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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.

As well as the 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 also one of the world’s leading performance venues. The auditorium has a fixed raked seating capacity of 2500.

discover the history of Royal Festival Hall

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

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Free

1:00 pm
Fri 25 May 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 25 May 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Watch a performance by the star singer-songwriter from New Zealand
Watch a performance by the star singer-songwriter from New Zealand
7:30 pm
Sun 27 May 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 27 May 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Experience the power of this collective of West African musicians fighting for gender equality
Experience the power of this collective of West African musicians fighting for gender equality
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New Worlds: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends, 2017, Copyright www.peterrigaud.com
7:30 pm
Mon 04 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 04 Jun 2018
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Actor Bill Murray and cellist Jan Vogler perform from their new theatrical album
Actor Bill Murray and cellist Jan Vogler perform from their new theatrical album

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 08 Jun 2018
1:00 pm | Fri 08 Jun 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Take in a lunchtime concert by rhythmic four-piece band Mafarowi
Take in a lunchtime concert by rhythmic four-piece band Mafarowi
7:30 pm
Fri 08 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 08 Jun 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Hear Angélique Kidjo's thrilling reinterpretation of iconic songs by Talking Heads
Hear Angélique Kidjo's thrilling reinterpretation of iconic songs by Talking Heads
Various times
12 Jun 2018 - 13 Jun 2018
Various times | 12 Jun 2018 - 13 Jun 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
See Glaswegian rockers Travis perform past hits and new material
See Glaswegian rockers Travis perform past hits and new material

Free

Free

15 Jun & 22 Jun 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Come along to a jazz-fuelled, lindy-hopping Friday Lunch
Come along to a jazz-fuelled, lindy-hopping Friday Lunch
7:30 pm
Fri 15 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 15 Jun 2018
Gigs
Legendary post-punk pioneers The Psychedelic Furs take the stage for the 25th Meltdown
Legendary post-punk pioneers The Psychedelic Furs take the stage for the 25th Meltdown

Free

Free

Various times
15 Jun 2018 - 23 Jun 2018
Various times | 15 Jun 2018 - 23 Jun 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Finish off your Friday right at our aftershow party
Finish off your Friday right at our aftershow party
Belle and the Busker

Free

Free

Various times
16 Jun 2018 - 23 Jun 2018
Various times | 16 Jun 2018 - 23 Jun 2018
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Robert Smith, curator of this year’s Meltdown, picks the best of London’s buskers
Robert Smith, curator of this year’s Meltdown, picks the best of London’s buskers

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31 May
Classical music
Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle appears in the second of two concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducting Brahms' Symphony No.1
26 Jun
Literature
Talks & Topics
The inimitable comedian dives into a hilarious and thought-provoking discussion of all things famous
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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.

plan your visit

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*.

(*on Sunday 13 May 2018, we will be closed for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards)

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

cafes, restaurants and bars

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