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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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Free

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
6:00 pm, 25 May 2017
Beethoven's charming Op. 20 Septet is scored for clarinet, horn, bassoon and strings
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 25 May 2017
Herbert Blomstedt returns to the Philharmonia to conduct Beethoven's rhythmic Seventh Symphony

tomorrow

Classical music
Orchestra
7:00 pm, 26 May 2017
See this world renowned dance ensemble bring together two dance traditions that began in temples as ritual performance.

27 May 2017

1:00 pm, 13 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
Delve into the history of Southbank Centre and gain access to exclusive areas in this tour
Gigs
Folk & World
7:15 pm, 27 May 2017
Witness the architects of modern Bollywood sound, Vishal & Shekhar, live in concert

28 May 2017

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 28 May 2017
Hear Abida Parveen, one of the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era, in this special performance

30 May 2017

Gigs
Folk & World
7:30 pm, 30 May 2017
Hear the voice of contemporary Greece live as she returns to London for a one-off performance.

31 May 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
10:00 am, 31 May 2017
Introduce your child to the magic of the orchestra in these kid-friendly concerts
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 31 May 2017
Much-loved American pianist Richard Goode concludes this season's International Piano Series

1 Jun 2017

Photo of a double bass player to promote Philharmonia Orchestra: Young Artist Showcase at Southbank Centre

Free

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
6:00 pm, 1 Jun 2017
Join us for a free concert showcasing the next generation of orchestral talent
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 1 Jun 2017
Hear works by Ligeti, Bartók and Mahler, featuring violist Lawrence Power

2 Jun 2017

Gigs
Rock & Pop
7:30 pm, 2 Jun 2017
See Saint Etienne perform songs from new album, Home Counties.

3 Jun 2017

1:00 pm, 13 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
Delve into the history of Southbank Centre and gain access to exclusive areas in this tour
Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 3 Jun 2017
The Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus play music from great operas including Aïda and Carmen

4 Jun 2017

Harpist

Free

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
6:00 pm, 4 Jun 2017
Hear the expressive range of the harp, as French Impressionism is juxtaposed with a protest piece
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 4 Jun 2017
The Philharmonia join conductor Jérémie Rhorer, two stellar soloists and a chorus for two Requiems

5 Jun 2017

Classical music
7:30 pm, 5 Jun 2017
Pianist Boris Berezovsky is lauded for his extraordinary technical accomplishments and poetic flair

6 Jun 2017

Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 6 Jun 2017
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs dramatic works by Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Walton

8 Jun 2017

Portrait of Mei Yi Foo, Pianist

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
6:00 pm, 8 Jun 2017
London-based pianist Mei Yi Foo dazzles with exceptional virtuosity, musicianship and programming
Classical music
Orchestra
7:30 pm, 8 Jun 2017
The brooding, dusky colours of Mozart's piano Concerto No.20 sit beside Schumann's Second Symphony

9 Jun 2017

Gigs
Electronic
7:30 pm, 9 Jun 2017
The award-winning trio test our building’s structure with a show especially created for Meltdown

10 Jun 2017

Gigs
Electronic
9:30 pm, 10 Jun 2017
Dance music maestros Soulwax bring their incredible energy to Meltdown

11 Jun 2017

Gigs
Urban
7:30 pm, 11 Jun 2017
Get ready for African sounds and danceable beats as French rapper MHD plays a one-off show for Meltdown

12 Jun 2017

Gigs
Urban
8:00 pm, 12 Jun 2017
South London’s Giggs brings creative wordplay to his grime and hip-hop set at Meltdown

14 Jun 2017

Gigs
Urban
7:30 pm, 14 Jun 2017
Atmospheric and alternative hip-hop hit Meltdown with Swedish rapper Yung Lean

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12 Jun
Gigs
Urban
South London’s Giggs brings creative wordplay to his grime and hip-hop set at Meltdown
23 May
Classical music
Opera
The Budapest Festival Orchestra presents Bartók's dark opera, steeped in Hungarian folk tradition
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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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