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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Me and My Friends, band

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 24 May 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 24 May 2019
gigs
folk & world
Gloriously danceable folk music with sun-drenched influences from Ghanaian highlife to Jamaican roots
Gloriously danceable folk music with sun-drenched influences from Ghanaian highlife to Jamaican...
Performance of Absolute Bird: Translating Nature
8:00 pm
Fri 24 May 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 24 May 2019
classical music
Look to the birds at a City of London Sinfonia concert featuring chamber works inspired by birdsong
Look to the birds at a City of London Sinfonia concert featuring chamber works inspired by birdsong
 Headshot of James Ellroy, American crime writer
7:30 pm
Mon 27 May 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 27 May 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The ‘demon dog of American literature’ on new novel This Storm and his life in writing
The ‘demon dog of American literature’ on new novel This Storm and his life in writing
Melanie De Biasio, singer
7:30 pm
Tue 28 May 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 28 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Catch the jazz singer and multi-instrumentalist as she performs from her critically acclaimed album
Catch the jazz singer and multi-instrumentalist as she performs from her critically acclaimed album
Various times
29 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
Various times | 29 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
classical music
Experience a pair of Gluck’s one-act operas
Experience a pair of Gluck’s one-act operas
Musician playing the horn
7:00 pm
Thu 30 May 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 30 May 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
See tomorrow's top artists compete for the prestigious ROSL Gold Medal and £15,000 first prize
See tomorrow's top artists compete for the prestigious ROSL Gold Medal and £15,000 first prize
Bbymutha, rapper
10:30 pm
30 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
10:30 pm | 30 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
gigs
electronic
Get down with the lights down at this late-night gig with the rappers and DJ
Get down with the lights down at this late-night gig with the rappers and DJ
Pierre-Laurent Aimard by piano

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7:30 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Stockhausen’s seminal piano music
Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Stockhausen’s seminal piano...

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

5:00 pm
Sun 02 Jun 2019
5:00 pm | Sun 02 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear transcendental, electronica-infused works by Stockhausen for percussion and two pianos
Hear transcendental, electronica-infused works by Stockhausen for percussion and two pianos
Music of the Spheres figure looking out to space
7:30 pm
Wed 05 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 05 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear Aurora Orchestra explore celestial sounds in an eclectic programme featuring choreography and illustration
Hear Aurora Orchestra explore celestial sounds in an eclectic programme featuring choreography and...
7:30 pm
Thu 06 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 06 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
BBC Concert Orchestra continue their series of concerts inspired by colours
BBC Concert Orchestra continue their series of concerts inspired by colours
Lisa Gerrard with The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices
7:30 pm
Fri 07 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 07 Jun 2019
gigs
Contemplate the secrets of the human voice in this ravishing musical experience
Contemplate the secrets of the human voice in this ravishing musical experience
Howard Shelley, pianist and conductor
3:00 pm
Sun 09 Jun 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 09 Jun 2019
classical music
Reclaiming a genius: London Mozart Players and Howard Shelley celebrate Hummel, Mozart and Beethoven
Reclaiming a genius: London Mozart Players and Howard Shelley celebrate Hummel, Mozart and Beethoven
Water colour design shaped of a heart

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Mon 10 Jun 2019
1:00 pm | Mon 10 Jun 2019
talks & debates
Creativity can change people’s lives for the better - explore how at a cross-disciplinary conference
Creativity can change people’s lives for the better - explore how at a cross-disciplinary...
Charlie Cunningham, musician
7:45 pm
Wed 12 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 12 Jun 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
The singer-songwriter layers reflective vocals over dynamic guitar to create spectral melodies
The singer-songwriter layers reflective vocals over dynamic guitar to create spectral melodies
7:30 pm
Thu 13 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 13 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Chineke! bring their spirited approach to performing the great classics in this concert
Chineke! bring their spirited approach to performing the great classics in this concert
Adventure at Sea at Southbank Centre
2:30 pm
Sat 15 Jun 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 15 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Anchors aweigh for a musical voyage with CBBC's Naomi Wilkinson and the BBC Concert Orchestra
Anchors aweigh for a musical voyage with CBBC's Naomi Wilkinson and the BBC Concert Orchestra
The Horne Section
Various times
Sun 16 Jun 2019
Various times | Sun 16 Jun 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Be blown away by the new tour from the five outstanding musicians and one non-musical stand-up
Be blown away by the new tour from the five outstanding musicians and one non-musical stand-up
Gábor Takács-Nagy, conductor
7:30 pm
Tue 18 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 18 Jun 2019
classical music
Gábor Takács-Nagy conducts energetic symphonies by Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn
Gábor Takács-Nagy conducts energetic symphonies by Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Wed 19 Jun 2019
1:30 pm | Wed 19 Jun 2019
Rhumba, tango and waltz for joy at our monthly tea dance
Rhumba, tango and waltz for joy at our monthly tea dance
Various times
19 Jun 2019 - 22 Jun 2019
Various times | 19 Jun 2019 - 22 Jun 2019
tours & activities
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
The Mother performed on stage
Various times
20 Jun 2019 - 22 Jun 2019
Various times | 20 Jun 2019 - 22 Jun 2019
performance & dance
dance
A dark tale merging narrative dance and drama choreographed by Arthur Pita, starring Natalia Osipova
A dark tale merging narrative dance and drama choreographed by Arthur Pita, starring Natalia Osipova
women taking picture

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sun 23 Jun 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 23 Jun 2019
courses & workshops
Investigate your ancestry and help create a wall of family portraits at an open drawing workshop
Investigate your ancestry and help create a wall of family portraits at an open drawing workshop
An arm and hand with small illustrations drawn on

Free

Free

Various times
Sun 23 Jun 2019
Various times | Sun 23 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
How does it feel to be a refugee? An interactive installation by Tania El Khoury and Basel Zaraa explores
How does it feel to be a refugee? An interactive installation by Tania El Khoury and Basel Zaraa...
Balkanised Beats, performer on stage

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Sun 23 Jun 2019
5:30 pm | Sun 23 Jun 2019
gigs
folk & world
Get footloose at a free early evening party of Balkan and Roma sounds
Get footloose at a free early evening party of Balkan and Roma sounds
 David Olusoga
7:00 pm
Sun 23 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 23 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The historian delves into the Windrush scandal at a screening of his new documentary, followed by a talk
The historian delves into the Windrush scandal at a screening of his new documentary, followed by a...
Nelly Akopian-Tamarina, pianist
7:30 pm
Wed 26 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 26 Jun 2019
classical music
The connoisseur’s pianist brings her delicate touch to works by Schumann and Brahms
The connoisseur’s pianist brings her delicate touch to works by Schumann and Brahms
Mohsen Namjoo, singer
7:30 pm
Fri 28 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 28 Jun 2019
gigs
The revolutionary musician known as the Bob Dylan of Iran blends Persian classical with rock and blues
The revolutionary musician known as the Bob Dylan of Iran blends Persian classical with rock and...
Digital drawing of a man's face
10:30 pm
28 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
10:30 pm | 28 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
gigs
electronic
A special edition of Harlecore, the euphoric hardcore series captained by Danny L Harle, aka DJ Danny
A special edition of Harlecore, the euphoric hardcore series captained by Danny L Harle, aka DJ...
Young musicians performing on stage
7:30 pm
Sat 29 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 29 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Delight in a showcase of well-loved works performed by Trinity Laban’s talented young musicians
Delight in a showcase of well-loved works performed by Trinity Laban’s talented young musicians
Conductor, Oliver Zeffman
6:30 pm
Sun 30 Jun 2019
6:30 pm | Sun 30 Jun 2019
classical music
A concert performance of The Demon by Rubinstein
A concert performance of The Demon by Rubinstein
London Philharmonic Orchestra
7:30 pm
Mon 01 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 01 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The spotlight's on talented young musicians and composers in an exploration of cantus firmus chant
The spotlight's on talented young musicians and composers in an exploration of cantus firmus...
Andrew Gourlay, conductor
7:30 pm
Tue 02 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 02 Jul 2019
classical music
Hear awe-inspiring works by Rachmaninov and Holst with the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra
Hear awe-inspiring works by Rachmaninov and Holst with the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra
Khyam Allami

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Explore the confluence of the oud and electroacoustics in this free concert
Explore the confluence of the oud and electroacoustics in this free concert
Numb Mob

Free

Free

5:15 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
5:15 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Adventure into the world of avant-garde electronic duo Numb Mob
Adventure into the world of avant-garde electronic duo Numb Mob
The Organ being played

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
6:30 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The Quietus dubbed Claire Singer’s debut album ‘genuinely magical’
The Quietus dubbed Claire Singer’s debut album ‘genuinely magical’
New Music: Trespassing

Free

Free

9:00 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
9:00 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
What will music become in our rapidly changing cities? A new commission investigates
What will music become in our rapidly changing cities? A new commission investigates
Forest Swords and Immix Ensemble

Free

Free

10:00 pm
Fri 05 Jul 2019
10:00 pm | Fri 05 Jul 2019
gigs
contemporary classical
Dive into genre-bending electronic sounds at this free summertime club night
Dive into genre-bending electronic sounds at this free summertime club night
Shiva Feshareki, experimental composer

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
1:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Turntable artist Shiva Feshareki samples an orchestra live in a radical sonic sculpture
Turntable artist Shiva Feshareki samples an orchestra live in a radical sonic sculpture
Gazelle Twin, composer

Free

Free

3:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
3:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
gigs
Prepare for a melding of genres as two innovative musicians perform with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Prepare for a melding of genres as two innovative musicians perform with the BBC Concert Orchestra

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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).

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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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