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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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Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools

Free

Free

Various times
until 17 Jul 2018
Various times | until 17 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
We invite Lambeth primary schools to free gamelan and poetry workshops
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
until 29 Mar 2018
Various times | until 29 Mar 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
Gather a group and have a go at playing the gamelan
Gather a group and have a go at playing the gamelan
7:00 pm
Thu 22 Feb 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 22 Feb 2018
Classical music
Choral
Enjoy a concert of soloists, bands, choirs and orchestras from talented young performers
Enjoy a concert of soloists, bands, choirs and orchestras from talented young performers

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 22 Feb 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 22 Feb 2018
Talks & Topics
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Is social media defining our reality with instant filters and editing as you upload?
© Andreas Gursky/DACS, 2017.
Courtesy: Sprüth Magers
12:00 pm
Sat 24 Feb 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 24 Feb 2018
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
Get the most out of the exhibition with this in-depth exploration of Gursky’s practice
Get the most out of the exhibition with this in-depth exploration of Gursky’s practice
Various times
Sun 25 Feb 2018
Various times | Sun 25 Feb 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Step into a world of magical characters through orchestral music with a narrative
Step into a world of magical characters through orchestral music with a narrative
Dragon Babies - Gamelan for 3-5 year olds, Gamelan Room
Various times
until 16 Jul 2018
Various times | until 16 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
12:00 pm
Sat 03 Mar 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 03 Mar 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Take an in-depth look at Stephen Sondheim’s extensive musical career
Take an in-depth look at Stephen Sondheim’s extensive musical career
Various times
until 2 Jul 2018
Various times | until 2 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at parents, carers and babies
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at parents, carers and babies
11:30 am
Wed 07 Mar 2018
11:30 am | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
Why does gender equality in our sector matter so much and what can we do to level the playing field?
Why does gender equality in our sector matter so much and what can we do to level the playing field?

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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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