Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall reopened in April 2018 following almost three years of renovations with world class, environmentally-improved new facilities for audiences and artists. The building is also home to Purcell Room—a smaller, more intimate space.

The design led by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios), focused on refurbishing the auditoria, foyer and artists’ back of house facilities. Improved access, ventilation and lighting systems, and new production infrastructure enhance the experience for audience and performers alike. New leather upholstery revitalises the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room’s distinctive and comfortable seating.

The building was originally opened in March 1967 by Her Majesty the Queen and this historic restoration has been made possible through generous support from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, thanks to National Lottery players, and through Southbank Centre friends, trusts and foundations supporting the Let The Light In campaign.

Opening times

10am – 11pm every day except Christmas Day.

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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
 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
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
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
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?
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

Free

Free

Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Let your mind wander at a practice-led research project weaving science and art together
Let your mind wander at a practice-led research project weaving science and art together
Dancers and live musicians on stage
Various times
Wed 05 Sep 2018
Various times | Wed 05 Sep 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
A fusion of dance and live music from the British Paraorchestra, inspired by theoretical physics
A fusion of dance and live music from the British Paraorchestra, inspired by theoretical physics
Performers in Kaite O'Reilly's AND SUDDENLY I DISAPPEAR
Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
An international mosaic of monologues about difference, disability and what it means to be human.
An international mosaic of monologues about difference, disability and what it means to be human.
Unlimited: Pitch & Mix

Free

Free

Various times
Thu 06 Sep 2018
Various times | Thu 06 Sep 2018
Get those cogs turning at a day of arts and culture pitches from disabled artists
Get those cogs turning at a day of arts and culture pitches from disabled artists
Unlimited: BFI Presents: Ripping it up
7:30 pm
Thu 06 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 06 Sep 2018
Talks & Topics
Disability & Inclusivity
The best of trailblazing D/deaf and disability-led short films plus a panel with featured filmmakers
The best of trailblazing D/deaf and disability-led short films plus a panel with featured filmmakers
A Crash Course in Cloudspotting

Free

Free

Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Art
Take the time to pause, listen and rest in an audio-visual ode to invisible disability
Take the time to pause, listen and rest in an audio-visual ode to invisible disability

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 07 Sep 2018
5:30 pm | Fri 07 Sep 2018
Fall under the spell of multi-instrumentalist The Dyr Sister’s enchanting folk music
Fall under the spell of multi-instrumentalist The Dyr Sister’s enchanting folk music
7:30 pm
Fri 07 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 07 Sep 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
A blind sitar player, orchestra and story teller unravel the concept of divine sight
A blind sitar player, orchestra and story teller unravel the concept of divine sight
7:45 pm
Fri 07 Sep 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 07 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Comedian Laurence Clark explains what it’s really like to be a parent with cerebral palsy
Comedian Laurence Clark explains what it’s really like to be a parent with cerebral palsy
Not I
Various times
8 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Various times | 8 Sep 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Marvel at Touretteshero Jess Thom’s version of the mouthy monologue by Samuel Beckett
Marvel at Touretteshero Jess Thom’s version of the mouthy monologue by Samuel Beckett
Various times
Sat 08 Sep 2018
Various times | Sat 08 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Writer and comedian Jackie Hagan presents a new show featuring the voices of skint disabled people
Writer and comedian Jackie Hagan presents a new show featuring the voices of skint disabled people
Brownton Abbey

Free

Free

Various times
Sat 08 Sep 2018
Various times | Sat 08 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Gigs
Get transcendental at this Afro-futurist performance party
Get transcendental at this Afro-futurist performance party
Chilly Gonzales performs a one-off show accompanied by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Julian Buckley at the Barbican, London on Saturday 20 Oct. 2012...Photo by Mark Allan
7:30 pm
Mon 10 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 10 Sep 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Join the genre-defying pianist as he plays beguiling pieces from the Solo Piano cycle
Join the genre-defying pianist as he plays beguiling pieces from the Solo Piano cycle

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Access

For access to Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and Purcell Room please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.

For access to Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating row A and all wheelchair spaces please enter via the Artist Entrance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall slip road (Level 1).

For lift access to Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden please use the Roof Garden Lift in the Queen Elizabeth Hall slip road (Level 1).

Download step-free access map

We welcome wheelchair users and guide companion dogs. Wheelchairs are available for visitors by visiting the Royal Festival Hall Artists' Entrance when you arrive (subject to availability).

Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.

Cloakroom

Situated downstairs from the main foyer, our cloakroom opens approximately 60 minutes before the start of any Queen Elizabeth Hall show, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends. It is also open on selected festival days. It’s at the bottom of the stairs next to the Ticket Desk.

Toilets

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 facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub, Level 2 Royal Festival Hall. 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 car park is now closed to cars. Alternative parking is available nearby at the National Theatre car park (330 metres) and APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park (490 metres), subject to charges. 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.

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.

While you're here

We politely ask you to follow our house rules and any requests from our Visitor Experience team. Please help us to keep our foyers looking welcoming and presentable to everyone.

Our cafe/bar seating is for visitors who are purchasing food and beverages from the venue. No food and beverages bought outside may be consumed in this area.

Thank you for respecting that the cafe is a gadget and laptop free area. You are welcome to use your laptop, tablet, e-reader or other equivalent device in other areas from 10am – 5pm.

We cannot guarantee that the space is always available for non-socialising activity and ask that you pack up all laptops, tablets and e-readers by 5pm. After this, our foyer is dedicated to fun and relaxation, especially in the hours leading up to evening concerts.

Read more about facilities and access

stories from Queen Elizabeth Hall

story
The author of How To Love Brutalism explores our Queen Elizabeth Hall
story
Electronic music and Queen Elizabeth Hall grew up together – find out all about it
podcast
Listen to this explanatory podcast with architect Richard Battye

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