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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 3879 9555

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Various times
until 21 Apr 2018
Various times | until 21 Apr 2018
Peek into our behind-the-scenes history and famous spaces on this tour
Peek into our behind-the-scenes history and famous spaces on this tour

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Sat 21 Apr 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 21 Apr 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Gil Shaham, Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO perform Beethoven’s great Violin Concerto.
Gil Shaham, Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO perform Beethoven’s great Violin Concerto.

Free

Free

Various times
until 1 Jul 2018
Various times | until 1 Jul 2018
Art
Explore this new display on brutalist architecture, for both children and adults
Explore this new display on brutalist architecture, for both children and adults
Various times
until 29 Jul 2018
Various times | until 29 Jul 2018
Art
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
7:30 pm
Sun 22 Apr 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 22 Apr 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Thrilling live performer Joan As Police Woman returns with her new album, Damned Devotion
Thrilling live performer Joan As Police Woman returns with her new album, Damned Devotion
Stewart Lee
Various times
until 23 Apr 2018
Various times | until 23 Apr 2018
Dance & Performance
Comedy
Catch the hilarious Stewart Lee in his final comedy live show before he takes an extended break
Catch the hilarious Stewart Lee in his final comedy live show before he takes an extended break
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
until 17 Jul 2018
Various times | until 17 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
24 Apr 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
Various times | 24 Apr 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Tue 24 Apr 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 24 Apr 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
William Whitehead performs two new commissions to ‘complete’ Bach’s Orgelbüchlein
William Whitehead performs two new commissions to ‘complete’ Bach’s Orgelbüchlein

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 25 Apr 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 25 Apr 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The LPO performs Debussy’s sensuous Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune.
The LPO performs Debussy’s sensuous Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune.

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19 Apr - 23 Apr
Dance & Performance
Comedy
Catch the hilarious Stewart Lee in his final comedy live show before he takes an extended break
26 Apr
Classical music
Orchestra
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents atmospheric music by Sibelius, Bruch and Elgar
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Food & drink

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. If you fancy some alfresco dining, the 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 's something for all tastes, occasions and ages.

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