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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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Various times, 13 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
Delve into the history of Southbank Centre and gain access to exclusive areas in this tour
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
7:30 pm, 24 Jun 2017
Organist David Briggs plays a live, improvised soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Lodger

tomorrow

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
3:00 pm, 25 Jun 2017
See Hitchcock's classic Vertigo with Bernard Herrmann's score played live

29 Jun 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:30 pm, 29 Jun 2017
The Bach Choir presents the world premiere of their new James MacMillan commission

1 Jul 2017

Classical music
Opera
Various times, 1 Jul 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
See the award-winning ENO Chorus and Orchestra in a concert staging of Elgar's greatest choral work

2 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
Classical music
Opera
Various times, 1 Jul 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
See the award-winning ENO Chorus and Orchestra in a concert staging of Elgar's greatest choral work

3 Jul 2017

Gigs
Children & Young people
7:00 pm, 3 Jul 2017
A planetary tale of the moon, sun and the planets for Southwark children

4 Jul 2017

Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
7:30 pm, 4 Jul 2017
Bestselling author Naomi Klein delivers a keynote on the surreal political upheavals of recent months

6 Jul 2017

Literature
7:30 pm, 6 Jul 2017
Zadie Smith talks about her fiction, essays and how dance inspires her writing

7 Jul 2017

Daniel Elms

Free

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
6:30 pm, 7 Jul 2017
Hear chamber music that emulates the sounds of a tremulous sea

Free

Gigs
Electronic
9:00 pm, 7 Jul 2017
Hear the landscape and community of Hull reflected in a new piece by Darkstar

8 Jul 2017

Free

Classical music
Orchestra
12:00 pm, 8 Jul 2017
Explore themes of slavery and freedom in a piece combining spirituals with contemporary classical
Musicians playing

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
3:00 pm, 8 Jul 2017
Hear composer Gavin Bryars’ piece inspired by the strange landscape of Holderness/Spurn Head
New Music Biennial, Pieces About Art

Free

Classical music
Choral
6:00 pm, 8 Jul 2017
Hear music that explores boundaries between music and texts, composers and artists

Free

Gigs
Jazz & Blues
9:00 pm, 8 Jul 2017
Hear Manchester jazz trio GoGo Penguin perform music inspired by the North’s industrial landscape

9 Jul 2017

Free

Classical music
Orchestra
1:00 pm, 9 Jul 2017
BBC Young Musician of the Year Mark Simpson performs Simon Holt’s new basset clarinet concerto

Free

Classical music
Orchestra
3:00 pm, 9 Jul 2017
Hear new music written by BAFTA-nominated composer Mica Levi for the BBC Orchestra

Free

Classical music
Contemporary Classical
7:30 pm, 9 Jul 2017
Experience politically engaged contemporary music exploring themes of government and LGBT rights

12 Jul 2017

Comedy
Performance
8:00 pm, 12 Jul 2017
The team behind the hilarious smash-hit podcast come to Southbank Centre for one show only

16 Jul 2017

Young male musician from the Chineke! Junior Orchestra performing during Africa Utopia at Southbank Centre

Free

Classical music
Orchestra
5:00 pm, 16 Jul 2017
Be inspired by Chineke! Junior Orchestra in this concert for young instrumentalists
Classical music
Orchestra
6:30 pm, 16 Jul 2017
Chineke! Orchestra return for their third year at Africa Utopia

17 Jul 2017

Dance
Contemporary Dance
6:00 pm, 17 Jul 2017
See the best of London Youth Dance perform specially commissioned works

18 Jul 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:00 pm, 18 Jul 2017
Hear a rousing massed choir of 500 young voices celebrating the power of song to unite.

19 Jul 2017

Classical music
Choral
7:00 pm, 19 Jul 2017
Join us for a summer celebration of Sutton’s youngest singers and musicians.

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13 Aug - 16 Aug
Performance
Circus
Witness a poetic contemporary circus that balances the borders of migration with the body’s limitations.
9 Jul
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear new music written by BAFTA-nominated composer Mica Levi for the BBC Orchestra
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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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