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Queen Elizabeth Hall

Queen Elizabeth Hall is a leading London venue showcasing world-class talks, gigs, dance, performance and classical music. 

As well as a 900 capacity auditorium, the foyer plays host to the most hotly-tipped live music with futuretense and Concrete Lates – our late-night electronic music series in partnership with Boiler Room.

The building is also home to the smaller, intimate Purcell Room.

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 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

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Weval, musicians
10:30 pm
2 Oct 2020 - 3 Oct 2020
10:30 pm | 2 Oct 2020 - 3 Oct 2020
gigs
electronic
Duo Weval light up the dancefloor with their own brand of playful, catchy electronic music
Duo Weval light up the dancefloor with their own brand of playful, catchy electronic music
Midori Takada, composer
7:30 pm
Sun 11 Oct 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 11 Oct 2020
gigs
electronic
Contemplate time, place and the impermanence of being at a live music and cinema experience
Contemplate time, place and the impermanence of being at a live music and cinema experience
Abel Selaocoe, cello
7:30 pm
Tue 17 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 17 Nov 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and the BBC Concert Orchestra perform at London Jazz Festival
South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and the BBC Concert Orchestra perform at London Jazz Festival
Rumer, singer
7:30 pm
Thu 11 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 11 Mar 2021
gigs
jazz & blues
Unwind to the honeyed tones of the singer-songwriter whose 2010 debut album went platinum
Unwind to the honeyed tones of the singer-songwriter whose 2010 debut album went platinum
The Anchoress, multi-instrumentalist
7:30 pm
Fri 12 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 12 Mar 2021
gigs
electronic
Welsh producer and multi-instrumentalist Catherine Anne Davies is The Anchoress
Welsh producer and multi-instrumentalist Catherine Anne Davies is The Anchoress
Robyn Hitchcock, singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Fri 19 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 19 Mar 2021
gigs
folk & world
Blending folk and psychedelia, this singer-songwriter is among alternative rock's father figures
Blending folk and psychedelia, this singer-songwriter is among alternative rock's father...
Ben Watt, musician
7:30 pm
Fri 14 May 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 14 May 2021
gigs
rock & alternative
Best known as half of Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt adds to his acclaimed solo work with Storm Damage
Best known as half of Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt adds to his acclaimed solo work with Storm...
7:30 pm
Tue 18 May 2021
7:30 pm | Tue 18 May 2021
gigs
electronic
Under the moniker U.S. Girls, Meg Remy has become a staple name in experimental pop over the past decade
Under the moniker U.S. Girls, Meg Remy has become a staple name in experimental pop over the past...
Lee 'Scratch' Perry, singer and producer
7:30 pm
Fri 11 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Fri 11 Jun 2021
gigs
folk & world
The reggae pioneer’s killer rhythms recall African roots while reaching for the vastness of outer space
The reggae pioneer’s killer rhythms recall African roots while reaching for the vastness of outer...
Oumou Sangaré, singer
7:30 pm
Wed 16 Jun 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 16 Jun 2021
gigs
folk & world
The Songbird of Wassoulou draws upon a rich musical heritage at the same time as looking to the future
The Songbird of Wassoulou draws upon a rich musical heritage at the same time as looking to the...

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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.

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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 relaxation.

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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