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 buildin 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
until 25 May 2018
Various times | until 25 May 2018
Performance & Dance
Experience this evocative and poetic visual music performance at its UK premiere
Experience this evocative and poetic visual music performance at its UK premiere
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Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 25 May 2018
5:30 pm | Fri 25 May 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Free music from the indie synth-pop star
Free music from the indie synth-pop star
Kode9 (Steve Goodman)..Glasgow-born, London-based electronic music artist, DJ, and owner of the Hyperdub record label...London.Photograph by David Levene.3/11/15
10:30 pm
Fri 25 May 2018
10:30 pm | Fri 25 May 2018
Gigs
Electronic
Dance into the night with DJs from the experimental London label in our brand-new venue
Dance into the night with DJs from the experimental London label in our brand-new venue
Various times
26 May 2018 - 28 May 2018
Various times | 26 May 2018 - 28 May 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Enter the imaginative world of Lewis Carroll in this adaptation inspired by his classic poem
Enter the imaginative world of Lewis Carroll in this adaptation inspired by his classic poem

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Tue 29 May 2018
5:30 pm | Tue 29 May 2018
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Nearly 50 years on see a historic classical music documentary where it was filmed
Nearly 50 years on see a historic classical music documentary where it was filmed

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Tue 29 May 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 29 May 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Recall a historical performance as Benjamin Grosvenor’s ensemble performs Schubert’s Trout Quintet
Recall a historical performance as Benjamin Grosvenor’s ensemble performs Schubert’s Trout...

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 01 Jun 2018
5:30 pm | Fri 01 Jun 2018
Gigs
Hear the rising Australian star perform live in this free concert
Hear the rising Australian star perform live in this free concert
Various times
2 Jun 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
Various times | 2 Jun 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
See this contemporary opera fuse K-pop, traditional pansori storytelling, and Greek mythology. Part of LIFT 2018
See this contemporary opera fuse K-pop, traditional pansori storytelling, and Greek mythology. Part...
7:00 pm
Mon 04 Jun 2018
7:00 pm | Mon 04 Jun 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Watch as the winners of the ROSL Music Competition section finals compete for the ROSL Gold Medal.
Watch as the winners of the ROSL Music Competition section finals compete for the ROSL Gold Medal.
7:30 pm
Tue 05 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 05 Jun 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
Hear the former prime minister reflect on four decades on the front line of politics
Hear the former prime minister reflect on four decades on the front line of politics
Barbican
Various times
6 Jun 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
Various times | 6 Jun 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
Classical music
Opera
Experience a semi-staged performance of Mozart's first full-length opera
Experience a semi-staged performance of Mozart's first full-length opera

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 08 Jun 2018
5:30 pm | Fri 08 Jun 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Kick off your Friday evening with dynamic soprano and marimba duo Percussing
Kick off your Friday evening with dynamic soprano and marimba duo Percussing
7:30 pm
Sat 09 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 09 Jun 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
One of the world’s leading actors interprets the subversive genius of the Marquis de Sade
One of the world’s leading actors interprets the subversive genius of the Marquis de Sade
7:30 pm
Tue 12 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 12 Jun 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Celebrate David Bedford’s music with the BBC Concert Orchestra in a concert spanning his 50 year career
Celebrate David Bedford’s music with the BBC Concert Orchestra in a concert spanning his 50 year...
7:30 pm
Wed 13 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 13 Jun 2018
Classical music
Choral
Celebrate music’s capacity to cross cultural and political divides with the Parliament Choir.
Celebrate music’s capacity to cross cultural and political divides with the Parliament Choir.
7:30 pm
Thu 14 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 14 Jun 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The Corinthian Orchestra mark the end of their season with Berlioz, Strauss and Mahler
The Corinthian Orchestra mark the end of their season with Berlioz, Strauss and Mahler

Free

Free

Various times
15 Jun 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
Various times | 15 Jun 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Start your weekend with a celebration of London’s culturally diverse music
Start your weekend with a celebration of London’s culturally diverse music
7:30 pm
Fri 15 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 15 Jun 2018
Gigs
Instrumental post-rock quartet 65daysofstatic perform at the 25th Meltdown, curated by Robert Smith
Instrumental post-rock quartet 65daysofstatic perform at the 25th Meltdown, curated by Robert Smith
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11:00 pm
15 Jun 2018 - 16 Jun 2018
11:00 pm | 15 Jun 2018 - 16 Jun 2018
Gigs
Celebrate Robert Smith’s Meltdown into the early hours with a late-night DJ set from Kiasmos
Celebrate Robert Smith’s Meltdown into the early hours with a late-night DJ set from Kiasmos
7:30 pm
Sat 16 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 16 Jun 2018
Gigs
The Notwist bring their creative, experimental take on indie rock to Robert Smith’s Meltdown
The Notwist bring their creative, experimental take on indie rock to Robert Smith’s Meltdown

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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 and foyer seating is for visitors who are purchasing food and beverages from Queen Elizabeth Hall. No food and beverages bought outside may be consumed in these areas.

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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