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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading music 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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U Dance: Youth Dance Ceilidh, ceilidh dancers

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sun 21 Jul 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 21 Jul 2019
family & young people
folk & world
Reel, jig and morris around our site at a day of free folk dancing workshops and performances
Reel, jig and morris around our site at a day of free folk dancing workshops and performances
John Prine, American singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Fri 06 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 06 Sep 2019
gigs
folk & world
More American than apple pie: take a trip across the States with the country-folk singer-songwriter
More American than apple pie: take a trip across the States with the country-folk singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Fri 22 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 22 Nov 2019
gigs
folk & world
This Grammy Award-winning singer brings audiences to their feet with a voice that can’t be ignored
This Grammy Award-winning singer brings audiences to their feet with a voice that can’t be ignored
Calexico and Iron & Wine
7:30 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
gigs
folk & world
New-folk combines with roots rock for a night of grand Americana
New-folk combines with roots rock for a night of grand Americana
Kate Rusby, singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Tue 10 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 10 Dec 2019
gigs
folk & world
Hark! It’s a magical evening of festive Yorkshire songs and carols with the folk singer-songwriter
Hark! It’s a magical evening of festive Yorkshire songs and carols with the folk singer-songwriter
Ralph McTell, singer-songwriter
7:30 pm
Fri 13 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 13 Dec 2019
gigs
folk & world
The folk singer-songwriter brings his songs to life with virtuoso guitar picking and evocative stories
The folk singer-songwriter brings his songs to life with virtuoso guitar picking and evocative...
Ravi Shankar, sitarist

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 15 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 15 Jan 2020
classical music
gigs
Revel in Ravi Shankar’s only opera, brought to life by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Revel in Ravi Shankar’s only opera, brought to life by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Musicians, Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas
7:30 pm
Thu 06 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 06 Feb 2020
gigs
folk & world
Today’s finest Celtic and Americana musicians revisit shared roots and forge new common ground
Today’s finest Celtic and Americana musicians revisit shared roots and forge new common ground
KODO, drumming group
Various times
13 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020
Various times | 13 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020
gigs
folk & world
Japan’s legendary drummers return with a physically stunning and musically sensational show
Japan’s legendary drummers return with a physically stunning and musically sensational show
Anoushka Shankar, sitarist

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 22 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 22 Apr 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Three genre-defying works from 2010, brought to you by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Three genre-defying works from 2010, brought to you by the London Philharmonic Orchestra

top events

7 Aug
gigs
electronic
Hear the dreamy score from the Netflix series and pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things performed live
21 Sep
classical music
tours & activities
One of the best-loved war films ever made, accompanied by its unforgettable score played live in full
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visitor info

Planning a visit to our iconic Royal Festival Hall? Here’s some useful information.

opening times

Royal Festival Hall is open 10am – 11pm every day*.

Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before the start time of an event.

Entry to our foyers is free although sometimes it is restricted to provide space for audiences as they arrive for performances – please look out for signs and listen to announcements.

*Occasionally Royal Festival Hall is closed to the public due to private hire. We publicise these times across the site and online, so please check before visiting.

 

facilities & access

At Southbank Centre we welcome everyone and want our site to be available to all. We are working hard to remove barriers so that our facilities and events can be accessible to as many people as possible.

access information

 

tickets & concessions

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

tickets & concessions faqs

 

getting here and around

We're easily accessible by public transport on road, rail and even river. Find information on the best ways to get to us on the link below.

how to get here

 

food & drink

You certainly won’t go hungry at Southbank Centre. Find out more about the wide range of food and drink options available here on site on the link below.

cafes, restaurants and bars

food & drink

There are bars on Levels 2, 4 and 5 of the building open to the public. The Members' Cafe-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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