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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

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Free

Free

Various times
until 1 Jul 2018
Various times | until 1 Jul 2018
Art
Explore this new display on brutalist architecture, for both children and adults
Explore this new display on brutalist architecture, for both children and adults
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

Free

Free

Various times
until 23 Jun 2018
Various times | until 23 Jun 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Robert Smith, curator of this year’s Meltdown, picks the best of London’s buskers
Robert Smith, curator of this year’s Meltdown, picks the best of London’s buskers
James Walsh

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Sat 23 Jun 2018
5:00 pm | Sat 23 Jun 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Bring along your guitar and join in our massive big busk
Bring along your guitar and join in our massive big busk
7:30 pm
Sat 23 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 23 Jun 2018
Gigs
My Bloody Valentine perform their first UK show in five years for Robert Smith’s Meltdown
My Bloody Valentine perform their first UK show in five years for Robert Smith’s Meltdown

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sun 17 Jun 2018
1:00 pm | Sun 17 Jun 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Rock out on a Sunday afternoon with a line-up of emerging bands chosen by Robert Smith
Rock out on a Sunday afternoon with a line-up of emerging bands chosen by Robert Smith

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sun 24 Jun 2018
1:00 pm | Sun 24 Jun 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Rock out on a Sunday afternoon with a stellar line-up of emerging bands chosen by Robert Smith
Rock out on a Sunday afternoon with a stellar line-up of emerging bands chosen by Robert Smith
Various times
until 29 Jul 2018
Various times | until 29 Jul 2018
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
Enjoy the most British of treats in the Members Area
7:30 pm
Sun 24 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 24 Jun 2018
Gigs
Curator Robert Smith closes the 25th Meltdown festival with an exclusive two-hour show
Curator Robert Smith closes the 25th Meltdown festival with an exclusive two-hour show
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DJ Tom Robinson

Free

Free

10:30 pm
Sun 24 Jun 2018
10:30 pm | Sun 24 Jun 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Join us for the Meltdown afterparty to end all afterparties
Join us for the Meltdown afterparty to end all afterparties
Dragon Babies - Gamelan for 3-5 year olds, Gamelan Room
Various times
until 16 Jul 2018
Various times | until 16 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
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Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
until 17 Jul 2018
Various times | until 17 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
until 19 Jul 2018
Various times | until 19 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
7:30 pm
Tue 26 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 26 Jun 2018
Performance & Dance
Cabaret
The renowned LGBTQ+ literary salon returns, with readings by Philip Hensher and others
The renowned LGBTQ+ literary salon returns, with readings by Philip Hensher and others
7:30 pm
Tue 26 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 26 Jun 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
The inimitable comedian dives into a hilarious and thought-provoking discussion of all things famous
The inimitable comedian dives into a hilarious and thought-provoking discussion of all things famous

Free

Free

Various times
27 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
Various times | 27 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Hear over 1000 young musicians from Wandsworth schools performing in this two-day gala
Hear over 1000 young musicians from Wandsworth schools performing in this two-day gala
Various times
until 26 Jul 2018
Various times | until 26 Jul 2018
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Southbank Centre in a guided Members’ tour

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 28 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 28 Jun 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Salonen conducts Schoenberg's operatic tale of love and jealousy.
Salonen conducts Schoenberg's operatic tale of love and jealousy.

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 29 Jun 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 29 Jun 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Hear traditional Syrian and Arabic folk songs at this free gig
Hear traditional Syrian and Arabic folk songs at this free gig

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 29 Jun 2018
5:30 pm | Fri 29 Jun 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Hear beautiful Kurdish folk music from this talented singer
Hear beautiful Kurdish folk music from this talented singer
Various times
until 2 Jul 2018
Various times | until 2 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at parents, carers and babies
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at parents, carers and babies
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Various times
6 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
Various times | 6 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 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
6 Jul 2018 - 7 Jul 2018
Various times | 6 Jul 2018 - 7 Jul 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
The illustrious Burt Bacharach returns to the stage to perform two shows in Royal Festival Hall
The illustrious Burt Bacharach returns to the stage to perform two shows in Royal Festival Hall
Man Booker 50 headshots

128737 Eleanor Catton and Colm Tóibín: From Page to Screen 2018,

128824 How to Edit Your Novel 2018,

128825 Eleanor Catton: The First Page 2018

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10:30 am
Sat 07 Jul 2018
10:30 am | Sat 07 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
The prize-winning author shares her tips in this interactive workshop
The prize-winning author shares her tips in this interactive workshop
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Emma Paterson headshot

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1:30 pm
Sat 07 Jul 2018
1:30 pm | Sat 07 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Have all your questions answered by this panel of top literary agents
Have all your questions answered by this panel of top literary agents
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Various times
until 7 Jul 2018
Various times | until 7 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Man Booker 50 headshots

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Multi-buy discount

3:00 pm
Sat 07 Jul 2018
3:00 pm | Sat 07 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
The master storyteller and poet shares techniques for lighting the creative fire
The master storyteller and poet shares techniques for lighting the creative fire
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Man Booker 50 headshots

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Multi-buy discount

4:30 pm
Sat 07 Jul 2018
4:30 pm | Sat 07 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Get top tips from some of the publishing world’s leading figures
Get top tips from some of the publishing world’s leading figures
Various times
7 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018
Various times | 7 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 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 7 Jul 2018
Various times | until 7 Jul 2018
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Get an introduction to the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
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Julian Barnes headshot

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11:30 am
Sun 08 Jul 2018
11:30 am | Sun 08 Jul 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
The award-winning writers discuss their literary passions, influences and storytelling techniques
The award-winning writers discuss their literary passions, influences and storytelling techniques
Man Booker 50 headshots

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1:00 pm
Sun 08 Jul 2018
1:00 pm | Sun 08 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Explore the art of scene setting in this hands-on workshop
Explore the art of scene setting in this hands-on workshop
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Man Booker 50 headshots

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2:30 pm
Sun 08 Jul 2018
2:30 pm | Sun 08 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Don’t miss this first-ever unchaired talk between two legendary Man Booker Prize winners
Don’t miss this first-ever unchaired talk between two legendary Man Booker Prize winners

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Multi-buy discount

2:30 pm
Sun 08 Jul 2018
2:30 pm | Sun 08 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Learn the tricks of the trade for editing your novel
Learn the tricks of the trade for editing your novel
Graeme Macrae Burnet headshot

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4:00 pm
Sun 08 Jul 2018
4:00 pm | Sun 08 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Learn from the best in this workshop on research and fiction
Learn from the best in this workshop on research and fiction
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Golden Man Booker prize - shortlisted novels

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Multi-buy discount

7:00 pm
Sun 08 Jul 2018
7:00 pm | Sun 08 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Don’t miss the literary event of the year, as the winner of the Golden Man Booker is announced
Don’t miss the literary event of the year, as the winner of the Golden Man Booker is announced
11 July 2018
Art
Come on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA with these specially adapted tours
Come on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA with these specially adapted tours
7:30 pm
Sat 14 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 14 Jul 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
3:00 pm
Sun 15 Jul 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 15 Jul 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 20 Jul 2018
5:30 pm | Fri 20 Jul 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Experience the traditional sounds of Congolese music with a contemporary twist
Experience the traditional sounds of Congolese music with a contemporary twist
Various times
20 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018
Various times | 20 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Don’t miss this award-winning theatre performance following two women’s fight for civil rights
Don’t miss this award-winning theatre performance following two women’s fight for civil rights
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

Various times
21 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
Various times | 21 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
Browse this specially curated festival market for the latest fashion, art, books and more
Browse this specially curated festival market for the latest fashion, art, books and more

Free

Free

Various times
21 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
Various times | 21 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Immerse yourself in awesome African music and dance at free pop-up performances
Immerse yourself in awesome African music and dance at free pop-up performances

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
1:00 pm
Sat 21 Jul 2018
1:00 pm | Sat 21 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Join this fun Pidgin language learning workshop
Join this fun Pidgin language learning workshop
1:00 pm
Sat 21 Jul 2018
1:00 pm | Sat 21 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Explore your imagination with screenwriter CJ Obasi
Explore your imagination with screenwriter CJ Obasi
Naatal Presents Africa Utopia Member's Salon 2016.26th August 2016.
1:00 pm
Sat 21 Jul 2018
1:00 pm | Sat 21 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Join us to celebrate some of 2018’s outstanding contemporary African literature
Join us to celebrate some of 2018’s outstanding contemporary African literature
Naatal Presents Africa Utopia Member's Salon 2016.26th August 2016.
2:30 pm
Sat 21 Jul 2018
2:30 pm | Sat 21 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Listen to live readings exploring what it means to be a queer Nigerian woman
Listen to live readings exploring what it means to be a queer Nigerian woman

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top events

8 Jul
Literature
Writers
Don’t miss the literary event of the year, as the winner of the Golden Man Booker is announced
21 Jul
Gigs
Folk & World
Hear married musical duo Amadou & Mariam play their latest album, La Confusion
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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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