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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.

discover the history of Royal Festival Hall

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

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Circus 250 Weekend: The Bazazi Brothers

Free

Free

Various times
until 19 Aug 2018
Various times | until 19 Aug 2018
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Stop clowning around – it’s time to take showbiz seriously at the 250th anniversary of circus
Stop clowning around – it’s time to take showbiz seriously at the 250th anniversary of circus
Acrobats, backbone performance
Various times
until 19 Aug 2018
Various times | until 19 Aug 2018
Performance & Dance
Circus
A high-octane exploration of the limits of human strength from the acclaimed acrobatic troupe
A high-octane exploration of the limits of human strength from the acclaimed acrobatic troupe
Please do not crop, artist feels strongly about the framing of the picture.
10:30 am
Thu 06 Sep 2018
10:30 am | Thu 06 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Welcome to a day of art that reconsiders bodies and abilities
Welcome to a day of art that reconsiders bodies and abilities
Artist Jo Bannon
Various times
7 Sep 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Various times | 7 Sep 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
A new performance work by Jo Bannon exploring desire, sexuality and neoliberalism
A new performance work by Jo Bannon exploring desire, sexuality and neoliberalism
Children participating in a performance

Free

Free

Various times
Sat 08 Sep 2018
Various times | Sat 08 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Come out of your shell on an interactive adventure with Snigel the snail
Come out of your shell on an interactive adventure with Snigel the snail
House of Krip - Vogue Ball performer

Free

Free

4:00 pm
Sat 08 Sep 2018
4:00 pm | Sat 08 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Cabaret
Strike a pose with Deaf and disabled performers at vogue ball live shows and open workshops
Strike a pose with Deaf and disabled performers at vogue ball live shows and open workshops

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sun 09 Sep 2018
11:00 am | Sun 09 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Circus
Disabled and non-disabled people are invited to take part in a free samba school
Disabled and non-disabled people are invited to take part in a free samba school
The Sea, performance
Various times
Sun 07 Oct 2018
Various times | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Children are invited to dive in to the tale of a small fish in a big sea, told through enchanting puppetry
Children are invited to dive in to the tale of a small fish in a big sea, told through enchanting...
The Empress and Me, Princess Der Ling
5:30 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
5:30 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
This one-woman show introduces Princess Der Ling, lady-in-waiting to the infamous Empress Cixi
This one-woman show introduces Princess Der Ling, lady-in-waiting to the infamous Empress Cixi
Various times
31 Oct 2018 - 16 Feb 2019
Various times | 31 Oct 2018 - 16 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Dave Gorman is back with a new live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint
Dave Gorman is back with a new live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint

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Andris Nelsons marks his first UK concert as Gewandhauskapellmeister with Mahler's powerful Symphony No.5
20 Oct
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Dissect the making and unmaking of civilisations and cultures by tracing the roots of modern Britain
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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

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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