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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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30 Jul 2017

Various times, 2 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017
Follow the footsteps of world-famous artists and get exclusive access to Europe’s largest arts centre

1 Aug 2017

Various times, 1 Aug 2017 - 15 Aug 2017
Delve into the history of Southbank Centre and gain access to exclusive areas in this tour
Dance
Various times, 1 Aug 2017 - 5 Aug 2017
See Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale paired with Nureyev’s blazing ballet

2 Aug 2017

Dance
Various times, 1 Aug 2017 - 5 Aug 2017
See Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale paired with Nureyev’s blazing ballet

3 Aug 2017

Dance
Various times, 1 Aug 2017 - 5 Aug 2017
See Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale paired with Nureyev’s blazing ballet

4 Aug 2017

Dance
Various times, 1 Aug 2017 - 5 Aug 2017
See Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale paired with Nureyev’s blazing ballet

5 Aug 2017

Various times, 1 Aug 2017 - 15 Aug 2017
Delve into the history of Southbank Centre and gain access to exclusive areas in this tour
Dance
Various times, 1 Aug 2017 - 5 Aug 2017
See Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale paired with Nureyev’s blazing ballet

10 Aug 2017

Dance
Performance
7:30 pm, 10 Aug 2017
Seven men delve into the many facets of masculinity, both soft and brutal, in Tero Saarinen’s dance performance.

12 Aug 2017

Various times, 1 Aug 2017 - 15 Aug 2017
Delve into the history of Southbank Centre and gain access to exclusive areas in this tour

13 Aug 2017

Performance
Circus
Various times, 13 Aug 2017 - 16 Aug 2017
A bold, beautiful and brave contemporary circus performance full of daring athleticism and showmanship

14 Aug 2017

Performance
Circus
Various times, 13 Aug 2017 - 16 Aug 2017
A bold, beautiful and brave contemporary circus performance full of daring athleticism and showmanship

15 Aug 2017

Various times, 1 Aug 2017 - 15 Aug 2017
Delve into the history of Southbank Centre and gain access to exclusive areas in this tour
Performance
Circus
Various times, 13 Aug 2017 - 16 Aug 2017
A bold, beautiful and brave contemporary circus performance full of daring athleticism and showmanship

16 Aug 2017

Performance
Circus
Various times, 13 Aug 2017 - 16 Aug 2017
A bold, beautiful and brave contemporary circus performance full of daring athleticism and showmanship

18 Aug 2017

Dance
Performance
Various times, 18 Aug 2017 - 20 Aug 2017
A spectacle of dance, music and film by Iceland Dance Company in collaboration with artists Ragnar Kjartansson and Matthew Barney.

19 Aug 2017

Dance
Performance
Various times, 18 Aug 2017 - 20 Aug 2017
A spectacle of dance, music and film by Iceland Dance Company in collaboration with artists Ragnar Kjartansson and Matthew Barney.

20 Aug 2017

Dance
Performance
Various times, 18 Aug 2017 - 20 Aug 2017
A spectacle of dance, music and film by Iceland Dance Company in collaboration with artists Ragnar Kjartansson and Matthew Barney.

28 Aug 2017

Performance
7:30 pm, 28 Aug 2017
Enjoy dance and music talent created by the young, for the young

2 Sep 2017

Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Various times, 2 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
America’s best-selling comedic author, David Sedaris, returns to London

3 Sep 2017

Various times, 3 Sep 2017 - 27 Sep 2017
What does Royal Festival Hall have in common with an eggbox?
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Various times, 2 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
America’s best-selling comedic author, David Sedaris, returns to London

4 Sep 2017

Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Various times, 2 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
America’s best-selling comedic author, David Sedaris, returns to London

5 Sep 2017

Talks & Topics
Religion & Beliefs
7:30 pm, 5 Sep 2017
Globally renowned spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle speaks at Royal Festival Hall

7 Sep 2017

Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
7:45 pm, 7 Sep 2017
One of the world’s greatest writers shares the secrets behind his most beloved character

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13 Aug - 16 Aug
Performance
Circus
A bold, beautiful and brave contemporary circus performance full of daring athleticism and showmanship
1 Aug - 5 Aug
Dance
See Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale paired with Nureyev’s blazing ballet
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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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