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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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Image of The Royal Festival Hall Organ
Various times
until 13 Nov 2018
Various times | until 13 Nov 2018
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ in a hands-on workshop for students
Get up close and personal with the Royal Festival Hall organ in a hands-on workshop for students

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7:30 pm
Fri 19 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 19 Oct 2018
Classical music
Choral
There’s good reason why Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 is one of the world’s favourite classics
There’s good reason why Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 is one of the world’s favourite...

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7:30 pm
Wed 24 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 24 Oct 2018
Classical music
Choral
Joseph Canteloube took the old songs of rural France and uncovered their tender soul
Joseph Canteloube took the old songs of rural France and uncovered their tender soul
Brian Tyler, conductor
7:30 pm
Thu 25 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 25 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Brian Tyler conducts the Philharmonia in some of his most famous Hollywood scores
Brian Tyler conducts the Philharmonia in some of his most famous Hollywood scores

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7:30 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Classical music
Choral
Gioachino Rossini was a good Catholic, but he was also a showman
Gioachino Rossini was a good Catholic, but he was also a showman

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3:00 pm
Sun 28 Oct 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 28 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The charismatic Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare conducts a pair of Romantic classics
The charismatic Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare conducts a pair of Romantic classics

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7:30 pm
Tue 30 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 30 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 and Rachmaninov’s symphonic masterpiece
Hear Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 and Rachmaninov’s symphonic masterpiece

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 01 Nov 2018
6:00 pm | Thu 01 Nov 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The string septet arrangement of Strauss’ poignant Metamorphosen is paired with Boccherini’s quintet
The string septet arrangement of Strauss’ poignant Metamorphosen is paired with Boccherini’s...
Ed Gardner OBE..Photographed at the ENO, London 5 September 2012..Joint commission: ENO, Askonas Holt and Chandos..Benjamin Ealovega Photography.benjaminealovega.com..

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7:30 pm
Thu 01 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 01 Nov 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Meet the composer-as-hero Richard Strauss, and hear Leif Ove Andsnes in Brahms’ First Piano Concert
Meet the composer-as-hero Richard Strauss, and hear Leif Ove Andsnes in Brahms’ First Piano...
7:30 pm
Fri 02 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 02 Nov 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Step back in time with a costumed, candlelit performance by the Mozart Festival Orchestra
Step back in time with a costumed, candlelit performance by the Mozart Festival Orchestra

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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.

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.

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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

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