Royal Festival Hall spaces

Events take place at lost of different spaces and venues within Royal Festival Hall, see the list of all spaces and were to find them below.


The Royal Festival Hall auditorium is the biggest venue at Southbank Centre, with fixed seating for 2,500 people. Here’s where you can find the different seating areas – or check your ticket for the door closest to your seat.

  • 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.

There are no toilets inside the auditorium itself – they are located in the foyer areas on each level. The Cloakroom is also outside the auditorium, located on Level 1 of the Royal Festival Hall building.

Access information

We welcome wheelchair users, guide companion dogs and we have an Infrared hearing facility.

Read more about access

Opening times

Other venues within Royal Festival Hall

As well as the main auditorium, we use many of the spaces and rooms within Royal Festival Hall for events and exhibitions. Here’s a brief rundown of what you will find and where. Seating for these areas is flexible, depending on the event taking place, so we can’t always publish seating plans.

Level 1

This is the lower ground floor and is – where you can find the Blue Room, the White Room, which is home to the Hayward Art Library, the Violet Room and the Mercers’ Company Gamelan Room.

Southbank Centre Square, home to our regular food markets, is at the same level – but outside, in the area between Royal Festival Hall and Belvedere Road.

Level 2

This is the level you arrive on if you enter via the Mandela doors or the doors on Riverside Terrace. It’s one of the busiest areas of Royal Festival Hall and the site of loads of our free events and exhibitions. On this floor you’ll find the following venues:

  • The Clore Ballroom
  • Central Bar
  • Archive Studio, Level 2 Foyer
  • Level 2 Foyer (Green Side)
  • Level 2 Foyer (Blue Side)
  • Riverside Terrace (outside the building, overlooking the Thames)
  • Riverside Terrace Cafe

Level 3

Level 3 is much quieter, with just two venues – and sometimes exhibitions in the foyers. Here, you’ll find the following venues:

  • Sunley Pavilion
  • Level 3 Function Room

Level 4

Each side of Level 4 of Royal Festival Hall has a bar – they’re mainly used to serve drinks and snacks before and during events, but sometimes we hold talks and workshops in these areas.

  • Level 4 Green Bar
  • Level 4 Blue Bar

Level 5

  • Weston Roof Pavilion
  • St Paul’s Roof Pavilion
  • The National Poetry Library

Find out more about National Poetry Library opening times and visiting

Level 5 Balcony Bar
Open before and during events.

Level 6

Members Bar

Find out about the benefits of joining our membership scheme