Let The Light In

Thanks to you, we’ve reached our goal and let the light in to Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

The incredible support of over 53,000 generous individuals and our partners Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund along with Trusts, Foundations and companies means that our 1960s arts venues have been restored ready for the next 50 years.

Hayward Gallery reopened on 25 January to much acclaim, and Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room followed suit on 9 April with The Observer commenting that these much loved concert halls are now 'glowing with renewed lustre’

...the Hayward Gallery has had a glorious rebirth
The Times

Through the campaign, the importance of these buildings has been recognised by artists, supporters and audiences sharing personal stories, career defining moments and life-changing experiences.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery have now been firmly reinstated as places for new work, new ideas and new artists. Without your support, this wouldn’t have been possible.

The artistic possibilities for the future are limitless. Thank you for the part you have played. We couldn’t have done it without you.

It’s not about donating to a building. It’s about making a real contribution to the cultural life of Britain for many decades to come.
Susan Gilchrist, Chairman of Southbank Centre Board of Governors

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Visitor inspecting documents in the archive

Free

Free

Various times
until 13 Jun 2019
Various times | until 13 Jun 2019
Uncover the history of Southbank Centre through archives from a single date across the decades
Uncover the history of Southbank Centre through archives from a single date across the decades
Installation view of Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror, Blue 2016, at Space Shifters, Hayward Gallery 2018
Various times
until 6 Jan 2019
Various times | until 6 Jan 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
Now until 6 JAN 2019: a major group exhibition bringing together sculptures and installations that explore perception and space
Now until 6 JAN 2019: a major group exhibition bringing together sculptures and installations that...
11:00 am
Sat 17 Nov 2018
11:00 am | Sat 17 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Travel from the Caribbean to the UK in an interactive musical adventure for children
Travel from the Caribbean to the UK in an interactive musical adventure for children
Southbank Centre Food Market.Stall 21 - Galeta.August 2016

Free

Free

Various times
until 23 Dec 2018
Various times | until 23 Dec 2018
Enjoy some of the best street food in London at our food market
Enjoy some of the best street food in London at our food market

Free

Free

Various times
until 27 Dec 2018
Various times | until 27 Dec 2018
Eat, drink and be merry beside the River Thames at our enchanting Winter Market
Eat, drink and be merry beside the River Thames at our enchanting Winter Market
BBC Radio 3's J to Z, performers on stage in the Clore Ballroom

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Sat 17 Nov 2018
1:30 pm | Sat 17 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
BBC Radio 3's newest jazz programme presents the best in jazz past, present and future
BBC Radio 3's newest jazz programme presents the best in jazz past, present and future
Various times
until 24 Nov 2018
Various times | until 24 Nov 2018
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our famous spaces up close on this tour
Chef at Jam Shed Supper Club, Southbank Centre
Various times
until 15 Dec 2018
Various times | until 15 Dec 2018
Dine on delicious cuisine from MasterChef finalists while enjoying spectacular views of the Thames
Dine on delicious cuisine from MasterChef finalists while enjoying spectacular views of the Thames
Kandace Springs
7:30 pm
Sat 17 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 17 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Groove to the refined soulful sounds of singer-songwriter Kandace Springs
Groove to the refined soulful sounds of singer-songwriter Kandace Springs
Judi Jackson, singer/songwriter
7:45 pm
Sat 17 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 17 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Catch a glimpse of emerging jazz multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Judi Jackson
Catch a glimpse of emerging jazz multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Judi Jackson
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8:00 pm
Sat 17 Nov 2018
8:00 pm | Sat 17 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Feel the melancholy of traditional Portuguese fado from an expert singer of the genre
Feel the melancholy of traditional Portuguese fado from an expert singer of the genre
Various times
until 18 Nov 2018
Various times | until 18 Nov 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
Groove Baby Groove Under the Sea, illustration of submarine
Various times
Sun 18 Nov 2018
Various times | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Dive into a jazz- and funk-fuelled family adventure under the sea in an interactive children's show
Dive into a jazz- and funk-fuelled family adventure under the sea in an interactive children's...
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A man with saxophone pushing a child in a buggy

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sun 18 Nov 2018
2:00 pm | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Break musical boundaries at an improvisation workshop for those who identify as women
Break musical boundaries at an improvisation workshop for those who identify as women
Jazz musicians on stage

Free

Free

Various times
Sun 18 Nov 2018
Various times | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Take part in a collective musical improvisation that traces the story of jazz from its roots
Take part in a collective musical improvisation that traces the story of jazz from its roots
MAMA Africa's Tutu Puoane, vocalist

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 18 Nov 2018
6:00 pm | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Celebrate the music of South African icon Miriam Makeba with The Academy Big Band and Tutu Puoane
Celebrate the music of South African icon Miriam Makeba with The Academy Big Band and Tutu Puoane
James Reese Europe Marches, brass instrument

Free

Free

6:45 pm
Sun 18 Nov 2018
6:45 pm | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Stand to attention as young brass players parade in homage to infantry unit the Harlem Hellfighters
Stand to attention as young brass players parade in homage to infantry unit the Harlem Hellfighters
Hugh Masekela
7:30 pm
Sun 18 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Join us for a celebration of the South African jazz visionary and defiant political voice
Join us for a celebration of the South African jazz visionary and defiant political voice
Shiva Feshareki
7:30 pm
Sun 18 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Classical music
Gigs
Jazz it up in this concert featuring works by Bramwell Tovey and Shiva Feshareki
Jazz it up in this concert featuring works by Bramwell Tovey and Shiva Feshareki
 Australian Art Orchestra performance
7:45 pm
Sun 18 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Those who came back: Music inspired by survivors of World War One, 100 years on from Armistice Day
Those who came back: Music inspired by survivors of World War One, 100 years on from Armistice Day
Anna Flavin, image credit - J. Paul Getty Trust
7:00 pm
Mon 19 Nov 2018
7:00 pm | Mon 19 Nov 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Explore the minimalist art of the Light and Space movement in this introductory talk
Explore the minimalist art of the Light and Space movement in this introductory talk
7:30 pm
Mon 19 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 19 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Van Morrison’s masterpiece gets a jazz and soul makeover
Van Morrison’s masterpiece gets a jazz and soul makeover
Near East Quartet + Kyungso Park
7:45 pm
Mon 19 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 19 Nov 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Traditional Korean instruments and rhythms meet jazz sensibilities and Western grooves
Traditional Korean instruments and rhythms meet jazz sensibilities and Western grooves
Space Shifters Schools Takeover, young people in the Hayward Gallery

Free

Free

10:00 am
Tue 20 Nov 2018
10:00 am | Tue 20 Nov 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
A day of peer-led workshops and tours exploring Space Shifters, for students in Years 5 and 6
A day of peer-led workshops and tours exploring Space Shifters, for students in Years 5 and 6

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Tue 20 Nov 2018
1:30 pm | Tue 20 Nov 2018
Performance & Dance
Boogie-woogie the afternoon away at this month's jazz-themed fabulous and free social dance
Boogie-woogie the afternoon away at this month's jazz-themed fabulous and free social dance
EFG London Jazz Festival in assoc with K-Music Festival present: Youn Sun Nah
7:30 pm
Tue 20 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 20 Nov 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Hear one of Korea’s great voices play a rare London concert
Hear one of Korea’s great voices play a rare London concert
Stanley Clarke Band
7:30 pm
Tue 20 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 20 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Jazz fusion pioneers unite, as Stanley Clarke and The Headhunters play an evening of space funk
Jazz fusion pioneers unite, as Stanley Clarke and The Headhunters play an evening of space funk
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7:45 pm
Tue 20 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 20 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Flautist and composer Eddie Parker and his ensemble take cues from Debussy in a new show
Flautist and composer Eddie Parker and his ensemble take cues from Debussy in a new show
Writer and musician George Melly welcomes the millionth visitors to Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Wed 21 Nov 2018
4:00 pm | Wed 21 Nov 2018
We want your memories! Contribute your personal perspectives to our archive
We want your memories! Contribute your personal perspectives to our archive

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 21 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 21 Nov 2018
Classical music
Choral
An evening of opera at its most intoxicating
An evening of opera at its most intoxicating

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Let The Light In stories

story
After two years of painstaking restoration and refurbishment, our iconic art gallery is open to the public once again
story
Take a look at some of the first acts and events to grace our reopened venues
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Electronic music and Queen Elizabeth Hall grew up together – find out all about it