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

Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is also one of the world’s leading performance venues. The auditorium has a fixed raked seating capacity of 2500.

As well as the auditorium, there is 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.

Seating plan

The different seating areas of the auditorium are on the following levels of Royal Festival Hall:

  • Front stalls – levels 3 & 4
  • Side stalls – level 4
  • Rear stalls – levels 4 & 5
  • Boxes – levels 5 & 6
  • Balcony – level 6

All auditorium entry doors can be accessed by lift or stairs. The JCB Glass Lift and Lift 1 provide flat access to all levels of the auditorium.

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

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12:30 pm
Fri 09 Mar 2018
12:30 pm | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Literature
Poetry
Relax and listen to performance of contemporary poetry in the cafe
Relax and listen to performance of contemporary poetry in the cafe

Free

Free

2:30 pm
Fri 09 Mar 2018
2:30 pm | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Hear empowering songs from Women for Refugee Women
Hear empowering songs from Women for Refugee Women

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Fri 09 Mar 2018
4:00 pm | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Literature
Poetry
Hear a performance of contemporary poetry as part of your Friday at WOW festival
Hear a performance of contemporary poetry as part of your Friday at WOW festival
11:30 am
Sat 10 Mar 2018
11:30 am | Sat 10 Mar 2018
Literature
Poetry
Watch poetry translating between mother and daughter along with an intimate discussion
Watch poetry translating between mother and daughter along with an intimate discussion
Naatal Presents Africa Utopia Member's Salon 2016.26th August 2016.

Free

Free

2:30 pm
Sat 10 Mar 2018
2:30 pm | Sat 10 Mar 2018
Literature
Poetry
Hear a performance of contemporary poetry in our bar space
Hear a performance of contemporary poetry in our bar space
7:30 pm
Sat 10 Mar 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 10 Mar 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
London’s award-winning LGBTQ+ literary salon returns
London’s award-winning LGBTQ+ literary salon returns
8:00 pm
Sat 10 Mar 2018
8:00 pm | Sat 10 Mar 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
Hear the renowned authors discuss today’s most pressing cultural issues
Hear the renowned authors discuss today’s most pressing cultural issues

Free

Free

12:45 pm
Sun 11 Mar 2018
12:45 pm | Sun 11 Mar 2018
Literature
Poetry
Share challenges and exchange ideas in a speed-mentoring session for creative industry professionals
Share challenges and exchange ideas in a speed-mentoring session for creative industry professionals
3:00 pm
Sun 11 Mar 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 11 Mar 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
Join an in-depth discussion of Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider
Join an in-depth discussion of Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider
7:30 pm
Mon 09 Apr 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 09 Apr 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
A keynote talk on the economic force that has shaped our world with imagery from Andreas Gursky
A keynote talk on the economic force that has shaped our world with imagery from Andreas Gursky

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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.

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