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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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I Believe in Unicorns, part of London Literature Festival
Various times
22 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019
Various times | 22 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
performance & dance
Tomas’ world changes the day he meets the Unicorn Lady, in a show based on Michael Morpurgo’s children's book
Tomas’ world changes the day he meets the Unicorn Lady, in a show based on Michael Morpurgo’s...
Eoin Colfer, writer
11:00 am
Fri 25 Oct 2019
11:00 am | Fri 25 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
family & young people
Introducing his new series, the author discusses the genesis of magic and the inherent hilarity of head lice
Introducing his new series, the author discusses the genesis of magic and the inherent hilarity of...
Carnival at the Southbank Centre

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Sat 14 Dec 2019
4:30 pm | Sat 14 Dec 2019
gigs
folk & world
Soak up the spirit of the islands at a festive family party featuring traditional music and performances
Soak up the spirit of the islands at a festive family party featuring traditional music and...
Audience at performance in the Clore Ballroom

Free

Free

Various times
23 Dec 2019 - 30 Dec 2019
Various times | 23 Dec 2019 - 30 Dec 2019
family & young people
We’ve got some crackers for you at our free lunchtime gigs over the holidays
We’ve got some crackers for you at our free lunchtime gigs over the holidays
Kids Count Down, two girls in purple light

Free

Free

11:00 am
Tue 31 Dec 2019
11:00 am | Tue 31 Dec 2019
family & young people
Start your family’s New Year revels early with ex-music hall singer turned hip-hop goddess Ida Barr
Start your family’s New Year revels early with ex-music hall singer turned hip-hop goddess Ida...
Musical Roots
11:30 am
Sat 22 Feb 2020
11:30 am | Sat 22 Feb 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Meet the animals on a musical adventure for ages three to seven, with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Meet the animals on a musical adventure for ages three to seven, with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Southbank Sinfonia
11:30 am
Sat 09 May 2020
11:30 am | Sat 09 May 2020
classical music
family & young people
Unleash musical imaginations with a chance for children aged five to 11 to explore the orchestra
Unleash musical imaginations with a chance for children aged five to 11 to explore the orchestra
The Moon Hares on stage
7:00 pm
Wed 01 Jul 2020
7:00 pm | Wed 01 Jul 2020
classical music
family & young people
Be bewitched by a magical family opera from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Be bewitched by a magical family opera from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

top events

3 Nov
classical music
contemporary classical
The second day of a weekend dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration
6 Nov
classical music
Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jésus is one of the greatest piano compositions of the 20th century
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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.

download seating plan

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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