Royal Festival Hall is at the heart of the Southbank Centre complex. Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is one of the world’s leading performance venues. As well as the auditorium, there is The Clore Ballroom, the Saison Poetry Library, Spirit Level, (including Blue, White and Yellow Rooms) Southbank Centre Shop, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Central Bar and Skylon restaurant.
10am – 11pm every day
Entry to Royal Festival Hall and to all our buildings is free, and you are welcome to come into our Foyer spaces and enjoy the atmosphere with or without a ticket.
Christmas and New Year opening times
24 December: 10am to 6pm
25 December: Closed
26 December: 12 noon to 11pm
31 December: 10am to 3pm
1 January: 1pm to 11pm
How to get here
See our Plan Your Visit page for details.
Alternatively you can call the Ticket Office 0844 875 0073 or purchase tickets online.
Eating and Drinking
Royal Festival Hall has the acclaimed Skylon restaurant with contemporary food, original cocktails and stunning views over the river. There are bars on Levels 2, 4 and 5 of the building open to the public. The Members Bar, located on Level 6 with panoramic views over the river, is open to Southbank Centre Members.
There are many places to eat and drink around Southbank Centre, with something for all tastes, occasions and ages.
Southbank Centre is currently trialling a pre-ordered interval drinks system for certain performances at Royal Festival Hall, see our questions and answers page for more information.
Free wireless internet is available in Royal Festival Hall and all of our buildings’ foyers. Please note, Southbank Centre reserves the right to withdraw this service at any time.
Venue Meetings Room and Hire
To book a meeting room or one of our venues, visit our Venue Hire page.
We welcome wheelchair users, guide companion dogs and we have an Infrared hearing facility. Read more about access.
All our venues have public toilets (dependant on opening times) with wheelchair access and baby changing facilities.
Read our FAQs.
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