Following almost three years’ worth of renovations, Queen Elizabeth Hall reopens on Monday 9 April 2018.
From this spring, you can enjoy a dynamic programme of classical music, gigs and performance events in this legendary brutalist venue.
Plus, see the return of the much missed late-night gigs in a new expanded 1,000 capacity gigs space in the Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer.
The building was opened in March 1967 by Her Majesty the Queen. The auditorium has 917 seats and is host to chamber orchestras, quartets, choirs, dance performances, opera and music theatre.
Millions of people have fond memories of performances in Queen Elizabeth Hall by some of the world’s greatest artists.
These include the likes of Daniel Barenboim, the Takács Quartet, Akram Khan, Candoco Dance, Margaret Atwood, J K Rowling, Marianne Faithfull and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.
For access to Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and Purcell Room please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.
For access to Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating row A and all wheelchair spaces please enter via the Artist Entrance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall slip road (Level 1).
For lift access to Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden please use the Roof Garden Lift in the Queen Elizabeth Hall slip road (Level 1).
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We welcome wheelchair users and guide companion dogs. Wheelchairs are available for visitors by visiting the Royal Festival Hall Artists' Entrance when you arrive (subject to availability).
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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Situated downstairs from the main foyer, our cloakroom opens approximately 60 minutes before the start of any Queen Elizabeth Hall show, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends. It is also open on selected festival days. It’s at the bottom of the stairs next to the Ticket Desk.
An accessible toilet and gender neutral inclusive toilets are 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, Level 2 Royal Festival Hall. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.
Blue Badge holders and those with access requirements can be dropped off on the Queen Elizabeth Hall slip road off Belvedere Road (the road between Royal Festival Hall and Hayward Gallery).
The Hayward car park is now closed to cars. Alternative parking is available nearby at the National Theatre car park (330 metres) and APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park(490 metres), subject to charges. Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting Southbank Centre can be found at the National Theatre car park (330 metres). Just take your badge and car park ticket to Royal Festival Hall Ticket Office on Level 2, for validation before you leave.
Please note: on Sunday when the National Theatre building is closed there is no step-free access from the car park.
Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting Southbank Centre can also be found at the South Bank Car Park – APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park. Just take your badge and car park ticket to the parking attendant office at the entrance to the car park for validation before you leave.
A drop-off point at Royal Festival Hall (30 metres) has been created for visitors who are unable to walk from alternative car parks.
We politely ask you to follow our house rules and any requests from our team.
Please help us to keep our foyers looking welcoming and presentable to everyone.
We ask that you keep your personal belongings with you at all times. Security will be called if you leave your items unattended.
Our cafe and foyer seating is for visitors who are purchasing food and beverages from Queen Elizabeth Hall. No food and beverages bought outside can be consumed in these areas. You are welcome to bring your own food and soft drinks to Royal Festival Hall foyers. Only alcoholic drinks purchased at Southbank Centre can be consumed here.
Thank you for respecting that the cafe is a gadget and laptop free area. You are welcome to use your laptop, tablet, e-reader or other equivalent device from 10am – 5pm in other areas. We cannot guarantee that the space is always available for non-socialising activity and do ask you to pack up all laptops, tablets and e-readers by 5pm. After this, our foyer is dedicated to fun and relaxation, especially in the hours leading up to evening concerts.
For the comfort of all visitors, sleeping is not permitted in our foyer spaces.
All visitors are asked to sit on a seat. Sitting on the floor is not permitted. We have increased the amount of furniture in the building and there are plenty of seats for all. We have configured this furniture so that chairs do not block lifts and doors.
Shoes must also be worn at all times whilst inside our buildings.
Please don’t put your feet on our new furniture, so that it stays clean and undamaged for everyone.
Multiple bags or very large luggage items encroach on the space available to other visitors. Please be considerate to others and avoid taking up more space than you need.
The use of extension leads and cables is not allowed as these can be a trip hazard.
For the comfort of all visitors, smoking of e-cigarettes or other products that produce a vapour or smoke are not allowed inside our buildings.
Entry to our foyers is free, and you are welcome to come in and enjoy the atmosphere with or without a ticket. Each day we close some foyer spaces to visitors and only allow entry to people with tickets. This is to provide space for audiences as they arrive for performances. Please look out for signs and listen to announcements; these give you more information about closure times and where else you can sit.
10am – 11pm every day except Christmas Day.
10am – 11pm every day.
Please note food is served until 9pm / the end of concert intervals, and last drinks orders are at 10.40pm.
Saturday to Thursday, 6pm – 9pm
Friday, 5.30pm – 9pm
Please note the bar is closed at the end of intervals.