Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery are closing on 21 September 2015 for two years for essential repair and refurbishment, so that the buildings are fit for purpose for future generations to enjoy. During this period there will be some key changes to parking at Southbank Centre.

  • From 25 January 2016 the Hayward car park will be closed as we relocate construction workshops to this location.
  • The Hungerford Bridge car park will also close at certain times so that the space can be used for artistic and commercial events, generating much-needed revenue to support the rest of our site and activities. Please check for details.

We would like to apologise for this major inconvenience and we recognise that some of our visitors will now find it difficult to access our site. We have been working hard to find alternative solutions for visitors to Southbank Centre who wish to park nearby. During the closure of Hayward car park and Hungerford Bridge car park, parking will be available nearby at the National Theatre car park and at the Cornwall Road multi-storey car park (subject to charges).

Royal Festival Hall Drop-Off Point

A drop-off point has been created for visitors who are unable to walk from the alternative car parks. The drop-off point is located off Belvedere Road outside the main entrance to the Royal Festival Hall, and is signposted so that you can find it easily. The glass lift is situated at this entrance and will take you to all floors including step-free access into the auditorium.

Parking for Blue Badge holders: Hayward car park

Every effort is being made to keep the provision of Blue Badge spaces near the entrance of the Hayward Car Park but there could be interruptions because of works access particularly up to 6pm. If this is not possible alternative provisions will be available and these are detailed below.

Parking for Blue Badge holders: National Theatre

For Southbank Centre visitors who have a Blue Badge, we have secured free parking in the National Theatre car park, which is the nearest alternative to the Hayward car park. You should take your badge and car park ticket to the Ticket Office at Royal Festival Hall (open 10am – 8.30pm) for validation before you leave. The National Theatre car park can be accessed via the theatre foyer from Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 11.15pm, Sunday (on performance days), 12 noon − 6pm, and from Upper Ground, 7am – 1am. The entrance ramp to the car park is at the south-west corner of the National Theatre, on Upper Ground, by Theatre Avenue (the road between the National Theatre and the British Film Institute).

Parking for Blue Badge holders: Cornwall Road Multi-Storey Car Park

Coin Street Community Builders have kindly agreed to offer free parking to Southbank Centre visitors who have a Blue Badge. The car park is a 5 – 10 minute walk from Royal Festival Hall. You should take your badge and car park ticket to the parking attendant office at the entrance to the car park to validate it before you leave. The entrance ramp to the car park is on Cornwall Road, SE1 9PP and is open 24 hours, seven days per week. There is a lift to street level that exits onto Cornwall Road / Upper Ground opposite ITV Studios.

We are committed to making your visit to Southbank Centre as enjoyable as possible. A Duty Manager is available at all times to respond to queries and any member of staff around the building is able to contact them.

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