experiences of black women navigating an unbalanced dating world
Rinse Bloc Party on the Royal festival Hall Terrace

Free

Free

Various times
24 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
Various times | 24 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
Gigs
Urban
See the summer out in style with four days of music, performance and dance
See the summer out in style with four days of music, performance and dance
Various times
until 25 Aug 2018
Various times | until 25 Aug 2018
Peek into our behind-the-scenes history and famous spaces on this tour
Peek into our behind-the-scenes history and famous spaces on this tour
Various times
until 26 Aug 2018
Various times | until 26 Aug 2018
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Various times
until 28 Oct 2018
Various times | until 28 Oct 2018
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
 Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra
5:00 pm
Sun 26 Aug 2018
5:00 pm | Sun 26 Aug 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Revel in the energy of youth at an orchestral performance of young musicians from across Europe
Revel in the energy of youth at an orchestral performance of young musicians from across Europe

Free

Free

Various times
28 Aug 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Various times | 28 Aug 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
What's that sound? It's Southwark Youth Orchestra! Get a glimpse of orchestra life at a free performance
What's that sound? It's Southwark Youth Orchestra! Get a glimpse of orchestra life at a...
Various times
28 Aug 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Various times | 28 Aug 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Performance & Dance
Embrace the darkness in this comic and musical concert inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic world
Embrace the darkness in this comic and musical concert inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic world
7:30 pm
Tue 28 Aug 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 28 Aug 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
The Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author explores human behaviour through the lives of artists
The Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author explores human behaviour through the lives of artists

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 30 Aug 2018
5:00 pm | Thu 30 Aug 2018
Classical music
Get a glimpse of orchestra life at three days of workshops and rehearsals
Get a glimpse of orchestra life at three days of workshops and rehearsals
Discwoman collective
Various times
30 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Various times | 30 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Gigs
Electronic
Lose yourself in the sounds of DJs from New York-based electronic music platform Discwoman
Lose yourself in the sounds of DJs from New York-based electronic music platform Discwoman
Velvet Petal. Scottish Dance Theatre, CEPROMUSIC. Dundee Rep Theatre. July 2016
Various times
31 Aug 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
Various times | 31 Aug 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
This intimate dance work explores the transformative power of beauty
This intimate dance work explores the transformative power of beauty
Various times
1 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
Various times | 1 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
8:00 pm
Mon 03 Sep 2018
8:00 pm | Mon 03 Sep 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
The two musicians reunite to perform from their new multi-genre album Wildflower Blues
The two musicians reunite to perform from their new multi-genre album Wildflower Blues
7:30 pm
4 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | 4 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
What do theatre and chess have in common with other games people play with each other?
What do theatre and chess have in common with other games people play with each other?
Khaled Hosseini headshot
7:30 pm
Tue 04 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 04 Sep 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
In this exclusive talk, the author reflects on his latest book and what fiction can do in dark times
In this exclusive talk, the author reflects on his latest book and what fiction can do in dark times
7:45 pm
Tue 04 Sep 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 04 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
A woman reads and reflects upon Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks in this provocative work
A woman reads and reflects upon Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks in this provocative work
Unlimited: It was Paradise

Free

Free

Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Art
Find hope across borders in a collaborative art project created by British and Palestinian artists
Find hope across borders in a collaborative art project created by British and Palestinian artists
My Dirty Secret

Free

Free

Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Art
Get your fill of filth at an experiential project inspired by the artist's battle with the housework
Get your fill of filth at an experiential project inspired by the artist's battle with the...
Unlimited: My Life in London

Free

Free

Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Art
See London through fresh eyes at an exhibition of work by artists Thompson Hall and Ian Wornast
See London through fresh eyes at an exhibition of work by artists Thompson Hall and Ian Wornast
Unlimited: Voice of the Unicorn

Free

Free

Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Art
Enter a serene space created by a multi-screen installation featuring artefacts and sound
Enter a serene space created by a multi-screen installation featuring artefacts and sound

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Access

For gallery, foyer, cafe and shop, use:

JCB Glass Lift (Blue Side Foyer, Royal Festival Hall) to exit onto Riverside Terrace (Level 2) and use main entrance into Hayward Gallery. Alternatively, use the car park lift to the Hayward Gallery Foyer. All floors are accessible from main foyer. Please use the main foyer lift to access the Hayward Gallery Cafe.

Download our step-free access map

We welcome wheelchair users and guide companion dogs. Wheelchairs and gallery stools are available for visitors by visiting the Hayward Gallery cloakroom when you arrive (subject to availability).

Talk to a member of staff at the foyer entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra assistance. 

Read more about access 

Cloakroom

Due to the nature of the Lee Bul exhibition, bags of 40 x 25 x 25 cm and over will not be allowed in the exhibition. A cloakroom is available in the Hayward Gallery foyer at a charge of £1 per item. Items left here are at the owner’s risk and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage from any cause to items left in the cloakroom. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Toilets

Toilets are located in the foyer and inside the gallery. An accessible toilet and gender neutral inclusive toilets are located in the foyer.

​A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. For health and safety reasons we do not provide slings. Visitors are asked to bring their own which should be compatible with the loop system. The maximum weight for the hoist and the height adjustable bench is 200kg. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

Parking

Blue Badge holders and those with access requirements can be dropped off on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road (the road between Royal Festival Hall and Hayward Gallery).

The Hayward Gallery Car Park is now closed to cars. There are four Blue Badge parking spaces available for visitors located on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road (the road between Royal Festival Hall and Hayward Gallery). Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and use of them is free. You are required to display your Blue Badge as you enter the site. Vehicles that do not display a Blue Badge are refused entry.

Alternative parking is available nearby at the National Theatre car park (330 metres) and APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park (490 metres), subject to charges.

Blue Badge Parking National Theatre

Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting Southbank Centre can be found at the National Theatre car park (330 metres). Just take your badge and car park ticket to Royal Festival Hall Ticket Office on Level 2, for validation before you leave.

Please note: on Sunday when the National Theatre building is closed there is no step-free access from the car park.

Blue Badge Parking APCOA Cornwall Road

Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting Southbank Centre can also be found at the South Bank Car Park—APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park. Just take your badge and car park ticket to the parking attendant office at the entrance to the car park for validation before you leave.

A drop-off point at Royal Festival Hall (30 metres) has been created for visitors who are unable to walk from alternative car parks.

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