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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 the heart of Southbank Centre, plus all the best places to eat, drink and shop while you're here.

As well as a 2,500 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find 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.

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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Hands underneath a red light projector showing images of symbols
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Art
What colour does music make? Uncover synaesthesia in an immersive session on a sensory instrument
What colour does music make? Uncover synaesthesia in an immersive session on a sensory instrument

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7:30 pm
Thu 11 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 11 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Herbert Blomstedt brings his irrepressible enthusiasm to two masterpieces
Herbert Blomstedt brings his irrepressible enthusiasm to two masterpieces
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Thursday, July 27, 2017. Photographer: Jason Alden ..Photographer: Jason Alden.www.jasonalden.com.0781 063 1642
7:30 pm
Fri 12 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 12 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
The world’s greatest teenage orchestra join forces once again with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto
The world’s greatest teenage orchestra join forces once again with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto
Back to the Future in Concert
Various times
13 Apr 2019 - 14 Apr 2019
Various times | 13 Apr 2019 - 14 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Experience the thrill of the classic time-travelling blockbuster with a live orchestral score
Experience the thrill of the classic time-travelling blockbuster with a live orchestral score
Philharmonia Chamber Players: Bach, Debussy, Bartok

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 14 Apr 2019
6:00 pm | Sun 14 Apr 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Bassoonist Robin O’Neill leads an ensemble of 15 wind players in music by JS Bach, Debussy and Bartòk
Bassoonist Robin O’Neill leads an ensemble of 15 wind players in music by JS Bach, Debussy and...

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7:30 pm
Sun 14 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 14 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
In Herbert Blomstedt’s second concert, hear his take on two definitive symphonies
In Herbert Blomstedt’s second concert, hear his take on two definitive symphonies
An illustration of William Shakespeare

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7:30 pm
Tue 16 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 16 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear Shakespeare’s extraordinary words accompanied by choral and orchestral music interludes
Hear Shakespeare’s extraordinary words accompanied by choral and orchestral music interludes
Illustration for a James Lavelle event showing a paint-splattered horse in a room
7:30 pm
Fri 19 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 19 Apr 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Be among the first to hear the outfit’s new material live at a sensational show with special guests
Be among the first to hear the outfit’s new material live at a sensational show with special...
Maria Chiara Argirò, musician

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 26 Apr 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 26 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Jazz improvisation, electronic beats and alternative rock from the drum and piano duo
Jazz improvisation, electronic beats and alternative rock from the drum and piano duo
7:30 pm
Fri 26 Apr 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 26 Apr 2019
Classical music
Choral
Alan Titchmarsh hosts a programme of great English classics
Alan Titchmarsh hosts a programme of great English classics

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19 Dec - 5 Jan
Performance & Dance
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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.

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

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