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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.

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10am – 11pm every day except Christmas Day

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Audience of children
7:00 pm
Thu 18 Jul 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 18 Jul 2019
classical music
Class acts: children from the south London primary school present music, song, dance and spoken word
Class acts: children from the south London primary school present music, song, dance and spoken word

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
classical music
family & young people
Get a front-seat view of music-making in action at an immersive performance with the youth orchestra
Get a front-seat view of music-making in action at an immersive performance with the youth orchestra
Chineke! Chamber Ensemble
7:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
classical music
Errollyn Wallen, Dvorák and Ligeti: Chineke! appears for its fifth Africa Utopia
Errollyn Wallen, Dvorák and Ligeti: Chineke! appears for its fifth Africa Utopia
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

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7:30 pm
Mon 23 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 23 Sep 2019
classical music
Be transported back to the cabaret of 1920s Berlin with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Be transported back to the cabaret of 1920s Berlin with the Philharmonia Orchestra
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...
Tones, Drones and Arpeggios at Southbank Centre
7:30 pm
Sat 28 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 28 Sep 2019
classical music
Twentieth-century music defies expectations with conductor Charles Hazlewood's three ensembles
Twentieth-century music defies expectations with conductor Charles Hazlewood's three ensembles
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
Yulianna Avdeeva, pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 01 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 01 Oct 2019
classical music
A revelatory Russian pianist performs dreamy, fantastical music by Schumann and Beethoven
A revelatory Russian pianist performs dreamy, fantastical music by Schumann and Beethoven
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
Southbank Sinfonia musicians
11:30 am
Sat 05 Oct 2019
11:30 am | Sat 05 Oct 2019
classical music
family & young people
Dive in to some of classical music’s greatest stories in a concert for children aged five to 11
Dive in to some of classical music’s greatest stories in a concert for children aged five to 11
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
7:30 pm
Sat 05 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 05 Oct 2019
classical music
Beethoven’s choral masterpiece is given wings by Crouch End Festival Chorus
Beethoven’s choral masterpiece is given wings by Crouch End Festival Chorus
Alice Sara Ott, pianist
12:00 pm
Sun 06 Oct 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 06 Oct 2019
classical music
Take your seat for the first concert in HarrisonParrott's anniversary series, 50 Years in a Day
Take your seat for the first concert in HarrisonParrott's anniversary series, 50 Years in a Day
Pat Kopatchinskaja, violinist
3:30 pm
Sun 06 Oct 2019
3:30 pm | Sun 06 Oct 2019
classical music
Experience the second concert in HarrisonParrott's anniversary series, 50 Years in a Day
Experience the second concert in HarrisonParrott's anniversary series, 50 Years in a Day
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
Alisa Weilerstein, cellist

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7:30 pm
Wed 16 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 16 Oct 2019
classical music
From sunny to soulful – enjoy the many moods of three great 19th and 20th-century string sextets
From sunny to soulful – enjoy the many moods of three great 19th and 20th-century string sextets
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
Steven Osborne, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 06 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 06 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jésus is one of the greatest piano compositions of the 20th century
Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jésus is one of the greatest piano compositions of the 20th...
Chineke! Orchestra on stage
7:30 pm
Thu 07 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 07 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
A titanically intriguing story surrounds Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto
A titanically intriguing story surrounds Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto
Katherine Watson, soprano

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7:00 pm
Mon 11 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 11 Nov 2019
classical music
Lift your spirits with three Baroque masterpieces from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Lift your spirits with three Baroque masterpieces from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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...
Behzod Abduraimov, pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 26 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 26 Nov 2019
classical music
classical music
Enjoy the views as you encounter Chopin’s preludes and Mussorgsky’s innovative gallery promenade
Enjoy the views as you encounter Chopin’s preludes and Mussorgsky’s innovative gallery promenade
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
City of London Symphonia at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
3:00 pm
Sun 01 Dec 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 01 Dec 2019
classical music
literature & poetry
Four writers join City of London Sinfonia to retell stories from One Thousand and One Nights
Four writers join City of London Sinfonia to retell stories from One Thousand and One Nights
Hagen Quartet

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7:30 pm
Mon 02 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 02 Dec 2019
classical music
classical music
It is hard to know what to admire most in the quartet’s playing (The New York Times)
It is hard to know what to admire most in the quartet’s playing (The New York Times)
Yevgeny Sudbin, pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 03 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 03 Dec 2019
classical music
classical music
‘A pianist of uncommon sensitivity and refinement.’ (The Independent)
‘A pianist of uncommon sensitivity and refinement.’ (The Independent)
Georg Friedrich Haas Responds to Bridget Riley
7:30 pm
Thu 05 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 05 Dec 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The composer responds to a major visual art retrospective, with the London Sinfonietta
The composer responds to a major visual art retrospective, with the London Sinfonietta
Image of high-rise buildings
7:30 pm
Fri 06 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 06 Dec 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Oh brave new world... The BBC Concert Orchestra shares a dystopic vision in a new Saxophone Concerto
Oh brave new world... The BBC Concert Orchestra shares a dystopic vision in a new Saxophone Concerto
National Children's Orchestras Winter Concert, young girls with violins
3:00 pm
Sun 08 Dec 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 08 Dec 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Pay homage to exceptional young musicians performing Mahler and Rimsky-Korsakov
Pay homage to exceptional young musicians performing Mahler and Rimsky-Korsakov
London Contemporary Orchestra – Rushes
7:30 pm
Fri 17 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 17 Jan 2020
classical music
classical music
An art installation responds to the sound of the LCO playing Michael Gordon’s mesmerising piece Rushes
An art installation responds to the sound of the LCO playing Michael Gordon’s mesmerising piece...
London Sinfonietta
7:30 pm
Wed 22 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 22 Jan 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Look back at the music of the past 100 years with the London Sinfonietta
Look back at the music of the past 100 years with the London Sinfonietta
Kensington Symphony Orchestra
7:30 pm
Thu 23 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 23 Jan 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Brahms’ magnificent Piano Concerto No.2 is paired with MacMillan’s Symphony No.4, a spiritual journey
Brahms’ magnificent Piano Concerto No.2 is paired with MacMillan’s Symphony No.4, a spiritual...
Beethoven: Symphonies No.2&3

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7:00 pm
Tue 28 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Tue 28 Jan 2020
classical music
classical music
The composer’s major-key masterpieces save the day with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The composer’s major-key masterpieces save the day with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Denis Kozhukhin, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 29 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 29 Jan 2020
classical music
classical music
A fantastical sonata, amusing impromptus and a moody waltz reflect ‘spellbinding’ artistry
A fantastical sonata, amusing impromptus and a moody waltz reflect ‘spellbinding’ artistry
The Big Blind
7:30 pm
Fri 31 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 31 Jan 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
The BBC Concert Orchestra and an all-star cast present Guy Barker and Kurt Elling's jazz audio drama
The BBC Concert Orchestra and an all-star cast present Guy Barker and Kurt Elling's jazz audio...
Corinthian Orchestra Fantastique!
8:00 pm
Mon 03 Feb 2020
8:00 pm | Mon 03 Feb 2020
classical music
classical music
Bewitching images abound in the Corinthian Orchestra’s performance of Berlioz’s dreamlike symphony
Bewitching images abound in the Corinthian Orchestra’s performance of Berlioz’s dreamlike...
Roman Rabinovich, pianist

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7:30 pm
Tue 11 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Tue 11 Feb 2020
classical music
This musical homage to Pablo Picasso takes in Spain, Russian ballet and the world of a clown
This musical homage to Pablo Picasso takes in Spain, Russian ballet and the world of a clown
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

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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.

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