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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading classical music venue located on the banks of the River Thames at heart of Southbank Centre, plus all the best places to eat, drink and shop while you're here.

Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is also one of the world’s leading performance venues. The auditorium has a fixed raked seating capacity of 2500.

As well as the auditorium, there is The Clore Ballroom, The Poetry Library, Spirit Level, (including Blue, White and Yellow Rooms) Southbank Centre Shop, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Central Bar and Skylon restaurant.

Seating plan

The different seating areas of the auditorium are on the following levels of Royal Festival Hall:

  • Front stalls – levels 3 & 4
  • Side stalls – level 4
  • Rear stalls – levels 4 & 5
  • Boxes – levels 5 & 6
  • Balcony – level 6

All auditorium entry doors can be accessed by lift or stairs. The JCB Glass Lift and Lift 1 provide flat access to all levels of the auditorium.

Download the seating plan

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7960 4200

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4 Dec - 30 Dec
A unique insight into the history of Southbank and the people who have shaped it
Classical music
Orchestra
6 Dec
Spend an evening with Bryn Terfel and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

tomorrow

Classical music
Orchestra
7 Dec
Steven Isserlis performs Prokofiev's Cello Concerto at this all-Russian concert

8 Dec

Classical music
Orchestra
8 Dec
An evening of film music by the great British screen composer George Fenton

9 Dec

Classical music
9 Dec
A morning of musical, mechanical problem-solving for Upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 pupils
Classical music
Choral
9 Dec
Handel's choral masterpiece is performed by the Mozart Festival Orchestra

10 Dec

Classical music
Orchestra
10 Dec
Fill yourself with festive cheer at this special BBC Radio 2 Christmas concert

11 Dec

4 Dec - 30 Dec
A unique insight into the history of Southbank and the people who have shaped it
Classical music
Choral
11 Dec
Get in a festive mood with a selection of carols from the Philharmonia Orchestra and The Bach Choir

13 Dec

4 Dec - 30 Dec
A unique insight into the history of Southbank and the people who have shaped it

Eating and Drinking

There are bars on levels 2, 4 and 5 and Riverside Cafe is located on level 2.

Royal Festival Hall has the acclaimed Skylon restaurant with contemporary food, original cocktails and stunning views over the river. There are bars on Levels 2, 4 and 5 of the building open to the public. The Members Bar, located on Level 6 with panoramic views over the river, is open to Southbank Centre Members.

There are lots of places to eat and drink around Southbank Centre, with something for all tastes, occasions and ages.

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