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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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David Mcalmont. Photo: Richard Sandell
7:30 pm
Mon 26 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 26 Nov 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
Party with Polari at the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon’s 11th birthday, with David McAlmont
Party with Polari at the beloved LGBTQ+ literary salon’s 11th birthday, with David McAlmont
Becoming: An Evening with Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States
7:30 pm
Mon 03 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 03 Dec 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Southbank Centre and Penguin Live present Michelle Obama in conversation about her new memoir
Southbank Centre and Penguin Live present Michelle Obama in conversation about her new memoir
Roxane Gay headshot
7:30 pm
Mon 10 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 10 Dec 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The critic and author takes the stage to discuss today's culture with her keen and humorous candour
The critic and author takes the stage to discuss today's culture with her keen and humorous...
Barbara Brownskirt, poet
7:30 pm
Mon 10 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 10 Dec 2018
Literature
Poetry
Have yourself a very merry Polari with a festive literary rampage featuring Barbara Brownskirt
Have yourself a very merry Polari with a festive literary rampage featuring Barbara Brownskirt

Free

Free

5:30 pm
Mon 17 Dec 2018
5:30 pm | Mon 17 Dec 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Getting home means something different in the winter chill
Getting home means something different in the winter chill

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 30 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Sun 30 Dec 2018
Literature
Performance & Dance
Put 2018 to bed at a comedy and creative writing workshop for the whole family
Put 2018 to bed at a comedy and creative writing workshop for the whole family
Headshot of  Jeremy Noel-Tod
2:00 pm
Sun 13 Jan 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 13 Jan 2019
Literature
Poetry
On the day of the TS Eliot Prize Readings, the poetry critic assesses this year's shortlist
On the day of the TS Eliot Prize Readings, the poetry critic assesses this year's shortlist
Portrait of Poet, TS Eliot
7:00 pm
Sun 13 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 13 Jan 2019
Literature
Poetry
On the eve of the TS Eliot Prize, hear the shortlisted poets reading from their own work
On the eve of the TS Eliot Prize, hear the shortlisted poets reading from their own work
Rachel Long
7:00 pm
Mon 14 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 14 Jan 2019
Literature
Poetry
Harness your dreams in a six-week poetry course for women
Harness your dreams in a six-week poetry course for women
Irenosen Okojie, writer
7:00 pm
Mon 21 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 21 Jan 2019
Literature
Writers
Incisive, mysterious, surprising: the short story form is addictive to writers
Incisive, mysterious, surprising: the short story form is addictive to writers

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7 Dec
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The second of this season’s recitals in Mitsuko Uchida’s Schubert Sonata survey

Circus 1903

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Circus 1903
19 Dec - 5 Jan
Performance & Dance
Circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
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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.

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

while you're here

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