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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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Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
Tel: +44 (0)20 3879 9555

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Various times
28 Aug 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Various times | 28 Aug 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
What's that sound? It's Southwark Youth Orchestra! Get a glimpse of orchestra life at a free performance
What's that sound? It's Southwark Youth Orchestra! Get a glimpse of orchestra life at a...

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 30 Aug 2018
5:00 pm | Thu 30 Aug 2018
Classical music
Get a glimpse of orchestra life at three days of workshops and rehearsals
Get a glimpse of orchestra life at three days of workshops and rehearsals
3:00 pm
Sun 16 Sep 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 16 Sep 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
An all-Tchaikovsky extravaganza celebrating his greatest works
An all-Tchaikovsky extravaganza celebrating his greatest works
17 Sep - 21 Sep 2018
Classical music
Join this essential all-singing, all-dancing guide to everything you wanted to know about Indian classical music
Join this essential all-singing, all-dancing guide to everything you wanted to know about Indian...
7:30 pm
Tue 18 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 18 Sep 2018
Classical music
See the legendary composer perform and conduct 60 years of music and movies
See the legendary composer perform and conduct 60 years of music and movies

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 19 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 19 Sep 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Renée Anne Louprette has established an international career as organ recitalist, accompanist, conductor and teacher.
Renée Anne Louprette has established an international career as organ recitalist, accompanist,...
7:30 pm
Sat 22 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 22 Sep 2018
Classical music
The London Concert Orchestra performs your favourite sci-fi film scores live
The London Concert Orchestra performs your favourite sci-fi film scores live

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Wed 26 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Wed 26 Sep 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
There’s a special dynamic when a composer conducts – as if their music is being created afresh
There’s a special dynamic when a composer conducts – as if their music is being created afresh

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Thu 27 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 27 Sep 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Glorious melodies and vivid orchestral colours open the Philharmonia’s 2018/19 season
Glorious melodies and vivid orchestral colours open the Philharmonia’s 2018/19 season

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Multi-buy discount

7:30 pm
Sat 29 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 29 Sep 2018
Classical music
Choral
Gustav Mahler’s last word was ‘Mozart’, but he’d already said his farewells in music
Gustav Mahler’s last word was ‘Mozart’, but he’d already said his farewells in music

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Classical music
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Andris Nelsons marks his first UK concert as Gewandhauskapellmeister with Mahler's powerful Symphony No.5
20 Oct
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Dissect the making and unmaking of civilisations and cultures by tracing the roots of modern Britain
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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.

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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

Southbank Centre is 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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