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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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Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

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7:30 pm
Sat 04 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 04 Apr 2020
classical music
Portrait of Beethoven as a young radical, by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Portrait of Beethoven as a young radical, by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
 The Bach Choir St Matthew Passion
11:00 am
Sun 05 Apr 2020
11:00 am | Sun 05 Apr 2020
classical music
Congregate for Bach's grand drama of worship with the Bach Choir's annual performance in English
Congregate for Bach's grand drama of worship with the Bach Choir's annual performance in...
Sitar players

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Tue 07 Apr 2020
3:00 pm | Tue 07 Apr 2020
classical music
courses & workshops
Join a mass public sitar workshop celebrating the life and influence of Ravi Shankar
Join a mass public sitar workshop celebrating the life and influence of Ravi Shankar
Violinists and sitarists in Indian traditional dress

Free

Free

Various times
Tue 07 Apr 2020
Various times | Tue 07 Apr 2020
classical music
folk & world
Students from the centre for Indian arts perform a programme of vocal, orchestral and dance pieces
Students from the centre for Indian arts perform a programme of vocal, orchestral and dance pieces
Young Musicians

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Wed 08 Apr 2020
6:00 pm | Wed 08 Apr 2020
classical music
Teenage composers chosen by the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform their own music
Teenage composers chosen by the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform their own music
Nikolai Lugansky, pianist

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7:30 pm
Wed 08 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 08 Apr 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Monumental works from 1809, 1909 and 2009: it's the London Philharmonic Orchestra's 2020 Vision
Monumental works from 1809, 1909 and 2009: it's the London Philharmonic Orchestra's 2020...
Ravi Shankar, sitar player
12:00 pm
Sat 11 Apr 2020
12:00 pm | Sat 11 Apr 2020
classical music
courses & workshops
Take an in-depth look at the life and music of arguably India's greatest cultural ambassador
Take an in-depth look at the life and music of arguably India's greatest cultural ambassador
Musician playing the cello

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 16 Apr 2020
5:00 pm | Thu 16 Apr 2020
classical music
family & young people
For a fresh look at Beethoven’s Ninth, members of the orchestra perform ensemble works inspired by joy
For a fresh look at Beethoven’s Ninth, members of the orchestra perform ensemble works inspired by...
Young People at a Workshop

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 18 Apr 2020
12:00 pm | Sat 18 Apr 2020
classical music
family & young people
Spread happiness by sharing the small actions you take to bring joy to yourself and others
Spread happiness by sharing the small actions you take to bring joy to yourself and others

Free

Free

Various times
16 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
Various times | 16 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
classical music
family & young people
Follow local pupils on an exploration of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at a free screening of a short film
Follow local pupils on an exploration of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at a free screening of a short...

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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.

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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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