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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
7:30 pm, 25 Mar 2017
Mozart's Requiem is paired with a dazzlingly different vision of the afterlife by Richard Strauss

tomorrow

Orchestra
Comedy
3:00 pm, 26 Mar 2017
Be swept away by the whimsical fun of The Jungle Book, accompanied by live music

27 Mar 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 27 Mar 2017
Hear two of London's most popular choirs sing Bach's magnificent Mass in B minor

28 Mar 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:00 pm, 28 Mar 2017
Celebrate the musical achievements of children and young people from the Wandsworth Music Hub.

29 Mar 2017

Gigs
Rock & Pop
7:30 pm, 29 Mar 2017
See acoustic singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti perform music from his new album Sleep No More.

31 Mar 2017

Classical music
Performance
7:15 pm, 31 Mar 2017
See over 1200 performers of all ages from the Borough of Bexley, take to the stage

1 Apr 2017

Classical music
Performance
7:30 pm, 1 Apr 2017
Witness a fitting celebration of the iconic film scores of John Williams.

2 Apr 2017

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
11:00 am, 2 Apr 2017
The Bach Choir presents its annual performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion, sung in English

4 Apr 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 4 Apr 2017
A screening of Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, accompanied by the London Sinfonietta

6 Apr 2017

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Classical music
Contemporary Classical
6:00 pm, 6 Apr 2017
The inimitable style of great Danish composer Bent Sørensen comes to life in this performance
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 6 Apr 2017
Jakub Hrůša joins Sergey Khachatryan for the dazzling feat of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

7 Apr 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 7 Apr 2017
Britten-Pears Orchestra performs with conductor Marin Alsop and soloist Colin Currie

8 Apr 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 8 Apr 2017
Multiple choirs, world-class soloists and the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform Mahler's Eighth

10 Apr 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 10 Apr 2017
The Duet Philharmonic Orchestra performs Mahler's Fifth Symphony

11 Apr 2017

1:30 pm, 5 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
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Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 11 Apr 2017
Yuja Wang rose to prominence as a teen, championed by conductors Claudio Abbado and Gustavo Dudamel

13 Apr 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 13 Apr 2017
Vasily Petrenko takes the helm to conduct Verdi's momentous Requiem in this RPO concert

15 Apr 2017

Dance
Classical Dance
7:30 pm, 15 Apr 2017
Witness Hong Kong Dance Company in an exquisite retelling of The Legend of Mulan

16 Apr 2017

1:30 pm, 5 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
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17 Apr 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 17 Apr 2017
Eight of the world's leading youth choirs perform Jonathan Dove's humanist cantata There Was A Child

18 Apr 2017

1:30 pm, 5 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
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Classical music
Orchestra
7:00 pm, 18 Apr 2017
Star violinist Isabelle Faust performs two of Mozart's violin concertos and Haydn's Symphony No.49

19 Apr 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, 19 Apr 2017
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra explores the innocent realms of childhood fairy tales

20 Apr 2017

Gigs
Rock & Pop
7:30 pm, 20 Apr 2017
Two-time Emmy Award-winner Megan Mullally brings her new band to town in her Royal Festival Hall debut

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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