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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

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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...
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
Penguin Cafe, band
7:30 pm
Wed 02 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 02 Oct 2019
gigs
contemporary classical
Genre-defying music by Arthur Jeffes performed by the latest iteration of the 1970s supergroup
Genre-defying music by Arthur Jeffes performed by the latest iteration of the 1970s supergroup
London Sinfonietta
7:30 pm
Tue 15 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 15 Oct 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The London Sinfonietta performs Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Five Lessons in Frame
The London Sinfonietta performs Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Five Lessons in Frame
Deep∞Minimalism 2.0
3:30 pm
Sun 03 Nov 2019
3:30 pm | Sun 03 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The second day of a weekend dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration
The second day of a weekend dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration
Celebrating the Academy at 60 Gala Concert. Orchestras Playing on Stage
7:30 pm
Tue 12 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 12 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Join the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Joshua Bell to mark the orchestra’s 60th anniversary
Join the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Joshua Bell to mark the orchestra’s 60th...
Marius Neset: Viaduct
7:30 pm
Thu 21 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 21 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The dynamic jazz saxophonist and London Sinfonietta reunite for a new commission
The dynamic jazz saxophonist and London Sinfonietta reunite for a new commission
Matthew Barley, cellist
7:30 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
From Duke Ellington to a premiere by Misha Mullov-Abbado, the BBC Concert Orchestra jazzes things up
From Duke Ellington to a premiere by Misha Mullov-Abbado, the BBC Concert Orchestra jazzes things up
7:30 pm
Mon 25 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 25 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Come face-to-face with the great classical composers in an evening of live performance and conversation
Come face-to-face with the great classical composers in an evening of live performance and...
Alexis Ffrench, composer and pianist
7:30 pm
Sat 30 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 30 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Leading the way for a new generation of classical artists, the pianist defies our preconceptions
Leading the way for a new generation of classical artists, the pianist defies our preconceptions

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15 Aug - 26 Aug
performance & dance
dance
Travel through musical history at a ZooNation Youth Company show for all the family
13 Sep - 14 Sep
gigs
An Africa Utopia edition of our club night, showcasing DJs and electronic artists from the African continent
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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 relaxatiom.

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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