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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading classical music venue located on the banks of the River Thames at the heart of Southbank Centre, plus all the best places to eat, drink and shop while you're here.

As well as a 2,500 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find The Clore Ballroom, The Poetry Library, Spirit Level (including Blue, White and Yellow Rooms), Southbank Centre Shop, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Central Bar and Skylon restaurant.

Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is one of the world’s leading performance venues.

discover the history of Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
Tel: +44 (0)20 3879 9555

Various times
until 29 Jul 2018
Various times | until 29 Jul 2018
Art
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
Photograph of a dancer performing with a long yellow headscarf swirling around her, to promote the Head Wrap Bar at Southbank Centre's Africa Utopia festival

Free

Free

11:30 am
Sat 21 Jul 2018
11:30 am | Sat 21 Jul 2018
Wrap your head around hair at an event exploring hair in practice, performance and poetry
Wrap your head around hair at an event exploring hair in practice, performance and poetry

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 21 Jul 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 21 Jul 2018
Make your story history by adding your own snapshots to a digital archive of black British life
Make your story history by adding your own snapshots to a digital archive of black British life
Photo showing two women posing in a headscarf and a neck scarf

Free

Free

Various times
21 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
Various times | 21 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
Art
Get crafty and colourful with African fabrics at a textiles workshop open to all levels
Get crafty and colourful with African fabrics at a textiles workshop open to all levels
11:30 am
Sun 22 Jul 2018
11:30 am | Sun 22 Jul 2018
The ever-popular Pram Jam returns for a session influenced by African music and dance
The ever-popular Pram Jam returns for a session influenced by African music and dance
Sold out

Free

Free

12:45 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
12:45 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Spirited solo excerpt from one half of the dance company’s latest show, A Night’s Game
Spirited solo excerpt from one half of the dance company’s latest show, A Night’s Game

Free

Free

Various times
27 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Various times | 27 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Classical music
Choral
Raise your voice in joy at this weekend of free singing performances and workshops
Raise your voice in joy at this weekend of free singing performances and workshops
 ZooNation Presents The Next Generation 2018
7:30 pm
Sat 28 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 28 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Don’t miss a spectacular show of dance and musical talent created for and by young people
Don’t miss a spectacular show of dance and musical talent created for and by young people
Image of a boy in front of building blocks, CRXSS PLATFXRM 2018

Free

Free

Various times
3 Aug 2018 - 5 Aug 2018
Various times | 3 Aug 2018 - 5 Aug 2018
Uncover the new wave of multi-disciplinary UK street artists with a Peckham-founded showcase
Uncover the new wave of multi-disciplinary UK street artists with a Peckham-founded showcase
Raze Collective Weekend: Figs in Wigs

Free

Free

Various times
10 Aug 2018 - 12 Aug 2018
Various times | 10 Aug 2018 - 12 Aug 2018
Celebrate the best in queer (LGBTQI+) culture at the Raze Collective Summertime Stage takeover
Celebrate the best in queer (LGBTQI+) culture at the Raze Collective Summertime Stage takeover

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Food & drink

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. If you fancy some alfresco dining, the Riverside Cafe is located on Level 2.

Royal Festival Hall has the acclaimed Skylon restaurant with contemporary food, original cocktails and stunning views over the river.

There 's something for all tastes, occasions and ages.

visitor info

Planning a visit to our iconic Royal Festival Hall? Here’s some useful information.

opening times

Royal Festival Hall is open 10am - 11pm every day*.

Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before the start time of an event.

Entry to our foyers is free although sometimes it is restricted to provide space for audiences as they arrive for performances - please look out for signs and listen to announcements.

*Occasionally Royal Festival Hall is closed to the public due to private hire. We publicise these times across the site and online, so please check before visiting.

 

facilities & access

At Southbank Centre we welcome everyone and want our site to be available to all. We are working hard to remove barriers so that our facilities and events can be accessible to as many people as possible.

access information

 

tickets & concessions

Tickets to all of our events and exhibitions can be booked online, by telephone in person. Find out all you need to know about tickets, including collection, concessions, group bookings and more on the link below.

tickets & concessions faqs

 

getting here and around

Southbank Centre is easily accessible by public transport on road, rail and even river. Find information on the best ways to get to us on the link below.

how to get here

 

food & drink

You certainly won’t go hungry at Southbank Centre. Find out more about the wide range of food and drink options available here on site on the link below

cafes, restaurants and bars

while you're here

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