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Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall reopened in April 2018 following almost three years of renovations with world class, environmentally-improved new facilities for audiences and artists. The building is also home to Purcell Room—a smaller, more intimate space.

The design led by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios), focused on refurbishing the auditoria, foyer and artists’ back of house facilities. Improved access, ventilation and lighting systems, and new production infrastructure enhance the experience for audience and performers alike. New leather upholstery revitalises the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room’s distinctive and comfortable seating.

The building was originally opened in March 1967 by Her Majesty the Queen and this historic restoration has been made possible through generous support from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, thanks to National Lottery players, and through Southbank Centre friends, trusts and foundations supporting the Let The Light In campaign.

Opening times

10am – 11pm every day except Christmas Day. Please note Queen Elizabeth Hall is closed on Monday 16 September until 5:00pm Thursday 19 September for a private event.

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Philippa Perry, author
7:30 pm
Thu 19 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 19 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
How much does our own upbringing affect our parenting?
How much does our own upbringing affect our parenting?
Various times
8 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019
Various times | 8 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019
tours & activities
Decades of architectural innovation are revealed on a tour of Southbank Centre
Decades of architectural innovation are revealed on a tour of Southbank Centre
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Mon 23 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 23 Sep 2019
classical music
Be transported back to the cabaret of 1920s Berlin with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Be transported back to the cabaret of 1920s Berlin with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Antoni Porowski, TV personality
7:30 pm
Wed 25 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 25 Sep 2019
accessible events
speech to text
Serve up your burning questions about food and healthy living for the Queer Eye star and author
Serve up your burning questions about food and healthy living for the Queer Eye star and author
Musical instruments in opened wrapping paper
7:30 pm
Thu 26 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 26 Sep 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
What is the role of the modern orchestra in the 21st century? Delve deeper with BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service
What is the role of the modern orchestra in the 21st century? Delve deeper with BBC Radio 3...
Kai Whiston, musical artist

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 27 Sep 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 27 Sep 2019
gigs
There’s something painterly about 20-year-old producer Kai Whiston’s hyper-surrealist beat music
There’s something painterly about 20-year-old producer Kai Whiston’s hyper-surrealist beat music
Giovanna Fletcher, author
7:30 pm
Fri 27 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 27 Sep 2019
talks & debates
Author Giovanna Fletcher presents a live episode of her frank podcast on the realities of parenthood
Author Giovanna Fletcher presents a live episode of her frank podcast on the realities of parenthood
Tones, Drones and Arpeggios at Southbank Centre
7:30 pm
Sat 28 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 28 Sep 2019
classical music
Twentieth-century music defies expectations with conductor Charles Hazlewood's three ensembles
Twentieth-century music defies expectations with conductor Charles Hazlewood's three ensembles
7:30 pm
Sun 29 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 29 Sep 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
André de Ridder conducts music by two pioneering composers
André de Ridder conducts music by two pioneering composers
James Richardson, TV presenter
8:00 pm
Mon 30 Sep 2019
8:00 pm | Mon 30 Sep 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The Totally Football pod squad kick off another season with a live show full of puns and punditry
The Totally Football pod squad kick off another season with a live show full of puns and punditry

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3 Oct
gigs
Dream-like handpan sounds meet energetic orchestral beats on the composer and percussionist's new album
19 Sep
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
How much does our own upbringing affect our parenting?
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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.

tickets & concessions faqs

access

For step-free access to Queen Elizabeth Hall 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).

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.

download step-free access map

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 Queen Elizabeth Hall by downloading our seating plan.

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stories from Queen Elizabeth Hall

story
The author of How To Love Brutalism explores our Queen Elizabeth Hall
story
Electronic music and Queen Elizabeth Hall grew up together – find out all about it
podcast
Listen to this explanatory podcast with architect Richard Battye

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