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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7:30 pm
Tue 16 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 16 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
City of London Sinfonia explore Bach’s music and his use of maths and numbers
City of London Sinfonia explore Bach’s music and his use of maths and numbers
Dakha Brakha, Ukrainian folk quartet
7:30 pm
Wed 17 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 17 Oct 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Be transported to a world of Ukrainian folklore and theatre in a performance from DakhaBrakha
Be transported to a world of Ukrainian folklore and theatre in a performance from DakhaBrakha
Various times
until 28 Oct 2018
Various times | until 28 Oct 2018
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre

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7:30 pm
Thu 18 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 18 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
‘Lioness of the piano’ [Wprost] Cristina Ortiz returns to the International Piano Series
‘Lioness of the piano’ [Wprost] Cristina Ortiz returns to the International Piano Series
10:30 am
Fri 19 Oct 2018
10:30 am | Fri 19 Oct 2018
Literature
Discover the Odyssey's mythical world of gods, giants and sirens in this day for schools
Discover the Odyssey's mythical world of gods, giants and sirens in this day for schools
Heaux Noire illustration

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 19 Oct 2018
5:30 pm | Fri 19 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Listen up as womxn of colour share their stories through poetry and music
Listen up as womxn of colour share their stories through poetry and music
An Evening with Sally Field

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7:30 pm
Fri 19 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 19 Oct 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
Celebrated actor Sally Field tells her extraordinary story in her own words
Celebrated actor Sally Field tells her extraordinary story in her own words

Free

Free

Various times
20 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018
Various times | 20 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018
Art
Get to grips with warp and weft and learn about a resourceful character from The Odyssey
Get to grips with warp and weft and learn about a resourceful character from The Odyssey
Marilynne Robinson in Conversation

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2:00 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
The US novelist and essayist reflects on hope and generosity in tumultuous times
The US novelist and essayist reflects on hope and generosity in tumultuous times

Free

Free

Various times
20 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018
Various times | 20 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Come on a journey with Wendy Shearer in an interactive live storytelling performance
Come on a journey with Wendy Shearer in an interactive live storytelling performance
Carol Ann Duffy & Friends
7:30 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Poetry
Carol Ann Duffy is joined by friends for a special reading of her final collection as poet laureate
Carol Ann Duffy is joined by friends for a special reading of her final collection as poet laureate
An Introduction to The Odyssey

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2:00 pm
Sun 21 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Sun 21 Oct 2018
Literature
Who is Odysseus, anyway? Find out from our panel, chaired by cult classicist Mary Beard
Who is Odysseus, anyway? Find out from our panel, chaired by cult classicist Mary Beard

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4:00 pm
Sun 21 Oct 2018
4:00 pm | Sun 21 Oct 2018
Literature
Hear the ultimate oral poem, The Odyssey, read aloud at an event inspired by Emily Wilson's new translation
Hear the ultimate oral poem, The Odyssey, read aloud at an event inspired by Emily Wilson's new...
Various times
23 Oct 2018 - 24 Oct 2018
Various times | 23 Oct 2018 - 24 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Catch the UK premiere of Isabella Rossellini’s new one-woman (and one dog) show
Catch the UK premiere of Isabella Rossellini’s new one-woman (and one dog) show
Baritone, James Newby standing in a line of people

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7:00 pm
Thu 25 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 25 Oct 2018
Classical music
Opera
An evening of pure Handelian fun.
An evening of pure Handelian fun.
Liz Pichon, British illustrator
2:00 pm
Fri 26 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Fri 26 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Superb stories, oodles of doodles and masses of monsters from the author of the Tom Gates books
Superb stories, oodles of doodles and masses of monsters from the author of the Tom Gates books
Jolade Olusanya

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 26 Oct 2018
5:30 pm | Fri 26 Oct 2018
Literature
Poetry
Poets and performers from the London-based art collective set their imaginations free
Poets and performers from the London-based art collective set their imaginations free
Olafur Eliasson: Experience
7:30 pm
Fri 26 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 26 Oct 2018
Art
The Danish-Icelandic artist opens a window onto his practice and asks how art can create change
The Danish-Icelandic artist opens a window onto his practice and asks how art can create change
Lorenzo Senni, musician
10:30 pm
Fri 26 Oct 2018
10:30 pm | Fri 26 Oct 2018
Gigs
Electronic
Alter your perceptions at a late-night art, modern trance and experimental electronics event
Alter your perceptions at a late-night art, modern trance and experimental electronics event
Southbank Sinfonia musicians
11:30 am
Sat 27 Oct 2018
11:30 am | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Join Southbank Sinfonia's intrepid musicians for a family concert
Join Southbank Sinfonia's intrepid musicians for a family concert
" Mohsin Hamid on Migration, Magic and Exit West"

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7:30 pm
Sun 28 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 28 Oct 2018
Literature
From Ancient Greece onward, why have stories of migration captivated our imaginations?
From Ancient Greece onward, why have stories of migration captivated our imaginations?
Christian Zacharias, Image credit - Constanza Zacharias
7:30 pm
Mon 29 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 29 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The brilliant pianist and conductor shines a light on innovative works from Beethoven and Schoenberg
The brilliant pianist and conductor shines a light on innovative works from Beethoven and Schoenberg
Inon Barnatan 2014- Pianist.Photo: Marco Borggreve

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7:30 pm
Wed 31 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 31 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The New York Times describes Inon Barnatan as ‘one of the most admired pianists of his generation’
The New York Times describes Inon Barnatan as ‘one of the most admired pianists of his...
Various times
1 Nov 2018 - 18 Nov 2018
Various times | 1 Nov 2018 - 18 Nov 2018
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
7:30 pm
Thu 01 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 01 Nov 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Nearly 100 years after its release, an early pacifist film is brought to life with a score by Olga Neuwirth
Nearly 100 years after its release, an early pacifist film is brought to life with a score by Olga...
Green Rock River Band

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 02 Nov 2018
5:30 pm | Fri 02 Nov 2018
Wander the British wasteland with original folk music evoking the suburban wilderness
Wander the British wasteland with original folk music evoking the suburban wilderness
Trevor Horn
7:30 pm
Fri 02 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 02 Nov 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Relive the decade of excess at a show from the producer of the greatest anthems of the 1980s
Relive the decade of excess at a show from the producer of the greatest anthems of the 1980s
Korea traditional opera performance

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Sat 03 Nov 2018
4:30 pm | Sat 03 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Discover the joys of Korea's traditional opera with pansori enthusiast, record producer Joe Boyd
Discover the joys of Korea's traditional opera with pansori enthusiast, record producer Joe...
London Contemporary Voices with special guests
7:30 pm
Sat 03 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 03 Nov 2018
Gigs
Electronic
The pioneering choir puts its spin on popular hits, with Orlando Weeks (the Maccabees)
The pioneering choir puts its spin on popular hits, with Orlando Weeks (the Maccabees)
7:30 pm
Tue 06 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 06 Nov 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Hear the glorious sleaze sounds of this South London DIY duo
Hear the glorious sleaze sounds of this South London DIY duo
7:30 pm
Thu 08 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 08 Nov 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Join a pop brainwashing experiment that will blow your mind
Join a pop brainwashing experiment that will blow your mind
Crumb, Brooklyn-based band

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Fri 09 Nov 2018
5:30 pm | Fri 09 Nov 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Hear the singular sounds of this psych-pop quartet serving up intimate, jazz-tinged tunes
Hear the singular sounds of this psych-pop quartet serving up intimate, jazz-tinged tunes
Various times
Fri 09 Nov 2018
Various times | Fri 09 Nov 2018
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Laugh like a woman with smart, brazen and straight-talking US comic Iliza
Laugh like a woman with smart, brazen and straight-talking US comic Iliza
Joan Osborne, singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Sat 10 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 10 Nov 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
One of us was a defining song of the 1990s, but there’s much more to its Grammy-nominated singer
One of us was a defining song of the 1990s, but there’s much more to its Grammy-nominated singer
Laura Gibson & Dan Mangan
7:30 pm
Tue 13 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 13 Nov 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Twice as nice: see two of Berlin label City Slang’s finest songwriters on their co-headline tour
Twice as nice: see two of Berlin label City Slang’s finest songwriters on their co-headline tour
Es Devlin, stage designer
7:00 pm
Thu 15 Nov 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 15 Nov 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Artist-designer Es Devlin OBE responds to Space Shifters
Artist-designer Es Devlin OBE responds to Space Shifters
Lee Child headshot
7:30 pm
Thu 15 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 15 Nov 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Hear from the two masters of suspense about the art of creating compelling characters
Hear from the two masters of suspense about the art of creating compelling characters
Dave Douglas .September 27, 2017.www.johnabbottphoto.com.212-765-2342..
7:30 pm
Fri 16 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 16 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Get lifted in this jazz concert led by the fearless trumpeter and composer and friends
Get lifted in this jazz concert led by the fearless trumpeter and composer and friends
7:45 pm
Fri 16 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 16 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Instantly recognisable, the music of Empirical returns to the EGF London Jazz Festival
Instantly recognisable, the music of Empirical returns to the EGF London Jazz Festival
Kandace Springs
7:30 pm
Sat 17 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 17 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Groove to the refined soulful sounds of singer-songwriter Kandace Springs
Groove to the refined soulful sounds of singer-songwriter Kandace Springs

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Access

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).

download step-free access map

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.

Cloakroom

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.

Toilets

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.

Parking 

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: there is no step-free access from the National Theatre car park when the building is closed on Sunday.

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.

While you're here

We politely ask you to follow our house rules and any requests from our Visitor Experience team. Please help us to keep our foyers looking welcoming and presentable to everyone.

Our cafe/bar seating is for visitors who are purchasing food and beverages from the venue. No food and beverages bought outside may be consumed in this area.

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 in other areas from 10am – 5pm.

We cannot guarantee that the space is always available for non-socialising activity and ask that you 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.

more about facilities and access

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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