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Purcell Room

The Purcell Room in Queen Elizabeth Hall reopened in April 2018 following almost three years of refurbishment. With new improved facilities and acoustics, this intimate wood-panelled auditorium provides a platform for music and performance events, a variety of talks and debates, plus readings of classical and modern literature.

The world-renowned venue has played host to some of the biggest names of the 20th century and beyond, including David Bowie, Daniel Barenboim, Marianne Faithfull and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. 

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Out-Spoken: October at Southbank Centre
7:45 pm
Thu 17 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 17 Oct 2019
gigs
literature & poetry
Ring in Poetry International festival with your monthly dose of stellar live music and poetry
Ring in Poetry International festival with your monthly dose of stellar live music and poetry
King Midas Sound

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9:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
9:00 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
gigs
electronic
Lean into the sound of loss with a live performance of the group’s ‘deep and dark’ fourth album
Lean into the sound of loss with a live performance of the group’s ‘deep and dark’ fourth...
SB Circle, band
7:45 pm
Tue 29 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 29 Oct 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Playing the zither-like gayageum, Kyungso Park flows easily between traditional and contemporary music
Playing the zither-like gayageum, Kyungso Park flows easily between traditional and contemporary...
Andrea Belfi, musician
7:45 pm
Sun 03 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 03 Nov 2019
gigs
folk & world
Drums are at the centre of a deep, hypnotic listening experience with the composer and experimental musician
Drums are at the centre of a deep, hypnotic listening experience with the composer and experimental...
Chloe Purcell Sessions
7:45 pm
Tue 05 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 05 Nov 2019
gigs
electronic
French producer and DJ Chloé constructs a musical playground in the space between electro and techno
French producer and DJ Chloé constructs a musical playground in the space between electro and...
Chloe Slow-Mo
7:45 pm
Wed 06 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 06 Nov 2019
gigs
electronic
Extending her reach beyond strictly club or techno, Chloé pushes the boundaries by slowing down the tempo
Extending her reach beyond strictly club or techno, Chloé pushes the boundaries by slowing down the...
Trevor Watts, jazz musician
7:45 pm
Fri 15 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 15 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
From the vanguard of British free improvisation, the avant-garde saxophonist presents his jazz quartet
From the vanguard of British free improvisation, the avant-garde saxophonist presents his jazz...
7:45 pm
Sat 16 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 16 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Improvised jazz meets Baroque in a work for ensemble based on Picasso’s Guernica, here in its UK premiere
Improvised jazz meets Baroque in a work for ensemble based on Picasso’s Guernica, here in its UK...
Julia Hulsmann, jazz pianist and composer
2:30 pm
Sun 17 Nov 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 17 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Mark 50 years of seminal jazz label ECM at a performance by the German pianist and her trio
Mark 50 years of seminal jazz label ECM at a performance by the German pianist and her trio
Debris Stevenson, poet
8:00 pm
Sun 17 Nov 2019
8:00 pm | Sun 17 Nov 2019
gigs
What’s next for the grime poet and pansexual ex-Mormon who created the musical show Poet in da Corner?
What’s next for the grime poet and pansexual ex-Mormon who created the musical show Poet in da...

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French producer and DJ Chloé constructs a musical playground in the space between electro and techno
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tickets & concessions

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

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access

Purcell Room is located in Queen Elizabeth Hall. For step-free access please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.

Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.

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more about access & facilities

cloakroom

Our cloakroom opens around 60 minutes before the start of any show, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends. It’s at the bottom of the stairs next to the Ticket Desk.

toilets

An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

getting here

For more information on parking and getting here by road, rail or river, click on the link below.

getting here & parking

during your visit

We politely ask you help keep our foyers looking welcoming and presentable to everyone and to follow any requests from our Visitor Experience team. 

Our Concrete Cafe seating is for visitors who are purchasing food and beverages from the venue – nothing bought outside may be consumed in this area.

The cafe is a gadget and laptop free area. You are welcome to use your laptop, tablet, e-reader or other equivalent device in the rest of the foyer until 5pm. After this, our foyer is dedicated to fun and relaxatiom.

Get an overview of the seating layout of the Purcell Room by downloading our seating plan.

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