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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading venue located on the banks of the River Thames at the heart of Southbank Centre, plus all the best places to eat, drink and shop while you're here.

As well as a 2,700 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find The Clore Ballroom, National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre Shop, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Central Bar and Skylon restaurant.

Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is one of the world’s leading performance venues.

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Opening times

10am – 11pm every day

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Novelist, record producer
10:00 pm
18 Oct 2019 - 19 Oct 2019
10:00 pm | 18 Oct 2019 - 19 Oct 2019
gigs
Once ‘poster boy of Grime’ now 2018 Mercury Prize nominee: meet the distinctive south London rapper
Once ‘poster boy of Grime’ now 2018 Mercury Prize nominee: meet the distinctive south London...

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 25 Oct 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 25 Oct 2019
family & young people
literature & poetry
Come, gather round for wild and wonderful music and stories for all ages, inspired by fairy tales
Come, gather round for wild and wonderful music and stories for all ages, inspired by fairy tales
James Morrison, musician
7:45 pm
Tue 29 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 29 Oct 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
The singer-songwriter is back with a soul-baring new album
The singer-songwriter is back with a soul-baring new album

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 01 Nov 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 01 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Melodies are unchained at a free performance from a choir that includes singers with experience of prison
Melodies are unchained at a free performance from a choir that includes singers with experience of...
 Toddlers enjoying a Jazz session
Various times
15 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
Various times | 15 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Get the kids syncopating at an interactive musical session for children aged 2 - 5
Get the kids syncopating at an interactive musical session for children aged 2 - 5
Jazz Voice - EFG London Jazz Festival Opening Gala
7:30 pm
Fri 15 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 15 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Now hear this: EFG London Jazz Festival’s opening-night gala showcases a stellar cast of voices
Now hear this: EFG London Jazz Festival’s opening-night gala showcases a stellar cast of voices
Woman playing saxophone

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 16 Nov 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 16 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Raise a flag for women-identifying performers with an EFG London Jazz Festival showcase
Raise a flag for women-identifying performers with an EFG London Jazz Festival showcase
Gary Bartz, saxophonist
7:30 pm
Sat 16 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 16 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Mark the 50th anniversary of legendary sax man Gary Bartz’s iconic record in this star-studded jazz concert
Mark the 50th anniversary of legendary sax man Gary Bartz’s iconic record in this star-studded...
Illustrations of astronauts in space
Various times
Sun 17 Nov 2019
Various times | Sun 17 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Find the first footprint on the moon in a jazz and funk-fuelled family adventure
Find the first footprint on the moon in a jazz and funk-fuelled family adventure
 Jan Garbarek Group
8:00 pm
Sun 17 Nov 2019
8:00 pm | Sun 17 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Meet the man said to set the tone of European jazz
Meet the man said to set the tone of European jazz

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31 Oct
classical music
The much sought-after pianist embraces the mysterious atmosphere of Prokofiev’s third War Sonata
21 Oct
literature & poetry
talks & debates
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tickets & concessions

Tickets to all of our events and exhibitions can be booked online, by telephone or in person. Find out all you need to know about tickets, including collection, concessions, group bookings and more via the link below.

tickets & concessions faqs

access

For step-free access to Level 2 (Ticket Office, Festival Terrace, Riverside Terrace, Welcome Desk) please use the main entrance by Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road and use the JCB Glass Lift inside Royal Festival Hall, or the external lift next to the Artists' Entrance.

access information & floor plans

cloakroom

Situated on Level 1, our cloakroom is accessed via steps or platform lift from the Southbank Centre Square doors. It opens around 60 minutes before the start of any Royal Festival Hall show, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends.

The charge is £1 per item, which must be collected on the same day they are stored. Items left here are at the owner’s risk and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage, from any cause, to items left in the cloakroom.

toilets

There are accessible toilets on every level and gender neutral inclusive toilets are located on Level 4.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

getting here

For more information on parking and getting here by road, rail or river, click on the link below.

getting here & parking

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