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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.

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

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Classical music
Orchestra
7:00 pm, 20 Feb 2017
Join Sarah Connolly to enjoy Berlioz's dramatic song cycle Les nuits d'été

tomorrow

6:00 pm, 14 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
A unique insight into the history of Southbank and the people who have shaped it
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 21 Feb 2017
The first of two Royal Festival Hall recitals by Maurizio Pollini to celebrate his 75th birthday.

22 Feb 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 22 Feb 2017
Patricia Kopatchinskaja unlocks the secrets of Berg's Violin Concerto at this LPO concert

23 Feb 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 23 Feb 2017
Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the Philharmonia Orchestra play Beethoven, Strauss and Tansy Davies

24 Feb 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 24 Feb 2017
A massed choir combines with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to perform the mighty Carmina Burana

25 Feb 2017

6:00 pm, 14 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
A unique insight into the history of Southbank and the people who have shaped it
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 25 Feb 2017
The BBC Concert Orchestra explores the representation of death in music for film and theatre

27 Feb 2017

Classical music
10:30 am, 27 Feb 2017 - 19 Apr 2017
Bring your students along to discover the mighty Royal Festival Hall Organ.
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 27 Feb 2017
Marin Alsop makes a welcome return to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

28 Feb 2017

6:00 pm, 14 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
A unique insight into the history of Southbank and the people who have shaped it
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 28 Feb 2017
Pianist Boris Berezovsky is lauded for his extraordinary technical accomplishments and poetic flair

1 Mar 2017

Classical music
Gigs
7:30 pm, 1 Mar 2017
Hear heavy metal played on cellos by Finnish quartet Apocalyptica

2 Mar 2017

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Classical music
Contemporary Classical
6:00 pm, 2 Mar 2017
Celebrate the centenary of Korean composer Isang Yun,who became a leading figure in his German exile
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 2 Mar 2017
Pablo Heras-Casado and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform music by Stravinsky, Ravel and Falla

3 Mar 2017

Classical music
Gigs
8:15 pm, 3 Mar 2017
Legendary rock group Procol Harum is joined by a full orchestra and choir in this special concert

4 Mar 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 4 Mar 2017
Hear Penderecki's St Luke Passion, a powerful choral retelling of the last days of Christ

5 Mar 2017

1:30 pm, 5 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
What does Royal Festival Hall have in common with an eggbox? Find out on this tour
Classical music
Orchestra
3:00 pm, 5 Mar 2017
The Philharmonia Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's moving Sixth Symphony

6 Mar 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 6 Mar 2017
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo perform Takemitsu’s Requiem for strings and Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

7 Mar 2017

Classical music
10:30 am, 27 Feb 2017 - 19 Apr 2017
Bring your students along to discover the mighty Royal Festival Hall Organ.
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 7 Mar 2017
Charles Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform music by Berlioz, Grieg and Prokofiev

8 Mar 2017

Gigs
Folk & World
7:30 pm, 8 Mar 2017
Led by Peter Edwards, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra presents Joni Mitchell’s album Hejira

9 Mar 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 9 Mar 2017
Hear Prokofiev's Classical Symphony and First Violin Concerto, with soloist Frank Peter Zimmermann

10 Mar 2017

Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
11:30 am, 10 Mar 2017
Find out how imposter syndrome is connected to gender and inequality in this talk

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12 Mar
Contemporary Classical
Comedy
Sandi Toksvig hosts an evening of electrifying comedy and music inspired by great women
23 Feb
Classical music
Orchestra
Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the Philharmonia Orchestra play Beethoven, Strauss and Tansy Davies
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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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