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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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Stanley Clarke Band
7:30 pm
Tue 20 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Tue 20 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Jazz fusion pioneers unite, as Stanley Clarke and The Headhunters play an evening of space funk
Jazz fusion pioneers unite, as Stanley Clarke and The Headhunters play an evening of space funk
Kit Downes

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 23 Nov 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 23 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Enter a broad church of jazz with organ experimentations from the pianist and composer
Enter a broad church of jazz with organ experimentations from the pianist and composer
Audience members

Free

Free

11:30 am
Sat 24 Nov 2018
11:30 am | Sat 24 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Join in with jazz: Find out how musicians and key figures from the sector are promoting inclusivity
Join in with jazz: Find out how musicians and key figures from the sector are promoting inclusivity
Being Well, performer singing on stage

Free

Free

12:45 pm
Sat 24 Nov 2018
12:45 pm | Sat 24 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Look after yourself at a talk on the support tools and services available within the sector
Look after yourself at a talk on the support tools and services available within the sector
Ways and means: supporting a career in music, a saxophonist performing on stage

Free

Free

2:15 pm
Sat 24 Nov 2018
2:15 pm | Sat 24 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Take notes from leading organisations on how to progress in the music industry
Take notes from leading organisations on how to progress in the music industry
Madeleine Peyroux, The Anthem Tour
7:30 pm
Sat 24 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 24 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Hear the soulful sound of this American jazz and blues singer-songwriter
Hear the soulful sound of this American jazz and blues singer-songwriter
Next Generation Takes Over, young musicians on stage

Free

Free

11:45 am
Sun 25 Nov 2018
11:45 am | Sun 25 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Get a glimpse of tomorrow's stars at a show celebrating young musical talent
Get a glimpse of tomorrow's stars at a show celebrating young musical talent
Melody Gardot, American Jazz musician
8:00 pm
Sun 25 Nov 2018
8:00 pm | Sun 25 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Prepare for an evening of glamour with the American singer-songwriter
Prepare for an evening of glamour with the American singer-songwriter
Tom Millar, musician

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 30 Nov 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 30 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Listen to snappy modern jazz from the pianist and composer and his quartet
Listen to snappy modern jazz from the pianist and composer and his quartet
Mala
7:30 pm
Sun 02 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 02 Dec 2018
Gigs
Electronic
Lose yourself in a night of bass and dubstep from legendary producer Mala and The Outlook Orchestra
Lose yourself in a night of bass and dubstep from legendary producer Mala and The Outlook Orchestra

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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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Alvin Tam
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.

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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

cafes, restaurants and bars

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