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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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1:30 pm
Tue 20 Feb 2018
1:30 pm | Tue 20 Feb 2018
Dance & Performance
Feel the post-Valentine's glow at this love-inspired tea dance
Feel the post-Valentine's glow at this love-inspired tea dance
2:30 pm
Sat 24 Feb 2018
2:30 pm | Sat 24 Feb 2018
Classical music
Dance & Performance
Dive into an all-Gershwin extravaganza of music, song and dance, back by popular demand.
Dive into an all-Gershwin extravaganza of music, song and dance, back by popular demand.
7:00 pm
Wed 07 Mar 2018
7:00 pm | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Theatre
Dance & Performance
Get ready for hilariously irreverent and teary recreations of women’s speeches throughout history
Get ready for hilariously irreverent and teary recreations of women’s speeches throughout history
8:00 pm
Wed 07 Mar 2018
8:00 pm | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Theatre
Dance & Performance
Drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson performs the courageous story of Joan of Arc
Drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson performs the courageous story of Joan of Arc
9:00 pm
Wed 07 Mar 2018
9:00 pm | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Dance & Performance
Theatre
Hear powerful and humorous secret stories exploring sexuality, vulnerability and desire
Hear powerful and humorous secret stories exploring sexuality, vulnerability and desire
Various times
8 Mar 2018 - 9 Mar 2018
Various times | 8 Mar 2018 - 9 Mar 2018
Physical Theatre & Mime
Theatre
A heart-wrenching and humorous theatrical piece journeying into the female psyche
A heart-wrenching and humorous theatrical piece journeying into the female psyche

Free

Free

Various times
Fri 09 Mar 2018
Various times | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Dance & Performance
Naomi Sheldon performs extracts of her exceptional debut play Good Girl
Naomi Sheldon performs extracts of her exceptional debut play Good Girl
Various times
9 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018
Various times | 9 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018
Dance & Performance
Comedy
An unprepared man reads funny insights into female desire written by an anonymous woman
An unprepared man reads funny insights into female desire written by an anonymous woman

Free

Free

9:30 pm
Fri 09 Mar 2018
9:30 pm | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Dance & Performance
Cabaret
Watch a line-up of women perform pieces on gender, the body and disability
Watch a line-up of women perform pieces on gender, the body and disability

Free

Free

11:15 am
Sat 10 Mar 2018
11:15 am | Sat 10 Mar 2018
Dance & Performance
Contemporary Dance
Enjoy a free dance performance as part of your Saturday
Enjoy a free dance performance as part of your Saturday

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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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